Review's of Farleigh Golf Club
Well, one year on and now have played the three nines and all the plaudits from last year still stand. Scored worse this year, but it was even windier. I am looking forward to actually play it when it is a calm, dry, sunny day....next year maybe??
Farleigh is immaculate and beautifully maintained, however with the exception of a couple of the par 3's it's rather dull and featureless. Wide sweeping fairways ideal for big hitters as there is very little trouble, the greens were large and true. It is very exposed so on a wet and windy day I imagine it becomes a different beast.
Having read Tony's review, there is nothing more to add.
If you get the chance, go play, but do it on a slightly less windy day!
Great facility, well worth a visit,
Great track, course was in very good condition, greens were running fast and true. Only played red/yellow but these were interesting loops of 9, good protection around the greens and undulating fairways make this a challenge especially in the wind which I suspect is common as it is very open. That said, the wide fairways make this a reasonably forgiving course for the higher handicap as well. Good clubhouse and practice facilities complete the package so if you haven’t tried it I would recommend that you go have a game.
: Fantasic course, well worth the visit
Loved the layout and complexity
Farleigh golf course highly recommended
The staff were friendly and the clubhouse was clean and modern. Alex in the pro shop was helpful and professional. The course was in good condition though trying to select the correct scorecard is a little tricky on tsg as there's so many options. The only small complaint was the greens had just been hollow tined and sanded but obviously required to keep the greens in top condition.
Great value on the twilight rate
We played a 2 ball for £15 each on a Sunday afternoon twilight (4pm). The course was generally very good; fairways quite nice, rough not unfairly penal and bunkers consistent with plenty of sand although not very well raked (could be because it was late in the day). The greens, however, were really good and very consistent as well as pretty quick.
The clubhouse is a pretty big affair with a well stocked pro shop. The open plan nature of the main area meant that it was difficult to get away from the noise of a very drunk group of men playing pool and swearing profusely. The bar is also quite expensive but that seems to be the norm these days.
Good course and venue but not for me unless!
Farleigh (fka Farleigh Court); is well known to many TSGers; as stated is a 27 hole venue with 3 x 9 hole loops, Blue, Yellow & Red; which comprise the Green, Orange and Purple 18s respectively.
I have played all 27 holes in the various combinations several times in the past; however, on this occasion we played the Blue & Yellow (Green) course; on the Cherry Lodge Vet's Captain's Awayday. At a cost of £30 for coffee/bacon roll and a post match meal this was great VFM as a society day. However, on this occasion the club's catering service let us down to the extent that they placed all 50+ players ham, eggs and bubble & squeak (not a very nice version) on the dining tables at the same time even though there were still about 16 players still on the course. Apparently the timing needs of catering for a wedding group and a funeral wake took priority over us golfers.
The golf course is very challenging and was in very good condition. Many of the greens were lightning fast. Each of the holes is excellent in its own right, as other TSG members have stated; and the Foxhills Group spent a lot of money renovating each of the three 9 hole loops, before turning their attention to the clubhouse renovations/modifications. However, the very undulating nature of the course meandering through the valleys makes this a very difficult for those with dodgy knees etc. Because of that I accepted the invite of a playing partner to share a buggy. The best £12.50 spent. I would have suffered if I had walked the course. There are too many steep climbs from tees to greens and vice versa. The course is devoid of trees on the playing areas of the course; it it therefore highly subject to the winds and rain.
It is a well used course for societies and I would gladly play it again on that basis but only with a buggy and in good weather, otherwise there is only pain not enjoyment.
The clubhouse facilities are excellent.
Grim when windy!!
It's a great course but as I said in my title - grim when windy. I will definitely go back and play there again.
Farleigh golf club offer 3 nine hole circuits. I played yellow and Blue. After 4 putting on the first, I released a very strong wind and very fast greens would make this a tough day. The course is very links like, keeping on the fairway is essential. This course will test any golfer if the wind blows!
Great facilities, good food and very friendly staff. Highly recommended!
Scenic and challenging
farleigh is atypical hillside mounted course, surrounded by trees although exposed to the breeze, which the locaks tell me is regular if not constant. nice views and clever use of topography. there are some feature holes here but by far and away the slickest quickest and fairest i have played. breaks and borrows need careful attention... best advice is to chip in wherever possible...
lots of elevation changes and walking could be a bit of a struggle although it doesnt seem over long blue and yellow loops can be tiring.
there are some clever hazards, including water which i managed to avoid, and ditches which i found a couple of times...
best feature is that there are few hidden holes and signage is adequate.
my satnav took me down lots of country lanes, plenty of horses to watch out for.
an impressive long drive up to the clubhouse gives a preview of a well manicured course, fairways are perfect, semi rough light and whispy...
super practice putting green, almost the same as on course, nice chipping green, good driving range.
open plan clubhouse, very friendly staff and locals... catering is good, service with a smile...
it is a course tucked away, and windy... even after a brief downpour, greens and fairways were still hard... bunkers had enough sand... i cannot comment about the rough though.. for obvious reasons...
