34 reviews of Willow Valley Golf and Country Club
Played in the middle of December, grrens & tees in very good condition considering the amount of rainfall we've had over the past few weeks. Great value at £99 for 4of us including 2 buggies. Challenging course, would highly recommend.
Four of us played the Willow Valley course for the first time this week, a very challenging course which we all thoroughly enjoyed and at a great price. Definitely one to play if you haven't already with numerous water features and even an island green on the 14th which cost my team the game! all in all a good day out and most definitely value for money. Oh and great food at the bar
Played the Willow Valley Premier course this weekend (December) and must say I was pleasantly surprised that they had no temporary greens or tees, apparently this is the case all year round which definitely gives it an advantage over other courses through winter.
The price was very competitive and a good choice on the menu in the snack bar after our game. We will definitely return in the near future.
Played in December, course in good condition, full tees and greens and only £15 on their mad monday offer. Bargain. well stocked shop and helpful staff.
Played the Willow Valey course this week on their "Mad Monday" offer, what a bargain.! £15 for a round of golf on a course with so many lakes and water hazards, and in good condition for this time of year.
The driving range appears to have also been refurbished which was much needed. A very enjoyable and recommended place to play golf
I have played all three courses at Willow Valley and it's fair to say that this place has something for everyone.
The 9 hole "Fountain Ridge" course is excellent for beginners and a casual round of golf. Mainly Par 3's, the course is in good condition.
The 18 hole "Pine Valley" course is a great course for the intermediate golfer and provides a good challenge without being too punishing! The fairways are wide and the greens are good.
The main championship "Willow Valley" course is an excellent course with some brilliant holes. Although very challenging, playing the course is a joy because of the variety of holes and shots you have to hit (look out for the island 14th green surrounded by water)
The recent problems with the driving range ball machine have all been sorted as it looks like some money has been spent updating the driving range with new balls and a new ball machine that works fine.
The guys in the shop are friendly and are always happy to help with anything (i needed a club re-gripping and they did it there and then which I thought was very good)
Overall Willow Valley is a good golfing facility that offers good value for money, there are always offers on golf (if you can play on a wednesday you get 241 green fees if you have a loyalty card and Monday is a cheap day to play as well)
Played all 3 courses and they were all good.
Like many people have said on here, don't expect a warm welcome in the pro shop.
I was made aware that the guy behind the desk was also the clubs pro. He was unfriendly and unhelpful. I won't be taking any lessons from him anytime soon.
Myself and a friend wanted to hit a few balls in the range first. We were told the machines take pound coins. got there, the ball machines were not in use (mentioned in previous posts,which makes me think they've been out a long time and the guy failed to mention it). We went back and got a voucher from the desk (which he should have mentioned knowing we were going to the range anyway).
The pro also didn't mention that you had to hire the rubber tees so when we got to the range we had to run back to the clubhouse AGAIN!! Very irritating.
Pine Valley is suited for the higher handy cap player. A nice open course without a back log of people so the round flowed nicely. everything seemed in good condition with no issues previously stated. More short than long holes.
Willow valley was a beautiful course. Very long holes so i would HIGHLY recommend a trolley or buggy. We carried our clubs as we normally would but by the 12th/13th, we were shattered. No energy, and our game started to heavily fade lol.
The fairways were immaculate and well kept. Traffic noise was harsh at times but it didn't bother us too much.
The lady in the bar afterwards was fantastic. The rest of the staff need to take a leaf out of her book! Including the owner who we bumped into also.
Would highly recommend the course due to the fact you don't have to be around the staff whilst playing a round.
I’ve played golf in and around Yorkshire for the past 20 years and it's fair to say that the courses vary from excellent to average. What I found when I played at Willow Valley though was something new all together. It was a very different atmosphere when I arrived, extremely friendly and welcoming which as a lady golfer can often be quite the opposite. The first time I played we went around the small 9 hole course, it took around 1 1/2 hours and was IMO good value at £7.50.
I didn't play much in October due to the weather but managed to book a game in November and decided to go back to Willow Valley to try the Championship course.
It was £20, again very reasonably priced I thought. Summer tees and greens which was a nice surprise and everything was acceptable considering how wet it's been. One thing that did stand out was the amount of work going on in the bunkers with green keepers. I asked one of them what they were doing, nice chap with a really broad Yorkshire accent, lol. He told me they were opening up the drains in them as they had been clogged up. I didn't even know bunkers had drains in them, you learn something every day. I would recommend anyone who like a friendly casual game of golf to give them a try, Willow Valley was a difficult course but thoroughly enjoyed it and it is a championship course after all I guess, I'll have to try and beat my 92 next time.
