Users Comments (8)

Excellent golf course, every hole had different challenging features and the greens gave a true read.

Well worth a round.

March 24th 2006
NAME: Stephen O'Connell
HOME CLUB: The Warwickshire, Leek Wotton

Good value as playing on a weekend at 1.30pm in the Winter qualifies for the twilight rate of £14.50.

Interesting course with some good holes. Course was in fairly good condition considering the time of year although the bunkers could have done with some attention. Nice to see no winter greens or tees although this may change in next month or so.

December 1st 2005
NAME: Guy Brocklhurst

A very nice golf course.

Welcoming staff and helpful starter who gave pointers to our four ball as we were new to the course.

The course was in good condition especially the greens.

I would definitely play there again.
September 25th 2005
NAME: Jody Goble
HOME CLUB: Silvermere

Excellent greens and a true test for better golfers than me I suspect. The course was quite busy for a Friday but then most places are these days. The only criticism I would have was the terrible attitude of the guy in the shop who served us - he really couldn't be bothered and was indignant at having to tell me where the first tee was/driving range was etc. It's a shame that such a good course is so let down but that is happening everywhere.

Did I like the course? Definite YES. Would I play there again? Definite NO - too snobby and everything that empitomises the bad side of golf.

Editors note: I have played here quite a few times myself and have not had a problem.
May 16th 2005
NAME: Chris Bulleyment

Played at the end of summer and expected the course to be in good condition, but, it was far from it. The greens were in extremely poor condition and the fairways patchy at best. A few holes were interesting and with some care this could be a good course. Before this happens, some desperate caretaking is needed, especially with the greens.

Editors note: A very negative report, please read on.
November 5th 2003
NAME: Tony Groser
HOME CLUB: Uxbridge

Gatton Manor is a sound, decent value choice for pay and play.

Not generally too busy even on summer weekends.

The course is good fun with a mixture of some very challenging holes with some more straightforward holes, but only really a couple of boring ones. Not too tight either, but wayward shots may well be punished. The 18th is an excellent closing hole.

Even in summer, a couple of the holes can be a little damp, and after rain in the winter it can be hard work with drives plugging off the tee.

However the club house is very comfortable and they do a mean Full English Breakfast.

Incidentally, if you play as a fourball, the green fee is £28 not £30.
September 15th 2002
NAME: Dan Hare
HOME CLUB: Uxbridge

I played this course for the first time recently on a typical British Summers' day (cool,wet and windy!). It was our day out, and from 35 golfers the only negative comments I heard were from notoriously poor putters. The greens are fantastic with a capital F - despite the conditions if you managed to get on the wrong side of the hole then a 3 putt was common, and 4 putts occurrred several times. However, it must be said that the greens, although fast, are true - hit a putt on line and it will not deviate because of poor grass, unexpected humps etc etc. My only criticism could be directed towards those who play the course and do not repair their pitchmarks - and as we all know this is becoming prevalent on many courses, and no doubt the culprits complain loudest about bumpy greens!

To the course itself - from the opening hole it is a test of your game, and fun with it. Hit a poor shot and you will be punished - a number of tee shots are narrow and/or blind. and leaving yourself on the wrong side of the fairway will nearly always result in at least a bogey. Before playing, take a course guide with you and follow the red and white marker posts religiously and you will be OK.

A number of tee and second shots are risk/reward - shorter hitters are not necessarily penalised on this course, (particularly from the yellow tees), as it will quite often mean that the option of going for the green is taken out of the equation. A level stance is uncommon throughout, so hitting fairways on the correct side is a necessity to score well. The bunkering is well designed and maintained, and the whole course was in superb condition.

The clubhouse, food and facilities were exceptionally good, and I have no hesitation to recommending Gatton manor to anyone who wants an enjoyable day out and to put their game through a good test.
July 21st 2002
NAME: Noel Sharman
HOME CLUB: Richmond Park (Putney Park)

A real gem of a golf course hidden in the depths of Surrey.

This is a course for the enthusiast, it has everything you would expect from a championship golf course and more. Off the yellow tees it is difficult, off the white's it can at times seem downright impossible, but please don't let that put you off, it is one of the most interesting and can be one off the most pleasing and pleasant rounds of golf you will ever play.

The fairways are indeed fair, but go off them and just pray! There are trees everywhere and beautiful though they are, they are also thick and not! I repeat not! 90% air. But this is truly a great course with every hole giving you something different to think about and every slick green waiting to prove you are a bad putter, but if you are on your game it will reward you and boy! will you feel good afterwards.

The clubhouse gives off an old world charm and is made to feel very inviting by the friendly staff, the food is really good, both in portion size and quality.

The pro shop which stands on its own away from the clubhouse is well stocked and has everything (plenty of balls) you may need.
July 9th 2002
NAME: David Matthews
HOME CLUB: Richmond Park

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