Review's of Belhus Park Golf Club
No definition between fairway and rough .
One off the holes wasn’t even on the green
Greens in a right state
Worst course Iv ever played
Might be different in summer .
But for £18 with top meadow down the road
Top meadow is much nicer and better
Good course kept well.
Course was in good condition. Started on back 9 as the 1st was busy and went round with no hold ups.
Too many trees
It's a very tight course,and there are too many trees along most fairways,it's too hard for high handicappers,once in the trees which many of us will be in,there is still a lot of trees in the way to escape ,not needed half of them,for us middle to high handicappers.The greens were in poor shape,but of course just coming out of Winter,lucky we could play ,lift and place ,on most fairways,as the winter has left lots of bare areas.there are hidden ditches,but not to bad,I believe courses should be for all levels of players,I think this course is hard for high handicaps,but only a personal view ,like everything,I would I suppose play it again,in the spring onwards,but I would not rush..
Nice afternoon stroll
Found this course to be very rewarding, not particularly long but fair. Greens were in great condition just watch out for falling chestnuts.. Bunkers in good condition and tees very well looked after.
Sweet smell of Spring....lush fairways....uncrowded....
One certainly appreciates this lovely, mild Spring weather, everything is sweeter, brighter and playing golf is certainly much, much more enjoyable....
Belhus fairways were very lush, well kept, though sand is a little scarse, greens in good condition but not as fast as one would expect.
The parkland course was very pretty, the sweet smell of Spring everywhere around. The course was practically empty, so we managed to tee off at least 20 minutes early. A bargain price posted by "Smooth/Sweet ED", a TSG gem for sharing his finds with us all.
We did not have a flag on the 6th, Par 3, as some little local hooligans run away with it, taking the markers from the 7th Tee box with them as well.... that is the joy of a municipal course with adjacent public footpath.
Despite this little incident, we had a nice relaxing game (4 ball) and an enjoyable drink afterwards. What a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Pretty municipal short parkland course
Pretty municipal short parkland course, with an easy walk (flattish) for the high/mid handicap player.
Some holes are tree line, but open. With lateral ditches witch can come into play.
Fairways were better then some private course I’ve been on.
Green a tad woolly slow. Bunkers playable.
Overall the course was in good condition.
Value for Money base on £12 internet before noon Sunday, normally £21.50 a bit pricey.
No practise area at all, only a driving range.
I would come again. l like it.
Open Parkland, tree-lined and tucked away nicely between M25 and A13
This is a public pay and play course - nonetheless in reasonable condition despite all the inclement weather we had endured in the area.
It is open parkland and a fair amount of holes were tree-lined up and down with adjacent fairways (OK another route to your chosen green). The general condition of fairways and greens were OK, some boggy bits which needed a bit of careful navigation but all in all a reasonable test of golf skills. Personally I found much of it needing a fair amount of repetition from the tees and unlike some other short courses I didn't exercise all of the clubs in my bag (so this course would be super for 5-club challenges). Greens were a bit on the wooly side (a bit slow and could be better in the summertime). If you could avoid the standing water fairways did allow a bit of roll and some measure of control for those of us who don't hit too long.
I thought a conservative approach (not too agressive) was a good tactic on this day and I did get the chance to chip close from the front of a number of greens. Putting needed some faith, hitting the ball a little harder than usual and it just about got to the hole a few times...
Good pro-shop - nice range of quality offers on display and food before the round was served with a smile and we were made to feel welcome.
Another nice little course - good for honing those straight shots - but watch out for a ditch that seems to get in the way on quite a few holes (seems just about within my range).
This course isn't signposted from the main road and you could easily miss the turn off. Shared car parking with a leisure centre, adequate spaces available).
We chose to wear golf shoes in the 'clubhouse' before the round and it wasn't prohibited.
Not much by way of panoramic vistas here, not a great deal of wildlife on show, surrounded on all sides by public access/motorways/roads...
Note: Many of the trees were deciduous and no leaves yet, so not much cover for those 'calls of nature'...
Not exactly inspiring, but not bad
Short and pretty samey, lots of holes mostly straight with no distinguishing features other than the yardage at which the ditch crosses the fairway. Greens very slow, but it has been very wet recently.
Couldn't find a putting green or chipping area but did notice a driving range at the end of the car park as we were coming down the 18th.
Decent cafe and bar.
Wouldn't rush to play again, but at the same time wouldn't avoid; the monotony of most holes felt more like being at the range than on the course.
Once you accept that just a few miles down the road the day before flooded my garden and was still flooded the morning of the game, I reckon the course held up very well indeed. Yes the greens were dreadfully slow for the front nine, but no temp greens and not much standing water on the course. Rest assured my low Stableford points was not due to the course, it was due to some poor golf on my part.
