22 reviews of Wychwood Park Golf Club
Just back from a 3-round weekend break at Wychwood with friends, all of us playing off high handicaps (3*28 and 1*24).
I read many reviews about the course and dutifully went and purchased bags of lake-balls and even considered taking a mask and snorkel along.
Standing of the first yellow tee on the first day I have to say we were all very nervous about the nightmare we were about to have.
I have no doubt that some of the early reviews that highlighted the nightmare conditions were correct at the time, but as the course is today, it is a great challenge but not unplayable for the high handicapper.
Yes there are long carries, but often with safer/easier options. Yes there is a fair amount of water, but not unrealistic. Yes the rough is tough, but not a killer.
We had a fantastic time out playing the course as well as in the clubhouse and hotel. All the staff are friendly and helpful, and the food excellent if a little expensive.
A few words of caution. This course plays long and walks long. It is a good 7 mile walk round and so if you are playing multiple rounds a buggy could come in handy. Play is also quite slow and so a 5 hour round is the norm, often longer.
I would recommend the experience to all golfers. As long as you are capable of a 150yd shot you will be fine
Stunning course; a little disconcerting that on occasion we are playing in a posh housing estate!
The biggest pity for me was the state of the rough - 1 metre from the fairway and the ball is as good as lost. Memorable holes for me are probably the 6th, 10th and 17th.
Now for a word of advice: if you intend to play this course - a) go with plenty of balls, b) hire a buggy, c)make sure you don't have seriously dodgy knees, and d) make sure all your playing partners, whether they are on your side or not, look out for your ball after each shot.
Suffice it to say, although I think the course is a great test, in the main it has been set up for professionals who can regularly post sub-par scores. An 18 h'capper will need an extra 6 to 8 shots to post a decent score!
If I didn't have osteoarthritis in both knees I might consider playing this course again, now I know what it looks like and where everything is!
I played on 18th February from the white tees. A cold & windy day with little run made the course very challenging. I would swop longer rough and firmer greens for not having to hit such long clubs to the well guarded greens.
The first 3 holes of each nine are quite straightforward but the rest (especially 13th to 18th) are very difficult. I played with a 6 handicap member who was so proud of the course that he pointed out every hazard -not a confidence builder!
I struck the ball well (particularly off the tee) but found every poor shot was harshly penalised. The greens were quick and ok for the time of the year. I would not recommend this course to anyone with a handicap over 12 though if you chose a conservative strategy you could perhaps play to a higher handicap.
I played for nothing thanks to a golf insurance voucher so cannot really comment on value. There are some walks between holes but it is generally flat & in my view buggies are for wimps.
on our back from playing royal troon we had a very enjoyable round at wychwood.some very good golf holes here parts remind me an american style course. par 3s we thought were all very good .4s and 5s lovely .we played whites and found it a really good test .you do need the big stick but not all the time.some tough 4s water in play .quit a lot of risk and reward shots (a la trent jones design).hey but thats what its all about sometimes.staff in the pro shop were excellent.our only gripe was pitch markes and divot not beeing repaired.people who do not repair these should banished and have the shankes for the rest of eternity.do yours and one other.all in all a cracking course.
I managed to play Wychwood park shortly after the europro tour had visited and with the pins still tucked away in their final round positions (not easy). The course itself is strangely set up amongst all of the houses with some long walks from the green to tee, which for those without electric trolleys a buggy might be consider as a wise investment for the round.
As for the course itself it is not for the faint hearted. Some tricky holes across nature reserve type land, which can result in a lost ball if you dont carry! This is especially true for one of the par fours where you need to carry 150+ yards (could be more). Also a couple of par 3s allow no margin for error if you come up short, especially the 17th (great hole though)
Having said that I really enjoyed the course with some tricky holes that require you to think and be accurate off the tee. The tees and greens were in excellent condition. The greens were very tricky on some of the shorter holes so even if you were there in regulation the outcome was not a formality.
Wychwood Park is well worth a visit if you are in the area. As Ive said previously of the De vere courses look out for offers as there are some around to keep the price down, although this is a very nice course and I am not surprised that part of the Q school was held there this year!
Played this course a few times is year already. Always in good condition.
Good demanding course off all tee locations.
Greens in good condition.
Rough knee high in length.
Never pay full price always shop around on internet for good deals,
+£60 for one round at the weekend is crazy, when there is a course
across the road which is just as good, just shorter for £25.
Having played this course a couple of times from the back tees, all I can say is if you are higher than a 5 handicap....don't!!!
