Review's of Ashford Manor Golf Club
A good course, not at its best due to weather impact
Ashford Manor GC is a parkland style course in Ashford, Middlesex. The course is a par 70 for men and par 73 for the ladies. The SSS's are 71 & 69 respectively. The course is 6,406 & 6,093 yards respectively off the white & yellow tees. There are 4 par 3s, 12 par 4s and 2 par 5s. This is an easy walking course. While the course fairways are reasonably generous, the course is heavily tree lined and any offline shots will badly impact the possibility of good scoring, eg blocking out direct access to the greens! There are some challenging fairway bunkers to avoid and most of the greens are guarded by deep bunkers! The greens are generally large and undulating, with depth perception difficult! The 4 par 3s are an enjoyably difficult challenge; particularly the 234 yard 12th (a par 4 for the ladies). Also 3 of the par 4s, ie the 7th, 10th & 17th, (indexes 1, 6 & 4 respectively), are well in excess of 400 yards therefore long for the average handicapper. Played at the end of February 2019 in dry sunny conditions, the fairways were very patchy/bumpy reflecting the impacts of a very wet winter. Hopefully conditions will greatly improve once temperatures rise for grass growth and the greenkeeping staff can get to focus their work on the fairways! There is a good sized pro-shop and a lovely clubhouse. The men's locker room/facilities were excellent! As a visitor, and one acquainted with a club member; a real disappointment about the course was the lack of on-course signage. It wasn't always evident where the next tees were when exiting some greens. The absence of a course planner and more importantly hole layout mapping on tee boxes compounds this negative image! The impression received is that the course is being managed as though the members will know their way around the course and that's OK! More and more the needs of visitors are becoming critical to the economic well-being /survival of golf clubs. This is surely an easily remedied issue! While not at the level of being a 'must play' category course it is nevertheless very enjoyable.
Traditional parkland course
Played here with Paul Smith on the basis of potentially joining. First impressions were good, with a nice clubhouse and changing facilities, and a friendly face in the pro shop. The stand out holes are the 471 par 4, and the 234 par 3 off the whites! So as you can guess, this courses defence is it's length. We played it off the yellows, so not quite so intimidating, and I did manage to par the long par 3, though it was only playing a measly 189 yards. It had been very cold overnight, so many of the tee boxes and greens were partially frozen over. However, from what unfrozen sections we could see, both looked very good, and the fairways were also in good condition for the time of year. They have also recently upgraded a lot of the bunkers, and the couple I went in were well maintained. The remaining ones are due to be upgraded this year. As I have been advised the course drains very well, it seemed friendly when I returned for a second look, and it is very close to where I will be moving, I have bitten the bullet and decided to take advantage of a reduced joining fee deal that was running over December. I don't see my handicap plummeting, due to the length of the course, but I think the general condition will make it a pleasure to play on, and despite some road noise on a few holes, when the trees regain their leaves, it will be a nice course to walk around. It also has that old school traditional feel about it that I really like.
played here with Dave Holmes who is thinking of joining the club. A flat course with no real defining holes that stand out but it has 2 long holes a par 4 of 470 yds off the whites and a par 3 of 240 yds. The greens were good even with the frost on them, the tee boxes were excellent and you could define the fairway and rough. It looks as if it would be a pretty course to play in the summer with all the trees out. It is a fair course long but if you are straight you can score well. A bit of road noise on a couple of holes. Nice club house with lots of tradition which is nice to see. Would I play here again yes I would.
Good parkland course
No water and little heavy rough but still a challenge to find many of the fairways on this attractive parkland course which is a bit hidden away behind iron gates in an otherwise unremarkable west London suburb. Very much geared for members with little signage and no strokesaver available, but you can see most of it and it's flat. Greens quite fast and subtle, hard to read the breaks.
Played 07/09 with a member, £20.50 for being a guest, Very enjoyable course although was told by the member i played with that fairways have been in better condition, greens in good condtion, although a flat course there were plenty of enjoyable holes.