Warminster's Five Ponds Golf Course
I WILL NEVER PLAY HERE AGAIN
My friend and I recently played this course over Memorial Day weekend. With so many nice public courses in the area we like to rotate between courses. We hadn’t played here in a couple of years but my friend drove by and said it looked like it was in great shape so we booked a tee time for Sunday morning. The course was in fairly good shape considering the long cold winter we endured. We were having a very enjoyable round until we came to the 17th hole which was a downhill par 3 over water. We all hit our tee shots and hopped in the carts and drove to the green. We parked the carts and got out and walked to the pin which was about 40 yards away on the other side of the green. As we were putting the course ranger came up and took the key from our cart. He very rudely stated that we were parked too far up the cart path. The cart was completely on the cart path and my friend I were confused as to why he had such a belligerent attitude. Instead of politely asking us to move the cart back a little he kept the key and hopped in his cart. Any other course I have ever played if you were doing something wrong the ranger would ALWAYS politely give you a warning first. Before he sped away with our cart key he had the audacity to tell us to “HAVE A NICE WALK BACK”. We abruptly picked up our balls, grabbed our bags off the cart and started walking back to the club house. We walked about 40 yards before we were approached by the starter who had left his post and drove his cart out to us. He was very nice gentleman and profusely apologized on behalf of the course and for the unacceptable behavior of the ranger. He offered us the cart key back which we promptly refused on principle. He went on to say that the ranger had treated other players the same way for parking in the same spot on numerous occasions. He said in each case the players simply left the course without saying a word and never returned for another round. He strongly encouraged us to speak with the club manager about the unacceptable behavior of the ranger. He was very nice and we thanked him and continued our walk to the club house. When we arrived back at the club house we asked for the manager and were told that he was on his way back in from the course. We explained the whole story to the club manager who in turn took our information and said that he would talk to the ranger and then call us. We never received that phone call or an apology and will never return to this course again. My buddies and I have played 100’s of courses in numerous states and have never been treated so poorly!!!! There are too many nice courses in the area too waste your hard earned dollars here. I have never written a negative review of a course in my life but I am still fuming over the lack of courtesy and belligerent attitude of the five ponds Five Ponds staff!!!!!
July 21, 2015
quality public golf
This is a quality public golf course that gets a lot of play but is generally always in good condition. The greens are always good. The challenge of the course will test the best players and with five sets of tees golfers can pick the right yardage to get the most enjoyment. However most forward tees are too long for average woman player based on USGA standards. That said, there are cart path markers for Family Tees marked for players who hit the tee ball 150 yards and 120 yards. Rates are in line for the area.
July 20, 2015
Pace of Play and No Help
Course is very walkable. Greens were a bit rough. While on course, called Pro Shop twice (hole 7 and hole 12) requesting ranger assistance with mega-slow, inexperienced foursome. Individuals from this group held up other groups in adjacent fairways. One one hole, slow group had caused four groups to be backed up on it. If ranger responded to call #1, it did little good. On second call, Pro Shop didn't answer (call placed 25 minutes before posted Pro Shop closing). Group finally let our group through on hole #16. Courses that don't actively manage pace of play get put on my "Do Not Play" list which why I would not recommend this course to a friend. If corrected, I would recommend this course especially if greens improved.
June 12, 2015
Always fun to play
I always enjoy playing the course. Some greens are a little beat up and still need to fill in from the weird spring we had. Pace of play could be better, but a lot of that depends on who your playing with and if your losing balls into hazards or water on some holes. Generally the course is in good shape.
May 26, 2015
Course condition is not up to par at all. Used to come to this place for better greens, fairways and tee boxes. Very disappointed. Double booked with the outing group, makes us on the edge as well although course manager accommodated and the whole outing group were playing at decent pace.
May 22, 2015
Worst greens I have ever played on.. every green but one suffered major damage from the winter.. fairways were also horrible. Layout is good but stay away until they are able to repair the course.
May 11, 2015
Greens are in terrible shape.
Nice layout for the course and challenging.
The distances makers are way off and deceiving. Greens are in terrible condition when I played.
May 5, 2015
Recovering from a harsh winter
Course is a nice track although there are holes that go back and forth that make it a bit of a shooting gallery Overall conditions were mediocre as the course is recovering from a harsh winter with a lot of winter kill on fairways and greens. This is more a cosmetic than playability issue. The greens look horrible but they putt ok. Some of the greens were a little bumpy. One of the best fetaures of this course is the greens so hopefully they will come around. The eighth green was in very good shape and is indicatve of what the course is usually like. Pace of play on a Tuesday afternoon was 4 1/2 which was a bit slow for our group of accomplished golfers who play fast. We waited on every shot and never saw a ranger. Course has a good range and practice facility. One of the better practice putting greens around.
April 28, 2015