Ah The Grove ... There is no doubt this is good, the attention to detail around the course is high and the greens were as good as any (and I played in January) - but there is something missing and I am finding it hard to put my finger on it. Maybe it is the £400 4-ball green fee (high season), maybe it is the 5-star plus hotel, restaurant and accomodation that tries to make you love the place as a resort rather than just the course.My memories include - very high quality new course with customer service really high. Buggies that have to stay on the path (never liked that idea) but overall and this is probably it .... this place is aimed at the weathly rather than the normal punter. If you get an invite take it but paying for it (for us normal folk) is a different proposition. I hope in time The Grove will aim for the golfers with a normal budget rather than those who are loaded who sometimes play golf.
Date: September 25, 2004