7 reviews of Stoke by Nayland Golf Club
nice layout.. not difficult but you need a buggy for the hills if your not 100% .. course and greens a little hard with the greens slightly below average... but some nice holes .. nice setting.. even with the greens poor.. ( it is early season and they will improve ) its still worth a visit
Tucked away in the middle of nowhere on the road between Colchester and Bury St Edmunds. Played both courses in a day, and having been on the Constable first, we felt as if we'd already done 36 holes. Long, and really designed for buggy users only. Refreshed after an excellent lunch, we tackled the Gainsborough (this time with buggies) and I have to say it is more of an interesting course, although certainly not easier. Condition of the greens was OK, but the fairways let it down. At times it was hard to distinguish from the semi-rough. Nice set-up though, and very welcoming. The facilities generally are first class. Should we ever play here agian, the golf will be on a 'friendly' basis and we would stay in the hotel and use the spa facilities.
Played a 3 day golf package from 24-26 July with one day on the Gainsborough and 2 days on the Constable. Firstly, I would recommend a buggy as both courses are quite hilly. On the Gainsborough though, you have to keep to the buggy track which is a bit of a bind. The Gainsborough is a tighter course with many tree lined fairways which demand accurate tee shots. The Constable is more open, inviting you to 'go for it' off the tee. However, wayward shots are severely punished by some pretty frightful rough which is very tall in places. The greens were in excellent condition, although surprisingly, not as fast as I imagined they might be. Much has been written about the 18th holes on both courses. They are great! I found a 6 iron on the Gainsborough and a 3 iron on the Constable were right for me. In conclusion, Stoke by Nayland offers 2 challenging championship courses in excellent condition and i would thoroughly recommend a visit.
Played both courses earlier this week and thoroughly enjoyed each. The Gainsborough is probably the tighter of the two and has a wonderful 10th hole very similar to the 10th at the Belfry. Very undulating but plenty of buggies for hire if required. The greens on both courses are fast and true, some sloping and reward care taken before you putt. Plenty of water hazards on both courses and, in particular, both finishing holes require a shot over a lake to smallish greens in full view of the balcony of the clubhouse hotel. The shot on the Constable course requires a well struck five wood or similar and is not easy.Both courses represent a very good test of golfing skills yet not so difficult that higher handicappers would also not enjoy them.The adjoining hotel is excellent, superb rooms and food.All in all, a great venue and very peaceful due to its very rural location.
Just had a long weekend here, the courses should be fantastic but the greens are a real let down. The grass is too long on them and they are extremely bumpy. This is a real shame as both courses offer a great challenge, I would say that the Constable is the easier and the Gainsborough would be a real test for anyone off the back tees. The 10th is a memorable hole as is the long uphill par 3 11th. A nice set up with the hotel and leisure facilities but sort the greens out!!!
Both the Gainsborough and Constable courses are a pleasure to play and there is always one of the courses not too busy. The greens in 2002 are in better condition than they have been for some time. Both courses are quite hilly and demanding with sufficient water to ensure you stand a good chance of losing at least one ball! The 18th on both courses are par 3s over water, with the 18th on the Constable needing a really good hit to carry - both watched intimidatingly by the spectators on the golf club verandah!! The new and adjoining 'Best Western' hotel is the place to stay, with excellent swimming pool and leisure facilities.
Two excellent courses, though my opinion would be that the "Constable" is overall the better of the two. On saying that, the par 4 10th on the "Gainsborough" is the most memorable, where (if playing from the white tees) a long tee shot played over a lake is required, to leave a second shot played back over the same lake if you are brave enough to go for the green in regulation. Good grub in the clubhouse, with a nice spike bar as well. Both courses end with a par three, both carrying water (from the mens tees at least).
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