13 reviews of Widney Manor Golf Club
Have to say I totally agree with Dave Ward on everything. I've just returned to playing again after 25 years gap and I used to pay just short of the current price to play municipals then. Everything about the place is excellent vfm and without it I'm afraid I would not be able to play. The course is in good condition, it has a good driving range and a perfectly useable clean and friendly clubhouse. Long may it continue.
I am a member of this course and think its only fair to take into account the courses in the surrounding area, Forest of Arden (cheapest £40), Belfrey £50, Slightly closer Shirley £25. Widney anytime £10.
Now also consider that the Birmingham muni's are £16 so its easy to see why the course gets busy.
The onwers have recently spent in excess of £40,000 on green keeping equipment to be used between here and their big sister West Midlands GC, and it shows, the greens are now comparable to the FoA Aylsford and The Belfrey's Derby courses. There are still some drainage problems on the 2nd fairway but this is improving year on year.
The course is not long but a poor shot can easily result in a double bogey or worse on virtually every hole.
Automatic tee machines on the range, decent quality food and pleasant staff. The putting green is basic at best and the chipping / bunker practice area is perhaps the only blot on the course. The "shop" has virtually nothing to consider but then there is an American golf, European golf, direct golf and The Golf Centre superstores all within 5 miles it would be unwise to try and compete.
A wealthy friend of mine has played at St Georges, Celtic Manor and The K club to name a few, and he still joins me here for a round because while it doesn't compare to these venues he says there is no better value golf to be had anywhere.
Have been playing at Widney for about 10 years and last Saturday was probably the last time. This is a real shame as I enjoy the course.However this is probably the 3rd time I have booked a tee time and found that the people on the 1st tee have booked exactly the same time as myself. I can only assume they are taking the Internet bookings and phone bookings but not bothering to check with the other. My tee time for Saturday was 7.20am and the course was already very busy. It took four and a half hours to get round when it can be played in three. This is not the first time and chatting to one of the members whilst waiting to tee off, he was getting pxxxxd off. It would appear that the course are happy to take your money and overload the course but not manage the players and keep them moving at a reasonable rate. A real pity and I'd rather pay more but get a decnt round in.
excellent value a tenna for 18 holes the cheapest ive seen first hole has a big tree and a pond in the middle with a river at the back of the green very easy to start a round with a 7 8 or even a nine if not on form fairly narrow fairways wut also some long ones and some excellent par 3s 12 pound for a buggy and a automatic driving range from 1 pound excellent course and kitchen staff very welcoming and friendly overall good course worth a round or two or three etc
Being a member of a local golf club, I had not played at Widney for 2/3 years. What a surprise I had!
Whilst I found much of the course a little on the scruffy side and perhaps due to the winter we have had,not surprising. However I have to commend the green staff on the quality of the 'greens'.
Considering the time of year they were in excellent condition.They were 'well paced' and 'true'. Top Marks to all concerned.
In terms of value at a 'Tenner' for 18 holes, it was excellent value.
The Driving Range facility is good also. Chipping area not too clever, but again not helped by the winter weather.
ive played widney manor several times and found it both challenging and good value the greens are up to uspga standard and narrow fairways which would make even the proffessonals have high score card lots of hazards to catch you out
It is a great course to play with your mates and is practical for tournaments also. The workers are a great bunch of people and love the local banter which is just what golf is about.
Its true this course is short,but not easy,the fairways are narrow,and well defined, the greens are neat but a little slow,the club members are a great bunch,overall a nice course ,and good value for money.
Not in brilliant condition but not too bad. Hole locations need to be moved more regularly as the green had turned a shade of black around the pins on every green and resembled a lumpy donut. The how to play the course guide on the website is useless for the front 9 as these seem to have all been switched around. A flat fairly straightforward course.
Not a long course but with most of the Solihull clubs being so expensive and hard to get into, there has to be somewhere for golfers under 40 in the area to play, and 'Royal' Widney Manor it is for a lot of people like me!
The greens are a lot slower than private clubs and it is shorter (and a lot easier) but there is water around and out of bounds all along the 11th fairway (the M42 motorway!) which makes it tough.
First impressions weren't great as the net dividing the 1st from the range runs all along the left of the 1st fairway and doesn't look that appealing. Once your out on the course though it's actually quite scenic and if you ignore the noise from the M42 you'd be hard pressed to think you were basically in the middle of the Monkspath Estate.
8th is a bizarre par 3 over some woods, you can barely see the green so it can be quite dangerous. Favourite hole has to be 13, a short par 4 downhill, but with water at the front and a sloping green. Clubhouse nice too.
Played here for the first time and was well impressed, nice club house and challenging course. Definately not for the real beginners as the fairways are quite narrow (namely 1st, 2nd & 18th. Course held up well to torrential rain from previous few days, should play loads better when drier.
I play this course several times a year.
Holes have recently been changed - 5th (removed)
7th and 8th extended and a new hole 8th.
Old holes 6th, 7th and 8th have become 5th 6th and 7th.
The card shown has not been changed yet to reflect this.
Although still on the short side, there are some good holes. I like the 9th which is a dog leg and a short
hitter - like myself struggles to get 2nd shot into the green.
Another good hole is the 17th which is a short par 3.
You have to play over a small pond. There are trees on
each side and also a stream that runs along the left and behind the green.
3 holes run parallel to the M42 which makes it a bit noisy.
Widney Manor is a nice parkland course with many challenging holes.The back nine much better than the front as it creates more of a challenge. A fairly open course but has well maintained fairways and greens.one to play.
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