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N.E. Wales golf courses

Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:39 am

Posted by LOS


Anyone have any experience of playing Northop, Hawarden, Mold, Old Padeswood, Padeswood & Buckley, & Holywell Golf Clubs ?

We are thinking of taking up the golf pass offer
http://shop.gonorthwales.co.uk/golf-pas ... -golf-pass
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Re: N.E. Wales golf courses

Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:46 pm

Posted by PaulBoy


LOS wrote:

Anyone have any experience of playing Northop, Hawarden, Mold, Old Padeswood, Padeswood & Buckley, & Holywell Golf Clubs ?

We are thinking of taking up the golf pass offer
http://shop.gonorthwales.co.uk/golf-pas ... -golf-pass

Jonsey (user name GraemeJones) is a member at Padeswood, so in case he doesn't spot this thread it might be worth sending a pm for his considered opinion (?)
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Re: N.E. Wales golf courses

Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:21 pm

Posted by GraemeJones


Hello yes I'm a member at Padeswood & Buckley (lovely course) 

hawarden and Mold are nice courses but VERY hilly in places 

Northop used to be the dogs nads but a bit ropey last time I played it but I have been told it's back on the up.

Holywell is like marmite you'll either love it or hate it. Personally I like it. it's a quirky track with some tricky holes and some sheep wondering around the course (No that's not why I like it lol)

Old padeswood has gone downhill since the owner leased it out to the members not enough cash flow to keep it in good condition 

Anything else you want to know just ask cheers

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Re: N.E. Wales golf courses

Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:58 pm

Posted by LOS


GraemeJones wrote:

Hello yes I'm a member at Padeswood & Buckley (lovely course) 

hawarden and Mold are nice courses but VERY hilly in places 

Northop used to be the dogs nads but a bit ropey last time I played it but I have been told it's back on the up.

Holywell is like marmite you'll either love it or hate it. Personally I like it. it's a quirky track with some tricky holes and some sheep wondering around the course (No that's not why I like it lol)

Old padeswood has gone downhill since the owner leased it out to the members not enough cash flow to keep it in good condition 

Anything else you want to know just ask cheers

Jonesy

Thanks Jonesy. Do you have any idea what the quality of the lunchtime food is like at these clubs?
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Re: N.E. Wales golf courses

Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:56 am

Posted by GraemeJones


LOS wrote:

GraemeJones wrote:

Hello yes I'm a member at Padeswood & Buckley (lovely course) 

hawarden and Mold are nice courses but VERY hilly in places 

Northop used to be the dogs nads but a bit ropey last time I played it but I have been told it's back on the up.

Holywell is like marmite you'll either love it or hate it. Personally I like it. it's a quirky track with some tricky holes and some sheep wondering around the course (No that's not why I like it lol)

Old padeswood has gone downhill since the owner leased it out to the members not enough cash flow to keep it in good condition 

Anything else you want to know just ask cheers

Jonesy

Thanks Jonesy. Do you have any idea what the quality of the lunchtime food is like at these clubs?

I'd say there are all kind of pub lunch type menus not bad but I'm no good connoisseur haha 

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Re: N.E. Wales golf courses

Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:37 pm

Posted by LOS


GraemeJones wrote:

I'd say there are all kind of pub lunch type menus not bad but I'm no good connoisseur haha 

Jonesy 


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Re: N.E. Wales golf courses

Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:28 pm

Posted by BigPete


I've played all these too and was at Padeswood and Buckley last year (currently at Northop but not playing much) 

I'd echo Graeme's thoughts. Apart from Northop, they're all fairly typical, established, local member's courses with their own idiocyncracies.

I can recommend Padeswood and Buckley as far as overall condition and clubhouse welcome are concerned and probably the most consistently good greens.

All of these courses are fairly tight and short rather than big open blasters. You wouldn't need a driver too often round most of these. Holywell would probably be my second choice too. Hilltop / heathland course but a nice traditional feel to it. 

Northop is a strange beast. Originally set up as a potential tour venue and linked to a local DeVere hotel. It then changed hands a few times and was the victim of politics and housing developments meaning some rerouting of certain holes. Nowadays it's being run by it's members and is obviously missing the investment needed to keep it's large acerage in top nick. It's very playable but nowhere near as good as it once was. The grand old clubhouse hads been sold off and is now a foody pub, which has had mixed reviews as far as I'm aware. The newly built golf clubhouse is functional without being inspiring 
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Re: N.E. Wales golf courses

Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:23 am

Posted by LOS


BigPete wrote:

I've played all these too and was at Padeswood and Buckley last year (currently at Northop but not playing much) 

I'd echo Graeme's thoughts. Apart from Northop, they're all fairly typical, established, local member's courses with their own idiocyncracies.

I can recommend Padeswood and Buckley as far as overall condition and clubhouse welcome are concerned and probably the most consistently good greens.

All of these courses are fairly tight and short rather than big open blasters. You wouldn't need a driver too often round most of these. Holywell would probably be my second choice too. Hilltop / heathland course but a nice traditional feel to it. 

Northop is a strange beast. Originally set up as a potential tour venue and linked to a local DeVere hotel. It then changed hands a few times and was the victim of politics and housing developments meaning some rerouting of certain holes. Nowadays it's being run by it's members and is obviously missing the investment needed to keep it's large acerage in top nick. It's very playable but nowhere near as good as it once was. The grand old clubhouse hads been sold off and is now a foody pub, which has had mixed reviews as far as I'm aware. The newly built golf clubhouse is functional without being inspiring 



A belated thanks Pete though it looks as though we will be going for the Coastal Pass instead.
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