"Considering the time of year we were playing (a clear and cold December weekend) the conditioning of the two courses at Brocket Hall was absolutely miraculous. Fairways immaculate and greens as pure as I've ever seen in the off-season. No temporary greens and only one or two tee mats in use. This is unprecedented in all my experiences of winter golf all over the UK. Bravo greenstaff!
The courses themselves were a joy to behold in autumn with the numberous tree-lined fairways and the myriad of colours on display. Although the Palmerston is the signature course, the boys in the group all felt the Melbourne had the beating of its higher profile neighbour for quality, enjoyment and challenge. In our opinion, the Melbourne had the more interesting holes, particularly those crossing the river which bisects the Brocket Hall Estate. These were the 2nd, 4th 16th and belting downhill par 5 18th with the final approach over the river and requiring a unique button-operated electric ferry crossing to get to the green. The greens were far more challenging and probably a foot or two quicker on the Melbourne too. This is not to take anything away from the Palmerston though, which is more tree-lined with clever fairway bunkering which requires more strategy at times with club selection off the tee. Our favourite hole was the 3rd.
The hotel was perfectly comfortable with a decent breakfast and a nice touch of a complimentary Sunday newspaper. The clubhouse bar is a pretty small affair but the staff are very attentive and there's a nice snooker table which we took full advantage of. Overall value for B&B and 2 rounds is a real steal. Snap up this offer while you can, especially as it includes weekends. For the price, we've experienced nothing better."
"I went to Brocket Hall on a recommendation from Your Golf Travel and was thoroughly impressed with the venue. Played the Palmerston course twice and it was in very good condition, at par 73 it's a very good challenge. The Melbourne looks very different to the Palmerston, with a lot more water, but it had recently been treated so we will be returning to play both courses.
The whole facility was kept to a very high standard so credit to all the ground staff. The staff in the accommodation reception were very polite and you felt that nothing would have been too much trouble. The prices in the bar for drinks and food were also very good and you could easily spoil yourself in the restaurant. Visited another course in the vicinity and would pick this one again without any hestation whatsoever. Excellent value along with an excellent deal from Your Golf Travel who came up trumps with this one again. 10/10."
"As a group of six taking up the amazing deal of just £115pp at Brocket Hall - albeit at the tail end of one of the coldest winters known (in my life) in the south of England - we were well impressed.
The two courses, The Melbourne and The Palmerston, are no pushovers. Even though some of our higher handicappers did score well in places they are both stiff challenges. Playing at the beginning of March we were not sure what to expect but apart from a little badger damage here and there both stood up well, with good greens and recently forked fairways. Our group felt on the day we played the Melbourne that some of the pins were in unfair positions, on slopes that would leave the deftest putt from the wrong side, further away than when we started. However the lovely water features and signature 18th more than made up for the early concerns. On the second day we played the Palmerston, which we all enjoyed more. It is a little longer, but every bit as testing with some long par fives, and very pretty par threes in the woods. The kind of course you go to bed at night recalling the different holes!
The bar and hotel accommodation were first class as was the service. The breakfast was varied with several options other than full English and the price of beer was possibly less than we expected. We have had experience of being "held hostage" to bar prices in similar venues. The stable block accommodation was very comfortable with individually themed rooms and the deepest baths in the UK!"
"Brocket Hall was fantastic. Two great courses completely different. Rooms immaculate and a nice bar at basically pub prices. All staff very friendly. Great value trip which works well for both golfer and provider. I would say Brocket gets 8/10 and would have been a 9 if the sun was out."
"What a fabulous venue Brocket Hall was to take 16 ladies to! Two extremely challenging championship courses, with stunning views of Brocket Hall and the Estate - the Melbourne did prove to be a VERY long course for our "elderly" ladies! The staff at Brocket Hall gave us a very warm welcome and were extremely attentive throughout our stay. The rooms at Melbourne Lodge (the old stables) were very comfortable and our dinner, which was served in the very attractive Piano Lounge (at a large oval table) was delicious."
"Superb golf break over the Bank Holiday weekend. The Melbourne course providing the fun factor with many of the holes hitting over the spectacular waterways into difficult pins, in contrast the Palmerston demanding greater accuracy with its tight fairways and distinctive sloping greens. The free practice facilities at Brocket Hall (range, par 3 course, chipping and putting zones) are the best I have experienced in this country. Add that to the relaxed atmosphere of the private grounds and well positioned clubhouse/accommodation, we are already looking forward to going back and posting a better score."