This review was
conducted on Tuesday the 29th April 2008
Since the new
management team have joined the club and since I completed my
work experience at the age of sixteen, some 10 years ago, there
have been some extensive improvements to the course and
facilities at Abbey Hill Gold Club.
The new menus
have a varied selection and the course itself has better
drainage and course paths. The problem of slow play has been
addressed by reminding golfers to keep up with the players in
front, with time checks throughout the course and a quality
ranger patrolling at all times.
winter of 2008 there have been very few temporary holes due to
good course management and the use of having the pin close to
the edge of the green.
itself is in good condition with some tricky holes and some
testing Par 3’s.
The Golf range
is £3.50 for a 50 ball bucket and £4.50 for a 90 ball bucket.
There is also a small par three course to practice your short
game or for the youngsters to try. Putting is free at all times
on the well treated practice greens. A nice perk to the course
is being able to phone the clubhouse on the 10th hole and order
food to pick up on the way to the 11th.
There is a well
stocked club shop with constant bargains to be had. There is
also a driving range with lessons available from the in-house
golf instructors (watch this space as I will be trying this out
for myself) . Twilight Prices start at £9.50 per person from
3:30pm onwards. 18 holes start from £17.50 midweek to £23.75 at
My guest (who is a big golf fan) and I had lunch before our game
in the restaurant area. The menu is simple with a good
selection. Graham, the manager a pleasant guy from Scotland
recommended the chilli, jacket potato with side salad. The
portion was plentiful and presented well. There was a kick to
this dish with lots of jalapenos. The salad is crisp and fresh.
My guest had the All Day Breakfast. Again the portion was a good
size, the food cooked well and it wasn’t too greasy alongside a
nice cup of tea. We were now ready for three and a half hours of
The restaurant can be busy and full of laughter with people
finishing their games on a high. This was a Tuesday afternoon so
it was not so busy on this occasion. The people were friendly
and made you feel welcome.
If the bar is unattended, you need to order your food by ringing
the bell. Table service is minimal although our food was
delivered with a smile.
The décor is clean and fresh with a huge flat screen TV for
watching sport (mainly golf), and wooden panelled score boards
above the bar area with past awards including hole in ones and
best scores. The plan is to add my own name to the engraved
list. Don’t miss out! Abbey Hill are offering a deal at present
called the Summer Sizzler: Tea, Coffee & Bacon Roll, 18 holes of
golf, 1 Course chef's meal ONLY£22 per person (Mon- Fri).