22 reviews of West Midlands Golf Club
Played the west mids on 23rd jan 2016... the welcome was first classit has to be said. Very friendly staff and club members made us fee very comfy.out on the course the tee boxes were in quite good condition with ball cleaners on every one.The fairways were a little heavy so had to play preferred lies...the greens however were absolutley first class.. have played on some greens far worse than these even during summer...greenkeepers here do a magnificent job... will definitley play again.
We played this course on 17/04/2015 . It was a good deal £15 plus free pie and chips.Unfortunately the course was in very poor condition. I have not played here for around 5 years and thought it would have matured a bit , but was disappointed . The greens were the worst I have ever played on,I have seen temporary greens in better condition. The bunkers were full of stones and what looked like builders sand. Its a shame because it could be a good course ,there are some challenging holes but when you get to the greens disappointment.
I have played this course on numerous occasions and have really enjoyed the golf. The course plays well and you can usually get through within four hours with or without a buggy. The standard of other golfers is reasonable so I have not experienced some of of 'non-golfers' mentioned in other reviews. The 18th is an exciting hole but there are plenty of interesting holes on this course.
However, I will never play this course again because the staff working in the clubhouse are absolutely dreadful. I have never been greeted with a smile, or even a hello. More of a grunt you would expect from a teenage son. They are completely unhelpful and the level of customer service is dire. The manager too fits this description.
For example, one of my playing partners asked for a ham sandwich at the proshop counter. Despite being the only people in the shop, the 'worker' told him to go to the food counter (still no smile or welcome). My friend took two paces to his left, into the bar area, and waited for three minutes before ... the same person made his way into the bar area and asked, "What would you like?"
Returning to the game, following a 20year break since my early teens, this was the first non-municipal course I have played. I loved it and I will definitely be returning.
I played with a friend 3/7/2011, a Sunday afternoon, for £15 a head, and the buggy only cost £10 rather than the £12 stated online. So for £20 each we felt we had excellent value.
We felt the buggy was an absolute must, as it's a very long walk without! We thought the sat nav and score keeping functions were brilliant, both incredibly useful. The on-screen announcements became a little frustrating, but quickly cancelled. Next time, we'll have a cool bag in the basket section twixt seats and golf bags. For what it costs, it's a no-brainer. We might have to have two between three players next time... £6.66 each... still a no brainer.
The greens and tees certainly felt a lot more lush than what I am used to. It is evidently whatever underpins the grass that enables this; not just hard earth.
I was tickled by (and glad not to be in) the bunker around the 1st green, which must have been as big as all the bunkers on my local course put together!
I wanted to play this course because of the thrill of all the water hazards to avoid. Mental I know. A player in the pro shop suggested they don't come in to play as much as you'd expect... well I can only assume I had luck when needed, because whilst they presented a hazard, I kept dry! I'm being too modest, I played really good (if totally lucky) shots, just when required. The fact they were over water added a lot to the feeling of accomplishment! There really are a few holes where you absolutely must carry water.
I was chuffed to birdie the first, shortest, par3, which actually is well designed to make your life hell if you don't land the ball on whichever level of the green the pin is on. One guy in the group in front got a hole in one!
I had used google earth to look at the course a lot before playing. I noticed on this site someone commented on the lack of use of space around holes such as the 12th and 8th. I don't know if the course layout has changed over time, but the satellite pictures show evidence of hole layouts in those areas. I can't help but think that use of that land would indeed be a good thing. I didn't feel the 14th-17th were as classy as the outward nine, and wondered if they'd been contrived to deliver players to the 18th, without it feeling like a novelty add-on to the course. I was particularly frustrated by the 15th and 16th, that are narrow with out of bounds on both sides of each hole. I hadn't lost a ball all round, then hooked three into the farmer's field on the left of the 15th, and sliced one OOB onto the 16th fairway. I was 13 strokes plus on that hole, and didn't bother to complete it. Even if I hadn't had such bad shots, I think they would have been my least favourite holes; least impressed by them.
Staff in the pro shop and club house were friendly and helpful. I didn't feel out of place for one moment. I was correctly attired, clothes and shoes, but I wonder if they're even happy for people to play in trainers. Their website just says 'appropriate shoes', and from above, there's little to spot the difference these days. I'm going to enquire, so that another friend might play with us there ASAP.
