Wokefield Park Golf Club

Wokefield Park Golf Club, Reading, South East, England, RG7 3AE

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Played it off the very back tees, which makes it 7,000 yards, and a very good test.Lots of water coming into play, and some excellent holes.
Great value on a 2 for 1 deal.
However, the problem is with the condition.Greens and fairways in poor condition.If they can get that right it'd be a great course.

Posted by Neil on 09/04/2014
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Spent the weekend with my Golf Society. The course was ok but long grass off the fairways which should be cut back. Greens were good but the course was slow due to overloading. Buggies are overpriced @ £26. I was disappointed with the hotel as the main meals were very poor and overcooked and the choice very limited to three or four selections. The breakfast was ok but why oh why do they have cold plates with a barely warm food.
If you are on a boys weekend be aware that the drinks are overpriced, four pints and two large glasses of wine was £35.00. If you are a bitter drinker there was only two on tap and they run out of one. Rooms were good with comfortable beds but you need a degree in technology to work out how to turn the television on using two remotes. Would I want to return for a weekend? the answer is no as there are many other venues that would be better.

Posted by Greg Sterne on 22/07/2013
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The course was in lovely condition. The problem was that De Vere had been too greedy with taking bookings. The course was packed with groups of 4 balls with only 6 minutes between tee times, ok if there was a marshal making sure that groups moved on but alas NO MARSHALL. It took us 6 HOURS.
The Hotel was OK clean rooms etc but (be ware) the resturant service and the standard of food was appauling. (cold, dried-up and over cooked)even the salad had turned BROWN. The staff were un-sypathetic and not interested.
To sum up: Nice Course.....BAD Hotel. Don't let venues like this ruin your weekend!

Posted by Gordon Oakey on 27/07/2011
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Just finished second round in as many days. Stayed at the hotel on an offer and used two for one vouchers. Course is long even from yellows (especially when you are not used to courses of this length). A lot of holes are dog legs and the back nine is up and down, up and down..... A buggy would be useful if you are playing on a second day, to rest those weary legs. Lots of challenges. Fairways wide, with big bunkers at perfect yardages to catch hooked or sliced drives. Staff at pro shop are friendly and welcoming. Would I go back? Certainly, especially using discounted rates. Nice hotel and would consider venue for the annual society break.

Posted by Craig Scott on 19/04/2011
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I played this course on a scorching day earlier this summer as part of a weekend break. I thought it set up really well and made me make some tough strategic decisions. The holes that stood out for me were:
- The 6th, 552yd par 5, I cut the corner of the dog leg over the fairway bunker and was rewarded with just a 5 iron approach shot and an easy birdie. Could be a tough par 5 for shorter hitters.
- The 9th, 476yd par 4, again I took on the long carry over the water and was left with just a sand wedge into the green. If you take the safe route then you are likely to have a long iron or fairway wood approach shot to a tricky green.
- The 12th, 195yd par 3, a good medium length par 3 over water, club slection is key and the green is very undulating.
- The 14th, 600yd par 5, a monster par 5 where you need to avoid the fairway bunkers off the tee at all costs, then hit a good lay up to give you a chance to hit it close in 3 for your birdie chance.
Because it was so dry and hard I think it played easier than its 6996 yards would otherwise suggest, hence my low challenge rating. I shot a -4 68 playing off the blue tees on a day where i didn't hit a single bad shot. The fairways and greens were first class. The hotel was ok but rooms in the conference building don't have aircon so after such a hot day it was a real challenge just to stay cool at night.

Posted by Nick Bliss on 08/09/2010
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Got one of the £10 TeeTimes.co.uk special offers and was dubious that anywhere so cheap could be of any quality - thankfully I was very wrong. It was a great "thinking" course which would offer a challenge over and over again. It was wet, but the course was in very good condition.
There were very few average holes and I would certainly recommend to other golfers.
Please do keep in mind that the course is busy and this does effect pace of play - but as long as you are prepared for this before teeing off, you will not be dissapointed.
Despite this I would certainly play again even if it where not at the discounted rate.

