Freshwater Bay Golf Club

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Freshwater Bay Golf Club, Isle of Wight is an 18 hole, par 69 (5725 yard), private, downland golf course

Contact Information

Afton Down, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, PO40 9TZ United Kingdom

Tel: 01983 752955

Golf Pro: James Veal

Website: http://www.freshwaterbaygolfclub.co.uk/
 

Tee Time Information

  • Midweek Guide: £38.00 per round *
  • Weekend Guide: £38.00 per round *

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

Course Information:
18 holes | Par 69 | 5725 yards | Private | Downland

Golf club hireBuggy Hire Changing roomsClubhouse BarFood Handicap required

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Visitors: * Weekdays: from 9.30am (10.45am on Thursdays)
* Saturdays: from 9.30am to 12 noon and from 2.00pm
* Sundays: from 10.00am

  • Societies Accepted to Play
  • Society Deals Available
  • Voucher Deals Available
  • 7 Day Membership Available

Restrictions: Maximum Handicap No Restriction


Freshwater Bay Golf Club Reviews & Information


Golfshake Rating

  4.32

Golfshake Golf Course Rating from 27
Average Ratings
4.22 ... Overall Rating
4.33 ... The Course
4.80 ... Course Cond.
3.58 ... Facilities/Serv.
3.96 ... VFM
Addtional Ratings
3.60 ... Pace of play
4.60 ... Hospitality.
2.40 ... Prac. Facil.
3.40 ... Food + Drink
Reviews

27 ratings & 19 reviews on Golfshake. Ranked 596 out of 2102.

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What the club says: Freshwater Bay Golf Club is set on the chalk downs overlooking the English Channel on one side and the Solent on the other. The scenery is spectacular, with uninterrupted views to Swanage in the west, the Salisbury plains in the south to the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth in the east.
This is a beautiful part of the Isle of Wight. The Victorian poet Alfred Lord Tennyson made his home within ½ mile of the golf course and wrote;
“Take it and come to the Isle of Wight:
Where, far from the noise and smoke of town
I watch the twilight falling brown
All round a careless-order’d garden
Close to the ridge of a noble down…

His monument is visible from the golf course and the feeling of tranquility that he wrote about in the 1800s is still very much in evidence to this day, with the hustle and bustle of “normal” life soon forgotten whilst you take in the views and take time to “smell the roses.”

The site, owned by the National Trust, is a Special Site of Scientific Interest and also a European Special Area of Conservation, as it is home to many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. The course is blessed with ancient monuments which provide a special kind of hazard to the visiting golfer - the seventh fairway threads itself through two bronze age burial mounds hence the name Tumuli.
The course itself is a downland course, par 69 off the white tees, and is a challenge to golfers of all abilities. There are 6 par 3’s of varying length and difficulty, with the signature hole being our 14th. It has a stroke index rating of 18, but none of the members know why!!

Our clubhouse is friendly and relaxed and members are always available to provide advice on weather and playing conditions. We believe that our friendly hospitality will add to the enjoyment of your game,

Enjoy your game on Freshwater Bay Golf Course and delight in the views. However, do not be lulled into a false sense of security - the holes rarely play as serenely as they look!


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Reviewed May 6 2019 by Dennis H - rated 4 out of 5

Beautiful course

Lovely course not too long it’s all up hill at the start but the views are amazing the back nine is very good

(Round played: May 2019 - Score: 94 Handicap: 19.9)
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Reviewed Dec 13 2018 by Elliot N - rated 5 out of 5
Played at the end of september and the weather was still lovely luckily for us, right on the side of the cliffs. Very up hill for the front 9 then back down for the back 9. Enjoyed every last second on there and had wicked hole that was basically a straight drop down to the green for a par 3 towards the last few holes. Would play again if i'm a back over on the isle.

(Round played: Sep 2018 - Score: 103 Handicap: 38.1)
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Reviewed Sep 11 2018 by TR/Wokingham - rated 5 out of 5

Wonderful!

Abandoned the wife and boy for a few hours one morning whilst on holiday on the IOW for a week in early August to get a round in here.... and LOVED IT.

Not a links course as such, despite being afforded wonderful views of the sea from many holes... more of a downland course sat on top of a gurt big chalk cliff on the south coast of the IOW. Afton Down in fact, site of the infamous 1970 IOW festival where the Doors and Hendrix rocked the island all those years ago.

I played with a pencil bag of half a dozen clubs, as I suspected the walk around the course would be quite arduous in the wind (it's always blowing a hooly here even if at sea level it's quite calm) and wondered what condition the greens would be in this year, after months of sun and very little rain.

Well... to say I was delighted about the condition of the greens (in particular) would be an understatement.
These were the best greens I've played on this year. By some way. And remember.... this course was about exposed to the sun and the wind as any in the UK this summer.

I told a member back in the clubhouse after the round that even though I'd been beaten up by the course and wind a bit (there's never a flat lie at Freshwater and if you're a little offline... the wind, slopes and hard ground will take your ball 50+ yards further off line!) I'd give the course a glowing review as I was amazed at the wonderful quality of the greens. He said "Thanks. It's (the upkeep of the greens) costing us a fortune (because of the extended heatwave) this year".

