Review's of Mardyke Valley Golf Club
Great course, well worth the visit
really impressed with this course but I made hard work of it
Enjoyable Challenging course
Mardyke Valley GC is a par 70 parkland course in South Ockendon, Essex.
From the visitors yellow tees the SSS is 3 shots less than par at 66 whereas is was SSS70 from the white tees, about a 500 yards difference.
The pluses for the course are that there is a wonderful array of challenging holes, the greens and bunkers were in excellent condition. The 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 12th, and 18th are challenging holes and the 15th, 16th and 17th especially so.
A negative about the course is that that some of the hole indexes are not relating to difficulty. A criticism I also hold about my home club Cherry Lodge.
The most disappointing thing about the course is that the fairways had not been cut to the point that at times it was impossible to differentiate between fairways and the light rough. This must be policy as there were an adequate number of maintenance staff out on the course doing anything but mowing duties.
I've played it several times but not when its been in its best condition.
The golf only green fee was £15, excellent vfm.
Catering was good in terms of quality and vfm.
This is a course that probably doesn't give a great first impression, with a lot of holes visable from the front of the club house. The holes on view look very up and down (adjacent fairways), very flat, and seperated by recently planted trees. Indeed, a lot of the holes aren't especially memorable, but there are some nice holes here. The par 4 17th is probably the standout hole here, and it's one that will really test your game. The fairway is certainly narrow, and there's a lot of water to cross before you reach the green.
The greens had all recently been spiked when I played here, but I can imagine that they'll be very good once the holes have closed up. The (mostly wide) fairways aren't the best though. They were very dry and there wasn't a lot of grass underneath the ball.
Great winter course, ideal for beginners
Practice facilities consist of range balls and a nearby field with a few yardage markers and a putting green. Not fancy, but does the job.
Clubhouse staff friendly, serve alcohol and basic snacks and breakfasts. No frills. Changing rooms good and have showers.
Course always seems in good condition. Even in winter, course plays well. This course and nearby Top Meadow must benefit from natural drainage? A good mixture of holes, some short par 4s make this an ideal course for beginners/high handicappers. Midweek it doesn't seem busy.
Winter midweek rate was £15 complete with a breakfast! Check summer rates. No booking, turn up pay and play.
Decent course and at a great price
Course portraits to be easy but once the wind comes up the fun and games begin. Played here a few times and course is kept in a good condition.
Very nice course in early spring weather
Played Mardyke today and had a good round and only one temp green on 17
Would recommend this course to anyone and it's only circa 5miles from where I live in Dartford as long as tunnel and bridge is okay !
Enjoyed the day
brekkie was nice and the staff were pleasant.we booked for 11:00 o'clock tee off but had to wait for another society to finish teeing off and then during the game was shouted at telling us to speed up wtf. the 5th hole was agreat challenge and some of the holes are blind. there is water on some holes aswell. I would play this course again.
in defence of mardyke
Very wet but where isnt and not particularly aesthetically pleasing, but a challenging course with a lot of tough holes and excellent value at 13 quid imho
Never have liked it
I agree with all that Steve has written in his review
Playing a course in a very wet January is never going to show a course at its best. The Epping Bandits moved their game here from Crews Hill because they had all their greens open and told DJ that the course had 'drained well'. I have to wonder if they meant to say it had drained like the bottom of a well.
Aside from the brand new water hazards on a lot of the fairways the course is frankly ugly. The clubhouse is a corrugated iron hut (but quite nice inside). The 'driving range' is a farmers field which I decided was not worth fording the river to try out.
It does make me laugh when courses as badly presented as this have signs up saying 'we welcome properly dressed golfers'.
However, the welcome was very friendly, the breakfast was great, and the price fair.
Far from straightforward, needs TLC
Mardyke is a fraction over 5,700 yards off the yellows with two par 5's and four par 3's. Just a couple of the 4's are over 400 yards so plenty of shortish par 4's too.
There were three things that stood out for me. Firstly, most of the greens have plenty of natural contours and borrows left in them and plenty of fairways are also sloping - this isn't necessarily a bad thing and can add more character than where the designers simply flatten everything.
Secondly, there are a large number of holes where the layout is far from 'normal' and the holes have been fitted to the land available - this can also be a good thing, somewhere like Pedham comes to mind with it's sometimes quirky holes - but somehow, at least for me, it doesn't really work at Mardyke. Perhaps there are simply too many of them, or the holes themselves are simply not attractive enough to get away with the unusual (cheap?) design.
The third thing to stand out, and sadly I feel the one that detracts greatly from the other two, is the condition of the course. I can't recall the last time I saw greens with so many un-repaired pitch marks on them. If the greens were largely flat this would be a shame, but where the greens are already fairly tough, putting becomes a real lottery.
For me the greatest example of a hole that simply doesn't work is the 17th, but the 16th and first are equally peculiar - where are you supposed to land the ball on a 414-yard par 4 with a line of trees left and right encroaching on the fairway at 270 yards? Don't get me started on putting the pin on 17 on the lower tier sloping back toward the water....
There's a simple driving range a short trek through the fields away, with buckets of ropey balls available in the pro shop. The range works well as I've never seen anyone else use it so hitting off of grass- not flat, but that should prepare you for your round - is possible, though there are some oldish looking mats too. There's a decent putting area with space to chip from too, in front of the modern, small (but fine) clubhouse.