Posted by Toby Idle on 26/10/2009
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Thanks to Tee Times it cost a paltry £10 to play here yesterday and now that the excellent twilight rates on many courses mean a struggle to get round a problem this is a fantastic deal.
This course measures 6579 from the yellow rather than the figure given on this website and the from the blue tees the yardage is 6996. As I mentioned in another report on a De Vere venue you are allowed to play from whichever tees you fancy.
There are some memorable holes and the challenge from the 9th tee is a classic risk or reward. The satisfaction of clearing the water and leaving a wedge to a 450 yard dogleg was worth the green fee.
If you take on the water at the 600 yard 14th from the back tee you may not necessarily gain a shot but the satisfaction is enormous.
The greens were being hollow tined which meant short putts were a lottery so I could give myself those without feeling too guilty.
Other excellent holes were the 6th (a hole for plotting the best route) and the 12th (over water). Some of the holes were challenging only from the blue tees so be brave.
I had seen warnings about the prices for drinks so steered well clear.
I think it is a mistake for 1/3 of the points in rating a course to be for "general facilities". Most golfers are surely more interested in the quality of a course and value for money. Perhaps a score out of 5 should be allocated to this aspect of a course.
My home course has spent £??? on "general facilities" which are not normally used by members who change thier shoes in the car park.
This course is fantastic value for £10 so play or miss a bargain. I was hitting the ball really well so the challenge rating may be too low but nearly 7000 yards is along way for most of us.

Posted by Stephen Lucking on 30/09/2009
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Just arrived home after spending the weekend playing Wokefield Park. A fabulous testing course. Every hole a real challenge and trouble never far away. The greens were all superb and gave you confidence to have go and not try to just lag it up stone dead. We played three rounds over this weekend and by and large had not a great deal to complain about. A course marshall would be a good idea though as we had a young threeball backing everyone up which could have been dealt with. The hotel and rooms were fine fine as you would expect but the food left a bit to be desired. Drinks in the bar were around £4 a pint. This is rather over the top I think. Nevertheless we are planning to return next year.

Posted by Bob Quantick on 28/06/2009
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Having just returned from our annual Spring Tour which this year was played at Wokefield Park.
With 28 players with a handicap of between 8 to 28 I can honestly say what a great venue. The course with 10 par 4, 4 x par 3 & par 5's though lacking in trees is well set up with 9 lakes with plenty of ducks and swans and approx 90 bunkers though some were like deserts !!! and if you managed to navigated around them you always had the rough which in some places was extreme. And your certainly needed a mixture of shots as each hole had it's own defination and hazzard.
We were really fortunate with the weather but i would imagine if the rain or wind came into play it would be impossible to play to your handicap. If critical about the course a typical round was taking 5 hours as there are a number of walks between greens to tees especially from the 9th to the 10th but at least you had the pleasure of the halfway hut where you can order hot food along the 9th via a intercom but all the same everyone of us commented that it was a great course.
Hotel facilities were good but being a De Vere you wouldn't expect any thing less though the rooms were more set up for a overnight stay and not a golfing break so space was limited.Food was good and always a good choice though drinking which we were certainy doing didn't leave you much left in your wallet at nearly £4 a pint.

Posted by kev mundy on 26/05/2009
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I booked a golf breaks break at wokefield park mid septemeber and i must say what a great venue,golf course was, exellent,one of the best ive played ,not a bland hole on the course .Hotel ok ,rooms a bit basic,food good,exellent value, two rounds of golf for around a hundred quid!

