68 reviews of Stockley Park Golf Club
This course was originally designed by Robert Trent Jones Snr, who is one of the top golf course designers in the world including several that have hosted majors. The misguided changes to the course several years ago are nothing short of an abomination of the original design. Basically they shifted many tons of earth to destroy 4 excellent holes in order to squeeze in a pathetic, 12 bay open air driving range over the original 1st hole. Presumably they hoped it would generate extra revenue, but I would suspect they have lost more on the green fees than they have gained on the driving range.
To be fair the green fees have now dropped dramatically to reflect the deterioration in the quality of course. Greens were true and fast, though cracked in places due to the hot summer. Overall course maintenance was very variable, the 10th tee was a sand pit and the layout of the hole is a banana shape, 300 yds around, 200yds across if you have any idea where the green is. (Alledgedly they are trying to redesign the 10th). The bunkers have a fine grit in them rather than sand, quite consistent in quality and presumably doesn't blow away, but is quite abrasive on your golf clubs.
If it is convenient then worth a try if you have a very discounted green fee and low expectations. I won't be back in a hurry.
Don't know why they renamed it Stockley Pines as you will struggle to find a pine tree anywhere on the course.
Played Stockley Pines Saturday 6th April. The course has a new head greenkepper and it shows. The condition of the course is great considering the adverse weather. The key is to play off the white tees......it really shows it's teeth. The 10th could be better and understand they have applied for planning permission. The other holes are all challenging in different ways. The best course in the area by a long way and a great test off the white tees.
I can't understand some of the reviews.
We played it off the very back tees, which is a decent 6600 yards, much longer than off the yellows.
Having never played it before, i can't comment on the changes to the course. But the 10th is certainly not a bad hole, even if it's the weakest.
The fact is, this is a real gem of a course. Fantastic value (even better if you're over 55 , when it's only £10- how great is that?).
It's really tough, as it's very open and VERY windy. So it played more like 7000 yards.
There isn't a weak hole on the course, and many are very uphill, with well-protected greens.
A great course we'll defintely be returning to soon.
I played the course recently and although it still represents reasonable value, the maintenance of the course needs to be improved dramatically.
The bunkers are a coarse sand / gravel and the greens are OK for a public course but have a lot of unrepaired pitch-marks on them which is an indication of how some players treat the course.
Some of the holes are still interesting though particularly 11-16, but with some holes where you can pick and place the hole as the grass is in poor condiotion.
Overall I think the course needs some expenditure and care to bring it back to what is once was.
I am amazed at some of the comments on here about the course. 14 of us played it yesterday as we have each December for 10 years. It isn't the course it was due to the changes but the holes that were changed have matured and we will be back next year. The greens were as good as many you will find at the moment, quick, true and without the 15 or so pitch marks mentioned in a previous post. It has some fantastic holes, friendly helpful staff and more than adequate club house. Deals are available at most courses these days which always makes the experience more pleasurable. I had a level par back 9 which I wouldn't have done if the course was anything like some of the reviews here. Give it a go, you may be pleasantly surprised.
Played this course 12/11/2011. I found the people very friendly and relaxed. Actually, considering the time of year most of the greens were in very good condition, the 10th was the worst. Here comes the bad bit. The 10th and 18th are two of the worst golf holes I've ever played. The rest of the course is quite dull, if you like your golf courses to inspire, you would have to think twice about playing here. A lot of blind shots. There are a few good holes but that really is about it, just good not brilliant. We paid £27.50 each. Would we play it again? All my playing partners said 'No'. I tend to agree.
played Stockley Pines as it is now known on Sat 15th. beautiful afternoon, spolit by the poor shape the course was in. The old Stockley Park was 2 loops of 9, but the new set up is all over the place. The course has been shortened, which is no bad thing, but sadly the set up just feels wrong.
The condition of various holes was either ok, or very scruffy. Probably something like 10-15 pitch marks on almost every green (not the course management fault!)However, where the management does no favours to encourage players to return is the slowness of play. We took 3 hours 45mins to play 14 holes. Apparently when it gets busy they dont have a course ranger, many would say that is exactly when a ranger should be out there to 'push' players along.
Memo to managment, change rota's!!!!
Will not rush back to wait on every hole, hoping to get around in circa 5 plus hours... Lucky it was a beautiful afternoon....
Played this course for the first time as we got 2 for 1 deal. The course itself is outstanding especially the back nine. The 10th is still undergoing some works but the rest it very very good. I would recommend getting a buggy as it is not the kind of course I would like to walk - lots of ups n downs and the walk from the 9th to the 10th is a bit of a long one. The club house is very nice, clean and tidy with a fantastic view of the course. All in all I would definately play this again.
played stockley for the first time today, after reading reviews i was very reluctant to play there. but after the front nine holes i didnt no what the fuss was about. fantastic front 9, good condition, challenging holes. but the back nine seemed like a complete different course, well the 10th is possibly the worst hole in england!! have to walk 3 miles to get to the next tee box after the greens. wouldnt be a first choice course every weekend. and definatley not a £35 course.
