The Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club

The Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club, Monmouth, South East Wales, Wales, NP25 5HG

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Day three took us to my favourite course in the U.K. it is the main reason I come to this part of the world for a week’s golf, in truth I could stay here and play The Rolls for 5 days.
It is a few years since my last visit, and it never fails to impress, the design, the views, the rolling greens, everything is just perfect. For the first time in many years the weather was superb, no wind and lovely autumn sunshine, as usual the food, which is provided as part of the green fee was very nice.
Is there any where better (at these sort of prices) to play golf in the U.K.? In my view no.

Posted by Jon Ponsford on 18/09/2011
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This is probably one of the finest"hidden" gems in the world of golf-anywhere else and this course would be up there with the best,Its only drawback is finding it!!Have played the Rolls for many a year now with a late,great friend of mine.Both of us were members of "prestigious" S.Wales golf clubs BUT for us the Rolls was always the ultimate.Challenging,scenic and above all what 18 holes should always be about.Cant fault the place and never will.Now I live in Portugal but the Rolls will always be up there.
Tony-12 hcp-

Posted by Tony Harris on 23/07/2010
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I agree with J Farbowski (below) and I am the eponymous best friend mentioned.
It's one of my favourite courses in the world - a glorious setting that benefits from a quiet, rural location, specatular countryside and a wonderful budilng in the centre.
No golfer, serious or casual, will regret turning off The Hendrie and entering this site.
The most spectaular hole is probaly the par 5 seventh but there's hardly a weak spot on the course - and when we play it is always in impeccable condition.
The icing on the cake is that it is usually pretty quiet - we've never been held up even though it is very popular with societies.

Posted by Tim Cowen on 22/07/2010
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I played 36 holes at the Rolls of Monmouth on Sunday 14th June in the Gwent County Strokeplay Championship. I have been a fan of The Rolls for a long time and it certainly didn't disappoint. The greens were a little slow and took some getting used to but not worth any major criticism. This really is a superb venue, hidden aware in the countryside with nothing but the birds and the odd passing tractor to disctract you from your golf (although not forgetting the swarm of bees that congregated in a tree on the 6th on this particular day). When played in glorious sunshine this course is hard to beat. I would highly recommend it to golfers of all abilities and would suggest you take a little time to enjoy the stunning 18th hole. Not a particularly difficult course but is enough to challenge all abilities.

Posted by Nick Bliss on 16/06/2009
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Our party of 6 players visited on the way back home North from Swansea on the 4th day of our tour, each player agreed it was one of the best parkland courses we had ever played, even though the course was closed the day before due to torrential rain, in June !
Some of the views were incredible, several of the holes you would have to describe as signature holes and the condition of the course including the greens was first class, a great place to visit and highly recommended

Posted by Steve Taylor on 08/06/2009
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Rolls of Monmouth is possibly my favorite golf in the country. It also comes second only to the Old Head of Kinsale in my all time list of great courses. Living in Gloucestershire, the course is not a long way from me, but I only play it once a year, as part of a full day or 36 holes when by best friend comes over from London for a game. I write this today, in anticipation of this year's said pilgrimage tomorrow. I have been playing the course for around 10 years now, and have never found it in anything other than great condition, with lush fairways and well prepared greens. The welcome in the club house and bar are equally warm with good food and nice atmosphere. I have also played the course with a large society and the staff cope exceptionally with any numbers thrown at them.
All in all, a great experience for anybody be it a local golfer like myself or somebody traveling to play in the area.

Posted by Jonathan Farbowski on 17/06/2008
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Having played the Rolls of Monmouth on two previous occasions and having been immensely impressed each time, I was extremely concerned about my third booking for 17th February 2008 because of rumours and internet postings about poor greens. I was tempted to cancel and book somewhere else for that day, but then thought that it is not fair - one should always be constructive with criticism and most certainly let the person or body your concerns. I therefore phoned the Rolls and spoke to Sandra Orton, the Club Secretary to express my concerns. I explained that this was a delicate situation, but Sandra was both helpful and honest. Following this, we continued with our booking and so glad we did. What a wonderful day. A cordial welcome; lovely bacon roll and coffee; an absolutely glorious couse; followed by lovely ham,egg and chips (the simplest dishes are always the best). ALL IN ALL A GREAT DAY.
I have one huge regret - the standard of my golf will never match the high standards of the Rolls.