The layout and general feel does remind me of the first 9 at shendish manor, and a loop at laingdon hills.
Superb course; A MUST visit....
The course is tucked away somewhat, and on driving through the gates and meandering along the mile long (at least), narrow drive your first impression is that this can best be described as an inland links course, very few trees, but the surrounding countryside is quite hilly and covered in dense woodland, so there are some beautiful vistas throughout the course for those with a camera handy.
The clubhouse is quite unusual, in that it is fairly modern, but retains a certain charm normally associated with older established courses...no traditional oak beams and small stuffy bars here, it is very open plan, with an excellent bar, and adjacent restaurant. Leading from the bar and sitting area is a golf simulator and a pool table. The pro shop is well equipped and the staff very friendly and helpful. There is a large decked area outside with ample seating and close by are two excellent putting greens, one of which is also used for chipping.
On to the course itself..There are 3x9 hole loops and we played the two loops on which the Open will be played, known as the Yellow and Blue courses. Apparently, many, many millions have been ploughed into this course, and judging by previous comments and reviews, they have done a remarkable job.
The first thing you will appreciate is the tee mound on hole No. 1. on the Yellow course. Perfectly straight and flat and fully grassed, a good sign, and as it proved...all are in a similar manner. The outlook on hole 1, gives a perfect indication of what you can expect. A raised tee, in this case, dropping quite considerably to the fairway which slopes from right to left. The photo on the course basic info. page is of this hole. This is a hilly course but not desperately so, nevertheless for us older TSG-er's, an electric cart is advisable.
Electric Buggies are also available, and a number, I am told have been reserved for the TSG, but I suggest you book ahead of time to be sure. All Buggy's are quite new and come with a large SatNav up above the head, ideal for those not familiar with the course. the cost, I believe is £25.
There is water on the course, in the form of small to medium sized ponds, strategically placed. There are at least four, I know because that's how many I found, to my cost, so it's advisable if you don't know the course to invest in a course layout and planner booklet. One of those ponds I mentioned, is located in front of a par 3 green, which is only 140 yards or so, but the tee is at least 100ft above the hole, so don't be fooled...I wager, that pond, although quite small, has gathered more balls than any other on the course, but a beautiful hole it is and is perfect for one of the nearest the pin challenges.
Fairways were all in excellent condition, we had no bads lies at all, but they can be narrow, especially for the higher handicapper, so ball placement is very important on this course as the rough can be very punishing...calf high and dense, so bring plenty of ammunition. This course calls for the 'Slater approach' DO NOT try to hit the skin off the ball, play safe and take your punishment where necessary. It is not an overly long course, and there are no great distances to walk from green to tee.
Bunkers are so immaculate, you feel compelled to rake them, lots of good sand and beautifully trimmed, but the greens is where this course excels, I would say, as good as Wentworth. Hardly a pit mark to be seen, so members treat them with the respect they deserve, beautifully manicured and absolutely true, not a single 'bobble' did we witness. Borrows can be very subtle, there are some undulations but generally flat, and can be wholly trusted. One particular hole I discovered provided a perfect optical illusion, it was cut into a large mound...hardly a hill, and it appeared to slope heavily in one direction. I estimated at least a 6ft break from about 25ft away and stood in stunned silence as the ball went straight ahead...ending up 6ft to the side of the hole.(perhaps those who know my game are muttering..'that sounds about right', or maybe its the 'stunned silence' bit you have trouble with :-)
Anyway, Back at the clubhouse, you'll find a well-stocked bar and gourmet food, none of your 'am egg 'n chips 'ere. But they will rustle it up if that's your desire.
A great selection, not large, which I prefer, as the food is therefore generally fresh, which it proved to be.
Altogether a great course and I did manage one birdie....AND a chip in, errr....bogey. I even sank several putts of 15-20ft, good for me....sad they were bogey putts though :-(
Two final points..Although I gave the practice facilities 3 stars..I did not see or use any except the putting green, secondly, anyone wishing to use the changing facilities and shower, should take their own towels with them, as the club does not have sufficient for the numbers expected.
I contend that this will be a great days outing, and everyone will thoroughly enjoy playing Faileigh. I will certainly be going back!
A True Test Of Golf In Windy Conditions !!
This is a true test of golf in very windy conditions as I found out. The course is made up of three nine hole loops and we played the Blue & Yellow. This course is quite hilly including one par 3 which is almost like looking over a cliff edge, Great View Though !! Greens are quite tricky with many subtle breaks that are hard to read. Clubhouse is superb with many modern features including an indoor simulator and classy pool table. Hopefully, by the Summer, the weather will calm down a little and this will be a worthy course to hold The TSG Open.
Farliegh Golf Club
First of all, great staff and great food. The clubhouse was recently refurbished to include a golf simulator so the venue is a brilliant place for post-game fun.
The practice putting and chipping green are a few yards from the clubhouse. However, the driving range is a bit of a walk.
