12 reviews of The Priors Golf Club
Have played both the Priors course and Stapleford Abbots recently and think that the Priors course plays much better for high handicappers. Although the course is not long virtually all the holes require thought and accuracy which means that even the short hitters can compete and enjoy their round as being straight provides much more benefit than being long and erratic. The greens even after the recent rain were in good condition and the course is superb value for money. One small gripe is that the facilities are pretty basic and there is'nt a lot in the way of refreshments or hospitality but if your not bothered about the 19th hole then that shouldnt put you off giving this course a try.
I used to be a member at Stapleford Abbotts but felt the fees were too dear and could gain better value pay and play . This has proved to be the case . Played the Priors this Saturday and thought it was in very good condition . I do enjoy it as a golf course . I was surprised how empty the course was - it could be that £23 is more expensive than some of the other pay and play courses . Perhaps they could charge say £ 18 if you tee of after 2pm and more people would play . I will be going back but will look to do it on twi-light prices as feel there are better value than this for £ 23 .
Since Crown Golf took over, the course has improved enormously. Don't be fooled by your first impression when entering the car park. The course looks wide open at first glance, but the rough can be punishing. A very good course and great value for money. The par 3 18th has ruined many a score card...I was four over coming in to the 18th, then scored a NINE. The wind can play havoc, but adds to the fun.
Alan Haywood Aug, 2009
I have played this course numerous times, and find it extremely good value for money £20 a round.
The staff are helpfull and friendly, but facilities are lacking, and that is due to Stapleford Abbots being across the road and Priors sharing.
The greens are always in good condition, and were better than many courses I played that cost twice as much this summer.
They are busy up until 12:30 Saturday and Sunday but the tee times are spread out enough not to allow the disaster of 5 1/2 hour rounds at Hainault just down the road.
I played The Priors on the 27th May, about 3 weeks after playing The Abbotts. I don't understand why there is such a big difference in the green fees. Maybe it's because there is no clubhouse. The course was in great condition both fairways and greens. It is shorter than The Abbotts but all that means is you have to hit a 3 wood straight, rather than a driver. I found that water hazzards made for a more interesting round. At £15 i'll save £21 and play this instead of The Abbotts.
I have played this course over three years,the price has now gone too high for the quality of the course.They have not got over the problem of tufts of grass on the edge of the greens which mostly ruins the majority of the approach shots.The greens today were awfull, they had just been "Tyned" and most of the mud was left on the greens.The course could be excellent but it seems they are just taking the money,they could put some more trees in which could make a vast change.
I played this course for the first time 2 weeks ago, i thought the standard of the course was superb. I payed 8 quid for the round and a buggy between two is 7.50. The course itself was well maintained and i thought was very playable. This course is perfect for somebody who can hit between 80 - 100. As mentioned before the water does make you think about several of your shots.
I play here a lot and love it, ok the portacabin clubhouse and no practice facilities drag it down, but it's cheap and you always get a friendly welcome. They've added a lot of drainage over the last 18 months which appears to have dried out the course a lot. As for the course, it's only a real challenge the first few times you play it. The 4 par 5s are very short, the (downhill) 11th and 15th are only a wedge after a good drive and the 1st and 13th are only a 6 iron after a good drive which makes a mockery of their par. The water which frightens the life out of you the first time you play here doesn't come into play once you get used to the course, except on the superb par 3 18th...125 yards to centre of green but there's water all the way from tee to green and OOB surrounding the green! I've had several rounds ruined by taking double bogeys (and worse!) on this hole. I'd definitely recommend Priors if you're a mid-high handicap but anybody playing off less than about 12 should be looking to go around in about 75 here.
PLus point is that it's fairly cheap. The course is not that difficult but does have a couple of interesting holes including a (sort of) island green. Road noise from the M25 is, indeed, a bit of an annoyance and the facilities are in a porta-cabin although, as said below, There are good facilities 30 seconds up the road at Stapleford Abbotts. 6/10
Played this course for the first time recently with no expectations after reading the previous comment and to my suprise i loved it.
It may be open and have a motorway next door but for the money it is a fantastic little course.
with no two holes the same and lots of water and the overall condition i thought was very good for this type of course.
The clubhouse is a large porter cabin with a cafe but if you are that fussy you can use the stapleford abbotts main clubhouse about two mins up the road.
If you are looking for an enjoyable round at a good price you will not be dissapointed.
Course was in dreadful condition - it was like playing on a school sports-field. Mud was very thick - not really in a playable condition.
Greens are very small and rather flat, and the lack of trees mean that you can see the whole course - reinforcing the feeling of a playing-field. Only real interest here is a bit of water, particularly on the 18th.
The continual sound of M25 traffic does not improve the atmophere, nor does the clubhouse "shack". Unlikely to play here again!
Nice course in the summer - very testing shots over and alongside water. The par 5s can be reached in 2 with straight drives and a lot of nerves. Greens in a good condition all year round. Fairways and bunkers are appalling in the winter - when it rains the bunkers fill up with water and the London clay causes the fairways to become mud baths.
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