The only thing I was quite surprised at was the amount of stones in all the bunkers I ventured near to. My local municipal doesn't have these! I know they're movable, but it just seemed incredibly lazy that they were there at all! There really were lots. Frankly I would have thought you'd have to go out of your way to manage to get them in there! Let alone out!
Sorry this has got long, but just to finish, here's what happened for us on the 18th. I hit the island! Just. Caught the front lip and stayed 4ft on. My much better playing friend (he's about a 10 handicap, I'm 20 at best) played his worst shot of the round, sliced it so badly it didn't even threaten drinkers on the patio, but nearly entered the buggy park. I then played a 2nd shot for fun (probably appearing to be the mad slicer - I didn't think that through!) and totally thinned it... resulting in a 'bouncing bomb' that threatened the anglers across the other side of the lake! Well we were in stitches after those two horrendous shots, which was a wonderful way to end the day... save for the pints on the patio! (Decent prices, £6.05 for a San Miguel and Carling)
I want to play there again as soon as possible, it's infuriating my back needs a rest after somewhat overdoing it of late!!
Played here for the first time last week.I had read some contrasting comments on various reveiws and can say that it was a pleasure.All greens were fine and true.Fairways good and all but a couple of tee boxes in good fettle.Online booking gave us a great price of £15 on a saturday afternoon.Play was steady for a weekend.We hired a buggy for £12 and didnt have to wait for anyone untill the last two holes.This was,i suppose, due to the Sawgrass 17th inspired last hole.
All in all a great course,great clubhouse and great value.For those who look at paying over the odds for their golf , stay away.For those that dont then look no further.
we played the course on a saturday afternoon and paid £15 and £12 for a buggy which we thought was great value,after overnight rain the greens were all slow but in good condition,tee boxes and fairways were also in good nick,the front 9 is a lot more challenging than the back 9,some very good holes and a good finishing hole,clubhouse was excellent and a lovely pint of ipa smooth to finish off,i would recommend to anyone.
Some of the reviews here are very unfair. I have played this course 4 times and will be doing so again tomorrow. I have never had cause for complaint. The course is very good value, especially if you book online, and can be as cheap as some council run courses which are much more basic and in poor condition. I brought my Father there and he thought it was a real bargain compared to the price of similar courses where he plays in West Sussex.
The majority of users here are reasonable golfers but remember beginners have to play somewhere and this course thankfully welcomes them. Despite what a previous reviewer said, nowhere does it say on the website that a handicap is required (unless it's in very small print hidden away somewhere I've not seen). There is an ocasional incovenience of being held up by other players, but if you're in a small group (ie 1 or 2) just ask to play through. Alternatively don't turn up at peak times and expect the course to be empty. There will always be a few rude/inconsiderate individuals on any course, and they are often experience golfers with good handicaps who feel they are somewhat superior to others and can do as they please.
Generally speaking the course is very well maintained. The course is of a decent length with 1 or 2 quite challenging long holes (for an amateur like myself who plays about 10 times a year). There are plenty of woodland areas and water hazards in which to loose a few balls. Some of the fairways are close together and there are several points where you are driving out of view but this is the case on many courses (I've played several much cheaper and smaller public courses where fairways are even closer, even crossing one another at right angles in one instance) - there is no huge danger if you take sensible precautions. The lack of a warning bell does not prevent you from calling out a warning and walking a few yards ahead to check all is clear if necessary. The 18th hole is fun, although perhaps not as challenging as it might appear once you get used to it. It's more of a psychological thing.
If there is one thing that annoys me - and I admit that myself with friends have been the culprit several times - is the ability to order food from the sat nav/scoring computer system on the buggies when you start the 9th hole. This is a great facility but the problem is that it encourages everyone to take a break and sit at the clubhouse in the sunshine having a leisurely lunch. You then proceed to the 10th hole and upset those who did not stop for lunch who wonder where you've suddenly appeared from and think you're pushing in.
Overall an excellent course for the average player. Those who feel they require somewhere even bigger, where all players have a handicap, and where they won't be `incovenienced' by others should perhaps try the Belfry - but be prepared to pay significantly more.
Played course 10/10/10 through online booking site. Dissapointed on arrival because of booking clashes. 14.30 tee time should have been enough to get round, and more importantly play the famous 17th but gave up after 9 because of the waiting, mainly due to the non golfers.
