Newbold Comyn Golf Club
Newbold Comyn Golf Club, Leamington Spa, West Midlands, England, CV32 4EY
01926 421157 | Golf course website
16 reviews of Newbold Comyn Golf Club
I have played every course in the midlands and in terms of a challenge Newbold rates right up there. You really need to think your way around to score well, and some of the vistas on the front nine are breathtaking. Great value for money, I just wish this course was maintained better, it could be amazing. I have had a couple of lessons with the club pro Jonathon Fleming whom I highly rate.
In terms of the layout and overall test of golf I highly rate it. The problem is the fairways need more attention, is seems they are cut without catchers so there is a lot of grass clippings and clumps of grass. I have no problem with the rough being a bit longer but the hole signage could be more clear as at times I wasn't sure where the next hole was, in particular after #10. I have recently had some lessons with the Club Pro Jonathon, very nice guy and he has actually improved my game out of sight ! Well worth a lesson.
I played here on Monday 11th Feb with 2 friends. I had ordered a buggy on the previous Thursday, yet the only one they had was not charged so I had to return to exchange it after 6 holes. Not impressed. Cheap green fees however do not make up for the fact that the grass on the fairways was too long. Playing from the tee to fairway was like hitting into a meadow. Daisies and dandelions everywhere to the extent that a lot of time was spent looking for your ball. Greens in the main were good although a number of them had been spiked aggressively which again made putting a lottery. There was no real definition between the fairway and the rough. I have played this course before and enjoyed it, but the management have taken their eyes off the ball here. I don't think I will be playing it again. There are many better options in the Midlands.
I was in the Midlands for 2 days and played two municipals - Brandon Woods and Newbold Comyn. These courses are only about 10 miles apart and those who play municipal courses in the area are very lucky to have these courses. So let me start with the positives. The greens are superb - I have played courses charging £90 which don't have greens that are a patch on these. They were quick, had subtle slopes and breaks and putted very truly. Huge congratulations to the green keeper and his staff. Indeed the condition of the course as whole is good and there has been lots of good tree planting when the course was created. Plus the fornt nine was an excellant mix of holes albeit there are a number of severe climbs but the views over Leamington Spa and over to Warwick Castle and over open countryside in the other direction are stunning. The front nine may not be the longest (but i was having one of those increasingly rare days with the driver working well) but it was tricky and facinating but never unfair. The price is very cheap at any time but if you book on some of the online booking sites it is ridicously cheap. As good a front nine on a Muni as I have ever played in England (and would give a good run for their money to some of my favourite Scottish Muni's). But then there was the back nine. This starts with a very poor featureless par 3. There are two fairly mundane long par 5's (probably fairly challenging for high handicappers just because of their length but just a little featureless). But it's the par 3's I really did not like - there are 3 par 3's in the first five on the back 9, they are all long (between 190 and 230 yards but they are flat and almost totally featureless.There are a couple of average par 4's too and then for 17th and 18th you are back on the more undulating land and suddenly the course improves greatly. The beginning of the back 9 is flat as a pancake - it was very dry when i palyed it but imagine it could get wet in winter. The problem with these holes is as well as being flat they lack definition - I am sure I saw the remains of where bunkers once were which would when there have helped the look of the place, but i suspect they were filled in because they would have flooded in winter. I am perhaps being a tad unfair on these 7 dull holes on the back 9 because i have played a number of other places which were similar throughout but they seem in such stark contrast to the great front nine. I suppose what you can say about them is that they give your legs time to recover from the earlier harder walking. But the main gripe is finding your way around the course. In an earlier report Ashley said that the course had been improved with better signage. Well if so they have dissapeared since. I saw just one sign all day. A map on the rear of the card would help - but no they have choosen not to do that. And it is a good thing that must holes are discrete from one another but it does mean you have a short (and on one or two occasions a long) walk between green and tee. That's no bad thing but with no signage this is a very difficult course to navigate. Something needs doing about this urgently - if signs on the ground go missing the course is heavily wooded so a few direction markers painter on trees would do the trick.
great value for money. greens absolutely fantastic, will be back. few tricky holes for first time to see course. see you soon
I played the course yesterday and i thought the value for money was brilliant. THey have added in new distance markers and course directions so you know where to go next. The fairways and greens are kept really well and i would definetley recommend this course. I will be playing there again in the future.