Myself and two friends are looking to become members at a golf club after taking up the sport this summer, we have been to 4/5 other courses locally to try and decide on the best one for full time membership.
Firstly with willow valley there are three courses (one 9 hole an two 18 hole courses) we played on the 18 called pine valley, It was a good little course, the greens were a bit scuffed in places which I can allow blame on our poor summer.
The course itself was nice and was only let down by the fact that it looks like the ugly sister of the golf club. It looks like it only gets the necessary attention, the marker posts are nearly all missing or rotten, the tee areas are heavily damaged with little sign of proper repair and the fairways are littered with divots which haven't been replaced (this is more due to the fact that anyone is allowed to play on it) I think this is made worse because there is very little reminding people of the rules and expectations at the club, all the time we played I didn't see anyone patrolling for people disregarding the rules or even non-payers.
It had the feel of a decent municipal course, nothing more.
We played the little 9 holer a few months ago and were very dissalointed that there was people wearing what they wanted (some with no shirts and drinking beer) but we accepted this as we believed a cheap easy course would encourage some to join the proper club. Again this would benefit from stricter rules and signage around.
The big course is apparently very good here but we decided not to play it as we have already decided this isn't a club we want to join.
We don't mind the 9 holer being as it is too much, we would want to see the 18 holer better presented and maintained, patrolled and more reminders of the rules. But the main reason is that the driving range is one of the worst we have seen. As a rane it's ok, the targets and distance markers could/should be improved, but in general it's ok, the main issue we had was that the ball dispensers were both faulty. We were told at the club shop that one was faulty and to use the other but that one took our coins and we had to walk back to the clubhouse to complain, they seemed frustrated and we went back to wait for them to come fix them, we had to wait 10 mins as they had someone come up, which cost us warm up time. While waiting we got chatting to a couple of members who told us they have been faulty for a while and are always broken, he even told us that members are leaving or going to other driving ranges due to this.
When the lad came up to fix the machine he told us that they are always broken and have been fixed but need replacing yet the owners refuse to replace them.
If this is the attitude of the owners then it clearly explains the rest of our issues, they must be happy to take the fees for the courses but not willing to put anything back in.
It's a shame because if they spent a little it would vastly improve this course as the courses themselves are great designs, but we won't be going back there.
Played on a balmy summer Wednesday evening with a friend. Payed £20 each via teetimes.com.
On first tee noticed a warning that this is a tough course - my life, was this correct!
Overall was very impressed.
Condition of tees and fairways was excellent and greens were good. Course wasn't too busy and we got around without any delays. There is LOTS of challenge: plenty of water and bunkers, long par 4's, par 5's that require intelligent shot choice, raised & slopey greens. If you don't hit it straight, leave the Pro V1's at home and dig out that old box of Top Flites!
You need to be aware that it's a fairly tough walk, partly due to some distance from greens to tees. If you're not fit, take a buggy.
If I was to look for any niggles....
- there's a few holes where there's traffic noise but, unless you've never driven the M62, you'll know that already!
- chap in the pro shop gave no welcome whatsoever. This is poor in 2010. However, lady behind bar was the opposite.
Overall, a real challenge and well worth a visit.
Interesting views on Willow Valley albeit from some time ago and i would like to redress the balance a little bit with a more updated experience.
I played with my society group on the Willow Valley course in October last year and we were all really pleased with the welcome, the course, the greens etc etc...even the warm up on the driving range was well taken care of by the guys in the shop.
Playing the course for the first time is an experience it has to be said. There are certain long par fours and even a par five that anything more than a 6/7 iron from the tee is asking for trouble..strange but true and an unusual element not normally seen on any other golf courses i have played.
That said, there are some real quality holes especially over water that will live long in the memory afterwards. The greens although recently tined, were high quality and in the main gave a straight and true roll.
The only real downside from our team was that the course itself is tough walking from green to the next tee and i would recommend hiring a buggy if at all possible. The course is not overly hilly or taxing on the fitness but some of the distances from green to the next tee are probably too long to be fair.
The green fee/catering was pretty reasonable i thought and our group has booked again for this year so i guess that paints as good a picture as possible as we try to have a policy of not playing the same course one year after the next but the guys were pretty adamanant that Willow Valley found its way onto our 2010 fixture list again and so it has.
hi sorry but its true !!!!!
This golf course is amazingly poor as is the welcome you get in the club house, My friend and i played here and was amazed by the poor condition the coures was in,And yes we played the 18 and not the 9 when we had finished our round we went to complain well we might as well of just gone home a waste of good money and if thats how modern golf courese are run i think ill pack it all in
A friend told me about this course about 6 years ago. He said I must give it a go and take a sack full of old balls with me. As there is a lot of water and an Island green.
