Review's of High Elms Golf Club
Pretty, Mature and established but...
High Elms Golf Club is a course that I have been meaning to visit for some time, so I was looking forward to the day.
Set in the attractive woodlands of High Elms Country Park, which has historical associations with Charles Darwin, High Elms GC is just 10-minutes from Bromley and Orpington.
The course is tucked away from the main roads but easy to find with the Sat Nav.
We stopped for a coffee in the modern and clean spike bar area, over-looking a somewhat tired-looking Putting Green with buggy tracks across it. Sadly, this proved to be a metaphor for the rest of the course.
This is a mature and well laid out course, but you get the impression it has been a little neglected. Tee boxes were overgrown, fairways scruffy, yet it did not stop me from enjoying the course.
There are some lovely holes on this course and with a little TLC and some enthusiasm, this could be a cracking venue.
The 13th hole was once voted Kent’s toughest par 3. At 224 yards from the white tees, I would agree, this is a seriously testing hole, as despite hitting two of my best 3-woods of 2021, I still couldn't reach the green.
In addition, there is some beautiful Par 4 and 5's on this course.
However,, whilst all the staff were pleasant enough, you did feel like everything was a little casual. When we asked about the membership and the history of the course, we were told to visit the website?!
When we asked if there was anything to know about the course, no advice was given.
However, on visiting said website, we found there was nothing more than a couple of links about pricing and how you can claim a £20 credit off a membership. Nothing referring to the history or the course designers, or in fact the course in any real detail.
What a missed opportunity to educate visitors on the club and its benefits.
Pricing for 18 holes midweek is £30, which in today's climate is about right but I would argue there are better courses in the area which provides better value.
I would happily return, but I am kind of left feeling like the club wouldn't be bothered if I did or not.
eg: good course, well worth the visit
Mytime golf were offering a 2 for 1 voucher, it was only £7.50 each too good to miss. Quite busy but everyone we came across was friendly. Though it hasn't stopped raining for weeks the course wasn't waterlogged though some greens were a bit spongy underfoot. Wedge approaches became a separate competition on who could repair their pitch marks the best. Overall a great day and the sun was out.
Well worth a visit
Quite liked the course - the setting in rolling parkland and is very pretty - you wouldn’t think you are just south of London! Greens were in excellent condition but you can see the fairways are still recovering from the dry spell earlier this year. Thought it was quite a test with many holes on tight doglegs. A few holes were very open and gave a chance to open the shoulders. Practice facilities were just the usual putting green and nets. Clubhouse very clean and modern.
Would definitely re-visit. Very good value for what we paid.
really enjoyed the course well kept greens gd challenge first time played it
Excellant Pay and Play
Played this Friday at 11am. Course was not too busy. Other reviewers have said weekends can be busy. Excellent course set in country park, but walkers don't wander on the course. Pro shop small but everything you need. Clubhouse has licensed bar and does food. Practice facilities putting green, chipping green and two nets.
Course was in good condition. If you have never played it, it is worth a visit. There are a good mixture of holes. Signature hole is probably the par 3 13th. It is 213 yards uphill with severe slope to right, OB on left and deep bunkers in front. Regarded as one of the hardest par 3s in Kent.
Always a treat to play High Elms near Orpington. Enjoy.
Nice Long Course Well worth a visit
High Elms Golf Club is a little gem a little hard to find if you use GPS but well worth a visit .The course quite hilly lots of uneven lies,some long holes a very short par 3 and a very long par 3 so a good mix.Clubhouse nice,Food good,staff very friendly,i would definately go back.
Very good value for money
A great course,fast and hard surface greens made putting very difficult they need to soften them up....a good bunch of guys today very enjoyable day though my game was a wash!!!....
Full of Histoy & Natural Beauty.......
High Elms Country Park goes back to the famous 1066 era. Yes I played golf on my Norman ancestors' Estate.
Over the years farmland, farmhouses occupied this lovely part of Kent. Three centuries ago the Lubbock family acquired some of the land, set up residence, built a large Country House (not present anymore, unfortunately). Chales Darwin lived in the neighbourhood & soon became friend with the Lubbock, hence this is why you will see so many beautiful specimen trees in the Country Park & the golf course with lovley views of the North Downs, so walkers & golfers alike will enjoy the scenery.
