Review's of Bentley Golf Club
Awesome course. Firstly i played well and when you play well you like the course, having said that i 3 putted on 7 greens but the greens were excellent,out of 10 i will gice it a 9! it is a fantastic parkland members course.If you are after a championship course then this aint one for you.Very well looked after great dog legs where you have to think about your tee shot , tight in places ,but rewarded with bravery. Do i prefer bentley or Abridge? I have to say Bentley,and for 20 quid for twighlight great value for money. woulx a pay £45 maybe not. if you get a deal take it well worth a visit.im definitely coming back before the winter sets in
Superb Parkland Course
I've always wanted to play at Bentley and have never heard a bad word said against it.
The club house is under major renovation, but once inside the staff made us feel very welcome. We paid £27 for 18 holes Bacon Roll Tea & Coffee, Ham Egg & Chips when we returned. Buggies were £25. The condition of the course was outstanding though there were a lot of leaves on the fairways, I did lose a ball under them which was annoying. The greens were fantastic quick and true. The bunkers were raked prior to our round. This parkland course is not easy, very tight in places with lots of dog legs. If your a big hitter you need to be straight. I found the first nine tough, the back nine a bit more straight forward. All in all Bentley did not disappoint easily one of the best courses in the county, I'd say nearly on a par with Toot Hill. Fantastic day... I hope to return very soon.
Could be so much better
The greens are good but I found the course very plain with no memorable holes and no signature hole as such. Long course from the whites but not a course I would rush back to.
Tough course this one - more so in the cold and rain
I have given the club a low rating, but mainly because of when we played.
It was wet cold and a bit breezy, and the leaves were dropping heavily, balls were lost because they were under a leaf and no one knew which one. There was one temporary green, which I think they should have mentioned before we paid to play.
Having said all of that, it was easy to see how good the course would look and play in the spring/summer months.
There are some holes where your only option is to be very long off of the tee on a dogleg par 4 needed approx 240 yards off the tee to have a view of the green for your second. South Essex may be longer on the score card, but this course keeps you hitting long and straight or else.
The weather kept changing the speed of the greens which caused a few longer second putts than we'd have liked.
we paid £25 with a full English breakfast and it was lovely with toast jam and tea/coffee thrown in, well cooked and very welcoming pleasant staff. Clubhouse was a nice place to site and eat.
Summary is that without all the wet leaves on the ground, and a bit better weather over the previous week or so. it would have been great value. Do not expect to improve your handicap on this course
The Best Breakfast !!!!
Since playing all these different courses The best breakfast so far, oh by the way the course is superb as well, long par 4's made it a bit difficult for me to reach in regulation, nice parkland, hard work it was wet, would love to play in the summer
Interesting - Challenging and quite hazardous
Nicely appointed out in the Essex Countryside. Clever use of natural hazards.
The entrance isn't well signposted heading toward Brentwood from Ongar, car parking is a bit tight. There was a practice area, but much was under water.
Follow your nose the the clubhouse, friendly and welcoming , good food.
Pro-shop is through the gap and turn right, took a while to find, small but friendly enough.
I found this a challenge, a fair few hidden pins (never my favourite) and it was cold on the day.
Worth a second trip though...
Nice layout but overpriced...
Played at Bentley Golf Club many moons ago and had positive memories, so was looking forward to playing here again after such a long break....
At first glance Bentley is a very nice club with a well laid out course. The greens and fairways and in very good condition and there can be no complaints with this as a overall test of golf. The course meanders through and around parkland terrain, is mostly flat (so you wont be out of breathe at any point!) and there are some very pretty holes with good water features and landscapes on the back nine.
The Clubhouse is a little old fashioned (think 70's design) and whilst no-one was unfriendly, it didn't feel your were overly welcome either. As such, all things considered, I think in the current climate £29 on a Friday afternoon (£40+ at weekends) is too much for this course.
So, all in all, yes I would return but I think the pricing needs to be more competitive to make it a regular haunt!
Course in fantastic condition
Had a good days golf, weather was great, this course is a real test of golf, as you can see by the scores one to return to soon.
Mature Parkland Course.....
Bentley Golf course is a 40 years old & now a Members club, well matured & offers challenges in the way of ditches, yes lots of them and always in the wrong places(well for my sort of game!), it has some water holes as well and many bunkers quite compacted at this time of the year.
The view of golf course as you walk to the 1st Tee is very impressive & beautiful, specially so, on such a lovely sunny afternoon, but it does make it difficult to see the ball flight.