As a course this isn't great, but as a municipal I suppose it's reasonable value for money. Hilly front nine and flat back nine, greens looked OK visually but were quite slow. Not easy to score well here - partly because it is quite long for a Municipal, but also because of the slow greens and lack of divot-repairing.
A nice testing course. Shame about the conduct of some players. Played it as a visitor on Wed.27/09 Group of three players behind us were playing of the tee all together instead of one at a time. Shouted at us to get a move on. Played their approach shots to the green whilst we were still on the green. One golf ball landed in the dunker just short of the 17th green. One course that will not be on my favourites list. Golf shop assistant showed little interest when I complained/ Harry Molyneux Neawak Notts
this course is a must play for any fan of council/muni courses. its got some of the best elevated tee shots you can get in the midlands. you need to be fit to walk this course a lot of up and down but its worth it. some say the back nine is boring, i think it gives you a chance to make your score back. each time i have played, the course has been in good shape, fast greens short fairways. what its like in the wet i dont know as it always been fine when ive played here. the par 3s are all longish ones apart from the 7th , about 100 yards down hill, after which you have to play up a steep par 4 hole locally known as cardiac hill i belive!! nice club house and reasonable in price. club not far from the leisure centre about a (9 iron), so leave your kids and wife there unless they play and enjoy the challenge.
Have played this course over the past 2 days. For £11 on a friday and £14 on a saturday its fantastic value for money. Its a real challenge and important to hit the ball straight. Can get kind of busy but thats probably due to it being such good value for money.
Having just discovered this web site, i felt it proper to see any reviews on newbold Comyn. having been a member their for several years, managing to attain a respectable 11 handicap. I agree with the comments made in part. but feel the feedback on the back nine inapropriate. It may be a complete contrast to the front nine, but it is still as challenging. Due to the recent addition of a number of drainage ditches @ the 11th/13th par 5`s.(531 yds/561 yds) making them play much longer than previous.also due to fact that a large number of trees! reside either side of the fairways, makes it a must for straight hitting.as for the rest some may be straight but you`ve still got to get it in the hole. and i agree the 17th/18th make for 2 challenging finishing holes. Mr A Powell 30/5/01
Being a high handicap golfer new to the game I found the course excellent value for money, in superb condition and a real test (especially the front 9 where acuracy from the tee was a must). In hind sight were I to play the course again I would elect to play the slightly easier back nine first in order to get "my eye in".
I was a little disappointed after not having played the course for many years, there were a lot of people, mostly kids, on the course not playing golf (beware of them pinching your balls, little B's) Still the front 9 as testing as ever and value for money excellent. I was the first ever Junior champion of the course in 1976 and it brought back some good memories.
I would echo the last entry. While the back 9 is not as interesting as the excellent front 9, the 17th and 18th represent very challenging tests, providing a very good finish. Also, lets not forget that the exceptional quality of course for the very low cost.
I feel the last two reviews regarding the back nine were misleading. The holes are not all straight par 4s. There are only four par 4s, two of which are dog legs. The straight par 4 16th is to a raised green guarded by bunkers. On most of the back nine if you don't hit straight it is not forgiving. If you can play to your handicap on this course then you can probably do so at most other courses. Recently to assist drainage many new 'water hazards/ditches'have come into play adding to the challenge of club selection
we played the course as a society just after the rainy season in early 1999. the front 9 is tough but rewards good golf and it's true that the back nine is not so good but there are one or two good holes to be found and it must rate as 10 out of 10 for value for money. the staff are also very welcoming.
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