12 reviews of Mount Oswald Manor and Golf Course
Played on Saturday 22/09/2012 and disappointed doesn't even begin to cover it. Overcrowded is not the best word to describe this course and even overpopulated isn't close. Arrived early and was rushed out earlier than than booked (I think to accomodate an over running competition and late arriving members). With eight people all stood on the first tee and feeling under pressure to get on with it my playing partner made a rather poor start and air shot and a slice into the trees. However this did not justify what happened next, still on the first hole (one ball on the green one about twenty yards short) a course ranger (who was very pleasant about it) asked us (at the behest of some members) if we could let them through as soon as possible. At that point there were, wating on the second tee one THREE BALL one FOUR BALL and a THREE BALL playing the hole TEN in all. Spent the first half of the round being pressured or held up. On the plus side the greens were in decent condition and I thought the course had an above average number of good holes. With better organisation and a liltle TLC it could become a very pleasant course indeed. Sadly the attitude of three very surly and impatient members coupled with the rest of experience makes it highly unlikely I will be back to find out. Can't comment on the clubhouse five hours for a two ball equals no time.
For me this course has to go down as the most over-rated course I have played on. People say the front 9 is ok but the back 9 is a bit up and down. The front 9 for me seems like you are just playing on a practice area. It seems like a number of holes on the same 'field' with little character and direction. I'm sorry to give it a bad review but every time I have played the course I have felt let down.
Myself and frieds play this course on a regular basis due to its location, cost and playability. As ever the course was in excellent condition especially for the time of year, although, some of the temorary tee boxes looked a bit worse for wear. However, good true greens with fairways in good condition. The front 9 is always a little more testing but also gives you chance to warm up for a bit more of an open back 9. Fantastic off course facilities in the old Manor House with friendly, smart and very curteous staff. This Golf Course is up for sale and looks as though it will become a building site. Durham County Council please step in and turn this local gem into a municiple for all to play. £16 per round.....bargain!!
As i high handicap golfer I try to play as many courses as I can to gain more experience of different types of play. I've played Mount oswald a couple of times and I like the layout of the course. My first experience was a lovely summers day...the course was challenging, without being out of reach. The fairways were in good condition, especially for a council run course at this price, and the greens were challenging without being too frustrating. However, when I played it a few weeks ago they were playing winter greens. The "Greens" were basically on the undulating parkland style fairways and it was like trying to put on a woodland floor. That aside, I still scored my best round on that day and would recommend this course, particularly in the summer, to anyone.
I played this course for the first time recently, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I've not been playing golf for as long as most of the guys who get down here have, but I found that this course had a range of abilities and gave me a good opportunity to develop my skills. It is also very well maintained which is great!
Having played here a couple of times in recent weeks due to the relatively low (£17.50) weekend green fees I'm beginning to see why they are relatively low, do they actually employ a greenskeeper? Currently a lot of GUR, badly mown fairways etc. That being said the first 8 holes are enjoyable thanks to the undulating parkland setting which can make for a tricky start. Unfortunately the back 9 is an up-and-down collection of holes with murderous strips of rough in-between due to tree plantations, as long as you miss these it's pretty much a procession of easy holes - but I am a fan of the par 5 15th. The clubhouse is decent. I'll be trying out other courses for the time being or until there's been a long period of dryer weather as there do seem to be drainage problems on the front 8 holes.
always have a good time at mount oswald great value for money and a fantastic days golf there with fair green fees,club house is really nice friendly and great food worth a visit by anyone and try a jacksons dip in the club house with plutonium on it mmmm
played this course a couple of times recently and it is in superb condition.the fairways were lush even after very little rain and the greens were just a joy to putt on.at just £15 for a weekend truelly value for money
Absolutely wonderful course. It is laid back with a variation of abilities. Throughly enjoyed myself and loved the banter with the rest of the golfers. I didn't find it too difficult and will be back next year. Big up to 'The Showman' and well chaeted by 'The Dog'
A very enjoyable course, some good variation of hole length and obstacles. Having only played a few rounds of golf, i found this course challenging but at the same time atainable. £12 a round or £9.50 for students is very good value, hire clubs and buggy's are available althought i recomend you try to bring your own! Dress codes does not seem to be a problem either.
It's a fairly easy course (sss69), although the front nine is much harder than the back nine. 3rd is a difficult par 3. Slice onto the main road towards Darlington or hook into the water hazard. 5th & 6th are both excellent par 4's. Both have a small ditch crossing at 250yds. Back nine much easier with three par fours all driveable and two par five easy to reach in 2. Excellent food available and warm welcome guaranteed from all.
A GOOD COURSE FOR PEOPLE LEARNING THE GAME, CHEAP THESE DAYS AT £12 AND NO REAL DRESS RESTRICTIONS. FOR THSE REASONS PLAY CAN BECOME SLOW WITH THE AMOUNT OF NOVICES ON THE COURSE. QUITE A HILLY COURSE WITH NO REAL WATER HAZZARDS, CAN BECOME A BIT BOGGY WITH BAD WEATHER. SOME CRACKING DRIVES NEEDED ON THE 9th 11th AND 13th THE 9th SEEMS TO PLAY LONGER AND SHOULD BE A PAR 5. ALL IN ALL A VERY GOOD COURSE FOR THE YOUNG, LEARNERS, OR PEOPLE WISHING TO REFINE THEIR GAME.
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