13 reviews of Wharton Park Golf Club
This was our first visit to Wharton Park (August 2014) and we were all extremely impressed and intend returning (probably with others) asap. Mark the Club Professional and his assistant Phil were a joy to work with and did everything possible to make our visit a memorable one. Although it had been raining constantly the course itself was in tip-top condition and we were fortunate to play it under blue skies. The holes are varied and picturesque - spectacularly so on some of them. It is quite a hilly course so I was glad that I made the choice of sharing a buggy. Simply outstanding!
I played on 18th April for £12. I was allowed to play off the whites (6400yds)and to start before my booked time and so was in a good mood before sampling the excellent greens. The course starts with an undistinguished par 5 and a short par 4 but comes alive with the first of 4 excellent par 3's. A run of par 4's are challenging with the sharply downhill 7th less alarming than it seems from the tee. An uphill par 3 and long par 5 complete a good front nine. The very short par 3 10th could easily result in any score between 2 and 6. The 13th and 14th are good par 4's while the short 15th is visually stunning and a good golf hole. The 16th is a bit contrived. 17th is a good birdie chance but the 18th is 450 yds with a stream in front of the green. My only criticism was that the maps of the holes by the tees are not helpful (particularly at 16th) but I was told these are being replaced. Club selection is important here. The bottom of the pin is not always visible and few holes are flat but that is a virtue in my opinion. A really enjoyable day with helpful staff and a good clubhouse.
This is an excellent course, which is kept to a high standard with plenty of interesting/challenging holes. Its probably best that visitors book a time in advance as this guarantees a prompt start. The clubs website is well designed with all of the required details on there. On the day of attending (09/10/09) I booked a two ball using the teetimes.co.uk website which offers discounted rounds during off peak periods. I have played this course twice now and on both occasions there has been a friendly welcome and our booking has been dealt with hassle free. On this occasion the green fee was booked at £10 each, which is great value and well worth the hours drive. As the course was quiet we were allowed to go out before our allotted teetime which meant we completed our round well before it got dark. The course is in a parkland setting on rolling hills and it provides an interesting challenge with a good variety of holes. Fairways are generous but you need to be accurate, as there are well placed strategic hazards in place to catch errant shots. In the middle of the course is a wooded area that features on a few holes and three of the par 3 holes have greens that are surrounded by the wood, these are attractive to play, and good accuracy is required. Even though we attended at the beginning of autumn the greens were in excellent condition and consistently ran true throughout all of the holes. I did not use the catering facilities off the course but I guess they are pretty good as the course provides separately for specific functions and parties etc. I will certainly be returning which is a good recommendation in itself.
We played this course again at the weekend and thought I'd just update my review of 3 years ago. I possibly enjoyed the course even more this time around. A special mention has to go for the greens which are the best I have played on in a long while (Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus apart), and I play at the Forest of Arden which has very good greens. The facilities are excellent and the course is immaculate. I don't know what the course would be like in the winter months. I imagine that some of the hills and slopes could be quite tricky in the wet but as I have only played in the summer, that's all I can comment on. The only critism I could give is that the course isn't too difficult. The fairways are wide and the greens are pretty large. And the fact that the greens are so good and run very true really helps to keep your score down. So... I highly recommend this course. Take plenty of drinks in the hot weather though because, if you're walking, you'll need them.
I joined Wharton Park on the 15th June 2007. I joined the club and I had not even played the course. After the first hole I fell in love with the course.The views are outstanding and I would highly recommend it.There are some really hard holes.
Played the course yesterday for the first time and have to give it a big thumbs up. It's in pretty good condition, a couple of small bare patches on a couple of greens but nothing to complain about. It is hilly and I'd advise taking lots of water on a hot day. There are some good holes where you can open your shoulders and give it a lash and others where you have to think about shot selection and play more cautiously. Great views.
First of all, I have played this course several times over the years with clients. It is a beautifully laid out course and is generally in good condition. It is extremely hilly and despite what you may hear, you will need a good level of fitness and my advice would be to hire a buggy as we always do. To conclude, good course, lovely views, not too challenging but beware, certain members are very stuffy and can be quite curt. Good clubhouse & pro shop.
