18 reviews of Staverton Park Golf Club
Six 30year old lads with a range of experience (on and off the golf course) played at Staverton on 26th November 2011.
We found the staff to be friendly and helpful. The front of house manager of the hotel was extremely professional in accomodating our requirements.
The course itself was in excellent condition. I appreciate that it has been good autumn weather for golf but the greens and fairways were fantastic. Staverton has a very good layout and is a challenging golf course.
The weekend members contingement were very polite and helpful apart from one neurotic woman, who was clearly having a bad day hacking around on the fairway running parallel to the hole she was playing. It took over four and half hours for a round but for a weekend round that is acceptable.
I have played many courses in Northants and would put this in the top 5.
After reading a previous report,I was slightly concerned as I had organised a golf weekend for a party of 8 at Staverton Park. However,it was an excellent 2 rounds and overnight stay.
The course itself was in excellent condition for a 'resort' course - greens nice and true and fairways generally well-kept and maintained.
The front 9 is surprisingly hilly - almost alternating up and down, making for some tricky 2nd shots. The back 9 is flatter but,despite that,probably slightly more interesting.
Water only really features on 3 of the holes, most notably on the 18th.
I would echo a previous comment about the terrific walk from the 9th green, around the hotel and clubhouse to the 10th tee. The range runs between the 1st and 10th, but has no fence on it's right-hand side, so anything hooked on the 10th results in knocking it onto the range........
There is always a course marshall prowling around, which can only be a good thing - but despite that both rounds took 5+ hours......it's just busy at peak times I'm afraid.
Off course, the facilities include the range, 2 putting greens, a half-way house and a well-stocked pro shop.
The rooms and food were perfectly acceptable, although, as expected, the bar was a tad pricey (well worth seeking out the local pub, 'The Countryman', 10 mins walk away - excellent ales on pump)
I would definitely reconsider playing and staying there again.
We stayed at Staverton Park for a society golf weekend...there were 18 of us and we stayed for two nights playing the course three times.
In terms the of the hotel....the best I could say is acceptable. For the money we paid, there were few complaints however, I found the standard of the hotel in general and the rooms to be little better than Travelodge.
The furniture in the rooms is all MDF nailed to the walls and in the twin rooms, the single beds are not only tiny but also move about easily....you sit up to watch the TV and the bed slides forward!
The restaurant has to be the key area for criticism here....the choice was poor, the food wasn't great and the service worse than anything I've ever experienced. Lazy, disheartened staff clearly bored of serving rubbish food to groups of men.
The hotel bar was not too bad, there are a couple of pool tables and plenty of seating areas...there was also a big screen showing the football. The bar prices were pure extortion....by drinking a few bottles of Magners Cider, I felt that I was probably being relied upon to provide the salary for all the staff...for a month!!
It has to be said that we were slightly unlucky with the weather....plenty of rain in the week preceding our visit had ensured that the course was wet underfoot in some places...buggies were not available (a real problem for the older chaps over 3 days of 18 holes)....no trolly's without hedgehogs...which meant if you'd only brought a tour bag like me and you don't have hedgehogs...and the pro shop dont sell them....you were in a slight pickle. There are a few electric golf carts available to rent and although there were filthy dirty, I was grateful to get hold of one with hedgehogs so that I could take my clubs with me on to the course!
The course itself...fantastic.
The opening hole is possibly the worst one of the course....and theres nothing wrong with it.
The layout makes you feel like you have covered a lot of ground, mainly because of the walk from 9 to 10...however..its really worth it....in fact...if you only get to play half of this course, play the back 9...you'll miss some good holes but you will play the best ones.
The 10th is lovely and offers good opportunities to score well or ruin a score card....
In general, a very pleasant place to be...possibly due to our travel agent I was expecting more from the hotel and less from the course...on balance, this is not a place I would urge you to stay at, but a course I would suggest you should play...if inly once.
DeVere Hotels have an opportunity to make this venue very good, but it isn't at present. I would agree with some of the comments above regarding the course (some holes are very attractive especially 2, 10, 11 and 12, well placed bunkers, good practice facilities and excellent pro and pro shop) but overall I left feeling disappointed for a number of reasons:
The greens were awful; uneven, very slow in places and very quick in others. The greenkeeper hollow-tined about 12 of the greens on Monday but on 3 of the 12 only half of the green had been completed (the greens were uneven before they were hollow-tined on Monday). We played two rounds and on Sunday the greens were too hard with no 'hold' but too soft on Monday. So much so that one shot into the 12th plugged half way up its own pitch mark!
The food was no better than a £5.95 carvery and the staff in the restaurant appeared distracted. Our starter plates were still on the table when we had almost finished our main course and the bottle of wine we ordered didn't arrive until after our 3rd request for it.
Breakfast was no better. Every table that was not in use (around 30 in total) had not been cleared.
We were told by a member of staff that DeVere Hotels have a set of standards that all hotels in the group try to attain and that Staverton Park was near the bottom of those standards. I agree with this.
I have scored the course at '5' for the measures indicated, but if you were to ask me to rate it on other measures such as:
Overall quality of the course
Helpfulness of the staff
Quality of the food and drink
then I would rate it at no more than '2'.