Posted by Hugh Morgan on 17/02/2008
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I was a founder member of the Rolls and, back in the heady days of the 80's, it was next to heaven. Following five or six years as a member I moved from the area and did not return to play the course again until the summer of 2007. I understand that there are a number of the original founder members still playing there - unfortunately I did not encounter anyone on the day we played. amy brother and I thoroughly enjoyed our day there and cannot wait for the next visit. It was highly encouraging to see that there had been some overall improvements and the staff were extremely welcoming when they learned I had a history with the club.
The Rolls has not lost it's magic for me - I have had the good fortune to play golf in may parts of the world including here in Australia and accepting my bias it still ranks up there with the best.

Posted by Greg Ralph on 30/01/2008
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Having read the report from August 07 I looked forward greatly to
revisiting the Rolls after a break of 10 years. I can only warn glofers that this certainly wasn't the case in November when I played it. The main problem is the greens. Most of them were recently tined and made putting a lottery. After three holes my head went down and I wondered how many more like these? In fact there were plenty, more than untined, and they resembled putting on small cobbles!
I was a guest of a society and they (22 in all) had booked a winter package deal, so by the time we bought a drink after the meal we were looking at £50 each for the day. So the cod and chips were another great disappointment. Frozen cod in breadcrumbs is not what you expect.
This is however, a magnificent course and laid out over breathtakingly beautiful countryside and in its prime has the potential to be a top 20 UK course. For me though, this was an expensive mistake. If the club had warned all visiters of course changes due to major maintenance then OK, we could have postponed
our day. Only my opinion - once bitten twice shy.

Posted by Terry Pearce on 20/11/2007
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I played the course for the first time late August 2007 and was pleasantly surprised to find that this is a superb course. I have seen a couple of average reviews in some UK Golf Guides so I have put off a visit until now - don't let this deter you, the Rolls is well worth a visit. Having played it I can't possibly see why anyone would not enjoy a round here.
Set in beautiful parkland around the magnificent Rolls Manor House, every hole is well designed and each hole has its own character. Looking back on the round I can easily remember each hole which is a good testament to the individuality of the course. This is without doubt one of the best courses to play in this area. I am a low handicap player and found each hole an enjoyable challenge.
The greens were true and medium fast with several having false fronts that caught me out on a couple of occasions. A few of the back 9 greens are severe and require and accurate shot to the right part of the green to avoid three putts - number 10 is especially difficult to putt from the back of the green. You must purchase the yardage book if this is your first time playing the Rolls. Even with it I found a couple of holes deceptively difficult to visualize from the tee and after playing them spent time trying to figure the best way to approach the hole next time round. There are no fairway bunkers so its a great course for letting rip with a driver and at 6,733 yards from the back tees several holes need long drives. This is not to say that you can spray the ball anywhere as many holes have strategically placed trees that can hamper a badly played tee shot making the play all the more enjoyable. All in all a great course that you should try out if you are in the area. The staff were friendly and helpful and the food excellent. An earlier review mentioned the high prices although I found the prices well within what to expect at a course such as this.

Posted by Andrew Wild on 28/08/2007
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Re-visited in June 2007. Enjoyed immensely and hopefully will return June 2008.

Posted by Paul Leacy on 19/06/2007
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First visit for about 10 years and very pleased to see that neither the course or the imposing house had not changed a bit. Course built in 1982 through lovely undulating hills and very mature trees with no need for any serious earth moving. Good tough test but don't arrive hungry, as you'll need a mortgage for any bacon rolls or the like!Although the house is impressive, the annex which is the clubhouse, does leave a bit to be desired

Posted by David Thomas on 07/06/2007
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enjoyed your course immensely June 2006. Will definitely re-visit. Paul Leacy Enniscorthy Ireland

Posted by Paul Leacy on 16/09/2006
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One of the best courses i've ever played at.The course is first class with some really challenging holes.The course and the grounds around the mansion are well looked after, my compliments to the Ground staff.Excellent food and a friendly service.

