Forest Glen Golf & Country Club Review


May 06th, 2014 19:22

Reviewer

First Name Peter
Last Name Rochefort
Handicap 12

Course Review and Comments

I am an avid believer in fast play. I have never played slow in my life. When we arrived at the first tee we were told of the importance of avoiding slow play and I agreed with the starter that this slow play must be avoided. As a mater of fact my wife (who has only played golf for a year) and I played 18 holes with no one in front of us last week in 2 hours and 50 minutes.
We were paired with another couple who we had never met and at the 5th hole a course marshal greeted us and told us that the group was 4 minutes behind and That as a result would not be permitted to tee of and would have to skip the tee shot and move down the fairway. In the 44 years I have played golf, I have never seen such disrespect. In all my experiences, the course marshal would at least politely remind a group that they were a bit behind and to please speed it up. Instead the group was treated as if they had committed a violation and must pay the price. I have never seen such disrespect and humiliation shown to golfers. First of al it was only 4 minutes but there was a good reason for this, the first hole has an area where driving range balls and golfers teeing of from the first tee have a common landing ground. In our case, one of our golfers landed a shot where there were hundreds of range balls. So it is no doubt that a golfer that hits a ball in bounds and sees the ball land will look for his or her ball rather than declaring a lost ball. The golfer in this case ended up not finding his ball amongst the hundreds of range balls and had to declare a lost ball. We searched for his ball for about five minutes, as the previous groups we observed before us had done. For a course that is dedicated to fast playa, they need to think of the correcting design flaws that are contributing to slow play.
This whole experience really put a damper of the round for everyone and everyone felt humiliated as no one thought that the marshals actions were warranted. As a matter of fact we finished the round in 4 hours and 5 minutes with the group behind having to wait momentarily for us on only 3 or 4 holes.
As for the shape of the course, the fair ways were excellent and the course was challenging however the greens we vey poor as the were recently dressed and totally inconsistent with dead spots. Also as this was the first time playing this course, the signage and hole information was about the poorest I have ever seen. It's probably great for someone that is familiar with the course but really poor for first time visitors.
Overall, I would not recommend this course to someone wanting to try a new course, not because it is not a good course overall but because of the disrespect and intolerance shown to new golfers.

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Date course was played Tuesday 06th of May 2014
Price paid for golf 60
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