17 reviews of Southern Valley Golf Course
I played this course at the beggining of the year and didn't like as was to windy. Although as that's not down to the course I gave it another go, just got back.
Ground is hard, tee offs in bad condition, bunkers in reasonable condition, green slow no better that pitch and putt quality, lots of bins and rakes, good clubhouse, small pro shop
Personally within similar distance are better maintained courses
Returned to the course for the first time since clubhouse was built. Clubhouse is good and does the job for the course, ie. somewhere to sit and have a drink after the round. course was generally in good shape. Greens a bit slow. The rough was quite brutal and if you can keep the ball in play you can score well.
Played here on tuesday for the second time. It was very windy as it
Is a very exposed course.I managed to shoot a respectsble 82 despite
the howling wind.A links feel to the course, also a bit short but with the
up you could find yourself coming up short with 8 iron from 100 yards!
I found greens to be reallt slow they needed a trim as did the fairways
and tees! Apart from this really enjoyed playing
this course and will again as its excellent value for money.
What a pleasure to play, 9 weeks without rain, greens were fantastic, fairways were naturally dry and the tees had a good coverage of grass on them. Food fantastic, apparently they have empolyed a quality chef and this really showed. Bar staff very helpful. It is understood they have and are investing more resources to the course, so this is a golf course to watch in the future.
i have played at Southern Valley golf since it was opened, and since Paul hired Danny (head greenkeeper) the course has come on in leaps and bounds, and the new clubhouse is the icing on the cake
A lovely new clubhouse with very euthsiastic staff with good food
I played the course 4 years ago and little has improved
The fairways are very short of grass and the greens very variable ( spring maintainence done last week )
Distance markers were poor. It is a shame there were no course planners to help on approach to greens.
Bunkers had little sand and thus played like the rest of the course
It would help to have a few benches around the course. We stood around quite a bit due to the course being busy
The staff said every effort is being made to improve the course after a period when things were not good.
O.K. so its not the smartest course you will ever play and, if you are looking for lush green parkland type fairways this is not the course for you. The course is advertised as a links style course and it does what it says on the tin. The fairways are hard and bumpy, good if you scuff a shot and it still runs for miles, not so good when your perfect shot bounces sideways into the gorse. The wind is also a big factor on this course, its always there and varies from strong to gale force, I have driven the 295 yard 9th with a 3 wood with the wind but barely made 150yds with driver on the 8th into it. Fortunately the rough is not punitive, if you can stay out of the gorse that is, however the bunkers are. The amount of sand in the green side bunkers varies so much you have to choose your club wisely; whenever I play this course I carry a lob wedge to pick the ball off the top. The greens, though large, are not always in good condition and could do with a bit of attention. However all that said I play this course 3 or 4 times a year and look forward to it and at £16-50 for a midweek round it represents good value for money.
havent played here for about a year and was shocked at the condition of the course the ground staff must have been on strike ive really enjoyed playing here over the years but would not play here again i have never played a course where mushrooms are growing on fairways
i play this course about 3 times a year. i played there on the 22/8/2007 and it was the best it has looked for years! the tees & greens were green and not a greeny/yellow, the greens are alot quicker than before and not trying to putt through snow! i was talking to some of the members and they say its been like it for a while now so hopefully it will not go back to what it was!!! fairways still patchy in places but this course is still very young! a massive improvement since i last played back in april. ive read the last reports on this course and when they were written, i would have agreed by what was said! but now its a different class!
Played the course today and thought £22 was expensive for midweek. The wind made the course quite a challange. I was very dissapointed with the lack of grass on the fairways and the greens need working on as well.On a positive the layout of the course is pretty good.
Gary Bloomfield (Essex)
southern valley is a good winter course as it has good drainage but in the hot weather the course is very dry and HARD the course is a challenge but the course needs some attention large weeds in fairways and greens have some pitch marks which quite bad
its good course but the green fees are abit to much for my liking there are better pay and play courses which are CHEAPER
A reasonable time was had. Quite forgiving. Don't think it is worth the full price, but four of used 2-4-1 vouchers, so you can't complain at a tenner a head.
I should put the record straight. We've been back & played a further 5 times, during which time there HAS been another 5-hour round. However, generally the rounds have taken an acceptable amount of time. There have, bizarrely, even been a couple of sub 4-hour rounds. Don't ask me why it varies so much, I have no idea! Anyhow, this course copes very well with winter and it's worth a visit for that reason alone. The facilities a bit ropey but the course is enjoyable.
A nice course, in very good condition for the time of year. However, I strongly recommend that you do NOT play this course at the weekend as there appears to be no limit on the number of players they will try to squeeze on. We have played it on consecutive Saturdays (15th & 22nd Feb 2003), the first teeing off at 8:40, the second at noon. On both occassions, there was a long queue on the first tee and the round took 5 hours. Heaven only knows how long it takes in the summer! I doubt we'll be back and that's a shame.
I have received lessons from club pro Larry Batchelor. Excellent value for money by a top class teacher. Drastically improved my game! Highly recommended.
Played the course on a sunny Sunday in Mid-April. The round took 5 hours so I would heavily recommend playing as a 4-ball. The food booking service on the 9th tee was very useful and we all thought the course layout was very good with several excellant holes and a good linksy feel to it. The 14th and 15th were very good and the 8th and 11th weren't far behind in our opinion. The greens were not the best in the world but it was Mid-April. Overall very good value for £19.
A good course to play in the winter as it drains very well, lying on a chalky/sand base. Although a new course the layout is not as open as it first appears with the artificial humps splitting fairways and good use of undulating natural valleys. Few trees or water but large well placed bunkers. Greens were all in use and good for time of year. (Feb). Clubhouse a bit bland but useful facility to order bacon sandwich on 9th tee for collection at 10th!
Overall good value and much better than first impression on arrival.
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