Review's of Upchurch River Valley Golf Course
Picturesque, mature & a tough challenge....
I finally managed to add this course to my list of played courses at one of Mark C.'s well organised golf day, the value for money was excellent, with a great attendance too, including a famous actor... Lots of prizes to be won and good food too.
The course is about 25 years old , very picturesque & mature, the trees are all very varied. Lovely views of nearby town and countryside. Many holes have blind spots so better to play with someone with the "local knowledge".
Some very tough dog legs , quite long Par 3s & 4s. The back 9 IS far more difficult to negotiate due to the presence of water. A course planner was available but not up to date to show the new 14th (Par 5) re-designed. A very tough hole when playing for the 1st time so is the 17h (Par 4 for the Ladies) and nearly 400 yards !!!!!!
Some elevated Tees giving you lovely views of the course & surroundings. Quite well sign posted & good condition but I can imagine that heavy rain would make the course a lot tougher as the drainage needs improving. Water damage can be seen in a few places.
One Red Tee box was very bare of grass, very muddy.
The greens were good but again some signs of sponginess... But very good overall & the Topography makes the holes very interesting, nothing too flat.
The is a 9 hole course and also a shorter 9 for practice. A chip & putt area, driving range a a further practice green by the 1st tee.
Bunkers were fine, only visited 2, may be a little water in the bunker at the 14th... and I am pretty sure that if you are unlucky to land you ball there, there is a penalty if you decide to take a drop .... Worth checking the Rules, and good to know for the future !!!!
Favourite holes are the 12th, the tough 17th and the 18th a truly lovely finishing hole with a green sloping sharply to a water hazard, so quite tricky with the approaching shot, but a Birdie can be had if the tee shot lands on the right gradient on the sloping fairway....
Fairly big Pro shop and friendly reception.
Clubhouse is very busy too as the food is good & wholesome at very reasonable price. 2 large seating areas outside, one is covered I believe and nicely decorated with plants and a pond with a little bridge. Big reception room upstairs.
Changing rooms have been updated and are of a very modern and clean appearance.
Large Car Park.
I would love to return to play this course but would probably prefer a Summer or Spring time as we finished quite late with the dinner & presentation, it was very dark finding my way home but Noel L was my guide... till I turn left and took a different route home.
Thank you Mark for an enjoyable golf day, with such good value and tasty food from full English breakfast to the 3 course meal & coffee & the lovely prizes.
If you can attend one of Mark's day, please do it, you will enjoy it. There were lots of Taxi drivers.....(I wonder why ?????) and quite a few TSG attending too.
This is my version of the day and sadly
Enjoyed my round
I have played this course a number of times and always enjoy the challenge. Hilly course and some interesting holes. Some of the green surrounds were very wet and boggy due to the recent heavy bouts of rain. Sand in some of the bunkers was not good but this was again down to the recent weather. I enjoyed the course and paid £27 for my round and will return again.
Good Parkland Cours
My first course in England. Well maintained and interesting. Greens were quick with a lot of them sloping front to back, making for difficult approach shots.
An enjoyable day.
Love this 9 hole course. Haven't play it for about a year and I had forgotten just how easily it can all go so wrong.
great company and a birdie is always welcome
First time I played the course. In very good condition. Fairways a bit lush. Played at 3.30 and at £13 exceptional value. Very enjoyable and would recommend the course and definitely would like to play again.
Enjoyable Challenge: recommended
This is a comparatively short par 69 from the yellow tees. The course is on the outskirts of Rainham in the Medway area of Kent. There are 5 par 3s; 11 par 4s and only 2 par 5s. The course was played as a society event at the end of March 2015. There was a danger beforehand that several temporary greens may have been required due to heavy overnight/early morning rain but the greenstaff saved the day. The course and greens were in excellent condition.
There were many blind or dogleg holes to negotiate; and lovely downhillers. Many of the holes were out of reach due to a combination of difficulty and length. It is essential to find the fairways to optimise your chances of posting a good score. The par 3s are all on the medium long to long side.
Played on a society package of £30 for breakfast, 18 holes and a 2 course lunch; this represented great VFM.
Enjoyable Day ....
Played here on Mark Crane's Charity Golf Day and thoroughly enjoy it!
The course is a parkland by design with undulations all around. It was a damp Nov day when we played and I expect the course would be much more playable in the summer.
There are some great holes, including some tough par 3's and a number of the tees are elevated giving both great views and some testing drives. I played very well on the front nine but struggled to hold my game on the back half.
The greens were wet but playable but you can tell they would be very quick in the dry. There was one stand out hole, the 17th. A 400+ yard par 4 into a very tight green protected by heather on one side and water on the other - it almost had a touch of Augusta about it - really!
If I had one complaint, it would be there are no directional signs between holes and no boards telling you which tee you are on - not very fair on the visitor and such a simple thing to correct.
The clubhouse is looking a little tired inside (at bit 70's) but the staff were uber friendly and the breakfast very good. The food post game was average but this didn't spoil what was a fun day!
Mark put on a great day with plenty of prizes and I would have no hesitation in returning to this course!
Great Course & Facilities, Well Worth A Visit
Considering it was raining for 17 of the 18 holes, the course was holding up very well. Greens in great condition and no temporary tees. The Clubhouse, as always, offered great food and a friendly smile to visitors.
Very Good course
Hilly,looks open but its not. Penal if you miss the fairway. Undulating greens with tricky pin positions. Good test.
A real challenge... Well it was for me..
Great value for a challenging course and given the recent weather was in great condition. Well worth a visit. Only problem was that the stroke index on the scorecard didn't match the website... Not complaining as I got an extra point out of it :-)
Would love to come back and try this course when playing better. Clubhouse & food nice. Course in good condition even with all the rain. Greens played well.
Upchurch is OK
Play all three courses regularly, all very good, probably
more well known for the great food served here than the golf ! Hard to fault much at all.