Marriott Tudor Park Hotel and Country Club
Marriott Tudor Park Hotel and Country Club, Maidstone, South East, England, ME14 4NQ
13 reviews of Marriott Tudor Park Hotel and Country Club
I played this course recently for the first time and must say that I enjoyed the experience. Whilst is n't long at 5715 yards off the yellows, there is plenty to keep up one's interest in a great variety of holes. It was in quite reasonable condition for the time of year and was in the process of having the sand changed in the bunkers. The new sand was excellent having tried several bunkers and in very adequate depth. It would make a very good test of golf for a Society without being so difficult for the golfer that doesn't play frequently.
Played this course as part of a society on Saturday 3rd March and was quite happy with what we got. Breakfast was perfectly acceptable and served in very pleasant surroundings in the restaurant overlooking the first tee. The faiorways were a little scarred and not as smooth as some that I've played, but no golf course ever looks its best towards the end of the winter, so it would be churlish to be too hard on the course for that. Both the tee boxes and the greens were in very good condition, but it was very difficult to judge the greens as they seemed rather two-paced as if the drainage was very variable from them. Don't assume that high-level greens are fast and low-level ones slow. If anything, work on the opposite premise. But they were true and took spin very well. The stand-out hole is probably the 3rd, a par 3 about 170 yards but all downhill with trees to the left and a pond to the right. The only major issue was that I'm not sure how they worked out the SI values. The 'hardest' hole in the course seemed easier than many of the easier ones. As mid-20's handicapper, all the par 4's being very similar meant that I felt that I leaked a few unneccesary points, but I guess that just adds to the challenge. This is certainly a course that rewards the consistent golfer. We had a starter who gave some valuable advice and there was plenty of evidence of marshals constantly on the course.Overall, I feel that some of the previous reviewers have been a little hard on this course. As others have pointed out, this is a hotel with a golf course attached rather than the other way round. Keep that in mind and you won't feel disappointed.
Was very disappointed with this course when I played it in October. On the face of it the Tudor Park ought to be a cracking course, some challenging holes and something for everyone. I've played a few Marriot courses and this ranks very low. What surprised me was the course condition... more ground under repair than you'd find around the M25 !! Fairways and approaches were appalling, greens were borderline OK. Having played other supposedly similar status courses in the area this was a surprise, but then there was no-one working the course at all. Will give it a miss going forward, particularly when you can pay less within the area and get far better maintained courses. Shame, as if they looked after it better it would be very good.
I really don't know what the other reviewers want when they play a resort course like this. We've just come back from spending the night at Tudor Park on there golf escape deal that they do for £90. This includes 2 rnds of golf, B & B and 3 course dinner....the course, is was it is, a shortish track with well thought out holes (it's not THE BELFRY OR ST ANDREWS HENCE THE PRICE OF A WEEKEND RND I BELIVE IS ABOUT £30-£40) which in todays golfing market is about right for a weekend rnd. we've played the course in the summer and winter and i always like to see green maintenance in the winter as this makes playing the course in the summer all the more enjoyable. The course at the moment is playing pretty well for this time of year but with like so many sand based greens in the winter, there is alot of preping going on. This, as far as i'm concerned is what is to be expected for this time of year. Yes you may find better courses around the kent area but can they put you up for the night and feed you.....then send you out to enjoy the beauty of the kent country side for under £100....I DON'T THINK SO....my group and i will be returning later this year to play the course in its full glory and i for one can't wait...