The club has 4 nine hole courses giving you room to enjoy a day out. This includes a few easy par 3's and a few long par 4's. All considered the course is well maintained and you are assured a great day of golf.
Good course 3 X nines.
Farleigh is 3 loops of nine holes, Blue, Red and Yellow. All have their merits. Played Yellow/Blue in Jan and in very good condition. Fairways, Tee's and Greens all open and all good. Personally I think the Blue is the best, but all are good. Practise facilities are good. Chipping greens, putting green, bunkers and an open air range. The clubhouse is lovely. Really nice. Helpful friendly staff as well. All in all a very nice place to play golf.
I play this course often and am very fond of it. The three loops of 9 offer some variety and the Orange combination is (in my opinion) the best 18. Greens and fairways are always in good condition and the guys in the pro shop are always helpful. The clubhouse is also great and the food is nice.
Only complaints are that the grass on the tee boxes is too long and so is the long rough. If you hit your ball off the 2nd cut in summer the only way you will ever find your ball is if you manage to step on it, which is a bit ridiculous in my opinion.
Otherwise, it's definitely one of the better courses in the area, especially if you tee off in the afternoon for the lower price.
Well worth a visit
Play any combination of 3 excellent 9 hole courses. Only complaint is that the rough is very long at this time of year.
Really nice course - well worth a trip
I got there early as always (ex soldier, never late). The club house is very modern and coffee was a decent price. There is an indoor simulator which looks very impressive. Theres even a poker table. Pro shop is much what you would expect. I did have to laugh at the height of the urinals so clearly a lot of tall members!! I'm only 5'9". The range is a fair old walk from the club house and at the bottom of a hill but looked great and the putting and chipping area was better than a lot I see.
We were supposed to be a four ball at £20 each but we had a drop out so it jumped to £28. This was annoying but after I played thought it was worth it.
We played the blue/yellow combo and loved every hole. The 18th was breath taking and on a summers day must be even more so. Speed of play was spot on, even though when we started our back nine a two ball was added in front due to the way the 3 separate 9 holes are mixed and matched.
I can't really say anything negative at all. I had a great round and every hole had something to offer and I can't wait to visit again. The fact i didn't have to bad a round and great company just made it even better. Please go and try this and invite me!!
A warm welcome
It's a long drive to the clubhouse and parking was disappointingly on overload, so having to leave the car on a grass area and then lug clubs, shoes etc. to the clubhouse was a bit of a pain. Excellent breakfast. Ladies changing room have no locker facilities so you would need to take your valuables with you, lock them in the car or leave trust to chance. Met the Lady Captain and one of the Junior members who welcomed me and offered to take me in a buggy to my car to lock my valuables if I wanted. Met a few other lady members who were equally hospitable. The course was packed and there was a delay teeing off. Greens on the front 9 had been treated, thus putting was a lottery, but everyone was playing the same course so quid pro quo. A couple of unnecessary and very muddy routes between some of the holes need addressing as it was like walking through a ploughed and very muddy field. I enjoyed the course and managed to shoot a good score. Upon my return, I was greeted by the Lady Captain and fellow members who asked me if I had had a good game and if the items I had left in the clubhouse were still there. I was happy to report in the affirmative for both. I would definitely go back.
Muddy course, front nine greens covered in sand(being treated), starter Marshall rude, Clubhouse 5 star, excellent breakfast, polite staff, newly refurbished with Golf simulator, Poker table, Pool table, really plush...
Farleigh Court Golf Club
Great course would go back ..
Made some good improvements since my last visit and the deal we got including a 1 course Xmas lunch was great value for money. Looking forward to playing there again in better weather, as it was rather wet, windy and muddy
Nice course, in good condition
Nice course, a decent challenge for all levels - lots of improvements being put in place. The blue course is in the process of being renovated, if they make as good a job of it as the other two it will be a great track.
A great course in the making
almost plays like a links course, very windy on top of the hill. Would benefit from some signs to next tee (ie between 9 and 10 is 500 yards with no directions!) And cant help but think that a course map on the scorecard would benefit players somewhat; we were left guessing on a few holes.
Tucked away from any main roads, this course is a pleasant enough. It has an undulating layout with some great views and some testing holes. Enjoyed the round but the greens are in need of some attention(!) and in places the fairways didnt look like they had been cut in weeks. Given the price (£30 including breakfast) I would expect better but cant complain too much as we had fun all the way round. Worth a visit but wouldnt rush back....
A bit foggy though, they need to work on that. I recommend some kind of dehumidifier type device, it has worked great in my bathroom. Expecting to see more of it when I play it next time, which is soon I hope!
Farleigh Court Gc
Lovely course! Would recomend it to anyone!
Last round in warm conditions before winter sets in.
Played members course for £15 - well worth it.
Greens ok. Fairways good - fairly open.
Practice facilities look good but didn't try them!
Clubhouse very modern. Bar staff very welcoming - even brought drinks to our table.
Will play again.