Posted by David Jones on 21/08/2006
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3 of us played today,0n a frosty,foggy day. it was a winter weekday deal,£30 each bacon roll,coffee and a meal.The food was 1st classs,staff very good too.The course was in great shape in such bad weatherand i would tell anyone thinking of trying it,do it. Keep your eyes open for the deer!!

Posted by peter dovey on 07/12/2005
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Our Society of 20 played two rounds here on 7th May and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. 14 took buggies and this is to be recommended unless you are very fit. At least use an electric trolley for your clubs. The scenery is beautiful,the course in excellent condition although the bunkers have very firm "sand" meaning a pitching wedge is a better club than a sand wedge. The holes are well designed and present considerable and varied challenges particularly when it is windy. We will certainly return.

Posted by Nigel Weekes on 11/05/2005
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Fantastic course with generous but interesting fairways. The greens are large and undulating, if a little slow on the day we played.
I would have liked to have had the option of playing from the back tees, as it appears to be how the course was designed to be played (a minor gripe).
I played 27 holes on "The Rolls", and even with a trolley it was still pretty tiring!
Stand out holes are the downhill par 5 7th, the par 3 13th and the 18th, another challenging par 3.

Posted by Andrew Davidson on 03/07/2004
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20 of us played at the Rolls last week (2days). What a lovely course this is and so quiet.....
The course was in excellent condition, greens were quite quick and really made you concentrate on mid to long range putts. The hospitality shown by the club was first class and we would not hesitate to return.
Decent acconmodation at the Punch House Hotel in Monmouth.

Posted by Geoff Mantle on 07/06/2004
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Our group played here on 3rd May and were fortunate to have a warm and almost entirely dry day. This is a very well laid out and interesting course and there is beautiful scenery all around, there are no bad holes here but plenty to make you think about where you should be hitting the ball! I'm afraid there were too many encounters with large trees and stretches of water for any spectacular scores but all 9 of us had a great time and everyone would love to play it again.

Posted by Gale Mcauley on 04/05/2004
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Played this course yesterday and enjoyed every minute of it. After a rather ordinary first three holes the course soon springs to life with breathtaking scenes greeting every hole with the par three 18th over the water with a 165 yard carry being particularly memorable.

Posted by Kevin Hewitt on 11/11/2003
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I wish I'd known about the deer hoof mark rule last Saturday! A wonderful course, great value for money at £40 for a weekend day ticket. The greens are some of the trickiest you will find anywhere and that's where you will make or break your score. Highly recommended.

Posted by Henry Shinners on 01/09/2003
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A real "Rolls Royce" of a golf course! A must if you are in the area. The first few holes are fairly standard but the back nine makes up for that. The greens are really fast and tricky. The old manor house adds a mystic flavour to the course and the Monday special included a lovely 2-course meal served by friendly staff members. Don't take to many photographs, cause you might upset the stiff lip lady members!!(We completed our round in less than 4 hours)

Posted by Andre Kriel on 27/08/2003
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To coin a cliché, a “hidden gem”. The green fee is a bargain at £36 Mon - Fri, £40 weekends, as this entitles you to a day’s play. Although the first couple of holes are fairly ordinary, the rest of the course easily compensates for the mundane start. 13 and 18 are two of the best par 3’s you will ever play. To score well, you will need to be on top form with the putter, as the greens are fast and undulating. And check the local rules before you start - you are able to take a free drop in the bunkers if your ball lands in a deer hoof mark! Strongly recommended.

Posted by Myrt on 16/06/2003
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What a fantastic golf course, with out any doubt the best course i have ever played, it leaves famous courses like hoylake (royal liverpool) and woodhall spa in it's wake.
Fast greens, beatifully mown fairways and fantastic views add to the great experience of this golf course. If I could I would quite work and play this course every day of my life

Posted by kevin goff on 06/03/2003
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Have played here three times now, and hope to return again next year. To me the test of a great course is “could I play here every week and not get bored” the Rolls meets that test with room to spare. Even a poor round is rewarded with stunning views and absolute peace and quiet (just the odd rattle of balls off the beautiful old trees) to admire. How and why they only have 150 members is beyond my belief, a course like this in southern England would have a waiting list a mile long and justifiably so. Just go and soak up the pleasure this course provides.

Posted by Jon Ponsford on 03/08/2002
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