4 reviews of Wanstead Golf Club
a very enjoyable course on a good day. here is a hole by hole description: hole 1 is a 351 yard slight dogleg left with quite a wide fairway and no greenside bunkers. there is a small ditch that runs down the right hand side though that is in play for those who slice. holes 2 to 5 play on a separate piece of land and offer the most challenging stretch of the course. hole 2 is 433 yards. it doglegs from right to left slightly and downhill from the tee. you cannot miss left as there is extremely thick rough that means you can be 3 ft off the fairway and have no chance of finding your ball. this trouble continues all the way to the green which also has a bunker to the right and a ditch over the back meaning you cannot miss long. hole 3 once again severely punishes a miss left with a ditch and then thich forest which is out of bounds. however if you bail out right into the fourth fairway trees block your route to the green. a very undulating green awaits you at the end. the fourth plays 406 yards from an elevated tee and is a straight par 4 but once again you cannot miss left as there are trees and also a hidden pond. you can bail out right into the third as you will still have an open route to the green which is guarded by thick rough to the left and a bunker on the right. this stretch of holes climaxes with the stroke index one 5th hole which is 406 yards, often into the wind up a very steep hill. it culminates in a severely sloped back to front green where i have witnessed multiple four putts. hole 6 is half blind off the tee and starts narrow but if you hit a half decent tee shot you will be rewarded with a short iron into a simple green. hole seven is the course's only par 5 and plays 495 yards. the drive is through a narrow gap of trees but once in the open is fairly straight forward and in dry summer conditions the green is reachable in two. the 8th is 411 yards with tree trouble to the left and a lake on the right only in play for power hitters. after a good drive it is fairly simple to get a 4. the front 9 ends with the first par 3, 180 yards to a slightly elevated green protected by bunkers on all sides. 10 is a 377 yard par 4 which is simple if you avoid tree trouble off the tee. 11 is similar and length but tighter off the tee as you have to drive through an alley of trees. the green is well bunkered. hole 12 isn't long but you need an accurate drive to have a good look at reaching the green as it is raised way above the fairway. appropriately the hole is named 'plateau' and the green is long and narrow. 13 is a downhill par 3 measuring 165 yards. it is a narrow green with bunkers on both sides. hole number 14 is a 422 yard par 4. you cannot miss right off the tee or trees will block your second shot. there is a huge bank to the left of the green and you can get lucky bounces off the side of it. there are bunkers on the right. 15 is a thoroughly enjoyable 185 yard par 3. however it is very difficult. there are trees all the way down the right side and any mishit in that direction will catch themthe left side is more open but there is a bunker on the left. howver it is the raised green which can cause trouble. it is extremely narrow and three tiered. the elevation change between the tiers is huge and a back left pin makes par a hugely difficult task. there is also a tree on the left edge of the green which can block bunker shots from the left. hole 16 is the signature hole. only 150 yards but 140 of that is carry over the water which then extends to the right of the green. you can't bail out left either because there are trees and there is a huge drop off over the back of the green. i have had a few birdies on this hole but recently playing into the wind of the left i had a 9 - two in the water then some bunker trouble. hole number 17 is very driveable in the summer at 276 yards but you'll need to be a bit longer off the tee to reach it in winter. the lake isn't in play unless you're a high handicap. a good birdie chance though. 18 is fairly simple if you hit a draw as you can start it out in the open on the right and draw in to the fairway. there is tree trouble left and shorter hitters have to contend with a huge ditch in the fairway that requires a 185 yard carry. however you can play out of the ditch as there is fairway but that leaves you with a completely blind second shot. at only 313 yards longer hitters may be able to reach the green
The course whilst quite short has some very tight fairways requiring accurate placement off of the tee and the greens were fast and true and held shots well-but to get close to the pin requires a wide variety of approach shots and this adds to the challenege. All in all an enjoyable course in excellent condition- I particulaly liked the last 2 par 3's holes 15 & 16 one requires an accurate shot to an elevated green that has depth but is extremelly narrow and the other has a carry over a lake on the right and trees tight down the left. My only criticism is that the scorecard needs a map on it and the holes need better sign posting as the layout is not that straight forward.
The wanstead course is beautiful and well maitained.The course has interesting holes, particularly the 16th, where you have to negotiate the lake on the right,the woody forrest surrounding the hole and a bunker in the front of the hole. A good course for the long hitters though some have holes with narrow fairways. In all a very interesting course.
I have played at Wanstead twice and enjoyed it both times. It isn't overly long or challenging for lower handicaps, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, and it has a few interesting holes that play well strategically - placement off the tee often beats distance. There are good practice facilities - warm up nets, putting green and a good short game area. The course is in very good condition, the staff are extremely helpful and friendly and it is good value midweek with 2-fore-1 vouchers (the normal green fee is £23).
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