Review's of Warley Park Golf Club
A day at Warley Park
Can wait to get back there over the summer. I know it will be amazing. Beautiful venue
I wish I could like it but!!!!
Having played, and enjoyed, the Warley course previously a few years ago (holes 1 - 18); the TSG Masters was played in April 2018; this time over the Childerditch 9 holes plus the Warley holes 1-9 .
While the club hosted our event wonderfully I was very disappointed to find that we were allocated the Childerditch course among our 18 holes given the very poor state of the course fairways and rough. The greens were however in a very acceptable condition.
While understanding that the very wet conditions of recent weeks makes on course maintenance difficult; it seemed to me that the club had made no effort to mow the fairways or rough areas to an expected condition during the recent week or so of good dry weather. The effect being to turn what is otherwise a good/fair challenging course into an unedifying unnecessary slog over the hilliest part of the course. Many times I found myself pushing my electric trolley through the many uphill areas because the trolley motor couldn't cope with the extra drag caused by the long wet clinging grass.
Clearly some of our group played and scored well despite the above. All credit to those. Unfortunately on the day I allowed my disappointment in the course conditions to adversely affect my performance.
Finally the biggest bugbear for me. Petty perhaps but why can't they use separate scorecards for each of the three course combinations? Much easier for recording scoring. Having 27 holes on the card is unnecessarily finicky. Also why don't they name each of the 9 holes more sensibly; eg Blue, Red, Yellow ( a la Farleigh GC ).
Despite the above gripes it was an enjoyable day among great company both within our 4 ball and of the whole TSG fraternity.
Not for the faint hearted!
Great course but with some very tricky holes - for the first time players some blind holes which make for interesting second shots so better to play with someone who knows the course. Green fast so watch your step!
Short but challenging
With sloping fairways and many blind shots, this was a challenging course. Fortunately holes were not too long and it was possible to recover. greens are in good condition and tricky to read
A very enjoyable course
well worth the visit, lovely course
A bit hard today as it as raining and very windy, especially playing the 9 holes over the road, but always liked Warley Park.
good course hilly
my first time played full 18 enjoyed course it is hilly and lot of holes are blind but enjoyable course
Over the hill holes
A beautiful parkland course with fantastic views over the Thames estuary with Canary Wharf and The Shard in the distance. However, I like to see where I'm going, and where the ball lands, bounces and stops. And at Warley (I played the Warley-Warley 18) tee shots go over the top of the hill, dropping partly or fully out-of-sight on holes 2,4,5,6,9,10,11,12,13,15 and 17. Some second shots go out of view too. On the 5th two of my 4-ball played our third shots towards the wrong green as the fairway - which shows you the way - was in a dip out of view. That said, I'd love to play there again.
I have played twice now and think it's a great course...
I am glad that I made the long ride from Lancashire, as I always enjoy a round of golf and enjoy the company on the TSG Golf Days. I like the course and there's plenty of scenery on route which is good to take in too.
Very picturesque Essex estuary course.
Plenty of parking near to the spacious club house. Good food readily available reasonably priced. Very friendly helpful staff. Toilets below ground so not disability friendly.
We started the first nine on the Childerditch course. Quite hilly. Greens very undulating and some were very fast. But they were bumpy and did not run very true.
Much preferred the Warley course we played on the back nine, greens seemed to run truer.
Warley is very picturesque some of the views are stunning ... but the parkland hills will not be for every golfer.
Look forward to going back
I'd heard that Warley Park was worth a visit but "the locals don't play the 9 over the road". Well, I played in the TSG Masters and we played the 9 over the road first and I have to say it was well worth the visit.
The clubhouse and facilities are very nice but the course is even better. The 9 over the road is undulating and a good challenge. After the relatively straight forward opening par 3 every hole asks questions for players of all handicaps. The greens were very quick and very consistent.
I look forward to returning to Warley Park and trying the 9 I haven't yet played, at which point I'll post an update to reflect on the overall consistency of the 27 holes.
A strategic challenge
It was a very busy day and so having had to park on the grass bank, made for a bit of a trek to the clubhouse.
The ladies changing room is well designed, cosy and I met several lady members who were friendly and welcoming, in fact, took great interest in the TSG and we may get a few more members as a result.
The course is a real mixed bag, where your short game needs to be right on song.....sadly the weakest part of my game!
