Southwood Golf Course

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3.6
27
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
17
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.5
Value
4.2
Layout
3.6
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.8
84.0%
Recommend this course
21 out of 27 reviews
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Average Rating
4.0
4
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.5
Layout
3.5
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.5
100.0%
Recommend this course
4 out of 4 reviews
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Average Rating
3.6
7
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.9
Layout
3.3
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.6
85.7%
Recommend this course
6 out of 7 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 69
Length 5669
Slope 0
Rating 0.0
Type Public
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 69 5669 yards
Yellow 69 5338 yards
Red 70 5065 yards
Scorecard for Summer
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 66.2/111 301 155 505 270 335 336 293 198 379 2772 187 517 160 431 354 446 351 261 190 2897 5669
White M: 63.1/105 290 147 474 265 324 329 285 189 371 2674 166 503 130 418 325 442 287 254 139 2664 5338
Red W: 64.1/107 281 135 453 260 303 326 284 180 354 2576 150 459 113 350 313 439 287 254 133 2498 5074
Handicap 12 16 2 18 6 10 14 8 4 13 5 17 3 15 1 9 7 11
Par 4 3 5 4 4 4 4 3 4 35 3 5 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 34 69

Course Details

Year Built 1978
Golf Season Year round
Architect Hawtree Ltd (1990)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - GBP 24
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Putting Green Yes

Policies

Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed Yes
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper attire is required.

Reviews

3.6
27
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Skill Beginner
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

An empty course

Very few out on the course meant a very relaxed round. Course looking a little tired but well worth a midweek visit.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather

Southwood

Excellent breakfast very nice staff, course in great condition after the hot weather go and play there.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Good public course in the summer

Nice course to play when it’s dry. Well kept with interesting holes.

Shame the council want to close it to make it into open space for dog walkers!! Let’s see how well they look after it ( like they do with other nature walks around) and then becomes overgrown and finally ends up as a potential building development site.

Watch with interest folks.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Southwood

Good course for a high handicapper. Well kept for a public course

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course in good condition for a public course.

Lovely day and enjoyed a nice bash about on a course in good condition. Haven’t played it for a while as it’s very boggy in the winter months.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Avoid Just Now

Before I start my review of the course I just want to say that my review is no reflection on the staff, they were very friendly and very polite infact they couldn’t have been nicer.

The course however...that’s a different story. This was the first time I played this course and it will also be my last. The fairways were basically just mud for 90% of the course and don’t think they had seen a lawnmower in a few months. Guessing maybe been bad weather but was not expecting this, was almost like trying to play golf in a field the same day after a music festival. Absolutely no chance. Good and bad shots were punished!

The greens however did run quite well and could tell they are looked after, given the fact there was seed on them which I’m totally fine with, just shows however the green keepers employed must have just forgot about the fairways or maybe the grass cutter was out of petrol so just haven’t bothered.

It’s a shame as the course has so much potential if it was just given the tlc it deserves instead of focusing all attention on the greens leaving the rest of the course to suffer so badly.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Winter at Southwood

Can’t blame the course for the weather, frozen greens made for some laughs but considering the conditions the course was good, you could tell the greens were nice other than being rock hard.

Friendly staff and a better course than the price suggests,

We will be back

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Easy course but weather didn’t help

Course is average, however I’m sure in summer months it could be a lot better. Saying that the greens were firm and rolled true, nice greens. Was let through by a slower group straight away and staff were very friendly. I would like to try this course again at a better time of the year. Then I imagine it would be a lot nicer!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Mustn't let this course close

The council want to close this course to build houses and it mustn't happen. Please complete the online survey via their website.

It's a cracking course with the best greens in the area and also a good value for money round. My mates and I play this regularly early weekend mornings for a snip at £24. We also play a lot of other local courses which we pay a lot more for but Southwood is great and a challenge. It may have it's faults, as do many courses but it's a challenge and always a good test for all handicaps. If you haven't played it yet then give it a go and make sure you sign the petition so you can play it again. It's a little gem both on and off course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens protected well with bunkers

Lovely course,tree lined fairways and greens in very good condition despite recent heavy rain.

Sand in bunkers very compacted ,could do with more sand in them.

Overall a very enjoyable round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Shame about the 17th, & pace of play

Course was in good condition, apart from the bunkers no sand, the 17th needs to be looked at it let's the course down

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Southwood

I couldn't get my head around the negative ratings for this place. The bunkers need work but literally the only thing, other then that it was really good, the staff and course were great. I'd play here again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Short but not short changed

Course was in great condition. Always a pleasure to play at Southwood and for the money you can't go wrong. Bar the par 3 holes I enjoy the fact you don't just go to every tee with the big stick but need to think about which club is the best option. Very friendly and what a club should be

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Nice course, shame about the bunkers

Everything was great about this course apart from the bunkers. It's a real shame as the greens and fairways are better than a lot of other courses costing twice as much. I thinned every one out of them as it is solid about two centimeters underneath.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played
Hot weather

Bunker Improvements Needed

Firstly the good points. Staff are great, really friendly and other players there we found equally as friendly. Greens were in very good condition and the course is good apart from the below bad points.

1). What is in the bunkers?? that's not sand. Barely any sand and edges of bunkers are overgrown.

2). Fairways not in the best condition. Very bald in places and some fairways were far too long.

3). Drainage, bearing in mind we have had hardly any rain the past few weeks the course was still muddy and tacky in places. Drainage is awful.

4). This is the big one! we finished around 8pm and the bar was closed!!! Who shuts a bar pre 8 on a saturday night.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Big improvements made each year

Only criticism is the bunkers are not great. Greens are perfect and course very well kept.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Basic municipal style course

Selected this course as cheap and quite near. Quite primitive in terms of pro shop and bar but friendly. Course condition quite poor although maybe normal in late April. Greens lumpy but reasonable pace. Short course but a few sneaky ditches around to punish loose shots and fairly tight tree lined fairways. I forgot to bring any irons but could hit most greens with driver attack wedge so not a great problem. A couple of tough holes and complex 17th to baffle newcomers! Reasonable value at 20 pounds

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Where is the sand for the Bunkers

This is a great course, and good greens, all let down by the lack of Sand in any of the bunkers, the bunkers have clumps of grass, and basically just dirt holes, not bunkers, shame as would not recommend in current condition, as would be told off by my friends, surprised the members have done nothing as they are good at grouping together to do "Works" on the course.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
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