11 reviews of Temple Golf Club
Not many recent reviews, and maybe it should stay that way to keep this one of those hidden gems everyone talks about. We chose Temple primarily on location (half way between the Oxfordshire & home) and availability to visitors on Sundays. The green fee was great - £26 each for midday Sunday, with County Card. The club house makes a great impression - lots of honours boards going back to the early years of the last century - and winners of the club champs playing off +2. Good value again - £5 for a large pot of tea and two cokes. Everyone we met was really friendly and the Pro did a great deal on an Odessy putter my wife had been struggling to find in ladies size.
The course is not huge, but is a good test. Parkland rolling through the Thames Valley with spectacular views. As another golfer said, the test is in very well protected greens (bunkers and humps & hollows), trees, and sloping fairways. Some of the fairways are adjacent but the course undulations keep them nicely apart. The par 3's are a test, especially the blind 230 yard one with a sunken green, and the par 4's are either long, or risk reward & driveable. The 5s are a bit bland but the green protection helps. Overall condition was excellent, although the greens seemed a bit sluggish - maybe in comparison to the Oxfordshire's lightening fast ones the previous day.
All in all, a very good afternoon and a course to come back to - especially after driving the green on the par 4 outside the club house!
this course prooves that length is not everything.... although below 6000 yards from the yellows, this course is still a test of golf.. with one side of the fairway or other needed for a clear second shot towards the green on a large number of the par 4s (with a few being typical 'members' holes)... but the most memorable holes are probably the par 3s... the two short ones hitting onto raised greens.. and the others being over 200 yards long (one a blind shot into a hollow)... the par 5s are probably the weekest holes on the course.
One of the best course layouts i've played... so will be looking for other courses that have been designed by Willie Park Jnr.
The members we met on the course were all friendly and welcoming... Will definitely play here again.
We were lucky enough to play Temple on a balmy Saturday afternoon and I have to say it was a real pleasure,although the course caught me out later on in the round
It is set high above the Thames with amazing views over the valley,ideal on a sunny day to get there early and have a quick drink and relax.
The first hole is a gentle downhill easy opening,then you go up and down for a while,the bunkers come in to play as a defence.....the best holes are probably the par 3's,one is set in what looks like a deep crater and measures 238 yards or so from the yellows.
The club seems to do things in an understated way,no fuss,just classy.The pro shop was well stocked and friendly as were the staff serving after the round,just about to close up,they still managed to whip up a quick sandwich and pot of tea,the views seemed to have got better!
Couse condition was far better than the previous contributor declared,the greens had been tined slightly but if a little slow they held a ball and were fine....
A great day only marred by some average golf on our part.....make your score on the front nine,the back is far harder
Having played the course two days ago I can't understand where the previous comments were referring to. When I first played Temple about six or seven years ago it was consistently one of the best courses in the area. I played there for the first time in over a year on Thursday and didn't recognise the place. Tees were uncut and covered with open divots, fairways could barely be distinguished from semi rough and as for the greens? They clearly hadn't been mown in a week, in places they were fluffy others they had virtually no grass, all of them were a lottery to putt on from any distance over about 12 inches and none of them were at the same pace. On every green myself and the member I played with were removing weeds like daisies and plantains in an effort to prevent them spreading. Also, some of them (the 1st and 15th) had huge patches where the machines had scraped the grass off. Over the years this club had acquired a fantastic reputation which, if nothing is done to improve the maintainance and presentation the course soon, will mean that reputation is lost forever.
Steve Glenny, Reading
Temple is a fantastic, picturesque course, obviously well-maintained and in excellent condition.
It's 5800 yards from the yellows, so not long, but it is a bit 'up and down', starting with the opening hole, offering spectacular views as you drive downhill.
The 4 par 3's are possibly the most memorable - 2 short ones (130 yards) but up onto very raised greens, whilst the other 2 par 3's are 210 (downhill) and a long 230 yards.
There's no water on the course, which is unusual but plenty of strategically-placed bunkers, especially around the greens. The greens themselves are immaculate, with plenty being two-tiered requiring accurate approach shots to avoid 3-putting.
There is a putting and chipping green, a practise net and, strangely, what seems to be a range (marked out with yardages) actually out on the course (!).
There is a well-stocked pro-shop and an inviting club-house.
I'll defintitely play here again !
Beautiful views make this a very enjoyable course to play. It is relatively short by modern standards and the layout seems strange at times. I played the course in early April and it was not in great condition. I do not think this course is at its best in the Winter. Fairways are tree lined but wide.
With sensible golf one should score well on this course.
A lovely course that is never too busy. A shame the golf is marred by sad and oudated ideas regarding players attire and the attitude of some of Temples' members. Knee length socks have and never will be a good idea. Electricity seems to have made its way to Temple, how about a small spinkling of the remainder of the 20th centuries ideas?
I believe the remark regarding a strange layout was intended for the Aspect Park GC which is a few miles down the road, which does indeed have a somewhat orienteering feel to it. Same does not apply at Temple.
Very attractive course and clubhouse makes for a very pleasant round. Course is tight, especially back nine, but very well maintained and uncrowded.
Memebers can be a little 'old school' for my liking though.
What planet is this bloke on. The tee boxes are easy to follow. Played this course and feal it is a truley traditional golf club and an excellent test of golf. Drains well and for the time of year the course was in excellent condition.
Well done Temple staff
Secretary/Manager is now Mr.K.G.M. Adderley
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