The course has good potential and I understand that it is the time of year for maintenance but the greens were the worst I have ever come across in my 25 yrs of golfing, mainly covered in pitchmarks! No complaints about fairways but again could do with some divots filling.
The online booking and club website clearly state USGA standard greens, handicap certificates and dress code. None of these seemed to have been looked at. We won't be returning and would'nt even have thought value for money if we had made 18.
Played WMGC 3 times in the past month, its that good. I play of 10 and my friend plays off 22 and we both found it a pleasure and equally a struggle to play. For the price (£10 double twilight after 4pm) you cant moan. Exceptionally well kept. Fairways are tight, greens are some of the fastest ive putted on. I played the PGA Championship course at The Belfry a few years back and those greens weren't as fast as those at WMGC.The signiture 18th is a great challenge for all levels of golfer. Island green par 3!! I cant recommend this higly enough. Clubhouse large, friendly and reasonably priced.
Teed off at 4.45pm on 24th June having paid £14 (double twilight rate) for the round including the buggy and Stat Nav. To be honest was not expecting much. Was very pleasantly surprised at the condition of the course - it is excellent. The fairways are lush, firm and weed-free. The greens are just fantastic - very very fast, but also very true. The ability to drive the buggy onto the fairways was very unusual in the UK, but very welcome. Mos fo the holes present an excelent challenge - even the sub-100 yd par3 with it's two-tier green and 5 bunkers. Theonmly downer was the bunkers in general, which could have done with some more sand. Had a really enjoyable round and it only cost £14 - a real bargain. I will definitely be playing here more often. Look out for the double twilight rate after 4.00pm.
4 of us played the West Mids Nov 16th our first impression was very good the club house is a very nice looking building with a warm friendly atmosphere inside food and drinks were very reasonable. We played the course on a twilight deal so only paid £14 each this is fantastic value for money with a buggy fitted with sat nav only a further £12. The course is very new only 3yrs old I beleive but it proved to be a good test for us, give it a few yrs for some of the younger trees to grow and your going have a hell of a course on your hands. One or two of the fairways are a little close together but not in my opinion dangerously so. Then you get to the 18th, 144yrd par 3 nothing to be afraid of there, exept its all over water a great finishing hole I am sure there will be many club competitions won and lost on this one.
ALL IN ALL A GREAT YOUNG COURSE THAT COME HIGHLY RECCOMENDED
I am 15 years old and i have played at this course twice now, and i have to say i was REALLY impressed. The course is quite challenging to start off with but as you progress they start to get slightly easier. The staff treated us with respect, despite the fact that we were visitors. The off-site facilities were great. We went into the clubhouse after our round and the view of the 18th green is simply astounding. We did laugh at the people who didn't manage to make it on to the green aswell!! I think that the 18th is a very skillful hole. It reminds me constantly of the 17th at TPC of Sawgrass. I did manage to land on the green both times, and i did manage to par the hole both times too!! I do like this course very much. Especially the 2nd where i managed to get my first ever green in one with a clean 3 wood. The 3rd hole looks challenging but infact, it isn't. A good drive will set you up nicely for a straight shot to land 50 yards short of the green, then a nice chip on and 2putt your way to par. I must mention though that the hole is 582 yards!! I thought that my first round of 98 was good, considering that i had only been playing for 14 months, but then about 6 weeks later i came and shot a 93. I was really pleased with my performance, mostly because it was VERY windy. The course is definitley one of the best in the Midlands. I would recommend this course to people who want to improve their short game, because the greens are very tough. Although i have played on more difficult courses than this, for example, Brandon Wood, i do think this is a skillful and tough course.
I have played West Midlands regularly for the past few months and have found it probably the best "visitors welcome" course in the area. The staff are very helpful and the clubhouse is very grand, with a great spike bar and outdoor patio overlooking the infamous 18th hole island green.
It's not cheap to play in the morning at weekends, put after midday and then again after 3pm green fees are reduced. The course is young, but growing up very well, and was built around al lot of existing trees and foliage. It has its fair share of long and challenging holes, and offers a good game for both high and low handicap golfers (my golfing buddy and i respectively). The 3rd is a particularly challenging hole, requiring a good second shot to set you up for your approach to a very tight green cut into the slope of the hill. There's a couple of holes (12 & 8 spring to mind) where there is a large exapanse of unused land to the right of the fairways, which seems wasted.