Driving up to the club the course looked good with plenty of water. Paid the winter green fee £20, which I thought was quite dear this time of year.
So we set off to the first hole which is quite a walk from the club house. The second hole was totally off limits as the green keeping staff were spiking it and running a tractor over it. I would like to add there was no temporary green or mention of this when I paid my £20 at the clubhouse.
The green keeping staff game across quite rude and did not acknowledge we were trying to play the hole. This happened on more than one occasion. The front 9 were OK but nothing really special to be honest. There is some water but it does not come into play too much. The first 12 holes were played in woods and then course opened up and the water hazards played a bigger part on the course.
I only lost 3 balls. 2 in the water and 1 under all the leaves on the 8th fairway.
There are some good holes but as far as I am concerned it was not as good as expected. The people working there all seemed grumpy. There were too many leaves on the fairways. It just did not have the magic for me. It just felt like it was trying to be something it never could be. It was too near to the motorway. The walks between holes were too long. It looked like scrub land in places. Not well manicured. I have come to expect more for £20. Disappointing. It has potential but not were its located and needs more investment.
I played the Pine valley course just under two years ago and highlighted how poor it was on this website. (See 31/10/05) I went back on 10 July 2007 to see if the course had improved like I was told it would do and also to check out the new nine holes. What a joke!!!!! The fairways were as bare as I have seen anywhere. It wasn't even as if it was good quality and had been used a lot. There were still stones everywhere on the fairways, hitting off mud nearly every shot. This ruined my enjoyment of the round, but not as much as the price. We decided to tee off at 6.30pm. I asked if there was a twighlight rate. The answer was no so I asked how much it was. I was told £14.50 each!!!!! I couldn't believe it. I paid thinking that it must have improved a lot. A total disgrace of a course, especially when yopu compare to somewhere like Roundhay in Leeds, which is £7.50 for a twighlight session, also it is nearly 1000yards longer and plays like a masters course compared with this. I will never be ripped off here again!!!!!
PLayed the pine valley course on the 9th july, i know we have had a lot of rain but thought the fairways where shocking the greens where good but not very long or challenging
End of March, Saturday afternoon and £99 for a fourball and 2 buggies on the Willows course excellent value for money. Me thinks there must be a catch, a rubbish course maybe. Well to my surprise none of it. Excellent layout which is a tough test of golf. Yes a bit wet still in places and the greens were lacking a bit of grass but they had just been hollowed so give it a month or 2 and it will be in good nick.
Am looking forward to going back now I know where all the trouble - and there is lots of it is.
we played willow valley a couple of years ago and we were impressed,we decided to make a return this year,we were told of the new course pine valley and we were recomended that so we tried it on saturday 15 july.what a let down it was.the fairways were clay,prefered lies-you had to place your ball on a sod as there was no grass.the course is more like a pitch
&putt,with no challenge at all.as per the price we were offered a £5 per person reduction because of the condition of the course,which was no where near enough.and to finish off,the greens must have been used as a temp car park
I played the Willow Valley course during a recent holiday in the UK and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The course was in excellent condition and the greens very challenging. We were made very welcome and the staff were extremely pleasant. The offer they had on at the time was for a 4 ball and 2 buggies for 100 Pounds, I doubt the value could be beaten anywhere. As I originally lived nearby in Bradley it was great to se this level of golf being offered in the area. Well Done.
In response to the comments regarding the New Pine Valley Course I would have to add the following.
As a new course with only the 1st 9 holes open, the condition is explained to all visitors prior to booking and a leaflet is given out regarding preferred lies and general rules covering the growing on period.
The course itself is placed inbetween our two existing courses for dificulty and will be I believe an interesting, fair and fun test of golf when fully open and grown in. The greenfees are very good value and it should take around 3hours to play. This area has been crying out for a pay and play course of this type for the last 1o years.
I recently played the new pine valley course at the club. I have to say that after the high standards set by the PGA course this course was a huge dissapointment. I payed £14.50 for 18 holes (winter green fees)and I felt that £9 would have been a fairer price. The fairways were serverly lacking in grass and there was standing water on many of them. This course has obivously been completed on the cheap side as there were still many stones in the fairway, the bunkers were made up of what looked like building sand and we had to pick up our ball and place it on nearly every fairway shot to ensure that we were hitting off grass and not mud!! Another thing that lets the course down is its size. After most drives you tend to have a sand wedge in your hand at most. In summary I feel that this course has been rushed and done on the cheap side. A huge dissapointment from an otherwise good golf club!
