Review's of Wiltshire Golf Club (The)
A mixture of good and not so good.......
The Wiltshire comprises 2 golf courses: an 18 "Lakes" and a 9 "Garden".
The original design of the Lakes by Peter Alliss but was altered in 2006 to create the short Garden. So some of the original holes (probably 3) are now part of the shorter course. A big shame as Peter Alliss 's design courses are always a treat with everything to make a golf course interesting & challenging, but still enjoyable by all level of golfers.
The flow is not there, at some point one wonders where to go ? and so on..... The numerous bunkers, tiered & contoured greens, water hazards, sloping fairways provide the attraction for the round.
Lovely views of the Wiltshire countryside in this parkland set up. A lovely starters hut, also a half way hut but does close early, shame...
Fairways were decent enough, rough was very tough and greens need attention.
Will describe the 17th (signature hole, I think), a Par 4, dog leg left with a large carry over water, also a blind tee shot over a lake to a marker post. many options to play this hole.
The shorter course has 3 lovely holes which were part of the original 18 and they are super, the others more like a field with a green at the end..... not all that interesting.
It was a Bank Holiday weekend away at the end of August 2014, a little wet on the 2nd & 3rd day for my liking, it spoilt the enjoyment of the game but we made up once in the Clubhouse where the drinks got flowing and the spirit firstname.lastname@example.org high as the chemistry was there.
The hotel was perfectly adequate, warm reception, comfortable rooms, the food was excellent, service fine considering how busy it was. We also enjoyed the Pool/Jacuzzi/Sauna/Steam room.
Proshop well stocked. I had a pleasant encounter but some of our group did not have the same experience....
Ladies changing room were adequate but could do with some updating.
Large Car Park.
The course needs some attention, so do the greens and the rain did spoil the enjoyment a little.. I believe this Leisure complex is under new management and things are on the up.
There is what looks like a pleasant holiday village see-able from the hotel and the course,now private housing and rentals alike.
The deal we had was excellent value for money, the drive from West London good and easy access once you leave the Motorway. Very pleasant drive through Royal Wootton Bassett.
Will probably return in a few years time to see any improvements, I did enjoy my weekend.
At best average.....
Hmmmm,it's always disappointing to write a negative course review but sadly, that's what this is!
On arrival, the place has a very tired look and this is compounded further when you head out to the course. Clearly the course has been hugely neglected in recent years, proved by the fact that despite being VERY quick, the greens are quite frankly, in terrible condition!
The course's layout whilst pleasant enough, just doesn't flow in the way that it should. I believe some of the original holes were pinched and added to the adjacent 9 hole course. In my humble opinion, this has upset the originally designed Peter Allis course. There are no particularly memorable holes, that's not to say its bad, but sadly, just average.
I believe the course and hotel has been recently taken over by new owners, which probably explains why the course is as it is today. However, none of that explains why (once again) you are met with an arrogant, self-centred Head Pro.
After our first round, when asked about the state of the greens, I was met with "Why what wrong with them?" and "I dunno, I leave that to the greenkeepers', he went on to say "he hadn't been out on the course in some time"... strange that a member later confirmed he had been involved in the Captain's Day match only the day before?!
When are Golf Pro's going to learn, that its not all about 'them' and actually its the customers who matter. Especially in a 'resort' style set-up like this. As such, I never returned to the Pro-shop after this, meaning they had no incremental monies from me.
Inside the clubhouse, more efforts have been made to create a light and airy space and a good place to enjoy dinner and drinks around the bar area. Furthermore, I can't praise the food and bar staff more highly. Very courteous and good fun. I would also give praise to the reception team who were also attentive and friendly. Perhaps the Head Pro could learn something from them!
With very wet conditions, we also took the time to enjoy the Gym, Pool and Spa, all of which were very pleasant.
All in all at £149 for two nights, three rounds + DBB (courtesy of Your Golf Travel) it was priced reasonably.
However, with idiots like that running the Pro shop. I won't be rushing back!
Super layout with good facilities
I played in the Disabled Golf Assciation England team against Wales for the Oldsfield Trophy.
This venue was perfect for our tournament.
The layout has everything, loads of bunkers, water, elevated tees & greens. The greens are very very fast and extremely undulating.
The weather was terrible on the second day, the greens don't cope very well with rain.
The hotel is nice, clean rooms.
The restaurant is not bad, the food is not cheap but good quality.
I would not hesitate in returning to the venue.
Hotel, Spa and Golf Course
This was a repeat venue for one of my society challenge competitions, the golf being just a part of the entertainment.
Simple enough to find adequate parking facilities, small pro shop but hotel facilities for catering were A+.
Practice facilities are away some distance from the first tee... practice Greens however are on the way from Hotel to First Tee...
When last played this course was showing signs of being in need of attention, but the overall layout was superb, with some potential 'feature holes' - I can't recall a non-interesting hole. Nice mix of hazards, lots of water in play, definitely a challenge.
Make a weekend of it and stay at the Hotel, with a very nice spa and pool area - some good views of surrounds - if the sun shines it will be a lovely day, when it rains and the wind blows - it can be 'hard work'.
As a group we always received a typical 'West Country Welcome'... At the time of last visit I believe the place was probably 'up for sale' I don't know if it ever changed hands (Eddie Shah was the previous reported owner - if memory serves).
Good course - a bit tired in places - some nice undulations, so a buggy would be a good idea. I found it a hard walk - but well worth it.
Deals to be had here - all you have to do is ask...
This would be a good competition venue, or as mentioned a good weekend away venue.
Too many 'good holes' for me to mention them all, but if you're playing matchplay and need to win on the last hole... beware a long and difficult Par 5 with a well protected green just waiting to catch the unwary (although my four-ball group all managed to Par this hole)... for the record my team had won 2 and 1 by the time we got to the 18th - as I managed to fluke a birdie on the 17th... a difficult long second shot to an elevated and near island green (landed and stopped 3 feet from the pin...)