We used to play here a lot, but returned after 7 months. We agree that changing the first was a huge mistake and the 10th is not what it should be, however we gather the 10th is due to change, we shall see. The 18th is settling down now that the grass has grown on the banking. So in defence of stockley it still has very good bunker positioning, the shaping of the rest the holes is very good, and contouring of the greens excellent requiring thoughtful approach play and even more thoughtful putting. In comparison to most of the other Middlesex courses, with boring straight up and down holes with only two holes worth playing and 16 you can't even remember, Stockley asks questions from tee to hole. I would rather play Stockely's 17 good holes locally than most of the others. We have played extensively in the States, Europe and at home, so we know what a good golf hole is! So if you are going to play here, accept what the 10th is, and if you play off the backs, it is a very good challenge and a good challenge off the yellows. My wife and myself intend to return very soon, and not stay away so long again as the spirit of Trent Jones lives on, if only in 16.5 holes!
Played Stockley Park last week and i think that the course has been ruined just to put a driving range in front of the club house,The first and the 18th have been replaced and a new hole has been added, This new hole is awful and looks like a land fill site,the old holes where a good test.This was one of the best coures in Middlesex.I have played this course quite a lot as I work at heathrow we could play after work but now i don,t think I will play Stockley ever again.Having to pay £26 to play on this land fill is a joke.
The previous reviewer (Al Pate) has stolen my thunder, I couldn't agree with him more. This act of vandalism has completely ruined what was a fine course. I've selected the new 10th hole for special mention, it was awful. I saw barely any grass on the fairway and from tee to green it was reminiscent of driving round a multi storey car park....dreadful design!
The society I play with agreed with me and after many years of enjoyable golf there, we shall not be going back.
Played Stockley on Sat 28 Aug 2010 on a quiet afternoon at discounted twilight rate of £20. I had previously been a member of Stockley for some ten years when it first opened and played it regularly. However I heard that the company owning it had gone into administration although I understand a new buyer has now been found.
Anyway to cut to the chase i was extremely disappointed with the changes that had been to what was once a superb course with some magnificent testing holes.
Whoever decided to stick a driving range where the 1st tee used to be, move tonnes of earth around the old 9th and 18th to make them look like some dumping ground should be fired.
Why try and fix something that aint broken.
By changing three holes (old 1st, 9th,18th) the management have truly made a monumental balls up and ruined the best parts of the course.
Its like sticking pebble dashing & black tarmac drive on a stately home
And as for the decision to put a driving range on the old 1st hole they were obviously under some delusion that this would bring in the cash when they could have so easily located it where the original practice ground was (now the "new" 10th) and left the glorious opening hole as the original designer intended.
Nick Faldo and Robert Trent Jones Snr would be appalled at the changes made by what can only be described as "cowboy architects/advisors"
The new 10th hole feels like you pitched up at some farmers backyard who has decided to stick a par 4 hole surrounded by ugly earth mounds.
The 9th / 18th have had the best aspects removed from them through the presence of the ugly earth mounds that attempt to make them "stadium holes" - how badly has this backfired!
What was wrong with the old set up where you could walk down these holes and see the clubhouse await you and nice pine trees on either side?
Dont get me wrong the other 16 holes are fine and worthy of £20 alone but changing 16.66% of the holes ruined 100% of my enjoyment of what was once a challenging and worthy championship course
I will not be returning despite the good condition of the remaining holes , the well cared for tee boxes, the super greens, and friendly assistant pro.
I could understand why on a bank hol Sat there were only a half a dozen people on the course.
I wish the new owners all the best for the future and hope they can attempt to make Stockley a profitable course
I played on 19th July for the Senior rate of £10. This is available to those aged 55!
I was advised to start on the 10th. This is clearly a new hole but will become a decent hole in time. There is then a long trek to 4 holes on the far side of the main road with 11 & 14 being good holes.
The remaining holes on the back nine are a good mixture though the sharply dog-legged 18th is a risk or reward hole without any reward.
The front nine is generally a little tighter but there are still opportunities to open your shoulders at the 2 par 5's.
I found the greens very good in view of all the hot the weather and the hard fairways made the course shorter than normal even from the white tees (no problem with playing from these). I had no problems with the speed of play but I got the impression from the pro shop that hackers can be a problem.
As the original owners "went bust" it seems harsh to object to the opening of a driving range to allow a very good facility to remain.