This course should never be taken likely, the amount of lakes will help to keep the local lake ball industry in business but they to go to make it one of the most picturesque in the region. The course is very challening but not to the point that you just want to give up. I was impressed that the summer tees and greens are in use during the winter and their condition for the time of the year (January) was good. The only thing that I felt angry with was that drainage on the 15th and 16th holes, after what I thought was my best drive of the day was sadly spoilt by the ball plugging nicely into the fairway, and the same happened to my friend on the 16th just at the fringe. This can be forgiven as seasonal misfortune and these can be quickly forgotten in the very well stocked club house, the Timothy Taylor and Black Sheep beer should not be missed.
what can i say...AMAZING!!!!!! by far the closest to my dream course i have played. Each and every hole is different, and each and every 1 brings a smile on my face. The tees werent brilliant but who cares. The facilities were also tip-top, i spent an hour before teeing off on the crazy golf.
Its a course everyone must play. Quite cheap too.
I played this course on Saturday as part of a weekend away in the Leeds area and was very impressed. Firstly, you have to buy a course guide when you play this course. If you don't, you're score will suffer! The first is a fairly gentle opening hole, but a narrow landing area for your tee shot and loads of hidden bukers make it interesting. The 2nd is SI 1, and even with a good 250+ drive, you've still left with an 8 iron in, hitting on a down-slope to a green with water on three sides. The 3rd is no easier - a par five where you can't take more than a 5 iron from the tee and the hole winds in the 3 different directions. A couple of 'easier' holes follow this, and then there's an amazing par 3 (approx. 170 yds, slighlty up hill, with a lake and rocks between you and the green, and a huge Oak tree covering the left side of the green). The next is a mammoth par 5 where there is absolutely no chance of reaching in two. There's a lake splitting the fairway at 275 yds (which I cam up only just short of from the tee) and to carry it, your drive needs to carry at least 320 in the air. The second is still a full 300 to the green.
The back nine is litterd with water and bunkers. The 12th fairway winds narrowly between two lakes and has a green that slopes away to water on the right. The 14th has an island green and the 18th has water on the right hand side of the fairway and in front of the green. On all the other holes, bunkers are well placed, which forces you to hit fairways and greens.
The course was in great condition, although the greens were slower than I expected. If you're a high handicapper, stay away from this course because it will break your heart, but if you like a challenge and want to see how good you really are, get up to Brighouse and play this course! I play off 12 found this course a real test but great fun (and the food in the Clubhouse was cracking too!).
played course mon 3 may as our usual 4 ball, after being thrown the gauntlet by my usual 3 playing partners who said i would enjoy the coure but be aware!!!! good layout,and the fairways were tight were my first thoughts and no buggie today,my choice with it being at £16 a slight overprice, greens were large and varied although a little bare,in places,you definately have to think your away around this course,with some great views, and very attractive attacking holes,not so many birdie chances to be had, you do have to be really accurate still,won front 9, back 9, overhall,and my fav," bunkers" last person not in takes the pot at 25p a bunker this soon mounts up if your not careful isnt it terry!!! a great island green on the 14th where i wasnt reminded of the bunker guarding the green,10 for terry here,as it was for ian on the7th,no relief here in the trees,6th is a great hole with a well guarded pin,take your chance and you mighgt get a birdie, well done craig!!i liked the 17th hole too easiest on the course,where you get punished for hitting out of bounds left(craig)haha,and a great big pylon comes into play if you are not careful,be cautious not to go to far right here as balls can be lost here too,(ian)again consider the options THINK if you need to LAY UP take out your obstacles,18th a good finishing hole with water in play probably on 2 of your shots, overhall i really enjoyed it had some great approach shots to take out the bunkers and give myself a par putt, but i only hit 1 par 3 green,so the par 3 are a very good test i would recomend this course to all standards, just have your THINKING HEAD ON, some holes do allow for a poor tee shot, ie the 11th, will be taking another visit,before we all depart to spain in october,hope this course appears in the 2 for one next season,THANKS FOR THE GAME IAN CRAIG TERRY and good luck next time
after hearing so much about willow valley l just had to play it.
scenic, greens guarded by the most awkward bunkers, and lakes, or both.well it certainly lived up to expectations.Three 17 handicappers, and a 16. we all had our own little nightmare holes, mine being the wonderful 14th.Overall it was a wonderful experiance, a fantastic course,staff was really helpful,greens and fairways were in great shape.And at £100 for the four of us, with two buggies thrown in. we will certainly be back.
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