The Par 5s on the course play very well... on a good day the 12th can be reached in two, although the good S.I.I means this is a higher index hole. The greens are in good condition overall and the fairways are well kept as are the bunkers. The course has lots of ponds and water, with excellent fishing facilities. Having played there after some serious flooding in the local area i can safely say the drainage on the course is excellent (minus the 15th).
A special mention must go the buggies with GPS Sat Nav showing precise distances and hole layouts as well as a digital scorecard and the ability to order food from the clubhouse on your way round for when you finish. My only gripe is the GPS rarely matches up with the yarage markers on course.
Overall i would recommend West Mids to all, just make sure you know where you're heading before hand as it isn't very well signposted.
Played 11th July 2006, as not the greatest of golfers myself and a friend spent most of the front 9 holes looking for balls, especially the "Blind" second hole, this was due to our bad play and not course desig. Was a lovely day weather wise and found the course both challenging and varied. The greens were well kept and ran true. Extremely pleased that we both hit the green on the Island 18th with our first shots as it was lunchtime and the patio was packed with people ready to laugh if we had splashed down! An excellent Pro shop and 19th hole for afterwards. Very impressed and will be returning tomorrow.
The course as other people have said is still a bit young. Some of the holes are tight,dificult to follow & dangerous when side by side
A course planner would help but as ever £3 on top of green fees put's you off
Greens were not very clever along with the tees but then again in January it's better than temporary greens etc
Quite muddy & slippery around the tees & greens beware
Sadly dissapointing. The Clubhouse is grand by design and very accomadating as are the staff however, there is a concrete path all the way around the course. Although this is great for buggies I would rather the managment had spent the money creating a more considerate course with much better greens. Frankly the greens were appaling and the tees had not been cut for probably a week+. What seems nonesense is that off yellow tees you have a monster 583 par 5 followed by a 99 yard par 3. I really belive the setting is capable of providing a decent course but I would suggest this is some years off. Do not play this course just for the 18th, although it is a great hole (one of the best i have ever played) you will spend the other 17 (and probably 5 hrs) waiting for it to come around.
I thought the course will be a good one in about 5 to 10 years with some very good holes. The signiture hole the 18th is a island green but I could not judge the distance to it as it was on a tee with no yardage but I will go back in maybe 5 years time to see how it has come along. But be prepared for long rounds I played in mid-april and our two ball took nearly five hours, but hey if you got five hours and £17.50 it is worth a visit but do it early morning
I brought a society here in aug 2004,the corse,staff and surrounding area made it a very enjoyable time.WE had such a good time 7 of the society members wish to join the club.I will play it again in winter to see how the corse holds up.Keep up the good work chaps and i thinh you are onto a winner.
Mr STEPHEN HARRIS
This is a brand new course and the layout is good, interesting and challenging. Some of the holes are quite tight and as a result dangerous and the third hole is incredibly long given that you cannot take a driver from the tee.
Unfortunately the course is being overplayed and whilst it is still developing it is suffering and showing signs of wear and tear.
Also 5 1/2 hours is normal for a round of golf and you will see three groups of golfers on most of the par 4's and 5's. I have waited on the last hole behind 3 other groups on the tee on more than one occasion. The slow play is due to having a combination of too many and too many poor golfers on the course at any one time.
Marks out of ten:-
Played March 2004 Course in good nick all tees and greens open greens surprisingly quick for time of year would recommend as a good course in winter as fairways in excellent condition
Even though this course is new the work the owners are putting in will make the course one of the best in the Midlands. A good test for all abilities
Played the course on 2nd September 2003.Clubhouse will be great (when it's finished).General condition of course shabby hence placing everywhere.18th very pretty,but must agree with previous comment this golf course needs at least five years to mature.
PLAYED ON THE COURSE IN AUGUST, BUILDING WORK STILL BEING CARRIED OUT BUT THE COURSE WAS IN GOOD CONDITION AS IT HAD ONLY OPENED IN JUNE.NEED 150 POSTS FOUND 150 MARKERS IN THE FAIRWAY BIT AWKWARD FOR NEW ARRIVALS WHO DIDNT KNOW THE COURSE.WE WERE MADE TO FEEL WELCOME AND ENJOYED THE DAY GIVE THIS COURSE ABOUT 5YRS TO MATURE AND IT WILL BE PUKKA.HAD LOTS OF LAUGHS WATCHING PEOPLE PUT THERE BALLS IN THE WATER ON THE 18TH TIME AFTER TIME
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