6 reviews of Ullesthorpe Court Golf Club
Played here in late Feb 2013. A long and demanding course if one is to play to handicap. I used a buggy and would thoroughly recommend it. The fairways are generously wide but the sloping, slick greens will test any putting stroke. There is little rough but the length in general makes for few easy holes. Play was slow as it took 4.5 hours to get round. This was not helped by some of the senior players who seemed to delight in taking as much time as they could by standing chatting on the greens instead of moving off to the next hole. One suspects that some members are not happy sharing their course with hotel guests. We must have enjoyed ourselves as we are returning next month.
We, 24 members of the West Ham Deaf golf society, stayed at the hotel and played 4 rounds of strokeplay over 4 days (Thurs - Sunday). During our stay, we were able to enjoy many of the hotel's facilities - internet access, gym, pool, sauna, steam bath, snooker and then onto the bar. All the staff has been friendly and helpful for our need especially the language situation (deaf signers). Out of all 24 members, no-one has reported any grievances at all.
The twin bedroom is clean and modern, and has all the standard facilities. Breakfast and evening meals were exceptionally excellent. We took over the whole lounge for our evening capers.
During our rounds at the course, the sloping greens, has been hollowed out for winter, are still remarkably fast! Almost all of our putts are curved, playing upward the slope for the ball to roll back toward the cups! If putting downward, it is easy to putt-kiss the ball, and end up at bottom of the green. Very easy to achieve 3 or 4 putts per hole unless your ace!
The course itself are fairly mixture of long and short holes, some testing ones, mostly are averaged wide and tree-lined. 18th hole is an excellent finishing par five hole, where a 2nd shot lay-up is a must before 3rd wedgie over a fountain pond, and onto 2 tier deep slope green.
I've been there, and got the t-shirt, and will encourage other golfers to try this hotel and course.
I re-visited Ullesthorpe today having not played it for some time, and whilst the course itself is pleasant enough, I'm afraid it still has the two major problems that prompted me to terminate my membership several years ago.
Firstly, the course still suffers badly in wet weather. I played a day after heavy rain and it was absolutely sodden underfoot - ground conditions were more like November than September with even 20 yard pitches leaving big marks on the greens. And this, I have been told, after extensive improvements to drainage. As such, don't bother in a wet summer or at all during the winter.
But the biggest problem is still the dreadful pace of play. I crawled behind a 4-ball for very nearly 4 1/2 hours midweek. That was bad enough, but having reached the turn in over 2 hours, the 4-ball that started behind me had lost 3 holes. Anyone behind them was in for a 5-6 hour round.
The club do not help the situation. They have 2 notices up on tees on the back nine, but rather than stopping slow play I think they encourage it. For example, a sign on the 11th tee says players should reach that point in 2 hours 20 minutes - this despite the 9th and 10th being two short par 3's.
All in all, nice enough track, but one to be avoided after rainfall or until late morning, by which time the crawling senior members may have at least reached the back nine.
This is quite a good golf course starting with a long par 5.
The greens where very good when i played and the tee boxes and fairways where also of good standard.
the course makes as much use of the land its on and although its not that hilly, it has a few testing holes.
Staff are friendly but its not the cheapest place for food or drink.
A good mix of hole lengths, playing to your handicap means playing fairly well here.
Worth a knock but warning, it can be busy so pace of play is soooo slooow ( 5 hours 20 min for 18 holes ) very poor show i thought.
12 of us have just completed a 2-day/night break here, our second visit. There is obviously a risk in booking the last weekend of October as far as the weather is concerned, but we completed 54 holes without significant rain! Trolleys and even buggies were allowed, but at least 6 holes had temporary greens and the strangest rule we have come across on a course of this age (over 25 years) You had to tee the ball up, any where on the fairway. Most of the tees were normal apart from the two par threes played off the old railway line to greens 100 or so feet below, which provided every one with a birdie opportunity because of there reduced length, but they were still a challenge! All the other facilities were well liked and used by the non-golfers, and the snooker room provided a further opportunity to extend the competition. As usual the food was good, but because of some large party bookings the service was a little slow, but this just gave us more time to sample the ample wine list.
A long course, being a fair test for golfers of all abilities. Has a tendency to be heavy going in wet weather, and, owing to the high number of Society bookings, slow play can at times be a major headache. Opens with a long par five which is only reachable for the big hitters, this course has some tough walking, and interesting holes based around a disused railway line. Whilst an open course by virtue of it being reasonably "young", several boundary hedges mean accuracy off the tee is required.
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