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Forest of Dean Golf Club

4.1   Golfshake Golf Course Rating 165 reviews | Post Review | Website
Price Guide: £££ | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Course Information

Forest of Dean Golf Club, Gloucester is an 18 hole, par 69 (5925 yard), private, parkland golf course established in 1973

18 holes | Par 69 | 5925 yards | Private | Parkland


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Address: Lords Hill, Coleford, Gloucester, GL16 8BD United Kingdom

Tel: 01594 832583

Golf Pro: Stuart Jenkins | Tel: 01594 833689

Website: http://www.bells-hotel.co.uk/index.php?/Golf/golf.html


Golf Club Facilities

Buggy Hire  Buggy Hire
Golf shop  Golf Shop
Changing rooms  Changing
Clubhouse  Clubhouse
Bar  Bar
Food  Dining
Function Room Hire  Function Room
Accommodation  Accommodation

Midweek Guide: £18.00 per round *

Weekend Guide: £25.00 per round *

* Any prices shown are guide prices, please confirm with the course prior to booking.

Tee Time Information

Midweek Guide: £18.00 per round *

Weekend Guide: £25.00 per round *

* Any prices shown are guide prices, please confirm with the course prior to booking.


Review Information


GOLFSHAKE RATING

4.1

Golfshake Golf Course Rating

 

AVERAGE RATING 3.9
(based on 165 reviews)

5 star
36
4 star
89
3 star
34
2 star
5
1 star
1
 

HIGHLY RATED

98%

would play again or recommend


3.7

The Course

4

Course Conditions

4.2

Value For Money

3.7

Pace of Play

3.8

Facilities & Service

4.4

Hospitality

2.9

Practice Facilities

4.1

Food & Drink

What the club says: The Forest of Dean Golf Club was founded in 1973 and is situated in the beautiful and unspoilt Area of Outstanding Beauty that is the Forest of Dean.

With unique rolling parkland, lakes, streams, bunkers and woodland, this par 69 eighteen hole golf course provides a challenge to all categories of golfers and is a joy to play.

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Gary G rated 4.5 out of 5

Reviewed Oct 23 2022

I'm a member here.

Brilliant membership and green fee rates at this really pretty course.

After years of being a nomadic golfer I was concerned I would get bored playing 95% of my golf on one track but it has been really nice over the last 18 months getting to know a course really well and I have shot some PB scores here.

The course is forgiving enough for beginners or those who are a little wild off the tee to still enjoy the game, but offers enough challenge to better players. This summer the greens were superb although slower than many in the area where the greens are kept a little longer to protect them for high midweek traffic due to the hotel.

The greenkeeping staff have done a superb job with the course over the last 18 months since I've been playing there.

The club could improve the course by adding simple wins.

Ball cleaners (even every 3 holes)
Warm up net.
Colour code flag (white, yellow, red) flags for back, middle, front of the green.
A Bell on the 13th green would also be a good idea..

I look forward to playing here through the winter.

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Nigel W rated 3.5 out of 5

Reviewed Sep 12 2022


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Daniel H rated 1 out of 5

Reviewed Sep 7 2022

The Greens had too much sand on top due to the weather.also the holes arnt cut out around the edges very well.

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Robert J rated 4.5 out of 5

Reviewed Aug 11 2022

Course in good shape considering the lack of water. Greens immaculate and fast. Couple of bunkers need a bit more sand. Round below 4hrs for a 3 ball but the first 9 nobody in our way and then we caught the seniors up and then slow. Friendly clubhouse with good food options including gluten free.

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Ian H rated 4.5 out of 5

Reviewed Jul 25 2022

Course in great condition , Greens running extremely well. The bunkers need some attention.
Staff in the bar very helpful.

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Neil F D rated 3.5 out of 5

Reviewed Jul 14 2022

Nice day nice course good fairways lots of undulations and ball running a long way greens slower than thought they would be maybe caused by overnight shower and grass a tad long

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Gary G rated 4.5 out of 5

Reviewed May 30 2022

I've enjoyed being a member here so much I signed for another year.
This is the best value membership deal in Gloucestershire.

