AS winter weather sets in, clubs up and down the country begin their annual battle to keep their course looking attractive enough to lure visitors to their 1st tee.
Complimentary bacon rolls and pots of teas are usually at the forefront of many clubs' plan to pull in those hardy enough to put on their spikes – but Rother Valley Golf Centre have worked on something with more substance.
The staff at this South Yorkshire course have been busy ploughing their efforts into revamping the course’s tees, greens and fairways, to provide superb conditions at a bargain Christmas price.
At only £35 per fourball on weekdays and £50 on weekends, it is not hard to see why this Mark Roe design was recently voted ‘Best Venue in England for under £20’ by society golfers.
However, after two snow-filled winters the club has been heavily investing in improving their greens in a bid to remain on top of the budget venue list.
So far, greens have been dressed and treated, while new winter tees, made from railway sleepers and synthetic matts, have replaced the old and tired versions.
So if you are sat about thinking of where to test out your new winter mitts and ball initial printer, why not grab three mates and head down to Rother Valley.
Furthermore, extensive work on drainage means those walking the 6,400-yard parkland layout will be rewarded with quick and smooth-running greens, rather than the makeshift winter versions that are so often in-play around the country.
It will also be the third season that the club has fertilised not just the greens and tees, but also all the fairways. According to general manager Richard Hanson this has made all the difference.
“The fairways could get patchy at the sign of a heat wave in the past, but the last few years they have been superb," he told NCG.
“The all-round package is being improved here, we have changed what the bar stocks to suit the personal demands of our members and visitors and we are one of the ever decreasing number of clubs who still have Sky so our guests can enjoy decent beer, food and entertainment after an enjoyable round of golf.”
It is not just on the course and in the bar where Rother Valley’s quest for value is present. The driving range, at only £1 for 20 balls, has also had the luxury of a recent makeover, with new matts, balls, power tees and a lick of paint for good measure.
Next in line for an update is the centre’s par-3 course, which will also have new drainage fitted, greens over seeded and new matts installed. The course has holes from 70-130 yards and will provide newcomers to the game with a more realistic challenge and members and guests alike a place to hone their short games.
Rother Valley currently has a small but active membership, meaning that visitors can always find a space to fit in 18 holes, made all the easier by the club's new online booking system that has been a huge success.
So if you are sat about thinking of where to test out your new winter mitts and ball initial printer, why not grab three mates and head down to Rother Valley Golf Centre, where a tenner will get you 18 holes and a bucket of range balls.
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