The greens were in great condition and a real pleasure to play.
Good course management will reward you with a good score.
Very enjoyable day.
Really enjoyable course. Could have played the 9 hole warley course twice as an 18 hole. Really fun and tricky as heck.
The whole course was very enjoyable, and so beautiful.
Fantastic course, very interesting!
Some great holes, really enjoyed it!
Really nice course
Hilly course that is kept in a very good condition. The greens are tricky to read and some greens have two tiers. Nice driving range, you can hit the ball off the grass in the summer months. Well worth playing if you are in the area.
Inland parkland - Interesting Challenge!!
Warley Park is not too far from main roads and towns, but seems not to be affected by noise. This was an opportunity to visit the course (following some layout changes) in advance of the TSG Masters 2014.
Country road access - watch out for blind corners and Bentleys that don't quite fit into passing places(ask me sometime).
car park is pretty much laid to gravel, for visitors, members have a macadam area closer to the tidy clubhouse. Staff were very welcoming and food was good.
Played the two loops scheduled for the TSG Masters (commencing on what will be the 10th) in light drizzle (cleared up by 3rd hole.
Well laid out course with good fairways - it had rained the night before as well but the whole place was pretty much drained. Well tended rough and semi rough (the type that swallows up an errant ball) so keep on the fairways.
I'mm not overly fond of blind holes and excessive doglegs but this course had something of interest on just about every hole. Once you arrive at the greens expect a tricky time... my suggestion would be to chip in on every hole. Greens were a bit bobbly but still fast, too easy to go yards past the hole... Holes seemed to be cut in the most tricky places on all of the greens.
The Childerditch (across the road) has a lot of elevation changes so be advised it can be a bit of a trek, a different challenge to the other loops. Nice use of available water and some incredibly tricky holes - with a premium on getting a good drive away.
There was a lot of run on fairways and greens, adjust club selection accordingly and I didn't see any approach shot actually stop...
Good course and a return visit is highly recommended...
Perhaps we can challenge their seniors team...
Locals were friendly enough and we weren't ever pushed - midweek bargains to be had - just for the asking...
Great value for money... Good course to play...
Forgot to mention, Bunkers were beautifully filled with just the right amount of sand, even wet it was a delight to play out of... Hope they are as good when dry... (yes I found a few bunkers as my Sand Nav was working well)
3 interesting loops of 9 holes, reminiscent of SINGING HILLS, Sussex.
Christmas Eve round, well attended but a little daring considering there had been so much rain the prevous days/week.
The course was playable, I enjoyed the layout, the variety, the blind tee shots with guiding post & the challenge of the numerous water features and certainly more than usual on the day!!!!!! Some ravines had been created. There were ditches across fairways too, so if you know the course it will helps you game.
The Fairways were good for a rainy December 2013.Greens varied in condition & wetness, but be warned, they are fast, super fast in the dry weather (DJ's comments, always a very reliable source as DJ plays so many courses in Essex and organises games too, so he knows his stuff).Bunkers: some had standing water but all strategically positioned.
Warley is a 3 x 9 holes loops where you get to play various combinations as decided by the Proshop. This will soon change as the plan is to offer an 18 holes main course and a 9 holes too. I am sure this will work well. The surrounding Essex countryside is very beautiful and in Spring and Summer it must be even more attractive, more enjoyable to play.
Some places were a little slippery, will mention the 17th Par 3, Red Tee box where I took a giant slide in the mud, I think Damien B. and Andy C. from the group behind us may have witness the event but none of my 4 balls noticed anything, I had no offer of gallant rescue, not even Mr L's who was present today..... I shall not forgive him, well I did as he put all my muddy clothes in the washing machine when we returned to Twickenham.
Not sure why there is a cannon at the finishing hole, may be it is to announce the winning team. Does anyone know?Proshop: friendly reception and a good stock.Ladies Changing Room: very modern & attractive.Bar/Restaurant: nicely laid out with a drink/eat area and a relaxing seating area with leather comfortable leather seats. Terrace outside, not far from the cannon. Large Car Park with a long drive, as we left the Christmas lights were shining all the way to the main road. Very pretty. Nice venue for Society golf days, good deals to be had.
I cannot wait to return to this course as it has captured my heart: the layout, the Essex scenery and the warm welcome from the staff & members alike. The deal was good even if not what we expected, but it was Christmas Eve and the kitchen closed early but not a real problem as everyone understands that Father Xmas is only around once a year!!!
