Rolls of Monmouth - South Wales - Wales

Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club,
The Hendre,
Monmouth,
NP25 5HG,
Wales


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Gareth, Ian and David all nominated the Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club as a gem and we added the course to the site in October 2006. Since then “Rolls” became a ranked Welsh course after we published the first Top 20 for Wales back in 2008. We didn’t feel the need to write an article on the Rolls of Monmouth because the nominees say it all.

Gareth writes: “Rolls of Monmouth is a strange place in that when you first visit you wonder why on earth nobody told you about it before. The reality is that it’s so well hidden and they’re so low-key in their marketing that you have to make the effort to find it, but when you do what a treat you are in for.

The views of the magnificent building, part of which forms the clubhouse, are just stunning from the elevated parts of the course and everything to do with The Rolls oozes class. The starting holes are long sweeping par fours through mature avenues of trees. Come the 7th and you are faced with the most spectacular rollercoaster par five which sweeps downhill and doglegs to a green protected by water. It really is just stunning and you’d play the hole over and over if you didn’t have to walk back up the hill.

The back nine starts with a tough uphill dog-leg then tempts you with a driveable par four through a tight avenue of trees to a green set in a natural bowl. Another great par three from an elevated tee to a green protected by water and trees is followed by a nice mix of holes before a great finishing par three over a stream in front of the great clubhouse which was once the home of Mr Rolls of Rolls-Royce fame. The greens are generally superb and with the big undulations can be a real test of your short stick.

All in all it’s one of those places that reminds us all why we play golf - just stunning and so affordable too.” David writes: “Beautiful parkland course, superbly manicured with water, huge oak trees and undulating greens to contend with. The old mansion of the Rolls Royce family provides a stunning backdrop to a number of holes including the 9th & 18th.” Ian writes: “The Rolls of Monmouth is in every sense a hidden gem given that perhaps it is not that accessible to the golfing masses. It is however a golfing gem for all the right reasons – firstly the setting is within Mr Rolls (of Rolls Royce fame) former country estate and the course meanders around glorious mature woodland with the back drop of the Black Mountains.

At 6,700 yards from the back tees it is challenging and snakes through this woodland and around various lakes that come in to play on the flatter area of the course close to the old stately home (which is now the clubhouse). There are so many good holes on the course all with individual characteristics and great opportunities for risk and reward golf. For example the par five 7th, where a good drive to the ridge of the hill gives you sight of the pin and the opportunity to go for the green in two but it needs an extremely accurate shot to a narrow entrance with water front and left.

There are some great two shot par fours that require a focused drive and the right club in to tricky greens (6th SI1, 10th, 14th and 15th are all lovely holes). The 17th and 18th offer a great finish – the 17th a par five of over 550 yards with an approach to a narrow well guarded green and the 18th a great par three requiring a 200-yard carry across a lake in front of the spectacular listed mansion. The other par three that has real wow factor is the 12th – fairly short down hill to a small green with water front and to the side and a pine forest to the left – well guarded it is and very satisfying to hit close.

When I played (start of October) the course was not at all busy and we were able to play all day for £40. The course had taken some rain but was in fairly good condition given the time of the year. I will be playing this course again soon and would recommend it to anyone – just for the setting and sheer tranquillity of getting away from it all.”

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Description: Set in the grounds of the former estate of Charles Stewart Rolls, the Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club really is the Rolls-Royce of hidden gems. Rating: 4.4 out of 6 Reviews: 9

Came here with my Dad as part of a weekend rugby trip and I must say, having read some glowing reviews beforehand, that we both left pretty disappointed.

The house is of course magnificent and the grounds as picturesque as you would expect in this part of the UK. The long, atmospheric driveway past the 1st and 2nd into the car park and signing in to a welcoming and helpful pro shop taking up a wing of the awesome house gets it off to a good start, but from the portacabin like clubhouse onwards things were less inspiring.

The first and second are straightforward and solid enough opening holes, with blind tee shots down and then up a hill with short iron approaches though the handsome grounds, but from then onwards the plot of land didn’t really seem to fit a golf course, with an unconvincing layout and a few too many so so holes. The 3rd saw my dad and myself both lose what we thought were decent drives, running out of fairway on what turned out to be a near 90-degree dogleg left up one of many slopes, setting the tone for what was to be a frustrating round. While it seems a stupid criticism, the frequency and severity of the hills does get boring – the fairways slope down, up, left and right, with trouble in often unfairly penal places and a ridiculous lack of marker posts, making for some weird holes, a lot of blind shots (including to greens) and in our case a handful of lost balls. However, the lowlight of the day came after the 18th, with some of the worst food I can remember eating since my school canteen in a monstrosity of a building that would be better described as a plastic and concrete tumour on the main house than a clubhouse.

The courses main defence are its greens, which were consistently good throughout the round, and a strong collection of par 3’s, along with the phenomenal manor house. All in all, it’s worth playing if you are up in the area and after a round, just remember your packed lunch.

