Blue Mountain Golf Centre
Blue Mountain Golf Centre, Binfield, South East, England, RG42 4EX
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20 reviews of Blue Mountain Golf Centre
Played this course on 19th of April 2013. We booked a tee time at noon and had some food before hand. The food was good and we could eat outside in the sun. The pro shop also offered a decent selection of goods. The Course - The fairways are kept in decent condition and nearly all of them provided a feature to work around or think about. Either a lake, tree or blind humps. The interest is certainly maintained through out the entire course. However, the greens had been recently spiked. The ball didn't run true and you'd have been better off putting on a beach given the amount of sand. It completely ruined the round of golf as your ball would run in the line of the spikes, absolutely no roll on the green. I wished i'd been told the poor state of the greens when i booked the tee time. If it wasn't for the interesting features making the iron play appealing i'd have asked for my money back. This will be a good course once the greens have been sorted and is decent value at £25.00 for a Saturday. However i'd stay clear for a good few months, April was clear too early in the season for this course.
I played this course recently after a break of a few years an was pleasantly surprised at both the course condition and the length of time it took to get around. All the greens were true and smooth (although, perversely several DID have ugly holes/scars), the fairways were in excellent shape and the bunkers well-sanded. On an October Saturday afternoon, it took a pair of us 4 hours to get around...... not great but not uncommon and certainly less than we dared hope There is a good range and practise bunker at BM and also a small putting green. Other facilities are also pretty good. I was fortunate enough that my playing partner had a voucher, so our round was free, otherwise £29 is bit steep in today's economic climate to play a course of this standard (especially with Downshire a short distance away).
I have played Blue mountain several times over the years and I have normally enjoyed a round here as the condition is usually not bad and greens generally OK. However, on my first trip back for over a year this week I am sad to report that this course is in the worst condition I have ever played on. It is sad that once good tees and normally great greens have now become little better than a holiday pitch and putt standard. The course is looking uncared for and tatty and I believe it is not worth the £22.00 we payed. I was very dissapointed as this was once a well cared for track. Shame.
I'm a beginner and have played 4 rounds at Blue Mountain this year. I think this is a great course to learn on, having plenty of challenges, but none insurmountable. I enjoyed hitting the green on the 180yd 16th over water! Specially as I've lost quite a few balls into the water around the course. The up and down nature of the course makes sighting difficult and I was grateful for having experienced players with me to recommend where to play. I agree the nets are not great, and seeing as I'm still playing irons off the tee (woods too shocking to mention) when the tee is set back I stood no chance of not hitting them. Green fees are a bit expensive for me, but I keep going back so not too much.
Its a nice lay out mostly short generous fairways leading to receptive greens. Theres a bit of water which you have to avoid and if you go wide enough there is thick wispy rough. A lot of short par fours and a couple of long par threes. The holes themselves are all interesting and I never felt like any two were too similar. The greens were slow and patchy and the tee boxes were in a sorry state which is a pity because the rest of the course was fine. I also disliked teeing off inside the nets. Getting mulligans under local rules doesnt seem like golf and I cant hit a low drive which is what both holes call for. For £25 id certainly return if I knew the tees and greens had been improved.
Played here on the last day of November, the weather was terrible, but just managed to get round. I thought the layout was quite good, a number of short par 4' but you really needed to know the line to play well. My main problem was the 12th and 13th tee boxes. Both of these holes you have to play through netting, which if you hit, the shot has to be replayed. So if you hit the ball slightly high you would hit the netting. The idea is to protect the houses from wayward shots, but to have the netting above you, well words fail me. I will go back but will not look forward to these two holes.
Played BM today and although I know it's part of the Crown Group it's pretty much like a municipal. My last visit here was about a year ago when the condition left a lot to be desired. As the previous reveiwer has stated this is definitely now not the case. The course is really a very straight forward parkland layout with a couple of long par 3's. The condition today was superb - tees, fairways and greens. I would like to say that I'd be happy to go back, but sadly I had to walk off after 9 holes as there were three groups in front who were clearly beginners who had no comprehension of the etiquette of the game. This is especially sad as the club have reprinted their scorecards and they have included a whole side on the etiquette of the game - but clearly these guys can't read. I have nothing against beginners (we were all there at one time) but they should not be let loose on their own. The effect of this kind of scenario is that experienced golfers will go elsewhere for their golf leaving BM blighted with these people taking endless amounts of time hacking it all of the place. Is there a solution to this, becasuse it's a shame when the greens staff have clearly put in the work to present the course so well.
I last played this course nearly 2 years ago and was very critical of its condition, particularly the then appalling state of the greens. I have now played again taking advantage of their excellent value £9.99 early bird offer. I am happy to say that the course is now in good condition for a heavily used pay and play facility. The greens now really look like the real deal, though a touch slow for my taste. It is a fairly open parkland course, not overly challenging except for 3 of the 4 par 3s, which are long and difficult to hit with the 3rd hole in particular having the direct route well guarded by a pond and bunker. The 15th SI 2 is also a bit of a monster par 4 at 460yds with suitably placed upslopes to kill the run on the drive and approach. A course I would now happily play again, at the right price.
Played at this course for the first time today, and was quite impressed from start to finish. I was warned that the club "lost their greens" during the summer but they are all back to a reasonable standard now (although far from perfect.) The course starts with two very easy holes but gets tougher as the front nine progresses. Highlights of the course are the 3 (out of 4) long par 3's.