When you first arrive, you come through the hotel entrance and are directed by the well meaning reception staff through the hotel, past the indoor swimming pool, the gym reception and finally into the Pro shop. It doesn't feel like you're at a golf club.....well actually, that's the point. This isn't a 'club' as such. It's a very nice Marriott Hotel with leisure facilities...one of those facilities being an 18 hole golf course. The course itself is in decent enough nick at the moment. The greens are reasonably quick and the rough has grown a lot. It isn't a long course though, scoring would be pretty easy if you keep the ball straight, rather than try to bring the course to it's knees with brute force. This is a place for corporate golf and new starters to the game. You can't have a 7000 yard monster with pot bunkers and knee length rough if all you do is put your target market off playing the game, so it's understandable why the course has been designed the way it has. We had a drink and sandwich in the upstairs bar afterwards, which was very expensive at nearly £10! I don't have a problem as such with these modern venues, they have more relaxed dresscodes and none of the stuffiness of an old fashioned club. Unfortunately, the costs of the golf and for food and drink afterwards simply isn't competitive. There are plenty of good courses at private clubs in this part of the south-east where you can get on for less, either through entering one of their Opens, playing at quiet times, playing in the off-season or going round with a member if you know one. You don't even need to resort to 2-4-1 vouchers, you can still get a better deal. I won't come on here criticising this club - it has some nice features, good facilities and the course is OK. I do feel however that you can get a better course and a better deal for the same money at many other courses, and also feel that you are actually IN a golf club!
Our society played this course three times in June/July 2006. Overall we thought the course was good and was a fair challenge and we would certainly recommend playing there. The only gripe we had was that we got behind a corporate golf day which being a Marriott course I suppose you have to expect but the round took 5 hrs which tarnished our enjoyment.
Do not fully understand the critism, we had a society weekend there and fully enjoyed it. Yes some fairways are close but also narrow, straight hitting is a must. Longer rough very punishing. Overall the course was in great condition and provides a fair challenge for all.
I played this course on 9/6/05 and really enjoyed myself. I thought the course design and layout were good and the fairways and greens were in great condition. The first cut of rough is playable but the long stuff was unplayable (quiet right to) - not that anyone in my group found their ball once it was in there. Stay out of the rough! The course isn't long but I found that it meant good play was rewarded with a chance of making GiR. Some of the fairways are close together and you do need to take shouts of 'fore!' seriously.
we have a weekend away with our golf society once a year,in last 3 years we have been here twice,the course is in good nick i agree there is some very weak holes on the course with the 7th which is a 3 quarter wedge at best letting it down.overal course isnt long but there is holes that can catch you out.i wouldnt recomend paying full green fee but for 2fore1 and other offers not that bad for the condition and location.we are returning this year and £75 for 36 holes overnight sunday stay,dinner and breakfast u cant go wrong
Have to agree with the previous. I played there last October in a regional final of the Times Corporate Challenge. Normally these are hosted on decent courses so I turned up with high expectations. Wrong! Being Marriot the off course facilities are great but it all goes horribly wrong when you walk out on the 1st tee. Short, uninspiring, yes tees and greens close together so take a helmet with you if you have to play there. Sorry, but just not up to the normal Marriot standard - suggest they sell it Travel Inn.
Played on the Sunday afternoon of the British Open using 2fore1 voucher. First comment would be that the course is not worth the full price green fee of £40. We had high expectations of a real quality course with challenging holes This soon disappeared when faced with a chip and run par 3 for example. Actually most of the holes seemed to have chip and run approaches. Very few had bunkers in front of the greens. Consequently none of the holes really stood out.. The course was a bit jumbled and tees and greens a bit too close to each other. Lots of flying balls and belated shouts of FORE! The course seemed aimed at the casual hotel guest or corporate client who must get a better green fee deal than the average pay and play golfer. Not a course Id rush back to play.
Golf Professional details are incorrect - Current Pro is Nick McNally (80 for 5 lessons - Well worth it!)
i would like to have a golf-break in your area\r\n3 different golf-courses\r\nfirst 4. june 99 about 12.00h \r\nsecond 5. june 99 anytime\r\nthird 6. june 99 morning about 9.00h\r\n\r\nplease give a offer incl. hotel \r\nfor me and my wife\r\n\r\nmartin lipp\r\nburghalde 10\r\n6110 wolhusen\r\nswitzerland\r\n
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