The course was well presented with some very wide fairways in good condition, some made tight ones because of the numerous well mature trees overhanging. Some very interesting doglegs. The Tee boxes are in good condition, not always a great advantage from the Red Tees. Some Tee boxes seem to be set at an angle to the fairways to tempt you into the double ditches....
3 favourites holes:
14th, Par 4 - This hole has recently been re-designed & made very interesting with water on either side as you approach the green, the left handside being a very picturesque pond, with natural wild habitat and a "duck house" or "moorehen house", weeping willows giving definition as well. The sand traps are well before the green, more on the fairways.
16th, Par 4 - A dogleg right, with OOB on the right, sloping down to a stream ending up in a big pond that one has to cross to reach the raised green well guarded on either side by bunkers. A pretty and challenging hole.
17th, Par 3 - Again a recently re-designed hole, made very attractive with large, deep bunkers guarding the green which is raised. A small ditch filled with water on the right hand side.
The car park is big, I believe some TSGers had difficulty in finding the Golf course (GPS do go wild and lead you astray sometimes) which is just off a main road. The set up or lay out to the Pro shop, changing rooms & Clubhouse is not as user friendly as I was expecting it to be, but then again, I do have great expectations, specially so with the name "Bentley".
Clubhouse friendly, but a little quiet & old fashioned for my taste, but a pleasant & friendly service.
Well stocked Pro Shop but one cannot drive a bargain. No discount whatsoever on a Friday. Pleasant terrace by the Clubhouse overlooking the 1st & 18th Tees.
Good practice facilities.
I shall return, but not a priority, as I prefer & enjoy other challenges than ditches on a golf course. But, if you have not played at Bentley, do try the course as it may be your type of course & you will get a warm welcome.
Members seem friendly.
THE END...... My very own personal view as a Lady TSGer.
Mature Parkland, with more than a hint of a links feel
This is a mature parkland course, set in the undulating area of Essex (so not exacltly mountainous), the course is an interesting layout, with more than a fair share of hazards. Most holes are festooned with either dicthes, bunkers or water (or combinations of them all). Trees encroach fairways, and are in play a lot (so a premium for straight hitters).
Take the time to enjoy the panoramic views as you meander through this very nicely appointed course.
I can't recall a single hole that didn't require some thinking about, all were challenging in their own ways. Bunlers were in the condition we come to expect at this time of year, not a lot of light fluffy sand, so best to av oid them. Fairways were nicely presented and the greens are good... enough slopes and lumps to challenge even the best of putters... Not slow hese greens were true enough, the course held up well after a few days of heavy rain and seemed to drain well... ponds and ditches always playing a part and every hazard seemed to be within range...
You would do well to get around here without losing at least 1 ball...
The clubhouse staff were friendly and welcoming, food was good and there was a nice cup of tea... the clubhouse and associated buildings are not imposing and the layout would take a bit of getting used to, adequate car parking spaces (although I did miss the entrace first time around, nicely situated in the Essex counrtyside).
We chose a Friday - concessions midweek were on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so we didn't receive a discount and the price was a little more than I would have expected to pay for what was in reality a twilight round mid-week.
Bottom line - good challenge and I would go back, just to see if I could do better... ideally will look to take advantage of concessionary green fees. Fees paid for Friday were £28.50 per person (no concessions)
Good course to play though, not an easy walking course (and I didn't see sign of buggies). Golf shoes/trainers were not allowed in the clubhouse.
Pro shop was small and well appointed, most amenable, members were welcoming enough although we didn't see too much of them.
Ok Club but Very nice Course
Well... its a mixed bag for me really! I really liked the course layout and some really great holes....Some Tee box's were a tad rough but that would be down to the weather of late.
I really enjoyed the course, flat layout with the odd hill, big greens that had a nice roll to them and some very well placed hazards.
Club house was very basic for such a local high profile club... Bar area again very basic and not what id call welcoming or warming. (Just as well i was already in great company)
I would play again but not in a rush to go back. Played better for less money.
Beautiful Parkland Course
The Bentley is a good all round parkland course worthy of the name...
The downside of the clubhouse was the chairs and tables were a bit spartan..
Having said that, I will go back and play again now I have seen the course..
Again good company...
This is one of those 'Must play' courses.
The condition of this course was immaculate.
Tees, fairways and greens were superb, this was like playing a course on the European tour. You could even see the criss cross pattern on the fairways as you stood on the tee.
Bunkers were good but I only went in one so couldn't say if they were all good!
Greens were true to putt, with no pitch marks or blemishes on the green.
Good bar, medium sized pro shop and friendly staff.
If you want to play a round of golf in this part of the country then make sure it's at Bentley GC