Mill Ride - Berkshire - England

Mill Ride Golf & Country Club,
Mill Ride,
Ascot,
Berkshire,
SL5 8LT,
England


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  • Donald Steel

  • Terry Wild


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A number of people have recently extolled the virtues of Mill Ride Golf & Country Club. After being too long away we lately went back.

Although Mill Ride has a relatively short history, which dates back to 1990, we expect the golf club to have a very bright future. Designed by Donald Steel, Mill Ride is one of the best new courses in England’s prosperous southeast.

Measuring a healthy 6,800 yards from the back tees, Mill Ride is a test and it also has a fine collection of holes that are so varied that there is no chance whatsoever of becoming bored. The course is well maintained with fairways that weave their way past lakes, hillocks and hollows, giving Mill Ride a park-like flavour with a hint of inland links.

The 1st is a straightforward par five which takes you rapidly away from the comfortable clubhouse. But the 2nd grabs your attention as soon as you reach the tee. Water is in play on this excellent par four, in fact, a lake runs all the way down the left hand side of the fairway. So you’ll need to decide how much you dare cut off and, with out of bounds on the right, there’s absolutely no margin for error. The 10th is a cracking and thought provoking par five. A well-positioned tee shot to the centre of the fairway will help to make the tricky second shot, which must be played between a narrow chute of trees, that little bit easier. To make things even more challenging, you must carry a pond, which lurks ominously at some 135 yards short of the green.

A favourite hole is the 17th, a very tough par four, measuring 437 yards. A lake runs down the left side waiting for your wayward drive or your misplaced second shot – or perhaps both on a bad day! The challenge of Mill Ride continues to the last hole, which is another super par five. It’s a classic matchplay hole with so many choices to be made from the tee and for the approach shot to the green. The 18th is a truly memorable hole to conclude your round.

With the membership level set at only 350 members, Mill Ride is certainly not an overplayed course and amongst this membership there are plenty of familiar faces from the world of sport and showbiz. You never know whom you might bump into. Mill Ride is also a very popular corporate venue with many clients returning year after year and we can see the attraction.

We first teed it up at Mill Ride in the mid 1990s and more than ten years on, this is a much-improved venue.

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Description: The layout at Mill Ride Golf & Country Club was designed by Donald Steel in 1990 and it’s one of the best new golf courses in prosperous Berkshire. Rating: 4.1 out of 6 Reviews: 12

Mill Ride is a very enjoyable and unpretentious golf course in good condition that winds through rolling parkland that is partly wooded and has more than its fair share of H2O. For a relative newcomer it has plenty to recommend it and contrasts very nicely with the rightly exulted neighbours down the Swinley road. Sure, you can see where the Architect has taken a bit of rolling farmland and built a golf course but they have done a very creditable job. It is a good walk pleasantly routed. It is very tight in places, with mature woodland guarding the flanks of fairways and rather large lakes virtually everywhere; if money is on your game there will be thrills and spills. The fairways are lush, and alas, the innocuous looking rough even more so, You will do well to reach your target from here. The par 5's tease you to take on the water, The par 4's are strategic, where only accuracy will reward you, whether they are long or short and the par 3's ask for a meaningful carry over water on more than one occasion. The recently renovated bunkers can be cavernous and deep. A notable feature. It's very well balanced as a challenge. It's under new ownership and I am sure it will go from strength to strength. Perfect for a weekend round with your buddies or to be member then and only a short hop from London, Reading etc. Although its never going to be in the top 100, its a welcome reminder that this country has strength in depth. Thank you Mill ride for a lovely day and warm hospitality. JCB LAY
4 / 6
Mill Ride
May 10, 2013


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We played here with a friend who was considering joining. Lovely course, however a very rude marshall ruined our round by unnecessarily asking us to speed up play. He wasted more of our time than anything else, and ruined the back 9. Ironically we still played whole round in 3 hours 40 minutes, and the course wasn't busy. What would it be like if it was busy?? NB our friend is not joining as a consequence
4 / 6
Mill Ride
June 06, 2012


