Review's of Cranham Golf Course
Nice, forgiving course
Nice, flat course which is quite forgiving. But there are some tricky holes and hazards. The 18th is beautiful, green surrounded by a moat.
Good beginners course . . good winter condition
This is a sister course to Toot Hill which is strange given the difference in geographical location. Even stranger is the two courses couldn't be more different.
Practice facilities were zero, nothing. Clubhouse was "basic" . . comfy enough if you want a coffee and Mars Bar . . the changing room could accommodate one person at a time. But clean and staff friendly.
The course would suit a beginner, it is very open. Skinny trees either side of the fairway, so you can find your ball if it goes astray, and get it back on play without too much difficulty. The only real features of the course are shots over water. The par 3 18th in particular is an attractive island green and is reminiscent of the one at "Toot".
Winter conditions, it played very well. Normal tees and greens. Seasoned players may find it lacking in features, and facilities. Top Meadow and Mardyke Valley just down the road offer better value (and breakfast)
Top winter course when all others are muddy
This is one of the best maintained pay & play golf courses you will find around in the winter, when all others will be shut or too muddy.
The staff is very friendly and makes you feel very welcome.
The course is played tee to green all year round (no mats or temporary greens).
The fairways and greens are in excellent condition.
This course is a bit on the short side at only just over 5000 yards and it is fairly open so you’ll struggle to lose a ball other than in the water.
It’s good for higher handicappers trying to improve generally but also useful for lower handicappers who would struggle to have more than a 9 iron into greens on most par 4's (good for your short game)
The best holes are the 7th (par 5), 14th (par 4), 18th (par 3 - signature hole - over water / island green).
I would recommend this course
Sadly no practice nets or putting green.
Value for money basic on £12 special
Lovely little course
No practice facilities, limited food n drink.
but saying that, a lovely course, with friendly staff.
the course is very flat, and high handicappers will find there balls off line, unless you find 1 of the well placed bits of water.
Worth playing, as you can score well if you play well. But if you look at my last score there, it bites too
The greens are always in superb condition, and the course is very well maintained by the friendly staff
a lovely little course
ideal course for the high handicapper, somewhere good to practice on the course,for a good price, highly recommend. My 40 foot birdie putt rolled lovely on there nice greens as well, just need to spend some time on the bunkers, but then some players need to help them.
Great course for time of year
Very good course, enjoyed playing there. Not to long and not to short
Nice condition, especially in the winter as
The course was in very good condition especially for the end of December when most courses around are saturated. Also the greens hold up well for the time of year. Clubhouse is small but hospitable. No bar, just snacks.
Short, well maintained, pleasant.
Cranham is a nice enough flattering little course. Not without challenges, there are enough bunkers, a bit of water and mostly large, slow, gently undulating greens to make you play OK to score well, but the rough is whatever the opposite of penal is and there is little danger in going off-line.
A shame there are no practice facilities at all, Cranham is a nice visit once in a while.
Great little course
I have to agree with most of the comments on here for this course. I have played there twice and have really enjoyed each time. The clubhouse is nice and the staff friendly but unfortunately the only hot food is toast but there is a good cafe nearby so not the end of the world.
There are no practice facilities to speak of, but the course was good fun. It is not long by any stretch of the imagination, even off the whites, but the condition was very good for this time of year and the greens were very true. Not may stand-out holes except the tricky par 4 14th which runs along a lake.
All in all, it is a great place for a quick round of golf on a well maintained course. Happy to go back every now and then.
Nice little course...
I'd heard a lot about Cranham and was looking forward to trying out this course...
The first thing I noticed was how well kept the place was, well laid out car park and clean, friendly and welcoming clubhouse and staff, which is always a nice way to start your day.
The course itself is by no means Wentworth but then it doesn't pretend to be. Instead, what you have, is a short, well maintained and benign course, that's completely flat but with one or two holes that are fun to play (most notably the Par 3's). However, considering the poor weather you have to applaud the quality of the greens.
Would I want to play the course ever week? No. But would I encourage anyone starting out in the game to play here? Yes.
Finally, for the lower handicappers (under 20) I recommend playing off the whites, as from the yellows, the course to way to short!!
Short and well maintained
Cranham is a short hop from the M25 J29, it is a guarded pay and play course, no walkers, caddies, no exceptions. Adequate parking spaces and the small but functional 'clubhouse' (allows spikes) is clean and welcoming. Staff were welcoming and seemed pleased to see us. This pay and play course was popular (I watched as the groups in front of us were well-marshalled and 'encouraged' onto the course. Although busy, this wasn't a particularly slow round although navigation green to next tee was interesting and there were a couple of occasions when the right direction wasn't quite clear. Still local knowledge would help.
Course looked to be well maintained and was in general good nick, the wind did blow a fair amount and the lack of mature trees reminded me just how open it was.
Definately a chance to practice golf skills without being worn out with long and difficult walking. Reasonably flat, very open, good use of the topography,
On the downside - no formal practice facilities (no practice green - so it took a few holes to get the pace of greens). Limited catering facilities (choose to eat at The Puddleduck Fisheries Cafe on the way).
In Summary, good for a quick round, to practice skills, an easy walk (not to many elevation changes) with a few feature holes (the last 5 holes are reasonably interesting). No real mature trees but do watch out for cleverly played water hazards. A good course to play well at if the wind isn't blowing.
NOTE: Play off the white tees for a better challenge (if you are allowed).
Would play it again without question
As I've just started playing again, this is a very friendly course to get back into the game. Water comes into play on more holes than I would like but managed to negotiate al but 1. Considering the weather of late in good nick.
Nice little course
Short course with 7 par threes and 2 par fives. Generally in good condition considering all the rain we had recently. No tee off times bookable on weekdays and it seemed everybody had decide to turn up at 10am so the queue was quite long. But this may well be the exception rather than the rule. I'll let you know after my next visit.
Wow !!!! What a Gem!!!
This is a Gem of a course in superb condition as its owned by Toothill, the greens are undulating fast and in great condition, bunkers and lots of water come into play, the 4th par 4 watch out for the water to the left of the green, 5th par 3 149 yds tee shot over lake no room for error here, 7th par 5 dog leg right totally destroyed me (must try harder)12th par 5 again green to the right. 14th par 4 dogleg right huge lake I found hard to carry and lost 2 balls in the drink but a GREAT hole.18th island hole par 3 yes in the water again, all in all a great course cant wait to play again very well maintained.
Cramham , is a flat course open fairways great for a quick round ( if not too meany 4 balls in front of you)
Great maintained course but very easy
Brilliant condition but a very easy course (only gets tricky when high winds around)
Greens are in great nick and you won't find a better pay and play course in the area.
Club house is small and basic but staff are brilliant.
Always well kept. Greens quite fast but very good considering the warm weather
Like this course gives you an incentive to score well although it is quite a short course and easy to play.
Well kept short course
Cranham is a well kept/drained/short course with water and bunkers to catch you out. Would prefer more soft sand in bunkers. Greens running well for winter. Good value & a "Cuppa" is only .60p. Will play again with the Wednesday crowd when doing a quick visit to Essex.
Good and well looked after.
Course is not too long and will suit beginners and experienced golfers. This course is well maintained and the greens are some of the best around. It is pay and play and quite easy to get a game on most days. There is a membership if you want to join.At £18 per round it is good value.
Seniors can get on from Monday to Thursday for £14.95
Limited clubhouse and no food except toast. But, amongst the friendliest of courses and it's condition great for this time of year. Greens seem up with the best around.