Poor wether, no carts allowed
It was very disappointing as 12 of us had booked for 3 days golf, the average age of the players was 72 and most in need of buggies. We paid in advance but we’re not told until the day that buggies had not been allowed on the course for most of the two weeks prior. This meant that as this was an extremely hilly course some of the players struggled to play. I my self played 11 holes over 3 days. The hotel was good and friendly staff tried to make our stay welcoming. However the course was not in great condition either so very disappointed by the whole experience.
Played all 3 nines in a day and i can honestly say it was one of the best parkland course I have ever played, The greens were the best i have played in many years, in this country. The club house was modern and well run. There is a hotel on site so would make a lovely weekend away venue. You must play it can't wait to go back.
A stunning golf resort/venue
Sandford Springs is a 27 hole golf resort complex on the outskirts of Basingstoke, Hampshire. About a 90 minute drive from South West London.
The course complex comprises 3 loops of 9 holes, ie the Lakes, Wood and Park. The holes are numbered 1 - 27 respectively on the course/scorecard. I played the Lakes & Park combination of holes.
This is a very mature tree lined course seemingly secluded from the outside world. There are some challenging drives though plenty of 'landing' room even though not obvious from some of the tees! Good greens and bunkers!
There is a couple of long uphill walks from green to next tee on the Lakes 9, involving a considerable change of elevation; and back down again to the clubhouse. The only negative aspect of the course for me!
There is a good sized proshop with helpful staff!
Our group ate prior to and post game. The food in both instances was of good quality! Those on stay and play deals were required to eat their evening meals in the clubhouse restaurant whilst breakfasts were to be eaten in the hotel dining room. A factor that society organisers should take into account! I didn't see the hotel facilities so can't exercise a judgement about that! I leave that to other members of our playing group!
There is an excellent half way hut located between the intersection of the Lakes and Woods 9s, and about a 5 minute walk up from the clubhouse/proshop/car park. The 1st hole of the Park loop is immediately outside of the proshop!
The green fee paid was only £25. Stunning vfm!
A prior golfing commitment for me to play at Royal Blackheath prevented me from playing the Woods loop of 9 holes on the following day (Monday). Disappointing! Golfers I met at the halfway hut before we started expressed the view that the Lakes & Woods mix of holes was the better combination! I look forward to getting a chance to play all 27 holes!
This is an excellent golfing venue!
SANDFORD SPRINGS GC
Three 9 hole courses provide a mix of play and the names adequately describe their characteristics, The Park, The Woods, and The Lakes. The Park Course is probably the least demanding of the three loops, with the signature 9th hole, being a short, down hill par 4 requiring an accurate long iron off the tee followed by a solid pitch to a green protected by two lakes. The Woods Course is set amongst mature trees creating a natural challenge. The signature hole is a testing downhill dogleg. Your tee shot falls into a chasm in front of you, with the second shot requiring an accurate pitch over water. The Lakes Course has water as the key feature. Five of the nine holes bring the wet stuff into play. The 21st is a long par 3 requiring particular attention and skill. The hole requires an accurate long club to reach a well guarded green surrounded by water. All in all a challenging mix of courses with very fast greens when I played in Spring09. Good clubhouse facilities.