What they say…
Weaving through a mature Pine forest over sandy soil, providing superb drainage, our course is one of the most picturesque in the South of England. The gentle undulations make it a challenge without it being so hilly as to make it a chore. Pine Ridge is a course that will always yield a fresh challenge with a beautiful backdrop.
The course, ranking in the Country’s top-10 public courses for quality and value, is the pick of the local area. It offers golfers of all abilities a really enjoyable experience and provides a unique set of challenges.
Our signature pine trees shape every hole and provide a challenge as well as stunning scenery. Losing a ball is a rarity at Pine Ridge but you might not always be thankful for the position in which you find it.
What we say…
What an absolute delight!
Pine Ridge is a fantastic golf facility, it has everything that a friendly game, competition or society requires. The complex is geared up not only for great golf and ensures the social part of the sport is well catered for. The club house is big, it acts as lounge, a sports bar, a restaurant and a conference center. You can bring a group or society of any age here and they will be catered for. We didn’t realise (as you couldn’t here it) that there was a bowling alley above the bar so if you still feel like a little more competition after your round then you can always head upstairs. The golf club is also geared up for Weddings, this may sound like an awful lot (maybe a little to much) for a golf club to offer but all of these extra revenue streams are clearly funding the maintenance and improvement of this course.
You can warm up on the extensive facilities before you tee off making sure that you are in the best possible shape to start your round.
The course is picture perfect with its tall pine trees escorting you along every fairway, standing on the first tee is a delight as you prepare yourself for a picturesque round of golf. Drive at the twin fir on the left side of the fairway and then you’ll be left with an iron to the green. You will not be able to see the bottom of the pin so you play for the centre of the green. It’s a gentle introduction to the course, a SI 16 before you make your way to the SI 6 2nd.
Although the tall pines trees are in abundance here no one hole is the same, the fourth opens out into a less confined landscape, 3 next three holes do run up and down but each one offers a challenge. The 2nd hardest hole is played quite early in the round and the 4th hole requires precision off the tee in order to steer clear of a well-placed fir tree, the green is well protected by bunkers so your iron shot needs to be long and well placed into the green.
The greens here are not lightening quick but they’re still plenty speedy and consistent, there are plenty of tiered greens to test even the best putter in your group.
The back 9 starts with the S1 Par 4, the course and the club pro is spot on with his evaluation of the hole
“Stroke Index 1 and it plays it! Drive just right of centre and then you will have a shot to the green. This stroke is a testing one, usually into the prevailing breeze; it needs a well-directed shot to the putting surface which has a steep fall off the back if you are too bold. A par here is always a good score!”
The course seems to be set up for perfectly for competition play, the 12th is a 232 yard par 3 that leaves you wondering what club to take thanks to the deceptive bunker off the front right of the green. You can really attack the hole on the left as the banking will help the ball move on to the putting surface, it’s perfect hole for your” nearest to the pin” competition.
The par 5 18th hole gives you a chance to finish and shake hands with another birdie on your scorecard. Do not be too greedy at this dogleg and play your drive in favour of the right side of the fairway to open up the best line to the green if you hit a good second you will have a pitch and a putt to end a great round.
Pine Ridge is operated by Crown golf so there is bound to be a number of deals flying around to get you on this course for a reduced rate, we early on a Saturday morning for £37, it was worth every penny and more, it’s one of the best pay and play courses in the country.