A wonderful course with a delightful 18th too... heading back west towards the clubhouse and Freshwater village with the wonderful vista of the sea and white chalk cliffs set out in front of you. Heaven I thought.

I was lucky enough to meet a few of the members too. "The characters of the club", the barmaid and pro shop manager (all the same thing!) said at the time. Very friendly they were too.

I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed this course and the couple of beers I had afterwards, but there'd be little point. I think you get the picture.

The only thing I can think to say about what I didn't like about the course is that there were lots of blind shots. On most holes to be honest. Certainly on the front 9 and the first few of the back 9 too.

Other than that... HIGHLY recommended.

Very highly recommended.

But you didn't read that. Did you.
(I'd like to keep this to myself!)
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Reviewed Jun 28 2018 by Peter J - rated 4 out of 5

An usual downland course and very well worth a visit

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Reviewed Jun 26 2018 by Chris S - rated 5 out of 5

Great day

Excellent days golf at Freshwater club. The weather was glorious and views where fantastic. The course is a challenge and you need to be very aware of the slopes as your ball can easily run down these to the sides after a good shot. The course in very good condition with very quick greens. Club house is welcoming as are the members.
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Reviewed May 25 2016 by Clive S - rated 3 out of 5
Very difficult course with sloping lies on many shots. A magnificent days an this course provides absolutely stunning views along the SW coast and across to the Solent and mainland.

(Round played: May 2016 - Score: 96 Handicap: 20.6)
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Reviewed Jul 23 2015 by Mike S - rated 3 out of 5
Nice course with some wind this made life trickier. Lots of difficult foot positions throughout

(Round played: Jul 2015 - Score: 102 Handicap: 24.9)
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Reviewed Jul 7 2015 by N A STARK - rated 5 out of 5
Just played today in 30mph wind. Absolutely loved it! Stunning location, good mix of holes and views to die for. Really recommend it.
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Reviewed May 15 2015 by Stephen W - rated 5 out of 5
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Reviewed Jul 21 2014 by Alex B - rated 3 out of 5
Very interesting course and lovely views over the cliffs.

(Round played: Jul 2014 - Score: 93 Handicap: 19.3)
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Reviewed Jul 20 2014 by Andrew I - rated 4 out of 5
Nice course, in good condition. It's a challenge, especially when you are very badly hungover! If you're a big hitter you'll have plenty of chances to pick up shots as its a relatively short course.
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Reviewed Jun 4 2014 by Philip S - rated 2 out of 5
The twilight fee of £18 would be good value on a nice windless day; but this was not one of them and with winds approaching 40 mph at times the back nine was bit of a joke, until you reach some shelter at 14-16. Apart from no3 all of the front nine played downwind, whilst the back nine was into the wind or cross winds, apart from no17.

I was the only one on the course, clearly the members had better sense!

Excellent reception in the clubhouse though.



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Reviewed Oct 19 2013 by Graham B - rated 4 out of 5
Very good course & with a strong wind is a great challenge, a must play course
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Reviewed Oct 7 2013 by Mike S - rated 4 out of 5
Lovely course with conditions we had, on another day a different story. Still a great course

(Round played: Oct 2013 - Score: 92 Handicap: 25.7)
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Reviewed Apr 2 2013 by The Wyder Cup Tour - rated 5 out of 5
Wow what course and what hospitality..... When the locals great you with, "Good Luck", you know you are in for a treat.

Just played this course over one of the coldest weekends ever and it was superb. Even though I couldn't feel my face and rain had poured down for several days prior, the course was in great condition. The staff couldn't do enough for the group and in fact we are heading back next year !!. It doesn't seem a long course on the card but when you are on the edge of the island and there is any wind...... it plays tough. Would highly recommend.....
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Reviewed Mar 27 2013 by James C - rated 5 out of 5
Just played this course on a very cold and lazy windy day (the wind went through you and not around you). But this is a great course with stunning views over the English Channel. The staff and members are all very friendly and helpful. The course looks short on the scorecard, but this is very deceiving.

Would play it again and recommend it.

James
21 Handicapper
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Reviewed Jul 6 2012 by Ian S - rated 5 out of 5
A very very nice course set in a fantastic location with awesome views and very helpful staff. The course was in top condition with lovely greens. A must play!

(Round played: Jun 2012 - Score: 91 Handicap: 21)
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Reviewed Apr 9 2012 by Jim D - rated 4 out of 5
Spectacular views of Needles and IOW

(Round played: Apr 2012 - Score: 102 Handicap: 16.3)
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Reviewed Aug 16 2009 by Steve T - rated 5 out of 5
Lovely links course, very friendly staff and members. Stunning views of the English channel and a very challenging 18 hole set up. Good mix of holes including a stunning downhill par 3 at 14. Not sure I am doing it justice.
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Reviewed Aug 16 2009 by Steve T - rated 5 out of 5
Lovely links course, very friendly staff and members. Stunning views of the English channel and a very challenging 18 hole set up. Good mix of holes including a stunning downhill par 3 at 14. Not sure I am doing it justice.
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