What they say…
Chilworth Golf Centre has been established for over twenty five years,having started with a driving range alone back in 1979. Over the years Chilworth has gone from strength to strength, and now boasts a 5693 yard 18 hole golf course, a team of PGA qualified teaching professionals, a fully licensed bar and restaurant facility, floodlit covered driving range, a well stocked pro-shop with clubs and accessories to suit all budgets, and finally, a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in which everyone is welcome.
Chilworth prides itself on a scheme of constant improvement and this is reflected in the recent completion of the club house refurbishment program which has increased the space available for the pro shop, bar and restaurant facilities.
What we say…
Not a bad little course! Chilworth is ideal for the “new to the game” golfer but it still offers a number of challenging holes for the seasoned player. This course gives you plenty of opportunities to score well, the trees that line the fairways on the majority of the holes are quite young, so if you do manage to stray a little with your driver there are plenty of access points where you can get back to attacking the greens.
The course has some good water features on the 1st, 2nd 6th holes. The first requires good course management if you’re a big (and confident) hitter you can be on the green on to and start your round with an eagle. However if you nail the first drive over the bunkers and crest of the hill but are not confident with a long iron its best to lay up, the down hill slope leads straight into the pond. If you have got off to the a good start the next 2 holes need to be attacked, the 2nd is a 200 yard par three that you can score on and a big drive to the green on the 290 par 4 3rd hole will leave you another eagle chance.
The front 9 is definitely the bigger part of the course as the back nine delivers you 4 par 3’s. The back nine is where you can bring a good score home if you have had steady start to the day. Although its short its not as simple as breaking out the big dawg on each of the holes, iron shots are what count on several holes as a number of the greens are well protected.
The greens vary a little but are reasonably quick, but only in the dry, after a little rain you can feel the need to putt 3ft past just to ensure you’ll make it. This is a course that should be played after the rain has gone away, in the summers its great, in the winter it can get quite boggy under foot and the club is sometime a little slow to put the ban out on trolleys.
The course is great for matchplay comps as it a great course to attack, so if you fancy a competitive round of golf (no matter what handicap you are) then Chilworth is a good choice.
The members here are very friendly, you can literally just turn up and there is usually someone in the clubhouse or car park that will offer for you to join their group. If that fails you can just walk in to the pro shop and they’ll go and find someone for you, that’s if you do want to join in, your more than welcome to head out on your own.
The Pro Shop is well stocked and so is the bar, the only down side to the facilities are the changing rooms, they could do with a lick of paint and some lockers.
All in all Chilworth is great value for money. £15 for a round after 1pm for a course that can boost your confidence, what more could you ask for.