I have played at Wharton Park a number of times over the last few years and for my money it keeps getting better and better. As a single figure handicapper and someone that pays a lot of golf in the UK and around Europe I think it is one of the best 'new' courses I have played. I was apprehensive to start with as I had been warned about the walking, I have not found it a struggle as most of the inclines are long rather than short steep hills (they do have lots of buggies available!). Work has been carried out to remove the more challenging slopes. The views are excellent and significantly add to the enjoyment of playing golf. The facilities at the club are excellent from the well equipped pro shop to the excellent new Greens restaurant. I would thoroughly reccomend this course to anyone wanting an enjoyable day out. In addition it seems to be an extremely friendly place lacking the attitude you get at some clubs.
Every time I play here, for some unknown reason, I wake up the next morning with a bad back! It certainly takes a lot out of you if you don't hire a buggy for your round! The par threes on the course are very commendable but to my mind, this is as far as it goes. A majority of tee shots are blind and on nearly all holes, your going up a hill, over a hill, or down a steep slope and back up an identical one. I'll only be playing there again if forced to.
I played Wharton Park as part of a society, earlier this month. When you look at the first hole and see the fairway sloping steeping upwards away from you, you can sense that there will be some serious walking ahead. I asked one of the members if it was a hilly course and he (obviously jokingly) said that it wasn't. The course is definitely a test for the fitness with various hills and some longish walks between tees, however, I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is a nice variety of holes and the fairways are quite generous which gives you the chance to open your shoulders a little with the driver. There are also a few tricky holes (such as the 16th) that require some thought and careful club selection from the tee. We all enjoyed the course as the greens, fairways and tees were all in fine condition. It wasn't too difficult, but required careful thought on some of the holes. I would definitely play there again.
i played this course about 3 weeks ago and i was very very impressesd,we played it with 2 for 1 vouchers which was great value with a buggy for £22.50 each.the course was well presented with everything in its place and nothing that you could complain about at all.this course offers everything long holes,short holes and challenging holes you need every bit of your wits and golfing knowhow to go round.the only let down would have to be if you walked this course there are long distances to travel between tees but the friendly people in the bar afterwards make up for that after.in all a great place to play golf
A well presented course, offering a demanding challenge, to all levels of player. Strongly advise hiring buggy, as the walk between some greens to tee are quite adventurous. The fifteenth is one of the best par '3' in the west midlands
THIS COURSE PROVIDES AN EXCELLENT TEST OF GOLF. IT IS A PARTICULARLY HARD WALKING COURSE, SO I WOULD RECOMMEND A CART. SOFT SPIKES IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY, WHICH IS GOOD TO SEE. ON THE DAY I PLAYED THE GREENS WERE VERY TOO SLOW AND SEEMED TO HAVE BEEN WATERED TO DEATH. THE PAR 3'S ARE ALL GOOD HOLES, WHERE CORRECT CLUB SELECTION IS VITAL. THE 16TH IS A MEMORABLE HOLE, BUT FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS THOUGH. A MID IRON IS REQUIRED TO A PLATEAU, WITH OUT OF BOUNDS AT THE BACK (THIS SEEMS PRETTY UNFAIR IF THE GROUND IS HARD). IF YOU DON'T GET YOUR CLUB SELECTION RIGHT, YOU HAVE NO SHOT TO THE GREEN AS YOU ARE BLOCKED OUT BY A LARGE TREE. THE SECOND SHOT IS OVER WATER, THAT DOES NOT PROVIDE TOO MANY PROBLEMS, PROVIDED YOU ARE IN A1 POSITION FROM THE TEE!! BELIEVE ME, THIS HOLE IS DIFFICULT AND MORE THAN A LITTLE UNFAIR. APART FROM THIS HOLE THERE ARE SEVERAL CHALLENGING HOLES ON THE COURSE AND IT PROVIDES EXCELLENT VALUE FOR MONEY.
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