Darwen Golf Club
|Red (W)||72||5418 yards|
|White M: 69.7/119||365||478||340||360||368||295||132||385||363||3086||216||536||390||464||174||395||168||530||395||3268||6354|
|Yellow M: 69.0/118 W: 70.7/121||358||464||335||336||336||275||121||342||353||2920||204||499||380||421||155||383||178||523||384||3127||6047|
|Red W: 66.1/111||324||422||301||328||312||273||119||334||334||2747||155||410||326||384||135||357||140||446||325||2678||5425|
Any player on the PGA tour would have struggled there today
Turned up 13.30 on a Sunday afternoon bright blue sky quite nippy but all round perfect for a game of golf.... First 9 holes were ok lots of level change and most seconds shots on a fairway, ball either a foot higher or a foot lower than your feet so very tough. If we didn't use tracking apps we would have struggled knowing where to go as not much info around tee box for the holes. Most holes are dog leg or the level change that drastic not many greens visisible. Moving ontop the back 9...... You better be a fell runner or somewhere close as some of the walking uphill is very testing as we were reaching the summit of a long par 5 I was 120 from the pin and hitting a 5 iron due to the wind being so bad into our face coming back down the hill. Very very testing course both in skill and fitness. Only time I would consider trying again is peak summer on a very nice day. Only positive was the condition of the greens
Course was in excellent condition, even after the poor weather recently. The only downside was how hilly the course was, I’d recommend using a buggy.
Course in fantastic condition.
Darwen is always a delight. I’ve not been since last year and it’s looking really, really good.
The greens are like ice rinks, but they run very true.
At £15, a bargain, my only minor gripe being finishing after 10pm in near darkness due to slightly slow pace of play.
Played this course a few times but this most recent time was exceptional. The only downfall is that there’s no practise net. It does have a range though but if you’re tight like me and don’t want to have to pay for just a few warm up shots it’s slightly annoying. The only that negative is that the function room was hired out for something and the music was ridiculously loud as we were tearing off and coming back to the 18th. Other than that the course was in great condition and I’ve recommended it to my golf group for our next tourni!
The course has suffered from the lack of rain over recent weeks and the greens have paid the price. They were bone dry and very patchy. However, this is common on most courses at the moment, especially those without a ready water supply ,like Darwen. This is a tricky course at the best of times but the rock hard conditions made it even more difficult. We still enjoyed the round however and the views were magnificent!
We booked on Teeofftimes and when we got to the course we struggled to find anybody for the club shop which was closed, we had to go into the clubhouse to find somebody. The first tee is next to the clubhouse balcony so be prepared to be watched teeing off. The course could do with being better signposted between holes to find where to go and they lack any diagrams of the hole layout either on the tee bed or on the scorecard, we had to use our phones For this purpose as many holes are dog legged and the greens hidden from the tee beds. The course was in good condition but we did notice that there were lots of children playing with their parents so maybe Sunday’s is family day here. It took us 4 hours to complete as a 3 ball as this is a hilly course with 3 long par 5’s. Be prepared to walk up many inclines, and some distances between tee beds were a distance pin themselves. I would recommend trying it as it is a challenge and I can imagine on a windy day a very big challenge indeed as you are high up at the highest point.
A bit a sluggish front nine, I was very pleased that the groups in front elected against climbing the hills.
The course is a nice mix of interesting holes, affording some good views too. When the wind blows (and it always does!) the holes on the tops are either manageable or murderous. The 16 hole seems to play anything from 140 to 200 yards depending on wind direction and speed- seems a lottery tonne, which can cost a few shots.
Good value, despite a few damp places- the course is in decent nick.
A well maintained course with wide fairways and good sized greens. Some interesting holes but a hilly course with steep fairways making it a long course for the short hitters. Indeed on 3 holes short hitters have to use the red tees to ensure they are able to drive beyond the immediate hazards. Pace of play good because quiet at the time I played - 1 pm on a Friday. Would benefit from a course plan/layout as some blind holes and no details of hazards.
Been getting out and about and visiting some new courses this year. Played on Saturday for the first time and will definitely be coming back. Lots of very interesting holes and course in great condition. Not for the faint hearted though as probably the hilliest course I have ever played. Weather was dry with very little wind which helped, but would be an extreme test in harsher conditions. Great value, great course, pick your day and you will sleep soundly that night.
Great course but you need to be half fit for walking up the hill on the 11th but overall good course with good greens well kept course
Pace of play not too bad considering behind two four balls, however had a seven- minute wait at a par-three waiting for a green keeper to treat the entire green. Otherwise, the usual compliments for the views, and laments about the hills!