Theale Golf Club
|White I||71||6200 yards|
|Yellow I||71||5849 yards|
|Red I||72||5252 yards|
|White M: 69.2/117||476||185||345||377||530||145||270||380||470||3178||320||340||330||150||440||280||314||164||342||2680||5858|
|Red W: 67.1/113||360||175||320||330||450||140||270||360||450||2855||175||386||334||156||490||282||314||164||342||2643||5498|
Much improved course
We haven't played here for a couple of years but on returning today the improvement was very obvious. A great deal of hard work has gone into transforming the front 9 (probably the back as well but we only played 9!). Thoroughly enjoyed our game and will return. Very reasonable rate at £15 for 18 holes
Lucky with the weather
Absolutely hammering it down most of the morning... got to the course and hit a few balls in the range and it started to ease.
First tee - few drops of rain and for the first 3 holes. After that - rain moved away, blue skies appeared and the sun shone.
Nice course - few challenging holes, but if you can hit it straight, you won't go far wrong (but isn't that true of every course?)
Plenty of run on the fairways - pretty hard ground, but perfectly playable.
Nice course, good facilities and even if I left my A game at home, very enjoyable round of golf.
Give it a go!!
Friendly course to play at. Staff are welcoming. Main difficulty from the course is the tree that block wayward shots. Sand for the bunkers could do with being replaced.
An overpriced course is now even more expensive
Theale golf club now charges £35 a round as standard at weekends. You can play for £26 after 2pm, but even that is overpriced.
I have played many courses in the Berkshire/Oxfordshire/Hampshire areas and can tell you that Theale doesn't come close to being worth that sort of money. It's a bog standard park course that is not particularly well maintained and has some horrible course design on the back 9.
Please don't spend £35 to play here . . .
Poor quality and over priced
I've played in and around Reading and Theale. There are better courses for both quality of course and price. This course shouldn't be over £15 for what greens they have. 11th hole has a green under repair that makes the hole unplayable. 7th hole has a tee off stil under repair since the beginning of summer.
Our round was spoilt by a 3-balls in front of us who were very slow and wouldn't let us play through. I guess we had a choice of being beliigerent and teeing off onto their heads or just letting them behave as they did. We opted to have at least 1 courteous party in our midst but our round was spoilt by waiting on them to finish their re-tees and ball searching through each hole.
I wouldn't recommend it to a seasoned golfer but if you're beginner, you wouldn't know there's better quality out there. As for the price, that is overpriced
by a country mile.
On the plus side, there's always a friendly assistant in th golf shop. Very helpful, very cheerful and I'm sure if we had a way of telling them about the slow coaches ahead of us, they may have helped. But there was no way to do so.
I live down the road from this course so it's a shame that it isn't better. Put simply the owners don't invest enough in maintenance to keep it playable throughout the year and the £27 "any time" weekend green fee is completely uncompetitive compared to other courses in the area.
To be fair, it's not an uninteresting course. Set in a woodland area it has plenty of trees, some of the holes tending on the narrow side. When you add in the deep rough and tricky approach shots i'd suggest that it would give most golfers a challenge. However for high handicappers this layout borders on the unfair - I lose more balls here then anywhere else.
Ironically the poor value leads to Theale's best quality - the fact that it's usually quiet. It's the one place you can turn up at 9am on a Saturday without a tee time and expect to go out without too much delay. And then when on the course you're unlikely to run into much traffic. Perfect for an after work 18 holes when the light is against you.
If you're struggling for somewhere to play during the busy summer months, can hit reasonably straight and want to enjoy a club house afterwards (Theale's club house is decent and it's staff are friendly) then maybe give Theale a go. Otherwise pick from one of the many much better course.