Review's of Stockley Park Golf Club
Do not go there.
The course is rubbish. Do not go there.
Potential of greatness
Well after walking a few yards..... to find the first tee, you think well for a tenner this is what cab be expected. First three holes are a disappointment and the next 6 are reasonable. The back nine is where it all happens, all the holes are in a good state but could be better, definitely could have been championship course in its day.
Worth a visit, i would say yes.
Very average, but it could be good.
Stockley has some very nice holes but some are not so good. Set just off the M4 the course is easy to find. We lodged our car numbers in the club house but still got tickets. The club say they will sort them out. Staff are very helpful & friendly. The first hole is not very good but the course does improve but it looks more like a municipal course. The greens are very good but the course just looks scruffy. Two par three holes are over 200 yards which is surprising!
It's a shame because it could be very good but lacks investment. It looks as though all the money has gone into conference/wedding facilities. Food was average but staff could not have been more friendly.
Not a course I would be rushing back to.
Just an update, the club rang me today to say that my parking ticket has been cancelled nearly two weeks after I was there. Be very careful where you park at this course!
STOCKLEY PINES, disappointing, quite sad really.....
Visited Stockley Pines (sounds posh, but it aint)
formerly known as Stockley Park Golf which used to be a challenging & interesting golf course, Robert Trent Jones Jr designed, BUT new ownership/management and it is downhill all the way. What a shame.
Just as well we had a cheap late afternoon deal, otherwise I would have asked for my money back!!!!!
1. The layout/configuration has changed the character of the course which was enjoyabe to play & challenging as said earlier.
2. A newly created hole (the 10th), Par 4, dog leg right, is more like a desert, an open field with a mount on the right and a wilderness on top, suitable for grazing sheep. Say goodbye to any balls venturing North.
3. The greens were in a terrible, terrible state (more pitch marks than grass) apart from a few holes on the part of the course that was left unchanged, ie. after crossing the bridge over the dual carriageway, holes 11, 12, 13 & 14. Those holes were still interesting to play and in a respectable condtion.
4. The fairways were in a poor condition, lots of divots.
5. Not many signs for way finding, these are needed since the reconfiguration.
6. Much longer walks between holes, one seems to walk more than play golf at Stockley Pines, By the way the "Pines" are few and can be counted on the fingers of one hand. There were quite a few blackberries to be picked, next time I shall bring a basket for fruit picking but there wont be a next time for me.
7. The finishing hole used to be truly superb,long and downhill, some bLind shots before reaching a lake/fountain/vegetation (it was spectcular) before the 18th green, adjacent to the 9th, in front of the big Clubhouse, with a large attractive wooden balcony.
Now it is a small lake, a shorter hole, as a green practise green is there.
Clubhouse/Proshop friendly enough, but if you finished your golf after 8.00pm be prepared to find everything shut up, even the changing rooms & toilets....So be warned.
Car Park: adequate, but very tight parking bays, awkward with golf stuff etc...
Practice facilities are present: driving range (a new addition), chipping/practice putting greens.
NOT IMPESSED nor were the other 2 TSGers....
Played there on 15th August 2012.
THE END.... of a sad review (my personal view).
Where are the Pines?
First, I'm not sure why they changed the name to Stockley Pines, as there are precious few pines in the course that I could see. There are lots of trees bordering the fairways though, so lots of opportunities for reloads (I can vouch for that!). The only hole I remember that stood out was one that stood out for all the wrong reasons. The 10th was just horrible, like they'd forgotten to put enough holes on the course and quickly had to add one at short notice. Overall the course seems a little scruffy, and the bunkers seem to be full of kitty litter instead of sand.
When its finished.......
Sadly this course is still being finished but despite that, it does have some interesting holes. I played this course on a damp cold Dec day but I suspect once the course has had a couple of seasons to settle, it will be pretty good and at £20 a round, its currently good value too!
Challenges on some holes.
Overall a fair course - good for corporate golf and high handicapers