I didn't have time to see if there were any practice facilities
In the clubhouse the woman who served my was nice and the food was not expensive. I would definitely go back again. Beats some other clubs we have been to on the tsg that's for sure.
Worth a visit
Pleasant enough course. A little bit up and down, quite short and pretty tight. 5 par 3's with 3 quite long. Seems to drain well albeit there was a lot of surface water as the day before there was non-stop rain. Greens very small , making it a bit tough to hit and quite woolly. Bunkers quite compacted even with the rain and may not be too clever in the better weather. Clubhouse and pro shop friendly and welcoming. Good value at £20 (sat) will play it again .
Birth of a "new baby" on Belle House (Belhus) Mansion grounds.....
"Cyder Cuper Society" was born today (22nd Sept 12 ) on the former ground of Belhus Mansion, ruins can be seen by the 10th & 12th holes, and mounts (13th hole?) from the gardens re-landscaped by Capability Brown. Some rescued items can be seen in local museums (Thurrock Museum in Grays and Valence House Museum in Dagenham)together with more history....
So now as the the golf course and the golf day:
we had a good deal £20.12 (Twenty Twelve, the Olympics, Team GB etc... year to remember) for our 18 holes inclusive of a cooked breakfast, Tea/Coffee.
A bubbly young TSGer, started a new golf society, the Cyder Cup Society and chose Belhus Golf course, a short course of just over 5000 yrds to accommodate the very first game. Eight of us attended as there were a few cancellations at the last minute, but these things happen...
Decent enough course, but hazard & trees always in my way, so not my kind of course (should have teed off from the Yellows maybe), but a good score can be had if you know your clubs and are accurate at pitching/chipping, without forgetting sand practice as there are numerous small, deep bunkers and not always filled with sand, but I personally did not visit many, instead my ball went into ditches or ponds or rough and just disappeared...
Pleasant parkland where walking is not streneous, some beautiful trees but that is expected when you are on the former grounds of what was once a beautiful mansion dated back from the 15th century. I noticed a wonderful tree/bush (by the 4th hole) full of small red berries, at its best in this September weather. There were also some very tasty blackberries by the 16th, where we looked for an errant ball. Some public footpaths by the side of the course, where one can see runners keeping trim, horse riders enjoying th Essex countryside. The wonderful Essex countryside is all around and the M25, Essex being blessed with an excellent infrascructure, making it easy to go from one golf course to another or one shopping centre to another!
On the 1st 9s, open fairways but one can end up on the wrong fairway, on the last 9s can be tight, ditches present and some dryish ponds. The rough is a bit rough and will hide your ball, but you may find another one, but still a penalty to add to the score card. The 17th hole, Par 3, is across the 16th fairways so one has to be careful when playing both holes, as one could be caught in the "cross-fire", (hope that makes sense, but people that have played the course know what I mean)....
At some point in the round, we lost one of our group as he has to go home due to an unfortunate back injury, but I have found out that Tony B. is making a very good recovery after some strecthing excercises.... so he will be fit for the next society game.
Friendly proshop. No Ladies members, only men, dont know why. Good service in the club house. Little terrace with wooden benches/tables outside by the 1st and 18th holes. A practice net. Not sure about putting green? Large car park which accommodate people going to the Sports Centre & Football?
The Cyder Cup Society wll move onto longer/more renowned local golf courses in its next steps, but it is only "a baby" and feeling the grounds first before bigger things happen. We all shared a drink and friendly discussion about TSG etc... the future and running of the Society, the prizes, the points systems etc... Our artist/creative TSG Jeweller, Russell F, kindly offered to design and make some little trophies, I hope I'll win one, but I better produce some better scores as I came last but one..... keep up the hard & good work Andy, we all enjoyed the day & appreciate your enthusiasm & we shall support you.
A bientot....THE END...
And I thought it was going to be a short review!
Fairly priced but NOT Wentworth.....
Played here on the inaugural 'Cyder Cup Society' match and enjoyed the course. OK, lets keep it in perspective though, if you are expecting perfect greens and manicured tee boxes, then look elsewhere! However, if you're just after a fun afternoon's golf and you are not worried about the odd frayed fairway and bunkers without deep sand - then this is the place for you. Not overly long the course is set just off the M25 at Jct 30. A mature parkland course, it is tight in places (so you won't need your Driver often) but there is nothing much else to trouble the mid to low handicapper. Wouldn't rush back but would happily play there as part of another CCS day! :-)
My first experience at Belhus Park
Very tight fairways. For £20.12 including a full English breakfast, not bad value for a Saturday
This is you 'Typical' council course. Very uninteresting layout, most holes are straight up and down. The fairways were good and most holes were straight. Keep the ball on the fairway and out of the trees and you'll do well.