Ballards Gore Golf Club

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Rude staff, no off course facilities. Not good

Arrived 45 minutes early for a midday tee off and wasn’t allowed to book in. No explanation just “come back at 12”. But that’s our tee time?”. “Sorry, come back then”.

Warming up and chatting to other guys doing the same it became apparent there was a tournament going off at 12 and they wanted the course clear ahead of them. Shame the guy in the office couldn’t be bothered to explain. In the end we got forced to go out from the 10th so it wasn’t an issue anyway. Odd.

The round takes under 4 hours, which seems to be good going these days. Eventually the 4 ball ahead begrudgingly lets our 2 ball through and there are clear holes ahead as far as you can see. We knew they stopped doing food at 4pm but we’d made it with 10 minutes to spare. I picked up a menu and didn’t even get to look at it before I was told they’d stopped doing food.
“Oh ok, when do you stop doing food then?”
“4pm”
“But it’s 10 to?”
“Yeah chef went home half an hour ago”
“So you stop doing food at half 3?”
“No, 4pm”
“In 10 minutes time?”
Pause. “I can do you a drink, do you bloody want one or not?”

Sadly that’s an improvement on the time before when we came off the course at half 4 and the whole clubhouse was shut and locked up.

It’s a good tough course but it just appears to be run badly.

Avoid. Unless you enjoy being treated shoddily.

He would not play this course again.

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This was a good hour drive on a very wet good Friday but it was worth the trip. Course was pretty much empty due to the heavy rain. But loved the course has a bit of everything from short par 3s over water to long par 5s. Will defo be returning in summer to play the course in full conditions.

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I've played here many times and always find it a challenging course.
For the time of year the course was in very good condition and was helped by several tee positions having been moved closer to allow for the conditions.
Greens were in good condition but slow at times due to the dampness. Fairways were quite good but could have been better in paces if it weren't for the buggies cutting up the ground a little. That said. most greens were roped off to prevent damage by buggies and trollies.
The course never disappoints and I look forward to playing there again very soon.

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Loved the course. The layout,directions to each tee,diagram of hole at each tee,towels at every ball wash, condition of fairways and tees, water features, par 3s all different,friendliness of members made the the day a great success. Will definitely go back even though it took us over an hour to get there.

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On the whole a good course with some challenging holes. However, the tee boxes need some attention, in particular the 9th hole, as there was no white, yellow or red tee markers so was having to guess where to tee from? Fairways also need cutting in places.

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