3 / 6
Rolls of Monmouth
November 28, 2017


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Although there is nothing wrong with Rolls, it is route one golf, no shot making required, just whack it as far as you can and fly a mid iron to the centre of the green. The greens are normally very good though. I always enjoy it here, but the reviews are overrated, everyone at the club works very hard and make your day a pleasant visit, but for variety of golf shots it is sadly lacking, if you're the sort of golfer that likes Liphook, Stoneham, The Berkshire etc and you're in this area looking for a game then Newport GC is for you, but if you're a fan of The Belfry, The London etc then you'll enjoy your day.
4 / 6
Rolls of Monmouth
July 02, 2015


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Nice enough course, in fact very nice, but let's not exaggerate. A lovely spot, good greens, but very poor condition fairways and tees. Too many blind shots, especially too many blind second shots.Very good par 3s, including a cracking finishing hole, across water towards the fine old mansion.A friendly welcome and a good lunch in the clubhouse.We'll play there again, happily, but it is not really a top rank course.
4 / 6
Rolls of Monmouth
June 12, 2012


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Having read all the rave reviews I was really looking forward to my visit - what a let down!First gripe - visitors only allowed to use yellow tees. This reduces many of the holes to a drive and a wedge. If we have paid a full green fee why can't we play the full course?The course starts with 2 very bland par 4's - each of which are semi blind and are no more than a drive and a wedge of the yellows. The front nine in general was exceptionally easy - I was level gross of 12 without holing anything. People have commented about the par 5 7th - not sure a par 5 that requires a drive and 2 wedges is a great hole. You could go for it in 2 but there is so much trouble near the green that it doesn't merit the risk.The back 9 is better and does require the use of a few more clubs in the bag - the par 3 13th in particular is a tough hole with water lurking right. The 17th is a decent enough par 5 but there is just no trouble - hardly any bunkers, no rough to speak off etc, etc. The 18th would be a very good finishing hole off the whites, but of the yellows it was a fairly undaunting mid iron to a large green. Overall, a well presented course, with good greens in a very nice setting, but with too many blind/ semi blind holes. If you want to be tested then this is not the place unless you can play off the whites.
3 / 6
Rolls of Monmouth
August 15, 2011


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MIKE
October 02, 2013
Are you on drugs? I have played golf at all the major golf resorts and courses in the South West of England and Wales and this track is in the top three...I would be interested in knowing where you think is better than the Rolls?
Harrison Brown
October 03, 2013
Saunton, Royal North Devon, Royal Porthcawl, Burnham and Berrow, St Enodoc, Trevose, Ashburnham, St Mellion, P & K, St Pierre, Southerndown, Celtic 2010, Newport GC, all better than Rolls, sorry Mike.
Dave R
October 04, 2013
Thanks for responding for me - I bow to your superior expertise but certainly had no difficulty coming up with plenty better courses in the SW than Rolls. To add some balance, I played it again recently and enjoyed it more than my previous visit. We played further back and the course was playing fast. Greens very good and a handful of really good holes - 3rd, 12 through to 14 and 17 in particular. Also a good mix of par 3's. in my opinion, it's spoilt slightly by the opening 2 holes and the 7th which are very weak. As others have said, it's a decent enough track, but its nothing special.
A fantastic "hidden gem" set in the stunning grounds of a country house. Some visually stunning holes, very tricky greens and four exceptional par 3s. Definitely worth a visit despite the rather remote location.
5 / 6
Rolls of Monmouth
September 23, 2008


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Could everyone stop raving about this course please?I have been making an annual pilgrimage to this "best kept secret in golf" for years - but the secret will be out if everyone keeps going on about how wonderful it is.Truth is, its magnificent - holes 14 to 16 perhaps a little weak (by comparison) but the rest is as good as any I have played anywhere in the world. 5, 6 and seven among the toughest stretches you'll ever find, and everywhere those breathtaking views!It's usually pretty quiet as well, so please, if you do play it, don't tell anyone else!!!!
6 / 6
Rolls of Monmouth
June 06, 2008


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Geoffrey Lloyd
September 11, 2008
This is an excellent course in a beautiful part of the country. The course is well-maintained and there are several interesting holes. I have played 6 of your top 15 courses in Wales and would rate this better than any of those. It desreves better tha Gem status.If only it had a decent clubhouse!
Really top rate course, well kept even in November with some well thought out holes. The course is very fair and the greens true. Scenery fantastic and a great bargain - £39 for a bacon roll and coffee beforehand, a round and lunch afterwards.
5 / 6
Rolls of Monmouth
November 06, 2007


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A decent parkland course-but not much more than that.The course undulates around the estate in a pleasant but not totally inspiring fashion.The par 3 13th is picturesque down the hill with a pond on the right but there are several flairly bland holes.The main defence of the course are its greens which are undulating, difficult to read and rather slow .The welcome is friendly and the clubhouse decent and for £40 per day its not bad value-just don't expect it to be superb.
4 / 6
Rolls of Monmouth
September 21, 2007


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Mr Evans
December 11, 2008
Have to disagre with the details of the greens being slow, if you play the course in November do you expect greens rolling to double numbers on the stint meter reading, fantastic and challenging greens, even for lower handicaps ! A must for golfers in the South Wales Valeys, probbaly over the much rated Celtic Manor
Jon
December 12, 2008
With regards to the reply posted on 11.12.08 to my original report we played the course early September as you can see when you correctly look at the entry date (it is the one below the entry not above!!)-so yes I did believe the greens were slow for the time of year.
Robbie
April 17, 2009
I'm not sure why the greens were seemingly slow in Sept. I've played the course many times and in all seasons. The greens have always been at least pretty quick and on one memorable occasion (4 putts being the order of the day) glasslike! I normally play on very quick-drying speedy links greens and Rolls always compares well.
Londondodge
March 19, 2010
I'm surprised that reviewers comments are only in defence of the greens. You only have to look at the other reviews of the course to see how isolated and rather sad his perspective is. It's not Augusta but if you can't enjoy a round here and appreciate the setting then you're not likely to anywhere.
This is without doubt the best golf course i have ever played.I live near Heathrow and there are a few of us now that travel every year to play this course for 3 days ( 36 holes a day ).We have just come back from there and it was yet again superb!.The course is a fair test of golf, with some excellent views of the welsh coutryside.The holes that will impress you are.....well all of them, 1 thru 18The par 3's are second to none, the best by far being the 13th, but only just from the stunning 18th.This course truly is a must and at such good prices you cant go wrong.
6 / 6
Rolls of Monmouth
July 31, 2007


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