Thank you Mr Ian M for organising a game at this lovely venue.Will be back sooner than later.
what a great day for 20 quid
where does one start, the club house is very nice indeed, the staff were very friendly and accommodating, and on the course some absolutely stunning views to be seen. Despite the weather, the course was in pretty good shape, (I think I gave it 4 because of the weather), It gives you a few chances to score here, and by gum you best take them because it will bite you at some point, and that is before you get to the greens!
The greens were superb for the time of year, after playing other courses in the weeks before with slow greens, what a shock to the system to play on greens that would have been considered pretty fast on any course. You need to learn the Fred Couples one inch putt technique on some of the down hill putts, ( 15 feet down hill is too close for a 3 inch putt), and chipping downhill is just frightening how soft you have to land the ball. I kid you not, 4-40 feet down hill putt could be 3 putt territory, you have been warned, approach below the hole!
We paid £20 and we got a golf course like that, (and the course was more than worth £20, we also got a full English breakfast and ham egg and chips lunch. All of this was waitress served, and with breakfast, no queueing to a machine for water or metal tea pots, no scrimping, pots of tea and coffee on the table a plenty
Any society that doesn't use this course in the winter with this deal is bonkers.
Lastly, and i know I have written a lot here, I marked the practice facilities as a 3, this is purely because I didn't use any of it and didn't look for it. I would be surprised as everything else was of a high standard, if it wasn't a 4 or a 5. I put down a 5 ball rating for value for money, but I think it was a 6 today.
If you think I have said too much or exaggerating, go and play the course on a sunny winters morning. You will agree with everything I have said
Great course, great views
Superbly maintained course with well tended and lightning fast greens. Blind shots over hills, sharp doglegs, strategically placed mature trees and water hazards all added to the challenge of this course and to cap it all the views over the Essex countryside were marvelous on a bright December morning.
We were also well fed and looked after in the clubhouse. Social golf at its best and I will be looking forward to visiting again next year.
Great course and great deal.
Lovely course some very interesting holes and in great condition for this time of year.It is a bit hilly but well worth the trek.The clubhouse hospitality was excellent very helpful friendly staff.It was excellent value for money. Hopefully we will be playing there again soon.
The group played holes 1 to 18 of the 27 holes available. I thoroughly enjoyed the course layout and found some of the holes very challenging. I played most of them well, especially the front nine, but spoilt the prospect of a good round to handicap by a couple of unexpected and 'compounded' ball-striking errors on at least one hole in each of the front and back nines. The down side of the course was that I couldn't read the lines, borrows or pace for putts on most greens, something I believe all members of the group reported, resulting in no birdies and less pars than I would hope to obtain. Also most of the greens were much larger than I'm used to and there were a lot of very long first putts. The reception by staff in both the pro shop and catering side of things was excellent. The quality of the pre match breakfast (one of the best ever in terms of choice/quality) and post match lunch was excellent. There was also able assistance to the group by the 'starter' marshal at the commencement of the rounds. The overall package was VFM at its difficult to surmount best. I look forward to playing it again!
Throughly enjoyed the day.
Could have been one of the toughest courses I have played, particularly the 17th uphill climb - oxygen needed at the top !! The course was in good nick considering the rain from the night before. We were very well looked after, both before and after the golf. Hope to play there again very soon.
A truly enjoyable experience
Was made very welcome from the time of arrival to the very end (other clubs could learn from them) Breakfast superb and plenty of it.The starter was a great help to us, the first 9 holes were great and plenty of water comes into play, the second half was completly different very hilly but great holes will definately play again
Play here on one of the offers available
I played here most recently on a Sunday afternoon (08 Sept) when the club was busy but with a friendly atmosphere. There are three 9-hole courses (hole no's 1-27), so we were told which two to play, as there was a junior competition in progress.
COURSE 1 is the least hilly and, I think, the easiest to play. There are several innocuous par-4's, but two par-3's that will grab your attention. The course gets more interesting at the 7th, with a drive over water to begin a tough trio of holes to finish.
COURSE 2, across the road, should be called The Himalayas! More demanding, but four holes require an uphill approach to the green where you cannot see where the pin is placed, so luck plays it's part. The best hole is the last - a long downhill sweeping par-5.