Posted by PAUL WRIGHT on 02/10/2008
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Played here on a sunday deal with golf breaks in Sep 07. I was worried this was too open after reading the reports.
Completely surprised at the difficulty of the course. Nearly every hole was a dogleg or bunkers tightly placed on the fairway so you had to think about every drive.
Whilst this isn't a tree lined course it makes up for it in the placement of the bunkers and the degree of the rough. If you are not straight you will struggle to get round with a decent handicap score.
The greens were in pretty good condition for the time of year.
We had 16 golfers and ranging from 6 to 28 handicapers.
The hotel isnt the most cosy as it's geared up for conferences and feels like an office when you walk around.
Food is OK and rooms are OK.
The drinks are expensive so be warned if you have a large round!
For £85 including dinner, breakfast & 2 rounds this is a bargain and well worth playing.
Nick B

Posted by Nick Barber on 17/09/2007
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Played in May 06. Course good condition, greens a bit bumpy/slow due to lack of rain/preparation time of year? but did not spoil the day. Nice layout, quite open, longish walk and course. Players will need a course guide. Played when the weather was nice and no wind. Due to it's openness and large bunkers and rough I would think it is very difficult on a windy day.
Played for free but compared to other courses played would say £40 ish at weekend is fair. Practice area and bar are excellent.

Posted by Keith Higgins on 17/05/2006
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Played on a great value winter deal for 22.00,golf facilities a bit all over the place but I thought the course was ok,greens very good and I scored pretty well.This due to he fact you can hit driver on every hole and almost anywhere.
My guess is in the summer this could be a lot tougher when the rough grows up.
After the food was ok,ham egg and chips,service a little bit erratic and the complex is probably more geared to corporate groups than golfers,the bar was very very impersonal and badly designed and without any warmth.

Posted by Paul Green on 01/02/2006
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Had a society weekend on 17th sept 2005 and everybody seemed to enjoy the course and general facilities. Whilst the course is quite open,especially when the rough has been cut down it still is interesting.
The pratice facilities are excellent and the food and rooms are also above average

Posted by Kevin Shinner on 30/09/2005
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Golf course is very open. The greens and fairways are in good condition, but the tees were a bit bare when we played. The par 5's are excellent but the par 3's are nearly all the same. The front 9 is more interesting than the back 9. We played 3 times (Sunday pm, Monday pm, and Tuesday am) and got held up on each occassion - it would seem to be a course that plays a bit slow.
Off course was adequate, but there is little atmosphere in the bar and dining areas, and the impression is that the place is geared towards company conferencing rather than people on golf breaks.
Overall an average venue and course with no major complaints, but nothing particularly special about the place.

Posted by Paul Wright on 16/09/2005
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This is without doubt the best 'value for money' golf course in the Southern Region. It has plenty to keep all happy lots of water, large bunkers in Driving Range, great par 3's...with the 8th being a real good looker with a big tiered green that is great for 3 putting....and a really friendly par 5 finish....All the staff are so nice, we could be in America, as most British courses are run by miseries this is a refreshing change....Come here you will not be disappointed.

Posted by Dave Howlett on 15/08/2005
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This is without doubt the best 'value for money' golf course in the Southern Region. It has plenty to keep all happy lots of water, large bunkers in Driving Range, great par 3's...with the 8th being a real good looker with a big tiered green that is great for 3 putting....and a really friendly par 5 finish....All the staff are so nice, we could be in America, as most British courses are run by miseries this is a refreshing change....Come here you will not be disappointed.

Posted by Dave Howlett on 15/08/2005
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This is without doubt the best 'value for money' golf course in the Southern Region. It has plenty to keep all happy lots of water, large bunkers in Driving Range, great par 3's...with the 8th being a real good looker with a big tiered green that is great for 3 putting....and a really friendly par 5 finish....All the staff are so nice, we could be in America, as most British courses are run by miseries this is a refreshing change....Come here you will not be disappointed.

Posted by Dave Howlett on 15/08/2005
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This course only opened in the late 90's so is still obviously a very young course. However the greens are excellent and the course is a real challenge to all golfers. Nearly every green is protected with either large bunkers or water so you have to be accurate shooting at the greens.
Whilst the course is a bit open in places there are enough features to keep you interested. If you play Wokefield on a 2-1 voucher its a fantastic deal for playing a championship course.
The course usually plays tougher in the summer as they let the rough grow extremely long - avoid this stuff at all costs !!