Parts of the course can be seen as a little rough around the edges (no warm up net or ball washers) however the course is interesting enough to not get board but isn't tight so pace of place is normally fairly good. It could also do with a bigger putting green and chipping green which they appear to be considering near the first tee.

The course is fairly average in length and is fairly open. There is a good selection of gentle undulations which you go up and down throughout the course, this is not a hard walk. It has two par 5s which are risk and reward holes with either water or OoB if you want to go for them in two. It doesn't have any overly long par 4s so you shouldn't be hitting many 3 woods or hybrids off the deck if you're a medium length hitter of the golf ball. Not every hole is an instant driver off the tee due to ditches and shot shape patterns.

The greens are on the smaller side, however they're much larger than Painswick and the Monmouth courses which are two fantastic courses in the area known for having small greens.

Members and staff here are friendly and welcoming to new members & visitors. Lots of societies play here and stay in the hotel. The club house is normally fairly busy but rarely packed with sport on the TV. The club house does good food and has a pretty good selection of drinks for a golf club.

With the exception of when rain has been very heavy (two weeks in late December) the course has been open all year with no temporary greens. It has two bells on holes 1 and 14, which the club desperately need to put a sign up for (especially 14).

I would high recommend this club if you're planning a society day as this will suite all golfers of different abilities and fitness levels, it has bargain green fees. You can have a relaxing game of golf without having to worry about losing too many golf balls.

Playing this course in May the course is in superb condition. I've marked this course as fairly easy because you can go fairly off line without losing balls, that said I've had shocking games where I've lost 3 or 4 balls but I've also gone over 36 holes without losing one, which wouldn't happen at most courses.


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Steven B rated 4 out of 5

Reviewed May 24 2022

This is a great course with plenty of character. Played here a few times and condition improves every time.

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Andy W rated 4 out of 5

Reviewed May 3 2022

Nice parkland course

A nice parkland course, well laid out & in fantastic condition.
Fairly open, so you can have a go at it, bit there are a good mix of trees & water if you're really wayward.
Look out for the 10th hole a split fairway running down to a brook makes you think off the tee & the superb 12th. Tee down to the Brook, then you have the choice if laying up, or going for the island green.
The 8th is a cracking par 5 as well.
The hotel is comfortable, the food good & the staff friendly. All in all a good golfing experience.

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Kevin R rated 4.5 out of 5

Reviewed Apr 27 2022

The cause was well kept, green staff while getting the cause ready made sure they weren't in your way. Nicole clubhouse and well-stocked pro shop

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Robert U rated 3.5 out of 5

Reviewed Apr 26 2022

Nice course tuck away in the forest of Dean and has a bit of everything you want for the average golfer.It was quite busy due to the value for money with vouchers. Couldn't fault any aspect of it so will definitely play again.

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Martin E rated 4.5 out of 5

Reviewed Apr 23 2022

Great venue the course is in good shape, great pro shop.

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Stephen D rated 4.5 out of 5

Reviewed Apr 22 2022

We had a great day with good golf, great staff and super food. Well stocked pro shop and great advice from staff.

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Gary G rated 4 out of 5

Reviewed Feb 27 2022

I'm a member here.

This course has very good value for money.

Although this course doesn't excel in anything.

It also isn't boring. The course has nice gentle undulations with a variety of holes. There is enough challenge here to keep you coming back but you're not going to lose balls either. There are holes where the big hits take the advantage but you also don't need to hit the cover off the ball to shoot a good score here.

The greens are fair for this time of year. Although I do wish they would top dress 4, 7, 12, 13 because they absorb a lot of water when it rains.

A few ball cleaners and some more work on a few greens would improve the experience here massively and a net to warm up in would be great and a practice green to chip onto.

But you're not going to feel over charged and you will have a nice day here. I see lots of very happy societies and a members are brilliant. I popped on the course very early Sunday morning and got a round in by myself in 2:30 minutes however the course can be very busy at peak times, so take a beer and some crisps..

(Round played: Feb 2022 - Score: 82 Handicap: 14.4)

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Swindon rated 5 out of 5

Reviewed Nov 15 2021

Beautiful

What a course, very challenging greens fantastic fairways also respect to green keepers well maintained and will definitely play here again. Just a beautiful course.

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