Avoid until it improves.
Played Staverton on the 13/14 sept 09, a very undulating course with some excellent holes. Quite a few holes with raised greens and club selection can be tricky so a course guide is a must (one of the best course guides I have ever seen). The only negatives worth commenting on are some of the areas around the greens were bare and chipping was almost impossible and the walk from the ninth hole to the tenth is very long. All in all though great course excellent clubhouse friendly staff and possibly the chattyest course marshall ever.
What a splendid course! Hard to pick fault with this place, from the pro shop to the sun terrace with a nice beer all really nice.
Not the longest course but certainly some testing shoots, and some long putts, some of the biggest greens I think I have ever played on.
Course in great condition and well manicured. Alos it was very quiet on the midweek afternoon we played.
If I had to pick a fault it would have to be the number of warehouses you can see from around the course, but that is being really picky.
Would I play here again with the hours journey to and from here, you bet I would!
Just played it at the beginning of April 09 and it was in mint condition the greens were true (unlike some i have played lately) and tees and fairways were spot on.
Its a really good course layout as you hardly ever cross fairways, most fairways are tree lined but they are wide enough to still give you confidence off the tee. There is some cleverly placed bunkers and water hazards that caught me out. Overall it will be a good challenge for any standard of golfer
Played after a week of rain in december and the course was still in very good condition. The greens were absolutely superb, the best I have ever played on during the winter. great value with a 2-4-1 voucher. holes 10-12 are visually excellant.
Played Staverton as part of the DMC Golf Day on Friday 22nd July. The whole event was fantastic even though we didn't finish in the prizes! The course was interesting and in good condition and will definately play it again - bit of advice to anyone who enjoy's playing good courses as part of a competition then you should consider playing in one of DMC Golf's Days. We've also booked a golf break with them which is the best value we could find and great service.
Just played the course in June & it was a great test of Golf. The course was in very good condition with some great looking holes.
On the plus side: No two holes are the same & the facilities were excellent. On the negative side: The tee's don't get watered & are rock solid & some of the bunkers don't have enough sand in them.
Played Staverton in March. It was rather wet over the course and it would benefit with paths between greens & T's. Course was long and undulating but a great test of golf with a variety of holes and scenery. The greens were in great shape even accounting for the rain.
The Hotel was rather business like, but the food / carvery superb. Beer prices were a bit steep.
Played here as a society of 20 guys mid July 2004. From the welcoming introduction, through the course marshal and onto the course its self this was a excellent day. It would be hard to find any thing to be critical about; the whole course was in great condition, particularly the greens.
Whilst there was another society out there we hardly saw them and it was one of the few courses where the shout of fore was rarely heard, due I believe to the excellent design and layout. The three course carvery meal was very good and the service great. A few comments about bar prices being on the high side, and it appeared members had their own section and prices, so be it.
Overall, a very good value day on a golf course playing at its best.
Played the course in late April this year as part of a society 2 day package. The Course was challenging but the greens were very poor.
I am a member, it is a great course. Both as a junior and an adult. The staff are superb and the facilities are too. The food is brilliant and there is a great range of golf equipment to buy.
Langleigh Rush, Junoir member
Excellent Greens, friendly staff challenging course, great weather and good facilities.
Stayed at the Hotel and played on three consecutive days during June 2002. Staff in Pro shop and on course could not be faulted. Members, including the Captain, were friendly both in the clubhouse and on course. The clubhouse staff were friendly but not the most efficient. Food in Clubhouse was OK if not original. The Halfway house was very welcome and a nice touch.
The course was in Good condition and will I think improve even more as they have recently put in a new irrigation system. A few fairways were a little bear in places but this is in the process of being rectified and they were playing preferred lies as a result. Having said that the only hole where preferred lies was required was the eighteenth. Looking at the card some of the holes look quite short but a lot of the greens are protected by bunkers. The greens were in excellent condition and fast. It pays to keep the ball on the fairway because playing from the rough makes it very difficult to get the ball to stop on the green. Bunkers are good and consistent.
All in all a great weekends golf and a course which challenged all 4 of us. I play of 14 with the others playing off 12, 18 and 28. The course set a challenge to all of us but with some thought you should be able to play to your handicap or maybe even a bit better. A great course for a weekend away.
Sunday Night at £60 for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast and 2 rounds of Golf is a fantastic deal.
Having played the course on the 24th march 2002 I found it to be in good condition, although I think the fairways may suffer if very wet, the greens are immaculate and fast. What makes it an interesting course is the elevation changes at 2,3,6,10 and 11, hole 11 I thought was quite spectacular but all 18 are good. The only down side is the amount of time it takes to play, our round taking 4hrs 40mins teeing of at 11.00 waiting on every shot it makes for a long day, the last time I played here in August it was pretty much the same.
Really good value for money. A course of great interest, with water in play on a number of holes. Great condition. A course to come back to many times.
May 1999\r\nFabulous condition. All holes different amd memorable. Long, big greens/bunkers. Lovely countryside.\r\nNew 18th hole tough. Friendly clubhouse. Driving range and 2 putting greens.\r\nGood, 9/10
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