If the condition of the greens and fairways was improved, the quirkiness of the layout would at least be tolerable. I'm not sure condition alone would be enough to ever make this an appealing course, I think a bit of earth-moving might be needed too.
Good value for money
At £12 for a round this is good value. A flat course with many straight holes, sympathetic to wayward tee shots, as ball will be on adjoining fairways. A few interesting holes 6th, 15th and 17th probably the best pick. Excellent showering facilities with a modern bar.
Nice bit of English Countryside
The facilities when you first arrive are very friendly, you are made very welcome. The course is a thinking course and needs long drives and but its very fair, I found it very well marked out and very good condition, Greens could have been softer to hold the ball or was I coming in to LOW..
Great Value for money
Mardyke valley is deceptive. From the outside the clubhouse looks like an a large shed but inside the facilities are excellent, The staff were very friendly and welcoming. The food was good and bar area was of a very high standard with a lovely seating area outside overlooking the putting green. The changing rooms were also a very high standard and spotlessly clean.
The course is perfect for the mid-handicap golfer and reasonably well maintained. The greens could have been better but for the time of year and recent poor weather perfectly acceptable. I'm sure they would be perfect later in the summer. The 2 best holes are the long par 5 15th and the short par 4 17th. I would definitely play there again and for a green fee of 15 quid on a Saturday presents fantastic value.
Another Essex Gem
Mardyke Valley Golf Club, A nice course not to hilly :-) I will be playing this one again ! A good Tips Keep it out of the rough it's taller than me ! once in its goodbye to mr Golf ball even snakes keep out of the rough (they can't find there way home).17 th very interesting called The watery Grave !Tip when playing this hole use golf balls that Float :-) Greens fine ! Club house and staff nice.Tip Try an 9 hole Breakfast £5 very tasty..
Very good course that's worth a visit
Although the fairways are not in the best of conditions the greens are spot on. It has som real beautiful holes with great views. Will test every handicap.
Good value for money
Very good value online. Don't pay full price. I think it is an average course and the greens were quite bumpy. But we only paid 13 quid each. I would add that we played just after the torrential rain at the start of May this year but you wouldn't have known that from the overall condition of the course.
Played here for an online price of £10 so a real bargain price! The course is very picturess, with winding paths through countryside between holes. A lot of the holes are played blind as you can't see from the T box where you are hitting the ball too, which made it hard to find your ball in the long grass. The fairways could have done with cutting, but I suspect due to the weeks of rain, there hasn't been time to do them. Once off the fairways, you really are penalised, as the grass is very long. The greens were in fair condition, but there is room for improvement. Not the sort of course I would play regularly, however, it is somewhere I would play again!
Great parkland course, lots of up's and down's. Some great hole's like the 16th,(High Point) or the 17th,(Watery Grave)it really is a grave for your balls if you,re not careful. Weather was wet and windy but great fun. Clubhouse is nice and new and the staff are friendly. Driving range needs some work as it seems to be just a field with some markers and awfull mats to hit off. putting green though was fine. Will be playing again for sure. Hopefully in better weather.
Starts off gentle then "Watery Grave"
The course starts off gentle then it becomes more trickier with the 13,14,15,16 17th Watery Grave. It’s an open parkland course. With some undulating fairways & greens,and some guarded by water. The whole course had a nice design too it. Fairway ok, greens require TLC. Friendly staff. Sadly no practise nets.
At under £15 worth it, but sadly not for £23.
few nice holes, all round enjoyable
Played off yellow boxes, which makes it a bit short.Not bad condition, greens were ok, a bit wooly so a bit slow.A couple of interesting holes, worth a visit
Well worth the visit
Played the first 7 holes in a dense fog, so didn't get to see too much of the pretty parkland. However I can imagine that on a good day this course would be a challenge. Greens were good enough (ice on the ball was a bit of a problem and confident strokes were required to get close).
New to the course we negotiated OK, played some good shots and loved the 17th hole, despite blocking myself out, hitting trees and losing a ball in the water (only just) I thoroughly enjoyed the day out, couldn't stay to sample the cuisine but staff were friendly and helpful on arrival.
Good condition for the time of year, nicely appointed course and worth a second visit when the sun is shining.
Will be back.......
Despite teeing-off in blind fog, I really enjoyed this course! Mostly flat but with some tight small greens, it does require very straight shots to score well. The greens were great for the time of year, especially given the snow we had last week and the signiture 17th hole is well worth the visit alone. The club has a very nice new dining area too and they did a mean Ham, Egg and Chips at very resonable prices AND the staff were friendly! Looking forward to going back in warmer weather.....
Good course worth a visit
Not the longest course but well worth a visit, you have to think on the course to plot your way round, the 15th (The Long Hall) great par 5, and as for the 17th (Watery grave) this hole can ruin a good score card, you need a great straight drive and then only the brave with attempt the green, not for the faint hearted, all in all great, the food and staff are superb. That's All Folks!!!!1
good day out
Well i for one will be going back again.Its not the longest course you will find but very enjoyable
hard to give a review as the conditions were not good wind and rain. The course was not to my liking a lot off blind shots and greens were super fast even in the rain will play again but friendly and welcoming enough
This is one of my least favourite courses.
I've played here twice and the greens were not good, hard the first time I played and bumpy the second time.
The grass on the fairways was too long or the fairway was bare.
There is a gem of a hole on this course, the 17th, if only it could be cut out and put onto another course!
They have a driving range which is really a large area of waste land. I didn't want to hit my irons from the grass for fear of what I might find just underneath.