9 reviews of The Park
Tracy Park is a lovely hotel with a couple of golf courses which feel like an afterthought. The last review on this site was 6 years ago so here is an update. The building work on the hotel is finished and the practise putting green is back near the clubhouse which is still the same large portacabin. Work has stopped for now on a permanent clubhouse - the attractive shell is up, but nothing more. The Crown course is good value for the £17 we paid, but lacks a degree of maintenance - the bunkers have sand in them now, but are unraked by green staff or players (sadly), the fairways have been left long and need mowing and the greens are slow, but true. The 5th was waterlogged and needs drainage work. Fix all these and they could charge a lot more so perhaps enjoy it for what it is now. The 11th, 17th and 18th are attractive holes, the rest are the usual parkland layout - perfectly OK but not very inspiring. The ladies tees could be pulled back to provide a more worthwhile course of 5300 or 5400 yards rather than the tame 5082 yards it is now. The clubhouse serves an excellent all-day breakfast and the ubiquitous Doombar. My friends tell me the Cromwell course is similar style and hillier. To call either a championship course is a bit of a stretch - just the familiar marketing-speak perhaps.
It was a sunny Wednesday in May, I had a few hours to kill before a meeting scheduled in Bath and having loaded my clubs in boot of my car, thought it would be a rude not to take advantage of some golf. I had no idea where I was going to get a game but found golf club road signs on way to Bath from M4 jct 18 which I duly followed and ended up at The Park. I was given a choice of two courses to play and chose "The Cromwell" for its views. The whole course was in terrific condition and I would highly recommend it to anyone. The fairways are quite narrow and the rough is punishing, especially this time of year. I found the course guide very useful (I might have come unstuck quite a few times without it). I've no idea what the facilities were like as I didn't have time to hang around after my round but it all looked very nice. The Club House is in a sort of oversized portacabin but don't let that put you off as it seemed spacious & has all the amenities in working order (bar, changing rooms and toilets). The staff in the pro-shop were very helpful and welcoming. Shot net 74 which gave me a smug smile for the rest of the day - and all for only £25
Having played this course a number of times over the years, in many guises, Tracey Park, The Gloucestershire, and now "The Park" - (everyone knows it simply as Tracey Park so why they want to re-brand it and change the name is beyond me!)and I was therefore looking forward to seeing it again with its newer owners. Playing with a Society midweek in early March, sadly I came away quite dissapointed. With quite a bit of building work being carried on in the main house, all the offices, changing rooms, and bar etc were in portable buildings, adequate, but basic. However, there is no putting green anywhere near the start of the Crown course, so the first putts were literally on the 1st green. Playing the Crown course, we immediately found it to be very wet indeed, despite there being not too much rain in the immediate period, and there were some very boggy areas indeed. However, there were no temporary greens or tees and the course played to its full length. It is not really Fair too rate the greens at this time of year, but like the tempoary buildings, they were adequate, very slow and a bit bumpy, but adequete for March. With two courses now on site, we played the Crown 18, which basically was the original course - all in all, it is a tough old trek in wet conditions with no less than 9 tough par 4's around the 400 yard mark, many though being boring "long slogs". The par 3's do in fact seem to be the nicest holes on the course, and all 5 are quite delightfull, but these cannot make up for the long boring par 4's & 5's which abound, although mention must be made of 15th, The eye of the needle, a very attractive hole, as is the shorter 17th par 4, a dog leg left with a drive over water Playable indeed, but not worth a big diversion, but oh, why oh why, cannot it be called what everone knows it as...Tracey Park!
Recently played both courses during a break & found each of them to be a real test for the mid-high handicapper. Cromwell is very tight in places whilst the Crown is more open particularly on the front nine. Both fairways & greens were immaculate altho most bunkers could do with considerably more sand. The venue was excellent value & we would seriously consider returning.
There are two great courses here all set in stunning countryside..the accomadation is great (the only minus is the rooms are a little dimly lit) The crommwell is the longer and more challenging but the over all impression is that of value for money with freindly staff.. great food...and a short taxi ride from the center of one of our finest cities...Bath
Played several times over the last year on both courses in both winter and summer. Overall this is a very 'honest' course with sufficient to enjoy on both courses and at a reasonable price. If anything the Cromwell is a bit more of a challenge than the Crown, if only because the landscape comes into play more, ending in a great approach to the country house. Practice facilities are open air with a basic range and a pretty mediocre putting area in the court yard which never seems to be the same as the greens out on the course. Pro shop is well stocked and there is a friendly welcome. Bar and catering are also good. The hotel is a bit strange with the majority of the small number of rooms based around the stables. Overall a strong recommend.
Have played here twice recently, both times on the Crown course. An enjoyable experience, since it offers some good variety and plenty of options with the two courses. Pro shop doubles as hotel reception and is packed to the rafters with golf kit. Seems very strange since the hotel is extremely small - just 18 rooms. Joined with a 'fairway' membership whcih was free and allowed me to have a discounted rate of £18 w/d and £22 w/e. This extends to the other courses in the group. Putting green close by had wicked slopes and terraces and whilst was fun, wasn't like the greens on the course. Driving range poor - open air mats and a bit scruffy. The lack of a map on the score card can making a first visit tricky, particularly on the first 5 holes which mix in with the other course and the back nine. The only idea of fairway layout comes from the tee plinths. They say that the course has just been remeasured so hopefully this will result in a change to the score card and a stroke saver. Out on the course, the rolling hills and mature trees really make it feel good golf. I agree with the 'shrubbery' comments below. Some very odd placements, particularly on the second where a large bed has been placed in the middle of the fairway. Highlight holes for me were the 5th where from an hugely elevated tee you play a blind left hand do leg up to a green protected by a ditch and pond. Also the last three holes. The 16th requires a pin accurate shot over water and bunkers to a green surrounded by trees - very augusta! Then what appears a simple par four left hand, but through a narrow gap protected by some tall mature trees. Get in there and it is a nightmare as I found out. Then an enjoyable flat hole to round it up in front of the spikes bar. All in a worthwhile experience.
Played the crown a few weeks ago on a sunday afternoon, 5 Hours is ridiculous and the level of golfing knowledge from some other members/visitors leaves a lot to be desired, at points you take your life in your hands with balls raining in from all directions. course condition was average and layout uninspiring. not wishing to return.
Played the Cromwell Course. If ever I've played a course that was crying out for a course planner, then this is it. There is absolutely no information whatsoever available to give you an idea of where to hit the ball. I hit some great drives to find my ball in cross fairway ditches that I didn't know were there. They have little diagrams on the tee boxes,but even they omit the ditches. Ok course, quiet when we played, but more information needed.
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