5 reviews of Hazel Grove Golf Club
We booked to play 27 holes on Monday 9th Jan 2012 and on completing our first 9 holes in the rain and making our way to the club house for a much needed warm lunch we were extremely disappointed to find that "we don't serve food on a Monday". Not only no food, but also no bar was open so we had to make do with coffee from a machine. Never had the misfortune to play at a course before that had no bar or food service, had we been told this would be the case either on booking or when we looked on their website we'd have booked to play another day or not played at all. As for course, found the ground to be extremely wet, the pro did warn us of this though. I hated the winter tee mats. It is impossible to push the tee down any more than a few millimetres and therefore i was having to hit my drives with the ball an inch or more higher than what is comfortable for me. Think it would be a really nice course in the summer. Do not go on a Monday if you are wanting any kind of food or drink!
Despite the post by Alan saying the course was only a summer course i beg to disagree. HGGC spend a lot of time ensuring the course is playable all year round, Yes there are winter tees....but show me a club that doesnt protect its course and tees in winter. however as as the members will tell you HGGC hasnt had a winter green in over 20 years , fairways are used all year round and unless the course is closed due to severe flooding or snow - the course is open. Many local golfers and societies choose hazel grove as a venue knowing the quality of the greens and the course is kept paramount by the greenkeepers and club directors. On many occassions golf is played at HGGC when all other courses in the area shut. Often we get phone calls from distressed society organisers asking us to help out when the couse they were supposed to play is shut....most rebook for the following year having had a superb golfing experience despite the weather. So if you want to play on fairways and full greens in the winter or summer give Hazel Grove Golf Club a try very very few are dissapointed.
Winter Golf at Hazel Grove, if you look at the website is supposed to be something special. The course was very wet, a lot of casual water on most fairways, muddy and generally not looking in great shape. The greens were acceptable for the time of year and actually played better than they looked. The main gripe was mats for tees, just about big enough to stand on, uneven and only ok for using a driver, if you tried to play an iron on a par 3 forget it, as youre hitting against the matt, twisting the club. This isnt proper golf and at £20.50 we felt like we'd been ripped off. The other reviews have been made by members, thats the difference. The course has a great layout, but I would only play it in summer when its dried out. The place has the potential to be a really good course, its a good layout, but definitely needs some tlc and investment in drainage. PS forget it in the winter, its not a winter course.
This will be my third year as a member @ Hazel Grove GC. The majority of fairways are quite narrow and tree-lined, therefore any wayward drive / long iron will find trouble. A brook runs thru the course which affects Holes 1, 3, 17 & 18 which can make or break a round, early and/or late on. Other natural water hazards are also dotted around the course. All the Par 3s are well bunkered and therefore requires crisp and accurate irons off the T. The only recent gripe amongst members recently, were the condition of some of the bunkers over winter period, which have now had work done to them. All 18 holes have USGA specification greens and excellent drainage makes play possible for 52 weeks of the year without a temporary green in sight (and that is no lie). The majority of the greens are far from flat and three putts are common especially in the summer months when the greens become extremely fast. The groundstaff are always busy ensuring that the course is always in the best condition, with all fairways and T boxes well defined and greens in superb condition all year round. The Clubhouse facilities are great, with a good choice of snacks and bar prices at reasonable prices and soon to be re-furbished. All in all a great course and a challenging test of Golf. Without doubt, well worth a visit.
I've been a member of Hazel Grove for about a year and a half now. The greens are very challenging. All year round they are in perfect condition. The fairways are very narrow with tree lined fairways. Normally out of bounds or a forest on either side. But don't let that put you off. It's not the longest of courses and some tee shots even if you hit it off the fairway you should be ok. The best hole is the third. 500 yard par 5, it's a 160 yard carry to get over the ditch which has trees on the left and right so its essential you hit it straight and long. But you can also lay up with your drive with a short iron r wedge.
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