I'm not knocking the layout of the course, but it is just too difficult for an average player, long carry's from the tee to get in position to approach the greens which are incredibly well protected.
It also seems to me that there is a certain arrogance surrounding the whole place, from the membership to the staff.
There is a course opposite the entrance to Wychwood called Gorsty Hill, which in my humble opinion is a much better layout. When this course matures a bit more in a couple of years, I would fully expect more people would want to play there than the long slog around Wychwood. Surely just reaching for the longest club in the bag isn't enjoyable?
However, despite my comments, I can't really fault the condition of the course....just not my idea of fun.
We played this in the middle of September 2008 and had some good fortune before we even struck a ball in anger. As part of the course maintenance plan all of the really long rough had been cut down to around six inches. Great news for those (all) of us who are a little wayward.
Despite not playing well on two of the three days my lasting impression of the course remained positive. Thinking back now I am struggling to think of a weak hole, and I'm sure that with the rough at full length many of the holes would be even better. The eighth, for instance lost a lot of it's definition and "bite" because it was possible to go straight at the hole rather than follow the fairway slightly round to the right. Mind you taking the short route at this hole meant your second would be hit into the narrow part of a long thin, green. Just about every shot posed problems, it is a proper thinking golfers course with very few opportunities to relax
I played this course at the end of July 2008 and it was in excellent condition. It is a wonderful course, but very demanding for the average golfer (like me). There was a group of 11 of us playing. There was a range of different handicaps within the group. The high handicappers really struggled on this course. There is a lot of water especially on the back nine. In addition, the rough was long, and the fairways tight. Every single tee demanded a well thought out shot. I've never played so many irons off the tee's.
The course is set amongst an estate of very large houses. We had buggy's, which i'd strongly recommend. There are some long walks between holes.
We played off the yellow tee's. They were hard enough. The blue tee's were 30-50 yards behind these. A few of the players in the group wanted to play off those. You'd have to be an excellent golfer (lower than 5 handicap) to enjoy those tee's.
I strongly recommend this course. You won't be disappointed.
The course and greens were in excellent condition, although this is a very demanding course for the average golfer.
Unless you get good distance off the tee (over 150 yards), then the course will be almost impossible. My partner probably lost 11 balls through not being able to reach the fairways.
Keep your ball on the fairways because the rough is almost impossible to play out of. However one of the benefits of the course being played by numerous corporate types, was the quality of balls found around the rough.
The 7th is a great hole requiring nerve off the tee. Also liked the 17th the longest of the Par 3's which required a long and accurate shot
Only gripe was the driving range. Having paid my £2.50 for a good sized basket of balls. There were only about 3 or 4 rubber tees for the dozen bays
I played the course yesterday in fine weather conditions, and have to say that I witnessed a lot of "good shots" poorly rewarded, and any shots
slightly askew normally resulting in a lost ball.
Whilst it is a termendous test of golf, the architect must have been a sadist. Be under no illusions, should you play this course, you are in for one hell of a hard round, requiring a lot of patience and careful course management. As for yesterday, the course beat me and my fellow competitors hands down.
For a high handicapper like me, the fairways were too narrow in many places, there was very little room for error with water, marshland, streams bordering and running through the course and if that wasn't enough there were more than enough fairway bunkers. Too difficult for me to enjoy the course.
Not that picturesque.
Played here in early July for the first time, and thoroughly enjoyed it! Wouldn't believe the course is so young, and has quite a 'links' feel for an inland track (although that might be down to the fact the weather was hot and dry, so the ball rolled on a good way!). The greens are very good, just a nice pace, and the rough very punishing. Managed a couple of pars (not bad for a 27 handicapper!), although confess I gave up on the 7th after seeing 3 drives disappear into the nature reserve! All in all a good test, and highly recommended. Off course the food was good in the bar, and pro shop well-equipped - staff very pleasant too!
I have to confess prior to playing this course I had never actually heard of Wychwood Park. I am now glad to say I am one of its biggest fans. For such a young course I was in awe of its quality, even in the more inclimate weather in which I eventually played. Each hole is something different, and there are no easy holes here. If you are a lover of golf then I urge you to play this course. The price we paid for our society day was a bargain for what could easily be a PGA Tour course, I recomend that anyone who is up to the challenge plays this course now, before its popularity (and no doubt price) reach th heights thatit deserves.
One of the best courses you will ever play, guaranteed!
