Review's of Stoke by Nayland Golf Club
Incredibly professional and welcoming. Tough course and be prepared for a walk, undulation doesn’t do it justice! Loved all the facilities and hoping for a swift return. Can’t really comment regards value for money as I was part of a pre-funded group. Club house is beautiful with fantastic views. Take plenty of balls, lots of water in play.
Surprise up and down
It's a lovely setting - surprisingly hilly considering it's Suffolk; I expected it to be quite flat.
Some interesting holes - a short course with some holes quite a challenge and others quite easy for an average golfer like me. Personally I'm not keen on hilly courses but that's just a very personal view. Others would love it. Def worth a visit.
Definitely worth playing here
Not a massively long golf course, but many trees to find on your way round if you don't keep on the fairways. The staff were nice enough too, I even ordered food on route to have it waiting for me at the bar when we arrived as we were running a bit late.
Didn't see the practice areas as I said we were running late. Greens were nice, they held an approach shot, but ran quite quickly too, and the putts ran true on nice surfaces. The bar area and outside areas after your round are very good indeed. Play this course if you can get a good price as we did, because I wouldn't pay £50 to play there, but we paid about £20 and for that money it was awesome.
The Constable course is, in my opinion, even better than The Gainsborough course. Beautiful views everywhere on this fantastic course. If John Constable were alive today he would be sorely tempted to put away his paint brush - and play golf instead! These two championship courses must be the best in East Anglia.
Superb in everyway. Everything about this venue is done properly.Quality facilities and excellent service.Course presented very well in a beautiful setting with some very interesting holes and overall a fair test of golf.Visit and enjoy.
Not to be missed
Gainsborough course. Magnificent on all counts. Green fees appear to have reduced. Teeofftimes is currently cheaper than special offers direct from the club. It's now also quicker to drive to it from J28 A12.
Definitely worth playing, but the rough is punishing.
Mature tree lined hilly parkland course with undulating fairways, dogleg holes, fairway bunkers & some water hazards with true undulating greens.
Course management comes into play on some of the holes.
The greens, fairways & bunkers were all in good condition but the rough is punishing.
There are some holes which have a long walk between them. £40/£60 a bit prices.
You will find practise chipping/ putting green, driving nets & friendly staff in a large club house
Overall a good challenge not for the faint hearted.
Definitely worth playing.
A nice 36 hole layout
We played the Constable Course which is considered to be the second course at this venue. It is very hilly but the holes are interesting and the condition is generally good. The teeboxes were in decent condition and the greens generally ran true. Fairways could have been a bit more lush but this is only a small criticism. The clubhouse is a lovely modern buidling that served decent food with a smile. There are just 2 nets near the course but a huge driving range only a few minutes walk away. I enjoyed the round and would not hesitate in going back to try their flagship course.
Stoke by Nayland played the Gainsborough course superb layout parkland, quite hilly and long walks from green to tee, found it quite tough as its long, bunkers good, great water holes, rough is punishing if you go in. Great club house and well stocked pro shop, food good, recommended if you get a chance to play
Stoke By Nayland is a classy course
My first visit to S by N, was on a rainy day for a conference. the second was to play in the PGA Seniors tour Pro Am, which I did with our host here Ian Mullins, amputee golf pro Andy Gardner and seasoned PGA Tour winner Nick Job.
Stoke by Nayland is one of the few true championship courses in Essex. It has fantastic views of beautiful countyside that the artist John Constable painted.
S by N is a very tough golf course, with very tight fairways and tricky 2nd cut rough. The bunkers are deep.
Par threes do give the high handicap a chance, I parred three of them off the whites. Birdies on par fours are hard to come by unless you are a very long hitter.
The par fives are tough, but again give the long hitters chances.
The greens are fast, very fast 9.7 on the stimpmeter the day I played.
Of course the facilities are superb, what you would expect from a championship course.
Well worth a visit
Very nice course very hilly some tricky holes, greens have had been worked on so was running slow ( forgot the name of procedure ) As I was playing with members used there voucher so got on for free.
Worth a go but greens not the best
I played both courses over 27th and 28th March and enjoyed them both. Played the Gainsborough on the first day which was a good test but not over the top. The greens weren't great and reading the previous review it appears that this has been the case in the past. Considering that the club had an open day on the same weekend I would have thought that the greens would have been given a good roll but they were very bumpy.
I then played the Constable on the second day and the greens were the same, maybe slightly better but not a lot. There were also a lot of temporary mats to tee off from which was quite surprising, and a little annoying (no mats on the Gainsborough). The course itself though was enjoyable to play and if the tee boxes and greens were sorted out would be a very good course indeed. Plenty of shots over water, including the first and the last and a good mix of holes.
Would like to play again if I knew the tees and greens had been sorted.
The facilities were really good though with excellent food, a nice bar, pool, steam room, jacuzzi and snooker room which I made use of. Good place for a golf break.
This IS a Championship course! Really enjoyed the test and would love to play there again. Watch out for the very difficult Par 3, third hole - which claims to be the easiest hole on the course, it isnt, especially when the wind blows! Again like the Constable, up and down but enough to make you think as you go round. Plenty of water too!
Considering this course was billed as a Championship course, I was slightly disappionted! However, that is probably mostly down to the quality of the greens, having just been treated, but they didnt mention that on the phone when I booked. Very up and down, it is a good test and has some fantastic holes with some great views of Suffolk! Would play there again in the Summer but 'Stoke by Nayland' - please note - the sign posting between holes is terrible! Weekend Pacakages are good value!