Posted by Phil Baker on 14/07/2005
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A group of 4 us played midweek in July. Whilst the course was easy to find, once inside the gates the challenge was to find the Pro shop and changing rooms, a few signs would have helped!
That little obstacle overcome, the staff in the shop were helpful and directed us to the free coffee machine, a course planner was recommended (and proved very necessary) but it, and all the other items in the shop were a touch on the pricey side, (chocolate bars at 60 pence each).
Out on to the course, winter rules (pick & place) was still in operation, the first thing one notices is the number of divots that had been taken on all the tees, even the par 5’s! Whilst the greens offered a challenge because of their undulations and borrows, their condition left a little to be desired. But our biggest disappointment was the number of doglegs that were only defined by bunkers and tall wispy rough, at each corner was a bunker bigger than many of the greens! The sand was that very soft fluffy stuff that wrapped itself the club head and produced several duffed attempts to extricate the ball.
Some more signs to direct you to the next tee would also have speeded up play and saved the frustration of people wandering about. That said the walk from the ninth to the tenth is some route march (but it is well signed)! All of us have played a sister hotel and course in the group, Staverton Park in Northants, which is a great course and a true test of golf and frankly this one was a great disappointment. The impression given is that hotel and vast training facilities receives priorities of investment and the course is offered to the delegates and weekend visitors as an extra rather like the swimming pool complex. However after your round pause for an excellent snack at the bar, freshly cooked and speedily served.

Posted by Jon Ponsford on 14/07/2005
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Have just visited Wokefield Park with a group of 11 others. An excellent course with features to test even the best players in our group whose handicaps vary from 7 to 28. The course was in very good condition and the other facilities available, such as swimming and the sauna made our visit one to remember. The food was excellent, particularly the "eat all you want" breakfast. One minor moan, the course guide gave no indication of where the next tee was from each green and there are some considerable walks between holes. All in all a wothwhile experience.

Posted by Nigel Strutt on 28/03/2005
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Wokefield Park is a well laid out course with good sized and undulating greens, and water hazards, however, the course seems quite young and open and the tree saplings don't appear to have grown up much. This makes the numerous doglegged holes a lot easier to negotiate than they perhaps should be.
The 9th hole (par 4, 436 yds off the yellow tees) is an exception to the above, as it is a great dogleg right where you can either drive over the dog leg and over water to the fairway or play safe and go straight and leave yourself a long second shot to a raised green.
All in all a fair course with good practice facilities and friendly staff but quite open in places. Also nice touch on 9th tee - an intercom to the halfway hut for bacon sarnies etc..

Posted by David Watson on 17/03/2003
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This has become the traditional venue for the final event of our Golf Society season where we take advantage of the 'Sunday night special' which gives 36 holes of golf and dinner/B&B for £79.50 - good value. The course itself is interesting without being too difficult and is always well presented. There are some nice extra touches like the 'tree radio' adjacent to the 9th tee where you can order your mid-round snacks and a CCTV system to avoid queues on the 10th!Available on 2-FORE!-1 terms making it £15 on a weekday, this course is well worth a visit.

Posted by Karl Baxter on 04/07/2002
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I have played here many times as a non-member it is a great course. The green staff do an amazing job, keeping the course up to a very hgh standard. I have applied to be a member and cannot wait to be accepted. This is a truly brilliant course.

Posted by Daniel Hellmuth on 05/04/2002
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I've only played here once and it probably wasn't the best day to make an accurate judgment on what seems like should be a very nice course. Unfortunately it was raining, blowing a gale and was freezing cold so it was hard work. However, only two holes were closed which was a considerable achievement in the storms that preceded and came during our round. Worth a look - I intend going back in brighter times!

Posted by Charles Gordon on 19/03/2002
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