17 reviews of Wyboston Lakes Golf Course
Good value for £10 with a county card.However,greens needed cutting and it's not the most challenging course.
Lovely restaurant complex, and lovely views from the table over the lake.
The course has a few tricky holes, but the lake doesn't come to play much.
A good value for money course, in good condition, with a few quirky holes. Myself and my playing partner have played several times this summer at Wyboston, and will go back again.
It is quite a short course, and if you are not the longest of hitters, a fairly straight tee shot will still ensure that you have a chance to hit the most of the greens in regulation. You can even clear the dogleg at the first to give yourself a stab at the par five in two, if you can drive it 190 yards over the corner. There are 3 or 4 longer holes on the back 9 which are a bit more testing. Generally, a mid to high handicapper will get the best from the course, but it can be a real confidence booster for the player getting down to single figures to knock in a few birdies.
The 14th is a cracker, needs a big drive and a big 2nd shot to have any chance of getting to the raised green. Par is a bonus there.
Keep away from the water and you could shoot a low score round here.
The fact that it is pay and play means you can turn up at almost anytime and get a game.
Played this course on Saturday 8th May. There's an excellent deal on at the moment - £15 for a round after 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
The course is in really good condition at the moment and the greens were pretty quick despite it being a wet day.
To briefly cover the negative aspects to the course, the front 9 is far too short and so your scorecard after 9 can look a lot better than you might actually be playing. Thankfully the very short par 4 6th hole has been altered and now has a water hazard directly in front of the green. It makes the second shot a little more difficult, but still a bogey on this hole is equivalent to a double elsewhere.
Having said all this about the front 9, I suppose you know what to expect before you play the course and at £15 a round you can't complain too much. Plus, the back 9 is a much tougher test, which starts with two long, testing par 4 holes. The 14th is always a difficult hole and the par 5 17th has been made longer and the tee pushed back so it's now over 500yds.
So overall the course is playing well and I'll definitely be back again during the summer to take advantage of that £15 deal.
I used to play at Wyboston Lakes reqularly about 20 years ago, when the club house was just a shed. I knew that alot of redevelopment had been carried out since then but have never played the course until this bank holiday weekend. A friend had won a package in a charity auction which include a round of golf, a meal, overnight stay and breakfast - so I can comment on the whole package.
The course was in superb condition, lovely surroundings and the nice weather made it a really enjoyable round of golf. The first tee shot is a bit daunting and deciding to play safe or go across the edge of the lake is your first decision of the day...but is a great feeling if you decide to go for it and drive across the corner! Given there is so much water that comes into play we also didn't loose as many golf balls to the water as we had been anticipating.
We all came off the 18th green commenting on what an enjoyable course it was to play and will definetly play it again. The clubhouse with the views across the lake also made for a nice setting to enjoy a drink (or two!) after the round.
Everyone was very friendly, the meal and overnight stay were very enjoyable too - We really could not find fault with any aspect of the trip.
Played Wyboston Lakes this weekend for the first time with a friend who had talked it up on a number of occasions and thought I would leave my initial thoughts.
First impressions left me with a few concerns as the place looked like a soulless corporate training centre as you drive through the gates. The main bar was smart and the bar manager was helpful in getting us a simple bacon sarnie extricated from the fussy & expensive breakfast menu. I was concerned by the number of visible tatoos, steroid boosted muscles and pints of lager being drunk at 10am but the place was friendly and generally everyone we came across was courteous and knew how to behave on around a golf course.
Now the course - it was on the whole very picturesque but I got the feeling that if you stripped away the various lakes and ponds then there was a limited challenge and variation on display. It was also quite short circa (5500 yards) although a few well placed trees and dog legs did make you think about your risk and reward shots on the shorter holes. But the greens were in good nick (if a bit slow) as were the few bunkers I noticed. Although my short game was terrible on the day the fact that I was driving very well meant that the water was never really came into play or if it was only because of a really poor shot.
The course was in good condition throughout apart from few areas where it was very dry and patchy on paths between holes. Its shame the tee area at the 16th was littered with at least a 20 empty plastic bottles just because the bin was full (it was a hot day). Why couldn't you have all just kept the bottle in your golf bag?.
Nevertheless I had an enjoyable days golf at a reasonable price which despite my gripes on aesthetics was not spoiled in anyway by the deficiencies mentioned. I've just tried to be honest as lets face it a score of 9 and 10 should be for truly great or surprisingly great venues and courses and this place is pretty good, reasonable value for money and as long I'm playing I'm generally happy.
As an aside my playing partner broke 100 for the first time in his short playing career and was ectastic. I think its a very good venue for generally higher handicappers but also if your long game is off can challenge allcomers.
As there hasn't been a review of this course for a couple of years I thought I would update it since playing last weekend.
On all but two holes water is a factor. A combination of the 5 internal lakes, watery ditches and the majestic river Ouse make their presence felt at some point.
Accuracy is paramount. An example of this is the third. A 110 yd par 3. But with a pond in front of the green to carry and a huge lake at the back. Anywhere but the green means it's going to be tough to reach par.
All around the course there are water hazards to carry. 6 holes in total. And for the bigger hitters you can also try to carry the water on the 1st (Easy Tiger) and the 12th.
Well kept fairways and perfect putting surfaces are complimented by tricky rough. Hit it long. Hit it short, but wander off the short stuff at your peril.
To back up the course there is an excellent shop, with friendly and helpful staff and excellent gear. A good driving range. And the 19th serves excellent food and drink in picturesque settings.
