What we say
Newbury Golf Centre is set within the beautiful surroundings of Newbury Racecourse in Berkshire. The land is gently undulating and the make up of the subsoil and the excellent drainage allows the golf course to be playable throughout the year.
With 5 full-time professionals, the Golf Centre is quickly earning a reputation as one of the best teaching and excellence facilities not only in Berkshire but in the whole country as well.
Further facilities also include a Practice Range and Green with bunkers for sand play and chipping, a Practice Putting Green and a 20-bay Floodlight Driving Range.
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- Address , , NEWBURY
- Tel 0163548826
- Website www.nrgc.co.uk
|Green Fees||Mon-Fri: £18 (round). Sat-Sun: £25 (round)|
|Course Length||6,552 yards (5,991 metres)|
- Course has: Bar
- Course does not have: Buggy Hire
- Course has: Driving Range
- Course does not have: Practice Green
- Course has: Pro Shop
- Course has: Restaurant
- Course has: Trolley Hire
- Course does not have: Dress Code
- Course has: Club Hire
- Course does not have: Handicap
During a 2 week holiday in Newbury, Berkshire (August 2008), I decided to play some local golf courses in the area. Having managed to get my handicap down to 16 in recent months (living and playing in Malaysia) I though playing some new courses in the UK would give me a challenge and test my new handicap. With loads of resources on the Internet on golf courses in the UK it was not hard to find a number of courses within 30 minutes drive of my accommodaton. I ended up playing 8 rounds of golf on 4 courses during the two weeks and managed to pick almost rain free days. I played Sandford Springs (South of Newbury,25mins), Newbury Race Course (East,10mins), Donnington Valley (North,15mins), and Newbury and Crockham (SouthEast,15mins). I visited another course, Donnington Grove, having been highly recommended on the Internet (best in area), however the reception I got was less than inviting. The Pro shop staff were not very encouraging towards a non member and as a result I decided not to play the course. I arrived at each of the courses very early in the morning on weekdays (7.30am) and managed to Tee off easily by 8.00am. Donnington Valley staff were very friendly (particularly the staff opening the bar early) and were neven happy for me to Tee off and pay when I completed the round. Sandford Springs (27 holes): Well kept, nice course, beautiful woods and countryside, friendly staff, some really challanging holes. A bit costly (35GBP) so on a scale of value for money I would choose Donnington Valley and Newbury & Croockham instead. Donnington Valley: A relatively easy front nine apart from a long par 4 6th. Although the short downhill par 4 280yard 10th. is easy, the next 8 holes on the back nine are all very tight, hilly, and wayward tee shots are punished severely. Very friendly staff and well priced at 18GBP. Newbury Race Course: Open and a bit boring just up and down parallel holes. Little or no trees and a straightforward course. The last 6 holes have been squeezed in a bit. However, if windy the course becomes a bit trickier, the and tee shots will suffer if not accurate. Having said that, wayward tee shots just end up on the parallel fairway. Pleasant staff and very cheap (11GBP). Newbury & Crockham – Beautiful picturesque countryside and forested course, tricky couple of par 5’s. Shortish on the back nine. Peasant staff, nice members that I spoke to, and reasonably priced at 25GBP. Difficult to get in to the clubhouse for a drink afterwards due to automatically locking doors requiring members keycard entry only, annoying. Friendliness: SS = 6, DV = 9, NRC = 7, N&C = 7. Picturesque: SS = 8, DV = 7, NRC = 4, N&C = 7. Value for money: SS = 5, DV = 9, NRC = 7, N&C = 8. Overall: SS = 19, DV = 25, NRC = 18, N&C = 22. Overall (0-5): SS = 3 (3.2), DV = 4 (4.2), NRC = (3) 3, N&C = 4 (3.7) Order of play if I visited again: Newbury & Crockham, Donnington Valley, Sandford Springs, Newbury Race Course.
Newbury Racecourse is a very open course, the first 12 holes being actually within the race track itself. Although the fairways were a bit bare in places, the greens and bunkers were in good condition. It is a fairly featureless course, with adjoining fairways often providing welcome relief for wayward drives ! It is a relatively long course, but there isn't too much to fear. Water comes into play on a few holes and even a basic hole guide on the scorecard would be welcome ! I didn't use any of the other facilities, but there is a driving range, putting green and practise bunker with chipping green. With a 2-fore-1 voucher, it comes out at £12-50 plus £1 compulsory insurance for a Sunday round (and we got round in bang on 4 hours) so it is competitively-priced. I would play again but not necessarily in a hurry.
I'm a member here and I have to say i found that review a little harsh. Yes it may not be th best course in newbury but it is not getting enough credit. The facilities here are far superior to any other course in the area. All the staff are very friendly too especially when you arrive in the pro shop to book your tee time. On the downside the bar itself is very nice but some of the staff are very slow to serve. The greens could do with work as the greens are very fast for approach shots making it hard to get any stop. The tees have been overused and should be returfed soon. The course has no wow factor but can produce a challenge if your course management isnt great.
I am fed up with newbury racecourse always taking the accolade as the best course in newbury when my course, newbury and crookham is undoubtably more of a challenge, racecourse is flat and shot and for me as a junior simple to reach par 4s in 2.