Executive at Needwood Golf Course
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Fantastic fall conditions at Needwood
Needwood doesn't look like much on a scorecard...par 70, 117 slope from whites, but it is a much better looking course than it was a few years back, with a mature tree-lined fairways mixed with natural grass areas that is quite attractive. There is some challenge here, as well, with some severe elevation changes and a few tight doglegs.
I was extremely impressed with the conditions...probably the best fairways I've seen anywhere this year, good bunkers, and good greens. The fairways have great grass but are still firm enough to get good roll.
If you don't mind the hills, a very good course to walk.
Pace was poor, with a very large tournament blocking things up on a Sunday. The whole clubhouse/driving range complex is tired and worn out, but there were active kids schools going on, which is always good to see.
A cute little course
This is a nice little beginner's course, at well under 2,000 yards. This weekend, it was in great shape and moved along pretty well. It's an enjoyable layout...Some faux Scottish links on a tiny scale (with one combined green, Old Course-style), while the middle part of the course winds over a pond and some trees. A great place to take kids or get in some swings in just over an hour or so.
Great course for beginners
I have played here a dozen times and it is one of the easier nine hole courses in Montgomery County. It consists of 7 par 3s and 2 par 4s. The two par 4s create most of the difficulty and most of the Par 3s are under 150 yards. It is a super easy course to walk and can be finished in under an hour and a half easily. If you're playing alone in the evening you can finish in around an hour. The staff at Needwood is super friendly and easy to work with. I highly recommend playing here if you're new to playing or want to improve your higher irons (7-9)
Can't Remember Ever Playing This Course...
I've played all the Montgomery County courses, but don't know how I missed this one. We played on a Saturday morning, and the starter was a little disorganized but got us out on time. (I think just a lot of people converged on him, and he lost track.) I didn't realized when I booked the tee time how short the course is...6200 yards (and some change) from the tips and 4500 yards from the forward. There were some interesting holes, but also somewhat of a strange layout. Mostly, the fairways were in good condition, the rough was unmowed, long and thick, and the greens had some subtle breaks. There were no cart paths...only from the tee to get you to the fairway, so for new players we didn't know where we were going. We had to use the map on the back of the scorecard. Several blinds shots, where we were hit into, and a fair amount of either elevated tees or elevated greens. I didn't fall in love with the course, nor did I hate it. I thought it was a tad overpriced for what you get. I'll stick with Northwest, Rattlewood or Little Bennett. But, certainly worth a try if you want to try something a little different.
Its good for what it is - but let me set the record straight
Okay, this course is fairly old and mature. The main course doesn't have housing or road noise that gets in the way. However, it is a very short course(even from the back tees) and the greens are basically large and flat. The slope rating on this course should give you an idea of the difficulty. Why others are reviewing this course as a "great challenge" or the "more challenging of the MoCo courses" is odd to me. This place is not anywhere near as challenging as Little Bennett, or even Hampshire Greens, or Northwest golf course. The slope ratings prove that. It is a good place to play for all skill levels as it is forgiving and short. Single digit handicappers will be able to shoot in the 70's and have a chance to put up a really good score. High handicappers will have a good shot of breaking 90. Decent course and conditions, but not very challenging.
All The Spring Rain Paid Off
Course was in very good condition. Very green. The course layout was fair while giving different looks to keep more experienced golfers engaged. Nice equipment/gear in the pro shop too. My carry bag was covered with mildew due to the rain. They had Sun Mountain 2.5 ultra-light carry bags. I checked the price and they were extremely competitive with what was online. So I bought one. I will return.
5:15 to play
Don't waste your money. The greens are scuffed with some type of machine and uncut. Leaves are normal this time of year but Needwood is doing nothing to clear them. Staff said that they get so much play that it's not important to care about the golfers or to offer them any specials. Oh and did I mention 5:15 pace. It was a beautiful day outside today and the company was great. I'm not going back, too many other courses in this area that do care about the course and the golfers.
Made a mistake playing on a holiday. Very slow play. Regular tee times and ladies tournament going on at the same time. Very unorganized. Check before you get a tee time . Other then that course is good shape. Food very good.
Wonderful fall day on one of our favorite courses
Just all around pleasant outing, good starter, good conditions and good pace of play
This was a extremely good course. Playable in the fact that the rough was fair. Hit a low shot so reaching the fairway is difficult for me on long carries. Was not a problem here.
i have always liked needwood, great place to play. not too hard but challenging for the average golfer. would recommended to everyone.
Thoroughly enjoyed the round. Greens were tough but I was using a new putter. Will definitely play again. Staff was great.
great public course
For the value and challenges it presents, this course is highly recommended for better than novice golfers.
Course can be hit or miss with conditions but for most part it's not the best of the MCG courses. Tougher layout than most of the MCG courses but does offer the best inside 9 course around. If you are a beginner or taking kids out, the Executive 9 at Needwood is the way to go. The main course can be so-so.
This is a nice place to play for the average golfer. The course features large greens with some elevation changes. To the county's credit they do a nice job trying to maintain the property with new sand in the bunkers and special attention paid to troubled areas. If I have a complaint I think the fees are slightly high for what the course is a local muni, not an upscale daily fee.
to golf or not to golf
Been playing Needwood for years now but since NEW management the prices went up BUT the course has gone DOWN........I only play there when I find a good deal on Golf Now or one of the other golf websites.
Phenomenal Back 9
Great course. The back nine really gets interesting - especially 13, 16 and 18. Pace is good, people paired up with are very friendly . Enjoyed it.
This is a very good course. We played a threesome in 4 hours. We didn't eat or drink, but the facilities seemed nice. I have played here before and would play again. The fairways were nice and the greens were a little bumpy, but still in decent shape. I will definitely play again. Minor things would make this an excellent course. Upgrading cart paths and improving landscaping on some of the holes.