Can anyone play golf at Billingbear, or do you have to be a member?
As a pay and play golf course, you do not have to be a member to play- all golfers are welcome. Anyone can play here of any standard. We do offer a membership for golfers wishing to maintain a handicap and play in our competitions with our other members.
Do I have to book or can I just turn up?
We recommend that during peak times, these are generally mornings every day or summer evenings after 4pm you call ahead as the long course will be very busy. However we always do our best to make sure everyone gets a game of golf. If you are playing the par 3 course you wouldn’t normally need to book. You can check available tee times online if you register for our online booking tool or call 01344 869259 to enquire with the clubhouse team.
What time do you open and close?
We operate a dawn to dusk policy so the times will vary throughout the year.
Generally the clubhouse will be open every day from 730am throughout the week.
Weekends we open a little earlier at 630am for all those early bird golfers.
A good thing as well is we will still be here when you finish your round just before it’s too dark to play for a drink.
How much are the green fees?
Please see this page for our current green fees.
Is there a dress code?
On the golf course, the preferred dress code is a collared shirt such as a polo shirt, trousers or shorts. Trainers can be worn if you do not have golf shoes. No high heeled shoes or football boots are permitted on the course. In the clubhouse we do not enforce a dress code for those visiting for food and drink.
As long as you are dressed smart casual then that’s great.
However, vests are not permitted on the course or in the clubhouse.
Can I hire a buggy?
We do have golf buggies available for hire. To hire a buggy we do request that you book in advance. You must be over 17 and hold a drivers licence to hire a buggy. You can only have one buggy between a maximum of two golfers. We will require you to complete a form with all of your contact information and we hold onto a deposit such as a credit card/ car keys, which we give back to you once you return the buggy and we check it over for any damage. If there is any damage to the course or buggy, you may be charged for repairs. Management does reserve the right to refuse buggy hire to customers. During wet weather buggies may not be allowed on the course so always call ahead to check and to avoid disappointment.
Do I need to have my own golf clubs?
Here at Billingbear we operate the policy of no shared clubs amongst golfers.
Each person playing must have their own set of clubs or bag each.
We have golf clubs and bags for hire so if you do not have your own equipment that is not a problem! We will ask for a deposit and contact information for anyone hiring equipment.
What do ‘winter rules’ and ‘tee up’ mean?
During the winter months when the course is very wet, golfers are required to take certain precautions in order to protect the course from damage. This may involve teeing up your ball on the fairway, ‘pick and place or winter rules’ which means you can pick your ball up whilst either on the fairway or buried in the rough- clean it then place down within 6 inches of initiate lie. Trolleys must have ‘hedgehog’ spikes on the wheels which reduce damage to the course. Buggies may not be allowed out during particularly wet conditions so always call ahead.
Do you offer Twilight Golf?
We do not have any specific Twilight rates/ times however we recommend you ask when you come into the clubhouse and if you will only be able to do, for example, 5 holes of golf, a reduced rate may be agreed. This also depends on the time of year and at what time you come.
Can I bring someone with me to just walk around, they don’t want to play?
Unfortunately we cannot allow this due to Health and Safety risks.
Walkers, dogs, babies in push chairs aren’t allowed.
Can I book online?
Yes! You need to register for online booking, once approved you’ll be able to check available tee times and book online up to 3 weeks in advance.
What is the maximum number of golfers per tee slot?
The maximum number of golfers that can play together is 4. Crowds of more than 4 golfers will have to use more than the 1 tee time. If groups are larger than 4 then they are too slow and hold up the rest of the golfers which creates a back log throughout the whole course. If groups are found to be playing in groups of more than 4, they will be asked to split into separate groups. Failure to comply may result in being asked to leave the course.
Can I buy food and drinks from the clubhouse?
Yes, we have a fully licensed bar and serve food daily between 9am and 2.30pm. Our menu includes all of the favourites such as a Traditional Cooked Breakfast, Ham, Egg & Chips, Soup, Toasted Sandwiches, Panini’s, cakes and much more. We also have daily Specials and Roast Dinners on Sundays. You do not need to book a table during the week but if you would like to join us for a roast we do require a booking.
All our food is homemade and bought in fresh.
Is your venue available for hire for a party or wedding?
Yes, our venue is ideal for many types of events. Please see this page for more information and who to contact to discuss your event.