The Brier Patch Golf Links
|Red (W)||72||4640 yards||65.4||111|
|Blue M: 71.5/132||423||368||426||239||581||419||357||197||593||3603||372||412||388||308||409||177||531||175||642||3414||7017|
|White M: 68.6/125||396||330||389||190||559||359||333||177||553||3286||339||392||362||295||387||152||497||171||537||3132||6418|
|Gold M: 65.4/106||375||302||329||152||488||323||275||153||524||2921||289||379||283||252||276||134||468||154||439||2674||5595|
|Red W: 65.4/111||286||234||263||107||430||279||233||133||397||2362||277||286||273||217||268||117||379||114||347||2278||4640|
Don't know where to start. This course used to be beautiful and in great shape. Now the course is in horrible condition. The tee boxes are over grown. The fairways have crab grass everywhere and haven't been mowed. The rough blends in the the fairways nicely. The greens are horrible. About 70% of the greens are dead. The bunker or so called bunker no longer exist. They have weeds in them all and none of them are playable. #18 is their signature hole. A par 5 with an island green. We'll stay away from the lake because of all the goose waste and the horrible smell of the stagnant water. Half the fairway is covers with goose waste. Probably the worst course I've played in years. Hate to see it but I won't ever go back. The only thing I can say is STAY AWAY!!!
My friend Ryan commented on this course and he pretty much covered how I feel about the poor condition for the 2 days we played golf. Grass was too high on the tees and the fairway which is not unusual regarding people we talked to. The fairways were like swamps and sadly, the balls we lost was in the fairway because they plugged so bad we couldn't find them. There was trash on the course as well as in and around the trash cans which was there the day before. Considering the fees paid, this course was a disappointment and I will not play this course again. We traveled 1 1/2 hours and there are too many other golf courses worth the money that are in good condition. It's ashame because this is a pretty course (other than the blind shots) but the frustration is not worth the time, money and travel.
I played this course on Friday July 17th & 18th. With two others. We traveled from Tazewell Va. To play here in a High School reunion Tournament.
The first day's play was terrible, due to the condition of the course. The Fairways grass were so high that sometimes we could not find our balls that were IN the faiway!! Greens were very bumpy. Sand traps were in VERY bad condition as well. Sand had not been raked in a very long time and actually had gravel/pebbles in them. Course definitely has inadequate drainage which left many places in the fairway and rough that were so saturated that your balls would plug from the tee with Driver. Walking in the soggy mud and water was not pleasant for any of us. Fairway grass was a minimum 4" in hight with rough 8", Tee box's were approximately 2.5"-3". This is just not acceptable for a $40 Greens Fee.
We returned on Saturday to play in the Tournament and the course was in no better condition. Grass was not mowed any shorter. Pace of play is awful for the simple fact that after every shot you spend several minutes looking for your ball in the entirely too high fairway grass.
I asked a twosome if they played there regularly, they said they play there occasionally but play mostly at other area courses but play there for a change. I asked them if the condition of the course ie: grass hight was the norm, or just a fluk? The responded by saying " sometimes it is, and once in a while it's mowed lower but not often." So much for a benefit of a doubt.
The trash that was laying around the course and in, and sometimes around the trash cans next to the Tee's were not picked up from the day previous. It really is a shame. The course does have some pretty holes and elevation changes. There are many blind shots that I'm not a fan of though. Most of the greens are large with a few small greens thrown in. The greens have ridges and levels to keep it interesting.
In conclusion we will never return to this course again. There are too many quality courses in and around Beckley that are SO MUCH better than this with comparable greens fee's. As far as the range the mats are worn out and missing the rubber tee's. Some have them but most do not. Price per bucket $7.50 for a large bucket was good value but range balls are definitely what you'd consider "shag bag" quality.
This is the first negative review I believe I've ever written on a golf course. It's a pure shame.
Played this course on a golf trip from Ohio to Florida. Scenery was excellent. Changes in elevation made for exciting shot making. There are blind shots which can be frustrating the first time you play, but it's an experience-deal with it. This is certainly a favorite course of mine relative to cost. I would highly recommend it to any open minded golfer looking for a unique experience in the mountains of West Virginia. You will love it.
Fantastic Course, Great Value. Wonderful Service
This course is definitely one to play if you find yourself with a few hours spare time in the Beckley, WV area. The course is in great condition and gives you something different every hole. The island green on hole #18 is a great stamp of excellence on this course.
The staff is very friendly and accomodative. After finishing 9 holes, one of the managers offered me a free large bucket of balls to hit at their range when he found out I was planning on doing so.
Will definitely be returning the next time I am in the area.
Played this course in early 2015 on our way to FLA. It was nothing short of excellent. The visuals, changes in elevation, and character were very special. Fees were reasonable and staff was friendly. Would play this course regularly if I lived nearby. Certainly worth a look if you are in the area.