8 reviews of St. Mary's Golf Club
St Mary's course has been on and off for 6 months or so due to the torrential rain we have had in Cardiff. I stay at the hotel as a resident (free golf on both courses) so I have played each course hundreds of times over.
The Kingfisher (Public ) course is Ok, and is a challenging course due to some of the water features etc. This course has 12 holes. It is in a poor state of repair as rabbits etc are digging on the greens, but none the less presents a challenging course.
St Mary's course has been waterlogged for some months, however has been hollow tine aerated and so is now playable and is in good condition.
Seems my memory is letting me down the 12 hole "muni" is apparently called sevenoaks. Anyway it was the 18 hole members course that my comments relate to - and it was cracking (even though short)
Stayed and played here in April 07 and have to say what a great course. Those comments below about the 12 hole Kingfisher course relate to the "muni" next door which is also administered from the Pro shop. The "real" course is a cracker - not long but every hole has its challenge. Greens and fairways in great condition. Off course the Hotel, bars, restaurant and staff were fantastic. Our group will definately be returning for another of our weekends breaks in the future.
All fairways were in very good condition and so were most greens. 2,3, and 4th holes were slightly disapointing as the greens werent great and holes were very short. Par 4s were short and driveable. Course in quite good condition - not to challenging and easy to score well. This course is exellent for beginners and high handicapers. I recommend a round here at great value for money.
p.s my dad was chuft because he had 6 pars and a round of 55.
played course january 06. with the intension of if the course and hotel came up to scratch we would be inviting our entire society for this years "ryder cup" weekend. After playing just 3 holes the four of us had decided that this is the most ideal golf course for 32 golfers to have our annual duel on.As the round progressed the course got better and better. Please dont look at the score card and think this is an easy short course as you would be wrong.Sure some of the par 4`s are in reach for the long straight hitters, but be warned if you are not straight and long on these holes you are looking at a 7 or 8. I think that each hole on the course a low handicapper could score anything from an eagle to a triple bogey depending on their stratagy.A mid to high handicapper i think should be able to get a birdie chance on at least 9 holes. Overall an excellant course please make the effort to play this course in 06.
My wife and I played the 12 hole Kingfisher course yesterday. When I say played, I really mean walked off in disgust at the 2nd hole ! The greens and tees were in appalling condition with holes everywhere. But the highlight (lowlight) had to be the 2nd tee which has not a single blade of grass on it and looked like a mud bath ! Will not be going back and I will be writing a letter of complaint. Not happy !
Played St. Marys in a recent Hallet's match (16.04.2004), the weather was not very good (it rained nearly all the time), but this is a good test of golf, not very long (there are no par 5's)but you have to keep the ball straight. The highlight has to be the par 4 5th across the quarry, 254 yards but only a 180 yard carry over the quarry! - very tempting. Overall the members were very friendly and the food was good. Will have to play this course again in better weather!
The 9 hole course has been developed into a 12 hole, which as a casual player I deem to be a good idea, 9 is normally not enough and 18 can be a bit much if not all is going your way!!.
The first is a simple par 4 to get you in the swing straight a fairly wide fairway.
Holes 2 ,3 and 4 are the new holes, this is where you acan get snarled up abit as hole 3s green is directly in front of hole 4s tee, therefore a need to wait for the green to clear.
These holes are also on the lower ground of the course, and therefore very wet during bad weather.
After the 4th you enter onto the original 8 holes of the course, here some of the holes are challenging as but on a good summers day a few of the par 4s are driveable depending on club choices, I recently drove holes 5,7,8, and 11.
In the winter months the course totally changes and the wind plays a big factor,you lose a lot of run the holes which are reasonable to play in the summer months become longer and the rough also takes its toll.
Overall as a casual golfer who played of a handicap of 23 about 4 years ago, the course is nice to play no real difficult holes,as ever in a game of golf the difficult part of it is maintaining your own concentration and ability to play basic golf, so a reasonable score card can be maintained.
To all of you who read this I recommend a round here,the course is a reasonabel standard with good greens and the fee is reasonable as well!!!
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