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Mill Ride is undoubtably an under-rated course deserving of higher recognition. I first played it 5 years ago and on the odd occasion over the last 5 years, including last month. It is a tough course from the white tees with ample water hazards and several very memorable holes including the 2nd, 3rd, 10th, 11th, 17th. The club house has a welcome feel albeit is somewhat dated. The summer visitor green fee is quite racey, but a very recommendable experience.
5 / 6
Mill Ride
July 01, 2010


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Having played Mill Ride in a few corporate events, I was determined to get membership, which I now have. I have to say that within the locallity it is a better than great value for money course, and considering other local courses include Wentworth, Sunningdale, Swinley Forest and Berkshire, this is a huge compliment. The course is always challenging, and will really test even the single figure hadicap player, hence the course has been chosen as a qualifying venue for the seniors open! I would recommend anyone to try the course!
5 / 6
Mill Ride
June 05, 2009


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Could be a great course which has some super holes, but the condition on my visit wasn't great. Like many courses in the area its way over priced. Definately worth playing if they reduce the green fee. Beware its gets boggy quickly in the rain.
3 / 6
Mill Ride
June 03, 2008


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Has great potential, but alas the investment clearly isn't there! Falls some way short of good in my view. In fact, it's quite a boring US type trek. Made worse by the poor condition of the tee boxes. Greens are better than before though.
2 / 6
Mill Ride
January 03, 2008


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Gary Lane
January 12, 2008
I do understand your comments, however the course and especially the tee boxes are going through a major overhaul/upgrade/improment where needed. It is true a couple of the tee's suffer from not getting enough sunlight due to the tree's, this however is being changed and managed by the green keeping team and as you would have seen new teeon 12 has been laid and thining out of tree's around 6/9/12 and 13 will produce great results.The Club has undoutdly suffered from lack of funds, this has been put right by it's present owners and they are going through major investment in the course, it's staff and the building of a new club house ( although the one we have now is a great, comfortable and friendly place, with chef serving bacon sandwiches to die for!!).If you go around Mill Ride beating your handicap or getting close to it then you have had a good day.A course to watch.
I played Mill Ride today with my husband and must say that the course was in magnificent condition. The greens were fantastic and as good as any others we have played on in the past 3 months. We have played quite a few times over the past couple of years and the improvements being made are considerable. I look forward to our next visit and highly recommend others to visit Mill Ride.
5 / 6
Mill Ride
November 02, 2007


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Disagree with comments as the TEES & GREENS were in fabulous condition this weekend & in October. Great strides have been made at Mill Ride in last couple of years and layout is so interesting. A must play. Only concern is I chatted to some members who said GM who got it in such great nick has recently left - but hope things stay as good.A definate re-visit on my South East golf course list - better condition than Wentworth.
6 / 6
Mill Ride
October 17, 2007


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Stuart Gillett
October 26, 2007
I thank you for these comments and hope that those that have played Mill Ride over the past 6 months have seen the course conditions improve over this period. As the 'new' GM I can assure all golfers that we shall continue to improve the course still further. This winter's priority is to improve the quality and consistency of our bunkers. I am sure that as we get into 2008 Mill Ride will continue to receive positive reviews.
I agree with the previous review in that Mill Ride is a good golf course indeed. It has fantastic holes, notably the 2nd, 10th, 14th, 15th and 18th. It deserves a ranking for sure. The clubhouse is a bit dated and needs changing (they've been talking about changing it for about 4 years now though!!). It simply needs better tee boxes and shorter, trueer greens for it to move up a level and compete with its highly regarded neighbours.
4 / 6
Mill Ride
April 26, 2007


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Has potential no question. Unfortunately the condition and club house really let it down in my view. On a sunny day it's a nice play to play golf. I just wish the green keeper new how to keep greens and tee boxes!
3 / 6
Mill Ride
January 10, 2007


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Wayne Sheffield
February 27, 2007
With the European tours Head Greenkeeper Jack McMillan MBE as course consultant & Stewart McMillan as Course Manager (after he built new Tees / Bunkers with Els on West at Wentworth) I am Very suprised by your comments. These are not in line with other comments received & I would be more than happy to sit down to discuss your general negativity in more precise terms & offer a repeat visit to highlight the courses undoubted quality - as extolled by Niclas Fasth, Bradley Dredge, Gary Evans, Brett Rumford, Jeff Hawkes, Wayne Riley in last 3 months alone. Wayne Sheffield - Mill Ride Golf Club