Played here a couple of weeks ago and I was impressed. It's a lot of money for sure but they do look after you. The turf on the greens, tees and fairways is faultless - the Grove has to be one of the best winter courses around. Goodness knows how much they spent on sand and drainage. We played it from the medal tees (we were all reasonable high single figure handicappers) and we found it relatively straight forward. I wonder whether the pros will eat it up? Liked the natty half-way house which looks exactly like a house...amazing...shame about the price and quality of the food. Nevertheless a good course. I do get the feeling that the course was laid down to accompany the hotel and leisure facilities, rather than finding a decent site for a golf course and then building a hotel/country club. Having said this, Kyle Phillips has worked a minor miracle with with ordinary land.
Date: November 19, 2004