COURSE 3 is the longest and most difficult to play. Doglegs and trees make shot placement important, so your course management will be tested here. Hole 22 has an inviting downhill approach if your tee shot is good enough, but beware of the tiered sloping green. The long downhill par-3 to a green in front of the clubhouse makes for a memorable finishing hole.
Generally very good condition all round, with excellent greens, although some tee boxes on Course 2 didn't seem flat enough and were showing signs of wear. Great views across the Essex countryside - you can see a long way from here.
This was a specially priced internet deal, booked through TSG, but the club currently have offers, some including a buggy, which are worth taking advantage of. I will look forward to playing here again - my choice would be Courses 1 & 3.
Played 2-1 course , got it on 2 for1 deal , really enjoyed it , playing there again soon, scored 101 , handicap 28.
Enjoyed this course, not too long but very hilly. Lots of great holes to play and the course was in excellent condition. Par 3’s are all medium length, with some good bunker’s placed to catch out the errant shot. Decent driving range where you can hit off grass makes a nice change. At £10 this was a bargain. Will definitely play again
.Interesting and well maintained.
.Very pleased to revisit this interesting and well maintained course with tough/fast greens.Lots of intersting choices on all holes,club selection very important.Pretty and distant views all around the course provides a decent walk.Some good deals available so play here when you can.Comfortable spike bar/restaurant.Good feel to the club however pro shop shop staff a little full of themselves.
Course was superb!
Played the non-members 18 for £15 - money well spent.
This is a great course in fantastic condition (excluding the 11th tee box). Greens are a real challenge. You should play if possible, not sure there is another course locally offering better value. Shame about the attitude in the pro shop, but every silver lining and all that!
Nice course, pity it rained and with thunder and lightning. WOW!
Warley park is made up of three 9 hole courses which you play two out of the three for 18 holes.The courses you play is decided by the club though, it is a nice course which has some challenging holes two of which you have to tee off over a large expanse of water approximately one hundred and twenty yards all in all worth a visit
Excellent course, well worth a visit
Managed to get reduced green Fee via the internet, so it was a steal at £13 apiece. Played 1 & 2 courses, there being 3 nine hole courses, Course 1 was the better of the two IMO...very quirky and quits hilly, but a joy to play with some great holes. Course 2 was a bit flatter, more up and down but very interesting nevertheless. Some really great par three's. I will definitely play here again. Greens were very difficult, mainly because they had not been cut and were very spiky being late afternoon and quite dry. Altogether a must play..you will not be disappointed.
Tucked away as this course appears to be, it's one that is worth a second visit. Unfortunately, this being the rainy season, it was not at it's best. Probably worth visiting in a drought!!
Warley Park (revisited)........
Decided to go back to Warley Park (the closet course to where I live) and once again loved it! This time I played course 1 + 2 and was hugely impressed with no.2. This nine holes is as good as any nine holes as I've played in Essex. Undulating, great views, nice fairways and good greens....I really could fall in love with this place! Tucked away in parkland a few minutes from the M25, I would recommend any TSGers to give it a try. If this course was to lower its rates (Normally £30+) I think it would feature much more heavily on the TSG roster. However, at £9 via the internet booking - I can't wait to go back!!
Found the course a bit disappointing as I thought it was going to be more interesting, course was in ok condition considering we are in November,greens playing very tricky and fast, pin position's where hard as well. After all that would go back again as I think the course probably is not looking its best at the moment. I gave it a five for value for money as our green fee was only £12.
Hilly open fairways with quick undulating tricky greens,
3 loops of 9 holes. We played course 1&2. Hilly open fairways with quick undulating tricky greens, some guarded by water. Fairways, bunkers & greens were in good condition. No practise net, but did have a driving range were you could buy a bucket of balls. I found the course very testing course because of the undulating ground .Definitely worth playing..£20 Sunday after 3pm
Why did it I wait so long to play it.......
This private members course is approx. 1.5m from my front door and for one reason or another I have never played it before. Why?! This is great little course with undulating fairways, tight green positions which are very well maintained. There are three 9 hole courses which can be played in combination to keep you interested and there is a couple great drives over water to test you. Not overly long but the terrain makes it a real challenge. Pricey at £40 (even midweek) but they are still doing some winter deals (£25) and with 2for1 vouchers it was a steal at £12.50. Cant wait to go back....