Strong Japanese lager and a sunny chair on the patio overlooking the lakes. Perfect!
Having played Wyboston Lakes a couple of times since moving to the area, I recently decided to join the club.
The course is excellent condition - both fairways and greens are top notch - especially bearing in mind that it is quite a busy place. On occasion some of the greens can be a little soft - but they're still flat and it only really adds to the challenge.
As you would expect from the name, the bulk of the holes involve water in one way or another - sometimes the lakes themselves, sometimes the River Ouse. Therefore, while the course rewards straight hitting, potential disaster is never that far away!!
The water on a couple of the holes seems specifically designed to challenge the longer hitters - specifically the 1st and 12th, on which a deep breath and a brave line can pay real dividends.
The course can be deceptively difficult too. The longest par 3 is only 157 yards, but 4 out of the 5 involve avoiding the water!!
Although the A1 is quite close by, and the course isn't overly wooded - it always seems very quiet.
Aside from the course itself, the clubhouse is large and modern - definitely recommended.
what can i say ,this has got to be one of the best courses i have played in a long time, quite a challenging course but whenever i have played it ( winter/summer ) it has always been in pristine condition
if you live in a 50 mile radius you must play this course , very easy to get to aswell , only 200metres off the A1
This is an great course where accuracy is the key. I found that the layout
of this course severely handicaps a player who has a tendency to slice the
ball. There are a lot of water hazards with views over the River Ouse
creating some very scenic areas. The golf course is very well laid out and
it often feels that you are the only golfers on the course. The
bar/restaurant area has been recently refurbished and provides a fitting end
to 18 holes.
Regards, Paul Frissen 26/07/03
At present the course is in the finest condition it has been in for years!, The greens are quick and true and the rough is testing to recover from. A recently renovated club house and decking outside has made your visit to the 19th hole that bit more enjoyable!
Played this course with our society (28 strong) in July. From the moment we arrived to our departure the attention and commitment from the staff was second to none. Any top class course in Home Counties could learn from this club how to welcome and look after visitors. The course manager deserves particular praise for his attention to detail; the whole package was excellent value and the meal from the carvery could not have been better. As to the course it is an ideal venue for mid handicap players, not over long, but care is needed to produce a decent score. The greens were in excellent condition considering the play they must get. Whilst one is aware of the lakes they dont really threaten to wreck a good card. Go out and enjoy this course whilst you can still get a booking, it can only get more popular.
I had a great day playing this course a few months ago (i did not play well but that does not reflect on the course just my bad driving)
Anyway i went back and have fallen for it, its a great challenge for the short hitter because you dont need to wack it thus course managment is the key which for me is what golf is all about. Stunning surroundings (when its quite you feel like the only person alive on some of the holes)
Im 16 and I have been a junior member of Wybo' for 2 years now and I have seen it in this short space of time improve immensely. The greens are much faster, the fairways are lush in summer and the course is well kept in the winter, thankfully the course is not for you big hitters out there but a steady mind and tactics in your play is required if you are to shoot low scores. The professionals at the course are very friendly and their teaching is brilliant. I have had only three lessons since easter and in the following six months my handicap was chopped from 26 to 13 strokes with a best score of 77. I recommend 'Wybo' for the skilled golfers, because you have to have a steady mind if you are going to dodge the water. Good Luck.
As Wyboston Lakes is still a fairly young course which hasn't had skilled staff in the past it has not done to bad as it is built on a flood plane and an old gravel pit so to grow grass on that is some achievement. Recently there has been a change round in greenstaff and the course has come on in leaps and bounds. The quality of the greens know are consisered to be some of the best in the area for a pay and play course considering the amount of people that play there.
This winter there is a good promotion for green fees which is £9.25 for 18 holes after 10am which runs 7 days a week that is a very reasonable price. All in all Wyboston Lakes offers something for the novice or the expert golfer, so go and give it a try. If your golfs bad on the day at least you will enjoy a nice walk around the lakes and by the river ouse.
Wyboston Lakes is a very enjoyable place to play golf. The lakes in question are very prominent and you have to be straight to keep away from them! There are some short par 3 holes which appeal to the good short iron player as well as some long holes which you need to drive well in order to reach in regulation. Very cheap (2000 prices ~£12 weekday, 2 round ticket £22, £16.50 weekends, Monday 8am-12pm £7) so great value for money. The staff are very friendly and the bar stocks decent beer. Great day out!
wybo is a challanging course as it is nearly all
water.it has a nice array of short par 3s and the longer par 5s.The facillites are top quality(esp. the curly fries).The staff in the pro shop are friendly and very helpful to everybody.the only thing i have found to let the place down is the driving range which needs upgrading.
Wyboston Lakes is a very pleasant course where you need to hit the ball straight in order to score well, don't be decieved by it's length (or lack of it!). Water is everywhere and you can get through loads of balls if you're a bit off line on the day. The front nine is much easier than the back nine, so do your scoring early!
If there is one thing which lets Wyboston Lakes down it is the quality of the greens. They tend to be on the slow side but that would be acceptable if they weren't so bumpy as well. There appears to be several types of grass on the greens, growing at different rates and you can't stand over short putts with too much confidence (if you're playing for money then no gimmes!!).
Off course the facilities are very good. The pro-shop is probably the best in the region and the staff are top notch. The bar is large and a good range of bar meals is available. There is also a restaurant but I've not tried it.
Overall Wyboston is a very good pay and play course which would be highly recommended if they'd sort the greens out!
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