In my opinion this is an extremely good value, an interesting and in parts challenging course well worth a visit
Myself and a friend played/attempted to play Stockely Park yesterday. Our tee time was what we considered to be reasonably early enough to avoid too much congestion, but we couldn't be more wrong! We had to sit and wait 15-20 mins on every tee before playing. On the hottest day of the year so far, you can imagine how frustrating this became. On the eighth fairway a helpful gentleman from the pro shop then came round and advised that we needed to 'speed up'. Very good advice i thought, given that there are three groups playing each hole and two waiting on the tee! (not impressed). On the turn we had taken just short of 3 hours, and decided that this was not acceptable. We gave up and asked for a refund of the back nine. The helpful gentleman from earlier was adamant that this is 'normal', and that the average time to play is 6 hours. I feel they may want to let you know that before you part with £35. We did get nine holes complimentary for the next time (handy).
All of this said though is a great shame as i actually quite liked the course, and thought it was in pretty good condition and also a pretty good challenge.
Key Learnings - Dont play on a weekend unless you a) tee off before your milkman comes, b) enjoying sitting around on every tee box for 20 mins!
Hugely dissapointed by Stockley Park GC. On a positive note the greens were fairly quick and ran pretty true most of the time, the access from the motorway very good, yardage markings good and the proximity to Subway for a post round sandwich excellent, however there were more negatives than positives.
The fairways were average and some holes were very dissapointing (Hole 10 especially!) Our tee time was 10am which was early enough to have a fairly clear round, but it looked backed up a couple of hours later (possibly due to a society?). There are also plenty of dog walkers and family outings making their way around the course.
I got the impression that this was a pretty couse previously however with the current rededsign it looks a little unloved with waste land lining the fairways and plenty of litter lying around.
I would think in its current state this is a £25 course not £35. 2fore1 only applicable in the afternoon! All in all a dissapointing course in its current state!
If you are someone like me who enjoyed playing at Stockley Park in the past, and is returning to the course after a few years absence, then be prepared for a big disappointment.
They have undertaken a course development that has replaced the old 1st hole with an ugly monstrosity of an open air, poor quality, driving range. This eyesore is enclosed by high mud/clay banking that also replaces trees and shrubs which were a feature of the course, and has led to a bizarre remodelling of what were previously excellent 9th and 18th holes.
The replacement hole for the old 1st was recently opened, then closed due to waterlogging, and replaced with 60yd or so par 3 chip.
On the plus side the old back 9 has been re-ordered into a front 9 and is well set up offering an interesting mixture of holes. Course maintenance of bunkers was good and the greens were well prepared and well drained.
Be aware that all yardages are to the front of the greens, otherwise you could well be coming up short in your approach shots as a number of greens have upturned saucer shapes so a short shot doesn't run on.
Wed had numerous recommendations from reliable sources that Stockley was one of the few real golfing gems inside the M25. So we booked ourselves a couple of tee times and headed off to Uxbridge on a scorching afternoon in June 09.
The facilities at Stockley Park are very good a great clubhouse with excellent changing facilities and a strange pro-shop-cum-bar arrangement which whilst quirky, certainly looks the part. Upstairs affords great views not only of the course but of London itself stretching far out to the east with Canary Wharf rising up in the distance . Quite fabulous!
Clubhouses however are all very well. We were here to play golf, and on this point Stockley scored very badly indeed.
At the time of writing (June 09) Stockley has an awful lot of work going on, a fact that was not pointed out to us when we booked for a party of 8. At least half of the 18 holes had very large amounts of ground under repair. Many holes were also the subject of a very poor re-turfing job. Some greens were flat an true and in really good condition whilst others were a patchwork of re-laid turf, and frankly unplayable. We even found a handful that had been recently hollow tined (in the middle of summer??) Tee boxes were in appalling condition, looking like the tee markers hadnt been moved in weeks and the area between was badly hacked up. The bunkers seemed to be full of a blueish grit, the colour of cement and very coarse grained. Worst of all was the temporary 60 yard 10th hole which even for a temporary arrangement was a laughable piece of wasteland.
To cap it all the course seemed somewhat plagued by Hillingdons younger generation who rode bikes over the greens as we played up and who at one point rode out onto the fairway to steal a ball as it rolled down the fairway.
Stockley is a course which could be excellent. The fact is however that it is in an appalling condition.
I've always loved Stockley Park, probably because I've never played it on a Saturday morning and endured 6 hour rounds. Playing off the white's is a completely different experience to playing off the yellow's: apart from being much longer, it subtly changes angles and brings into play the bunker complexes, forcing you to make decisions on the tee. It's not really been maintained to the highest standard, but scratch beneath the surface and you will find a championship course. It really makes me admire the course design abilities of Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Unfortunately, all that is changing with the remodelling of the 1st, 9th and 18th to create space for a driving range. The new 9th and 18th are now open, and although not yet open we had a look at the new 1st. These holes are not a patch on the old ones - there is no way Robert Trent Jones was involved in this, and there is no way Nick Faldo is coming back to hit the first tee shot like he did when the course was first opened. In these tough economic times, the club needs the stable revenue that comes with a range, but they appear to have ripped out the heart of the course by taking away the challenging approach shots to the 9th and 18th greens. Maybe I'm being melodramatic, and the new holes will play well once they've had a few years to bed in, but in the mean time I am staying away from Stockley Park.
