West Chiltington Golf Club
West Chiltington Golf Club, West Chiltington, South East, England, RH20 2YA
10 reviews of West Chiltington Golf Club
I played here just a week ago and what a transformation! - I've read the comments of John Charman and i have to say they've turned it around. The greens are well kept, the bunkers seem to have drained really well and are in great condition after the winter. The clubhouse looks like they've done some work on it as well, staff were lovely food was brilliant. Not your average club i would say, really relaxed, well kept and friendly. I really enjoyed my day and would definitely come back now.
Played this course on the 24/09/10, had heard indifferent reports about it but thought the course was Ok for the £20 green fee paid. The 1st is an interesting hole, a downhill drive into a tight fairway including a ditch. The next six holes are similar with some tight drives through tree lined fairways which are either up or downhill. One you get past the 8th the course opens up and the fairways are much easier, holes 11 to 17 are the most disappointing aspect of this course, they are too close together and you get the feeling the course was very busy even though it was not. On 4 occasions we had to wait while a player on the next hole played their ball from our fairway due to a slightly wide tee shot. The greens were the best I have played on all summer without a weed or blemish in sight, the fairways were also good. Bunkers not up to the same standard, rock hard with little sand meaning I could putt across one onto the green. Clubhouse Ok, lots of room and a warm welcome. Will visit again although not a course I would choose to play every couple of weeks. Worth a visit if you don't mind the feeling of a slightly cramped course.
Challenge rating on front nine, back nine easier
Played this course on 1st April 2010 and it was in excellent condition. Other courses in the area were closed during this week due to heavy rainfall but it was barely noticable here. From the welcoming club house (which did an excellent bacon sandwich!) it is possible to see several of the opening holes. The first sweeps downhill and back up to a double green shared with the fourth hole. A couple of well placed bunkers and a ditch make you think about your drive. The greens were in excellent condition, running true and quick, they will be great in summer. A member mentioned that they'd played off grass tees and normal greens all winter here.
The course is very good. There are some tight fairways on the front 7 holes that demand an accurate tee shot, but it opens up from hole 8 through to 18. I thoroughly enjoyed my round here. The tees, fairways and greens are in excellent condition already this year.
I enjoyed lunch after my game, a delicious home made burger and a refreshing pint. The members were very friendly and mentioned that the course has recently changed hands and they said the new owners are determined to make the course even better. They have brand new luxurious changing facilities for men and ladies, a new chef intent on using local produce and making all their own food. A new head pro had just started having moved from the Cranfield Golf Academy.
Also on site is a driving range and a 9 hole par 3 course that also looks in good condition.
A great day out.
Played the course while visiting the area and left with very contradictory feelings towards the course. The front 9 was a good test with many undulations and no two holes the same. The opposite was true of the back 9, which gave the impression of being a bit of an afterthought, with several holes running back to back where a little more imagination would have gone a long way. The course was in a generally good condition, however at £30 it provided only average value at best, particularly when faced with a temporary tee on 17 and several quite small shared greens. As regards the rest of the facilities, more contradictions, pretty good practice facilities, average bar, sparcely stocked pro shop. Either that or I've been spoilt elsewhere!
During the winter the course still looks very good. But its during the summer months that the course really looks good. This when the fairways are scultured amd mowed with pretty patterns. The tree lines are both prominent and intimidating.
Yes it is a tight course, therefore the "bug hitters" who dont hit straight are severely punished. Accuracy is far more important.
The front nine is the most challenging. Altough it might be considered that the back nine is squeezed into a limited area (back on forth). Here waywrd tee shots may endanger players on adjacent fairways the back nine. But agin the mature tree lines severly punish those errant offline shots.
The greens are very good, where it is not often that they might be considered inconsistent in pace. Some tricky subtle borrows especially when playing very quick. Dont be surprised when a short "down hiller" skirts past the hole and rolls on further than the original putt. GOOD TEST!
Summary. When you have one of those good days, keeping it on the fairway you will be rewarded with a score well below your normal. Whereas on the bad days, unless you area very low handicapper, dont even try to "blast" a recovery shot from off the fairway, take your punishement and simply get back in play in the safest place. Otherwise double, triple bogeys and worse can be expected.
I have been a member at West Chilt since for 10 years now and have to say that this summer it is the best I have seen the course and it ranks alongside the best around. The greens are superb and run true but fast, a good putt is rewarded and a bad putt punished. They also hold the ball well and take spin nicely.
The new greenkeeper has done a wonderful job introducing new bunkers on some holes and getting the greens in such good condition.
The only downsides are the tees which still need a bit of levlling out and the back nine which is a bit 'back and forth'. Although now the trees are taller it still tests your tee shots.
Despite this i would still recommend the course to anyone.
This course was a pleasure to play. Surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside I have ever seen. The fairways and greens were in good condition, however the rough was a little too unkempt. There were a number of challenging holes, the 7th being my most. Overall the experience of playing this course was a good one.
I recommend stopping in at the clubhouse at the end of your round, having a drink with some of the members and chatting to the very friendly and helpful staff all added to the great atmosphere at West Chiltington Golf course.
I played this course at the weekend and I was very impressed with the front 9. The setting is good, there are some excellent holes, with each one offering different tests and some really aesthetically pleasing views. But from about the 10th or 11th onwards, the course went rapidly downhill, with the remaining holes merging into one another, with nothing different to offer and by the time the 18th came around, I was just glad to nearly be finished. It's back and forth back and forth over the last 6 holes which was a disappointment because ut had offered so much early on.
I found the greens not running true at all - there was little consistency from one to another and whilst some of the bunkers were outstanding, others were a little more than concrete with a wispy layer of sand underneath which meant you couldn't get your club under the ball to flop it out onto the green.
I had read that the fairways were in poor condition, but I found them to be good.
Generally, the course was fair and if the back nine resembled the front, they would truly have an excellent package.
I have played this course a few times due to inter-club matches. Lovely, gentle setting but the fairways are positioned too close together and balls are in danger of flying across. not too well maintained (either, grass cuttings all over the place or, semi-rough too thick to find ball - masses of clover). Also dreary in that "surely I have played this hole before"! Overall, not a difficult course to play, pretty suitable for high handicappers.
As a member, I have to report that the course is not well maintained. It drains well in the winter so is generally playable but the greens are often poor. Groundstaff cut the fairways whatever the weather sometimes leading to churned up playing conditions. Lack of watering in dry periods leads to playing on concrete. Not a difficult course, especially the back nine but lack of investment is starting to show.
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