A perfect setting for a golf course, now Council owned & run, not overly long but with sloping fairways, challenging dog legs and not so easy Par 3s. I cannot remember any water hazards apart from some paddles & a little rain at the end of our round on this dull January 31st.
High Elms golf course that has always been very popular. Before the Club was founded in 1969, golfers used to queue from midnight to get a game at the week-end !!!!! (A bit like the Harrods sale or Tennis @ Wimbledon). High Elms is part of "mytimegolf.co.uk", so I assume members have a favourable rate the the other 19 courses spread from Kent to Birmingham & Midddlesex too.
Temporary Teeing matts were in use but NO temp greens,(a little spongy today). This is the only course I know that produces a "winter scoring card", all tees (white/yellow/red) start on the same matt (new & nicely anchored/bordered by oak sleepers). The Red Tees have different stroke indexes though, making it a Par 73 SSS 71, quite different from the Yellow/White which is only Par 69 SSS 67 !!!!!!!
13th hole, the toughest Par 3 in Kent apparently, over 200 yards in Summer play. Out of bounds on the left & the right, sloping fairway left to right, uphill green protected by 3 huge/deep bunkers on the right. Well 2 of us managed a Par on this one, I have to mention Michael H. fantastic bunker shot which landed a few feet from the pin, and my Par not so spectacular but it was a 3.... So very pleased with that.
14th hole, Par 4, big dog leg, left to right with a guiding post uphill , but longer and knowledgeable hitter can cut the corner. Approach shot is to a downhill green, 2 bunkers on either sides. This is the hole with wonderful view across High Elms, where one can see walkers, even on a rainy day. Worth mentioning also, is the unique & very original warning bell: an old gas cylinder painted green, it produces the loudest sound I have ever hear. I think our fellow TSGer Andy S. got a little deafened. See photo on my Album.
Ok, just one more hole, the 18th, another 4/5 Par,, uphill all the way, OBB on the left, so a good tee shot is vital, the approach to the green will play longer as uphill, bunkers either side.
Proshop: friendly welcome, large & well stocked.
Smiley staff in the Clubhouse/coffee bar, situated on the 1st loor with lovely view of the 1st sloping fairway, a small balcony offering pleasant seating but not for today. Breakfast was excellent & reasonably priced (Mr Howard D., from Essex, would be a happy man). So well worth to arrive early to savour the Chef's offerings.
Large Car Park for golfers, walkers, Country Park users. Lovely specimen tree right in the middle of the car park. Will have to check out its name.
Nets & practice putting green. A 5-hole short course too, but did not see it.
Very good deals via the Internet booking, we paid £11.11 (thank you Kevin G. for organising this 2 4-balls).
Will return t see this lovely part of Kent, but will wait for Spring or Summer for more colours...
There is a lot more to the history, but this is a golf review, so I have to restrain myself.
A nice course i think you need to play in summer to get thew full benefit of what seemed a very good course, will play again when it is dry.
Not too difficult which suits me, excellent greens.
Well worth a visit
Great value for money!
High Elms is a nice pay and play course.
No driving range but did have short game area and putting green.
Bunkers have sand, fairways are often undulating, some blind tee shots.
Greens ok but a bit patchy in places which made putting difficult.
Played under a deal for £32 of Coffee, bacon and egg roll, 18 holes followed by lunch of burger and chips + a cold drink/beer. Great value deal.
Would I play again...yes with the hope that the greens improve.
good greens shame about the rest
title says it all really but for £25 with burger and chips you get what you pay for
High Elms - Date played 23rd May 2008
My office golf society played High Elms on Friday 23rd May 2008. As the description of the course says, it is kept in good condition, with some challenging holes. The one downside being that the greens, although smooth enough were rock hard. Apparantly, only the pro at the course can get stop on the them. Still it made the approach shots interesting. Would recommend the course to others wanting a fairly cheap round. The club house bar had a good selection of beers, including two real ales.