I'd not played this course for a couple of years, but knew it was having some major redevelopment work. This reduces the first hole (previously a tricky par 4) to an 80 yard pitch. Apart from this and the work going on between the 9th & 18th fairways, there was a fair dose of GUR spread around the course. I just hope it's worth it !
The greens were generally good - they can be treacherous in the summer - and the bunkers (although now fewer than previously) were brim full of sand.
The trick at Stockley is to get out early - a) to get the course in it's best condition before the numerous societys/hackers (of which I'm one, but I DO replace divots and repair pitch-marks, unlke a lot of players here) go out and b) it can be a long old round - 5-6 hours if you are unlucky.
Facilities are improving - now got 2 putting greens. The clubhouse and bar is good and overlooks the 18th green.
Stockley take 2-fore-1 vouchers and you can occasionally get an early tee-off for just £5 - but bring your night-vision goggles !
I would go back again - it's not worth £35 at the weekends but for £20 midweek (or even £5 !), it's worth a go.
I play Stockley a lot and agree with a lot of points in the previous comment. The sand, for example, is non existent. The works going on, while understanble as the course will be improved, ruin the first hole and turn it into a little pitch straight onto a very large green.
There is a but here because Stockley is a hugely enjoyable course. It is a good test of golf and has that come back feeling that only a few courses have.
We were going to stop playing here because the green fees were still too high considering the worksite some of the course has become. The last time we played we got a considerable discount however so as long as that stays the same we will keep on visiting.
I'm sure that when the work finishes the course will be immaculate but the management must look after its current clientele as we are the future clientele too.
Played Stockley Park this weekend and was left disappointed.
Its obviously got pretentions to be something of an upscale course offering a challenge to even scratch players.
Its long and narrow with patches of trees, bushes and long rough separating the holes. The first cut of rough was long and thick and missing the fairway by ten yards was a big mistake, but on many holes you were better off missing by thirty and playing from another fairway.
The Greens were nothing special slow and patchy and in need of a lot of pitch mark repair.
Bunkers had a shallow layer of heavy sand.
Fairways and tee boxes were nothing special.
Signage was almost totally lacking and walks between green and tee were on occasion two hundred yards or more.
Worst of all extensive work was ongoing to the first, ninth and eighteenth leaving a giant scar of bare earth running down the centre of the course.
There are some very nice holes notably a loop of about five on the other side of a bridge but too many holes are a little non-descript.
This was the only club where we could play on a Sunday morning, but we really enjoyed it. A very nice course, with some really nice holes. The fairways were wide, but the rough was tough to get out of. The greens were OK, but a little dry.
So if you are a visitor to London like us, and cannot get on to play some of the more expensive (and maybe better) courses, try this one!
Played the course today.
With the 2 fore 1 offer went round for just £12.50. Well designed course, no temporary greens or tees. The course is currently undergoing some renovation but the greens and fairways are in great condition. I would say one of the best pay and play courses I have played in the entire London area. Well designed and most greens provide a stern test of putting ability. Watch out for the bunkers, they are tough to get out of!
Club house staff were friendly and helpful. Food in the upstairs dining area was also good. Very modern atmosphere which is not a bad thing in my opinion.
All in all a great day out and highly recommended, especially if you can play Mon-Fri when the course seems quiet.
How can you slate a course because you got hit on the head? Surely it's just unfortunate if you happen to get in the way of a terrible slice... unless the course has been poorly designed so as to make it dangerous. And I don't think that's the case with Stockley: the holes are generally all separated from each other by trees and bushes. I would be interested to know on which hole this accident occurred.
People seem to have mixed views about Stockley. I think it's a fantastic layout and is a real challenge off the back tees, as this brings all the fairway bunkers and mounds into play. Play it off the yellows and you can smash a driver past all the trouble and leave yourself a short iron into the green. Play it off the whites and the course starts to ask a lot more questions, you really start to appreciate the clever design. Being a newish course, it also drains incredibly well so the fairways and greens are rarely soggy.
On the downside, they clearly have problems with drainage in the bunkers and a lack of practice facilities, which i understand is being addressed in the near future. The other issue is that the greens are often covered in pitch marks - which means they have to do a lot of work on the greens - but that is due to hackers with poor ettiquette roaming the course. Maybe the course management could look at initiatives to encourage golfers to look after the course?
It may not be pretty, but if you like having all of your game tested, this is a great place to play.
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