Review's of Wycombe Heights Golf Centre
An excellent pay and play course
Wycombe Heights GC is a proprietary pay and play golf centre, with a membership, located on the outskirts of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. It is part of the BGL (Burhill) golf group.
The main course is a par 69 for the men; 6,092/5,783 yards respectively off the white/yellow tees respectively. The SSS is 69/68 respectively.
The course comprises 5 par 3s, 11 par 4s and 2 par 5s. Many of the par 4s are under 400 yards!
Given the course name I was a little worried about the terrain awaiting, however, whilst the course is located on high ground, the changes in elevation around the course are mostly gradual with more downhill than uphill changes. It is an OK walk!
The course is on chalk so drains very well. The course, after recent snow/rains, was in good playing condition.
The greens are generally large and undulating. However, all of the greens had been hollow tined (not sanded) which made putting rather unpredictable. Consequently my putting stats at 41 putts was the worst I had for a long long time!
The course is very open and offers no protection from the winds!
The par 3s are enjoyable targets!
The fairways have fairly generous landing areas but there are many blind shots so the black/white marker posts come in handy if followed!
I thought the par 4 index 1 7th hole tee shot was the most difficult.
Many of the greens are surrounded by deep bunkers!
For a pay and play style course this is a reasonable challenge. I look forward to playing it again in warm, calm sunny conditions and with greens at their best!
There is a moderately sized pro-shop.
The bar/catering was good value. A TV in the bar showing golf!
There is an 18 hole par 3 course and a driving range (under reconstruction). All in all an excellent golfing complex. Very similar to other BGL facilities at Birchwood Park and Hoebridge, which I have also played!
The green fee was £25 as a members guest. Reasonable for a weekend round!
With Brigitte having given her review, there is little for me to say other than...
Played here for the fourth time and really enjoy coming back. It does measure up to BGL standards and I can see why Janus has so many games here. (I'd like to give 5 stars for value, but I don't pay!)
Here's to next time.
Will be back
V nice course, well worth the trip
I traveled 65 miles to play here and I am pleased to say I am glad I did. Great company and a very nice looking course. It does bite if you are off line, and a few par fours that need a damn good whack off of the tee, followed by another one to even get close in winter. Greens were rather bobbly, but considering the weather lately, they had held a decent pace on them. Friendly staff in the bar and pro shop,and even a very pleasant Starter. but I always moan when I get charged £2 for a cup of tea, it's a tea bag and water!!!
I didn't use any practice facilities, so I gave it a 3.
The course itself is very nice with many good views, I am sure in a few months it will look stunning. Undulating fairways, elevation changes on approach shots, great challenge.
It was £31 guest rate at the weekend, which a bit more than I want to pay for golf, but well worth it. Give it a go
So my only complaint is the price of the tea, have a round at this place you'll love it
Very attractive golf setting, every hole has a lot to offer...
This was my last post/last game for 2014 and I am glad I made the effort to organize this venue & braved the freezing elements as I have had Wycombe Heights on my list "to play" for a long time. Every Saturday there is a game posted, but I don't normally play at the weekends, it is my "rest" days.
As you drive to Wycombe Heights GC, you understand why it has such a name, it is perched on the highest point of the hills of Wycombe. Today 31.12.2014, the approach to the club looked magical, just like a delicate painting, clean, very fresh & pleasing to the eye, and golf was certainly challenging with the frozen fairways and greens........ but 5 brave TSGers had a great time.
A very nice design, very flowing, excellent signage to the next tee, with a "Tip" on each tee box of where to aim/where to exit the green etc... BRILLIANT idea that should help with the dreaded......S L O W P L A Y.
The views are very spectacular, the holes interesting, quite a few sloping lies, some blind holes, very good walk that will keep you fit but nothing as strenuous as Austin Lodge for golfers that knew this now "defunct" (I think) golf course.
Large, tiered, well laid out carpark.
Big Club house with decked terrace, must be a dream to seat there on a Summer post round drink. I sampled the coffee, very good but expensive. There was no hot food available after our round as kitchen staff were packing up early to get ready for their New Year's Eve parties!
Welcoming Proshop, with lots on offer, from clothings to golf equipment and today selling vast amounts of YELLOW golf balls, in fact they run out, I think Lee B. or Paul S. or Michael R. or David A. got the last packs...................some may have ended in the out of bounds though!
I enjoyed my 1st visit, the company, the fresh air, the views but did not play particularly well: I find it difficult to master the frozen fairways & greens. But I did Par 2 holes: 15th Short Par 4 and 18th Par 4, beautiful finishing hole.
All the holes are interesting, but will describe:
16th, a beautiful downhill Par 3, raised tee box giving that exhilarating feeling to get on & get a birdie or par or even Hole in One, all very possible. But the wind may ruin your chances as it is a very exposed part of the course. Exquisite view too.
18th, gorgeous finishing short Par 4, all downhill from a raised tee, looks a bit like a funnel to the green, but there is a flat bit of fairway before the first 3 large bunkers, then a further hidden slope with 2 more bunkers protecting the green sloping to the back. A treat if you get you tee shot right. I expect in the summer, birdies can be had.
The course was in good condition, but frosty fairways/greens/bunkers (I think in these conditions bunkers should be GUR, as one can damage one's wedge or wrist during a shot!!!).
The practice facilities are present with floodlit driving range, but I did not use them, there is a practice putting green by the Clubhouse.
There is also an 18 hole Par 3 course.
I shall return to this golf course, very easily accessible from the M40/M25, I shall never get bored as the scenery is pleasing, the welcome warm & friendly.
Wycombe Heights is part of a chain "BGL Golf", has good offers. It is worth getting a free Players Card, giving discounted rates.
Brilliant course, but you may need a buggy!
Wycombe Heights is a superb challenging course set in a Buckingham landscape.
Undulating greens make it challenging for players of any handicap.
Its not a long course at 5783, but it does have defences in its design. (By John Jacobs)
The greens are saucer shaped and very hard to read. The surface of the greens is also hard to judge as the higher you climb, the faster the greens get.
The course is tiered and you need to be a mountain goat if you are going to carry at Wycombe.
The course reminded me of Boyce Hill in Essex.
On the back nine there are two feature holes, the 16th a 180 par three off an elevated green, surrounded with bunkers. I actually went through the green finishing on a mound over looking the green coming back.
But had an impossible putt down hill, walked off with a 5!
The 18th is a short par 4... 344yd, I hit my drive of the day here 280, but again a tricky green left me walking off with a bogey.
I doubt I would enjoy playing Wycombe every week, but a few times a year would be well worth a visit, to build up my calf muscles!!
Love Wycombe Heights
There's lots to love about this course. The views, the excellent greens, a number of very pretty and different holes, a decent clubhouse, and good practise options.
The back 9 especially has a lot to offer, with the pretty but tricky 12th, the short but tight 15th, the drop to the par 3 16th, and the even steeper drop at the finishing hole. This is certainly one of my favourite courses in the area.
great value course
my local course, very well maintained, lots of tricky holes, pretty hilly, nice views, great value. 18th my favorite hole