Shortwood Lodge Golf Club
Shortwood Lodge Golf Club, Bristol, South West, England, BS16 9LW
11 reviews of Shortwood Lodge Golf Club
Excellent value for money. Wide fairways offer forgiveness from the tee but also some challenging shots ffrom the fairways with downhill / uphill lies all around the course. Fantastic Par 3's at 13, 15 & 17 with 13 the pick of the bunch. Would recommend this course to anyone and dont be put off by the low green fee.
A great value course that is better than the green fee represents. The winter tees were average, but the course itself was very dry, considering it had been raining all week. The bunkers were very dry though, and the greens were wet in places, but it was still very enjoyable. Watch out for the greenkeepers ! They got their equipment stuck in the mud and had to use our assistance to get it out, to our ammusment. The new clubhouse is top quality, and the short par 3s are excellently planned out, especially the 17th and 13th.
May look very short but very challenging in comparison to other course as are many slopes which are difficult to hit off of. Very good course
Although the course is a little short with no par 5's I thoroughly enjoyed my round. The fairways and greens were in very good condition. A lot of blind shots into the greens ment I underclubbed too many times, but I will definately be going back and will be bolder with my approach shots next time. At £14 mid-week its a real bargain I've twice as much for courses that come nowhere near this standard.
I had heard this course was in bad condition so I was dreading going there a bit. My opinion changed completely when i walked into the brand new clubhouse which was very nice. After paying my green fee i walked onto the 1st tee not knowing what to expect but to my amazement it is actually a really nice course. It is quite easy because the fairways are so wide but makes for an enjoyable round. Some lovely par 3s and although it hasnt got any par 5s most holes are average length. In my opinion an absolute bargain. Highly recommend it.
A course which is a good challenge. All ground types covered in one course, uphill, downhill, sloping in either direction and rolling flat. A good all round course. With regards to other comments here about high rough, this wasnt a problem while I was there, in fact they had a number of people out cutting it whilst I was on course, seems its no longer a problem and is part of regular maintenance. My only gripe is that (I think) due to the weather the sand was a little hard.
Investments in trees and water channels in this course over recent years have failed to tackle the drainage problems that make Shortwood Lodge very difficult to play during the winter months. My recommendation to budget North Bristol golfers and less wealthy visitors alike is to spend your money at Woodlands near Almondsbury. I used to play at this course all the time until I discovered Woodlands. Sadly, in the last year it would seem that the owners have elected to take on board the course management methodology of the municipal courses in the area: let the rough grow to jungle levels and thus save money on grass cutting. This has had a negative impact on my golf ball budget and my scorecard, whilst "Mangotsfield" have reaped further profits from regular players. At just £2 per round more, you're getting much better value for money at Woodlands.
Over the past 10 years Shortwood Lodge has gone from strength to strength. A test of this is the fact that during the recent very wet Winter when most Bristol courses were either shut or had temporary greens, you could virtually guarantee a round at Shortwood and on proper greens. Now that the weather is warming up the course is starting to get busy - you can't book tee times so unfortunately it's just a case of turning up a hoping you'll get a round. I have to say that this really is the worst thing about the course as rest of the facilities are great. Over the past month I have played 6 different courses in Bristol and Shortwood had the best greens - well cut with little on no spike marks and great drainage. For £10 you can't go wrong!
I've twice recently played this course having previously played the course some 10 years ago. A SSS of 64 compared to a par of 67 off the yellow tees gives some indication that this course isn't exactly a testing one. Having said that it's in good condition (significantly improved from 10 years ago when I last played there). Furthermore the £10 green fee is very cheap. A previous report was a bit unfair in stating that there wasn't much difference between the fairways and the rough. Although there isn't much rough on the course, a ball landing on the fairway is far better rewarded than one ending in the tangly stuff! Value for money.
If your a beginner or 20+ handicapper its not a bad course, quite hilly though so gets quite tiring, but generaly not a bad course for the money.
If you like to play in a field with people walking dogs,people walking for a stroll,and if you have never played golf before,and personaly i could not tell the diffrence betweed the fairway and the ruff. but the greens are good and the sand was some sand in the bunkers if you found one. sorry mangotsfield but you got to get it sorted!
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