Played this course on 19/8/06 Course is in good condition, however be warned the greens are awful, they are patchy and do not run true at all, putting is practically impossible. The bunkers are also in need of re-sanding I played this course a few years ago and it was of a much better standard all round Think long and hard before spending £24 whilst the greens are in their current condition The clubhouse and facilities were os their previous high standard
A few years ago I used to play this course regularly and decided to take advantage of their £9.99 twilight rate that on paper looked excellent value at this time of year. I was hugely disappointed in the state of the course, it seems to have gone to rack and ruin. The greens were completely unplayable for proper golf having been totally burnt out by the current spell of hot weather so that there was barely a blade of green, and they were full of cracks and holes. If you can imagine putting on a carpet of completedly dried out cracked moss, that's about right. The course layout is farily open parkland, quite interesting and makes you think about whether to go for it or lay up. The par 3s are a particular challenge with a 230yd monster and others around 180+ with pond guards. I wouldn't play it again unless I hear the greens are back.
I have played at Blue Mountain over the last few weeks and without doubt this course is in as good condition as any of the others I have played lately. Tee boxes are a bit ropey but not too bad considering it is Winter. Greens are good. Players could take more time to repair divots on fairways and pitch marks on greens which does not seem to happen as well here. Catering and bar are good with freindly staff. Always be prepared to take 5 hours to play as it does really back up 10 through 15.
Played here on Wednesday 07 December (£16 using a total golf card ). Better than your average municipal.Considering how popular this course seems to be the overall condition was good .It looks like they spend time & money on the conditioning .The enormous greens (I don't think i've seen bigger) had good surfaces & were quick for the time of year.Rough was a bit wormcasty in places . Quite well layed out & a good mixture of short par 4s & tough par 4s. I marginally preferred Bird Hills to here but if you play here you shouldn't come away disappointed .I'd say the normal weekday green fee of £20 is a bit high & £16/£17 would be about right. We had a clear run as we started at 1p.m but i imagine it could get busy here. Kevin B.
Makes me laugh reading what some people say about golf courses "big tree's in the middle of roller coaster fairways" Damn those course designers for putting trees in Fairways! lol I played Blue Mountain for the first time recently and it was snowing, yes snowing! For the first 5 holes it was almost blizzard like and tricky to play in, our society battled through and by the time we finished the sun was out and the course looked superb. Even in these harsh condition we all had a great day, the course is good for a recent build and some of the holes are genuinly tricky. I found the course to be highly enjoyable to play, and to be honest I dont think Pine Ridge is "far superior" at all. I play Pine Ridge a lot and I thought BM was equal to it, OK Pine Ridge is a better looking course with no houses looking over it but ....do not discount BM at all. For a public course its a good one. I can think of a lot worse in the area!!! As a society we were made to feel welcome and the facilities were good, the society packe was superb and we all had a great day. Some of the guys I played with tell me it is a great course in the summer, and these are seasoned low HC golfers. Stop moaning about the grass being the wrong shade of green and go and enjoy your golf! **Pro shop is tiny - only bad point!
Played Blue Mountain Late afternoon in July. Not too crowded, surprisingly, in hazy conditions. I usually play at the Downshire, but couldn't get on, as they are always fully booked. Unfortunatley, i have to say that Blue Mountain is not up to the Downshire's standards. There are too many blind driving holes, a lot of fairways are too close to other ones, and a lot of them lack any definition. On the back nine, there a lot of rollercoaster fairways, and large trees bang in the middle! However the greens are very true (but incredibly fast!). I sank some wonderful borrowed ones (great for the ego!). Generally though, not up to the slight premium you pay at the Downshire, and only slightly less than the vastly superior Pine Ridge in camberley. Sorry!
Greens in very good condition at the moment, although fairways could do with a cut. Tee boxes could be a little flatter....
A friendly, open course in general with a few very challenging holes. Most natably the 227 yard par 3 which is then followed by a 459 yard par 4. The greens never quite look their best and the fairways are very bumpy in the height of summer. Best to play in spring or autumn when the course looks it's best and you don't have to play off mats. Also you'd better reserve at least 4.5 hours plus if playing at peak times.
The golf course itself is a very intresting one. Lots of hazzards to negociate. Most of the greens are of a high standard. A bit more work on the fairways wouldn't go a miss. But other than that, a nice golf course. Pro shop is very small, thus coice of equipment is very limited. Driving range could do with removing all the old balls (too many bald balls in a basket)
I have been a member for the last five years, I love playing the course, it IS well looked after and although the greens do suffer during the late Autumn and winter they are normally every well looked after. The course on the whole is very well cared for and I love playing it. The rough has been cut back. I cannot think of a more friendly place to play. There are spome very challenging holes.
I have played several times at BM during the eight or so years that it's been open, and I'm afraid to say that it seems to be going downhill. Initially, golfers seemed to be the priority; now the club appears to concentrate more on its Corporate entertainment/conference and leisure activities. One small example of this is that the Pro Shop used to extend upstairs and carried an extensive range of products - this area is now an office.... The course looked good on arrival, and the tees and fairways were in good nick, however the greens were poor. Undoubtedly some of this is due to the bad weather we've had this year, however a roller would have been a good idea - the greens didn't look like they'd seen one all year. I couldn't get over the impression that the course was there to provide a twee backdrop to the main event - the large conference going on inside. I hope this is not deemed inappropriate - I think it's important that golfers should be aware if they're not top of the agenda at some of the newer 'leisure' courses. Bruce Barrow
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