Played the course today, 28th October, for the second time and have to admit it was in better condition then when I last played it in July. I believe a lot of work has been performed on the greens and it shows. Be under no illusions this course is difficult and you will be severly punished for poor shots. Played on a 2fore1 for £20 each and at this rate it is a bargain, to be honest at £40 its still a bargain. Course was very quiet, probably due to the recent bad weather. In the main the course was dry and played very well, there were a few damp and soggy patches but these were in the rough. Apart from 2 dodgy holes around the turn I posted a decent score of 86 gross off my 14 handicap and felt that this wasn't really a reflection of how well I struck the ball, as said earlier you really are punished for being slightly off line. Favourite holes were the 6th, a mid iron par 3 from a elevated tee to a green surround by bunkers and the 18th a long par 5 dogleg right to a raised green surrounded by bunkers (I actually murdered this hole with my two best shots of the day, a faded 300 yard drive around the dogleg and a 240 yard 3 wood to 15 feet, where I nearly came out of my shoes. Two putts on the lightning fast greens for a gross birdie! I actually had 3 birdies in the round but round the turn killed me where for no apparent reason I couldn't hit a cows backside with a banjo.). The food was reasonably priced and quite good, aswell as 2 beautiful pints of Hobgoblin to cap off a very enjoyable day. Only gripe really was the bar staff who seemed a bit miserable, but so would I be if I had to pull pints while such an excellent course was in full view. Fabulous place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great course, open for over 3 years now and it is maturing nicely.
This is not an easy course and is sometimes a struggle to post a good round, but you always leave feeling satisfyed that it has given you a good test!! The greens are in extremely good condition and are a test in itself. Service in the restauraunt is almost there to!!
our society played this course in oct 04 after a week of heavy rain
some parts of the course held a bit of water but didnt stop us having a great day out
one of the toughest courses around unless you play straight and long every drive
every hole was different and a fantastic golf course
cant wait to play the new course if its as good as this one
old engine gc, wigan
Played the course for the first time this weekend. Conditions were dull with a moderate breeze. The course was in fantastic condition. Greens were fast and true. It's a tough course that severely punishes you for off-line shots; keep the ball in play and you'll be well rewarded. Much of the rough is a marked conservation area and is off-limits for ball searching. Every hole has its own character and there are several absolute crackers. The only negative was slow progress with hold-ups at most holes. Highly recommended.
Played the course for the first time last week (1st June 2004). What an experience! Even though it rained intermittently throughout our round, this did little to detract from the exceptional golfing challenge that Wychwood offers. This is definately a 'thinking golfer's' course. Don't always walk to the teeing area with a driver in your hand, you will be punished severely. That said, the layout and condition of the course was superb. The only negative comment I would make, would be regarding the severity of the rough. Anything off the fairway is invariably lost! Take plenty balls with you (alternatively, spend more time in the rough than I did and find my precious Pro V1s!!). That aside, I did manage 2 birdies on my round, so rewards are out there to be had. Not for the faint-hearted. Enjoy.
I can't believe that in they have got this course playing so well in such a short space of time. There is still plenty of maturing required but the fairways and greens are in a fantastic state. The par 3 sixth playing down from a raised tee over a small stream with glorious views was my particular favourite. Bring plenty of balls as much of the course is preserved for wildlife. Club house modern with great facilities. A great day out.
Played this 'new' course on 17th April, which happened to be a glorious if breezy day.
First impressions of an imposing Clubhouse, nearby hotel and rolling countryside were excellent. We were not to be disappointed having stepped on to the 1st Tee. I will be returning to Wychwood Park, as once the course has matured it will be nothing short of magnificent. Testing Tee-shots, undulating greens, and Par 3's that will give you nightmares, are the plusses on this Cheshire course. The only negative (and it won't be a negative if the course achieves PGA Tour status) is the distance you have to walk between some of the holes. However, I am being picky and I've picked out a couple of the holes to whet your appetite.
Number 1 - Downhill Par 5, not overly difficult, but the drive is somewhat hindered by the brow of the hill - however driving into the wind meant it played like a 'very' long par 5.
Number 7 - another par 5, yet its all about the Drive - split fairways either side of a stream mean you have to pick your line and not change your mind - long second shot to a small target means it may be wise to lay up
Number 6 - Par 3 - Raised Tee down across a stream which runs the length of the hole - horrible sloping green, although there is a large 'bail-out' area to the right.
Number 17 - Par 3 - yet more water - 170 yards of carry, and not much green to work with - if you claim a 3, be very chuffed.
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