8 reviews of Thamesview Golf Centre
I think that some of the reviews are slightly hard. The bottom line is you get what you pay for and playing here is cheap. The course short with nine holes (par 3/4/5s) and is not in the best condition. Fairways are narrow and the rough is very hard to play out of. The fairways are OK and the greens generally in acceptable condition, if all on the small side. It is a very challenging course to get a good score on (I got fourteen points). It isn't Woburn so expect golfers in jeans and football shirts and sharing clubs. However, with a little TLC this could be a a nice little course and there were plenty of people working on the course when we played yesterday so who knows.
The comments about the fencing do seem unfair - the course is in the middle of a build up residential area and they have done a good job making it secure. We didn't notice any unpleasant smells and it was a very hot day (30c). The bar and food were perfectly acceptable and the staff all very helpful and pleasant.
So to sum up: would I travel any distance to play here - no. If I was staying in the area and had my clubs with me would I play a round - probably. If I lived within ten minutes of the course would I joint the club - almost certainly yes.
One fine Monday, a friend and I decided on a game of golf. Having perused the web for a club, we found a good offer on Groupon and decided to take it up. With such a grandiose name as Thames View golf club how could anything go wrong? But oh Lord did we go wrong.
Upon entering the car park we were greeted by a rather rude "woman" who sarcastically asked 'you're not parking there are ya?!'. Having had to move my vehicle numerous times she finally galumphed off. We then went to the pay desk, where in fairness the staff were pleasant and helpful- sadly this was the highlight of our day. We proceeded to the driving range which can only be described as a hovel. Passers-by should be advised to wear a crash helmet as the holes in the net were bigger than the net itself, let alone the fact the tee-off mats were so awful that we may as well tee’d off from the concrete behind. After 60 gruelling balls we decided on a spot of lunch. Oh hell I wish I was on a diet that day. Upon finally finding the "bar" out of the various "conference rooms" we decided upon a burger for lunch. This was a tough choice considering the options were burger, burger or burger. Having received the meals we then requested some sauces, which were generously allocated to us for around 30 seconds before prior mentioned "women" snatched them away to share between all the other tables in the "bar". After I had eaten my meal I decided to use the toilet facilities. Whilst washing my hands I noticed a poster showing a 5* room from a hotel. The relevance of this was impossible to decipher, I can only imagine it was the dreams of the poor souls who had landed in this pit. Feeling considerably fatter we went on to the course. Here we were greeted by a Phil Mitchel look-a-like, only nastier, who rather grunted than spoke. He was followed by an elderly gentleman who followed us around the whole course to ensure we didn’t walk our trolleys across the tees. If these had been better than the driving range mats we could have understood however as they consisted of more sand than grass it seemed irrelevant.
The course at first glance looks reasonable but upon reaching the second hole you realise the entire course is surrounded by a barbed wire fence making the place feel more like a prison than a relaxing golf course. Having been rushed to the 7th hole we decided we could take no more. Being surrounded by poor quality players who think they are far superior than they actually are is tiring and tedious. This brings me to my final point, and quite possibly the worst. The stench of human excrement. It being such a hot day it was unbearable. If the members have to play in that every day I am surprised they don't wear nose clips. I understand that space is limited in London but having a course next to a sewage works is ridiculous.
So in conclusion, if you have a brain and some appreciation for the fine sport of gold, do not come here. I noticed in the clubhouse a poster for the annual general meeting. If between weeping the members could come together and rectify these problems I would be happy to come and reassess the situation; otherwise I would rather go and play golf pretty much else than play here.
From all the feedback I've read on this site, I felt that maybe things would have changed at Thamesmead (Riverside Golf Course) over the years; I was wrong, kids playing all over the fairways, a young girl ran up to me and asked if she could have the ball she was holding, I told her it wasn't mine, realising after that the guy who had just tee'd off from behind the dog left had just had his ball picked up off the fairway!
It's a comical course, I have to admit, if you're a serious by-the-book golfer don't even bother playing here, the etiquette is unbelievably poor, the course seems to have improved (fairways), some greens still need a lot of work, kids still fishing at the water hazards, kind off annoying, and I lost at least four balls to kids who picked them up for fun and ran off.
Didn't bother going to the bar...
Its called Thamesview Golf Cennte now but its still a very bad so called golf club.
I had played the course before 2 years ago and the greens were very bad, but I had word that the greens since had got better I played in march and the greens very much better and I had a nice round of golf. but I only played did not go in the club house. But I played back there 2 weeks ago and what a change. The greens were bad again and the attitude of the pro's when I went to pay my green fee was as if I was back at school, ps try to keep away from the tall american pro or who ever he is.
1 thing if your sad enough to waste money. look out for the sign that greets you on entry. No drugs at this golf club or the police will be notified. Not welcome to Thamesview golf centre.
All in all a stay away golf club, better going for a round at shooters hill CC.
This course is quite simply the worst golf course in the world.
I'm not a golfing snob - I've played down the road at Barnehust, Cray Valley, Pedham Place which are all pay and play and offer a decent game.
You won't get that at Thamesmead.
First impressions were not good as the range closes at 6pm and the club bar is the first I have ever seen that warns of drugs not being tolerated on site.
The tees are littered with rubbish, the greens bare (and I mean soil!) mixed in with the odd patch of grass 6 inches long.
I played the first hole and thought 'maybe it will get better' then having taken my first shot on the second I noticed my approach was slightly hampered.
Yes, there on the 2nd green was a man lying prostrate with a four-pack (now consumed).
I took a deep-breath of sewage-filled air, picked my ball up, and walked away.
Riverside golf club is a flat and cheap course with driving range sandwiched between Cross-Ness and Thamesmead.
This single fact means that you are neighbours with South London's sewage farm. If you can cope with the smell, you'll be fine. If you do not like the smell of 1/2 of London's waste then go elsewhere!
these course is under good value for money at 6 pounds in the evening,but many kids play on this course but the staff said that the kids are being kicked off the course.
i am new to the game of golf and i find the 5 pounds a game for evening tee off times, but be alert many kids play on this golf course.
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