A superb hotel and golf course. The room was large and clean, and the beds were very comfortable. It was good that there was a bath and a separate shower in the en-suite. The staff were helpful and friendly. Our only criticism was that the service was extremely slow at dinner. We had to wait nearly half an hour for our table but we were given bread and olives in the meantime, then it took 2 hours and 45 mins to have a 3 course meal. However, all four of us were really impressed with the excellent food.
Abbey Hotel Golf & Spa
The Abbey is fortunate to have a fantastic golf course designed by Donald Steel, one of the world's finest golfing architects of his generation. Inaugurated in the late 1970s, the layout has continued to mature, and with this its reputation has grown; it is now a regular host to county tournament play.
The 175-acre estate that hosts the golf hotel was once the property of the now ruined local abbey. With superb access to Birmingham and the towns to its South, there are many advantages to a golf break at the Abbey.
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The Abbey Golf & Country Club
From the championship pegs, Steel's creation measures a shade under 6,700 yards, making it a genuine test of ball-striking ability, but with hotel visitors in mind, there are tees to suit golfers of all abilities. The main obstacles en route to a good score are the mature trees that line the fairways, and the lakes which are all too ready to welcome wayward golf balls.
The Abbey Golf Course layout includes mature trees, lakes and on the whole the fairways are wide with the rough not too punishing, the picturesque 6th is a 200 yard drive from the medal tee with the green surrounded on three sides by the River Arrow. The 12th is a challenging uphill par-4 drive between two mature oak trees at 250 yards with the green concealed out of sight at the top of the hill.
The Abbey Hotel Golf & Spa is also able to boast superb practice and coaching facilities which includes a two-tier 28 bay floodlit driving range, heated teaching bays, automated ball dispensers, high quality 'berm outfield lighting' 3 large high quality pro target greens and a custom fit centre which uses Trackman technology - the choice for swing and ball flight analysis by golf' leading authority: the PGA Tour and The R&A and Tour Pros - the only Midlands club to feature this technology!
Accommodation at Abbey Hotel Golf & Spa
The deluxe 4 star Abbey Hotel Golf & Spa is set in a beautiful 175-acre estate on the edge of Redditch town. The Abbey boasts 100 contemporary bedrooms with many offering stunning views of the hotel grounds. Making it a popular venue for golf breaks. The Rooftop Penthouse Suites give you the best view in town over acres of golf course and countryside.
There are many wonderful activities onsite including the superb Health Club & Spa. Plunge into the refreshing waters of the indoor heated swimming pool, be still in the steam room, sink into the warm spa bath and rest in the sauna. You my also choose to use the gymnasium or pamper yourself with a spa treatment using divine products by Dermalogica.
- Golf Buggies
- Driving Range
- Putting Greens
- Indoor Swimming Pool
- Steam Room
- Beauty Salon
- Conference Facilities
- Banqueting Facilities
- Award Winning Restaurant
- Private Dining
The hotel was sufficient for a weekend golf tour and our party of 19 generally enjoyed their time. The thing that spoilt the weekend was the quality of the evening meal and the very poor service delivering it. The food was all pre-ordered so the kitchen and staff new exactly what had to come out and when so there was no excuse for the ridiculously long time it took to get the food out on each table. The quality of the food was extremely poor. The most popular choice was the steak burger which was dry as anything in a plain white bun, an attempt at a side salad with no dressing and a few chips that looked like they had been cooked 2 hours earlier and left warming somewhere. Everyone requested either ketchup or mayo to try and make the meal at least edible which eventually turned up after 20 minutes when everyone had near enough finished their meal. The pan fried fish option was served with an undercooked risotto that was still crunchy and a side salad that was brown on the edges. The only redeeming option it seemed like was the chicken. The service was extremely poor and I put the blame squarely at the management for a complete lack of training and understaffing which is unforgivable when they already knew how many they had to feed that night. Also both bars at the clubhouse and the main hotel bar had only one bartender and at the busiest time after everyone had come off the course there was at sometimes 3 or 4 deep queuing at the bar. Overall, although the rooms were ok everything else was spoilt by the hotel managements cost cutting in the areas of staff training and allocation of staff numbers which I communicated to the actual manager that evening. We wouldn't book this venue again.
Rooms at the Abbey where large and very comfortable. But we did have a upgrade to superior rooms. Overall the the hotel was very good but will soon be in need of a major facelift. The most disappointing thing was the lack of staff running the bars. On or first day the sports bar only had Boddingtons on draught,all the other draught beers where not available and we had to make a trip to the restaurant bar to get the likes of lager or Guinness. Food was very good,both dinner and breakfast.
All 8 member's of the party thoroughly enjoyed themselves, all agreeing that it was very good value for money. Hotel was clean and tidy, and food in the evening was very good.
We visited purely for the golf, so didn't use the spa facilities - which I guess helps to gain the star rating. The 1st floor rooms have dormer windows, and you need to watch your head! Hotel and catering staff were polite, but mainly inexperienced, which led to a few hiccups in billing, etc. However, a pleasant short trip.
24 of us had 2 rounds of golf on a very nice course would def go back and play it again. Evening meal was nice but portions where small. We had a few large fellows who like there food. Staff where very helpful and accommodating.
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It’s an excellent, quite demanding course with every hole offering interest. We were disappointed that there wasn’t a marshall on the course as the pace was painfully slow. We played Saturday and Sunday, both taking over 5 hours. We hadn’t played the course before and were amazed that there were no course planners for sale in the pro shop, nor any hole plans on the tees. The fareway markers were discs on the ground which were hard to spot...post markers would have been much easier to see.
Nice course where the greens were in very good nick. The only minor problems were they had every par 3 hole on temporary tee's which is ridiculous when the ground was still firm. The signage to the next tee around the course is also poor if you haven't played the course before.
Great course with very challenging par 3s all supposedly high handicap holes,but all played really hard. A great selection of holes which made us all plan or way round. The most disappointing aspect was very poor golf shop for such a large complex. No starter on course and unhelpful member of staff in the golf shop.
Kept in good condition, and great variety in terms of holes. There was a few blind holes, but interesting all the same. GPS watches don't quite work on the course, so can only assume they have altered the layout recently.
Played the course twice, and enjoyed both games. As expected, play was slow, because our two=ball was sandwiched between lots of 4-ball visitors. But the weather was great, so no problems!
Greens in very good condition. Had a lot of rain on the Thursday but still enjoyed the round.
Staff in the yawned bar were excellent went out of the way to help & as it was overbooked they made a huge effort to compensate for this Overall it was a good weekend with great friends but not a place a would recommend to return Hotel looked tired & in need of updating Several issues in the room like shower needed repair temperature gauge wouldn't change. Main issue was that we were booked in the restaurant both nights but we were put in the yawned bar for the first night & menu was not what we were expecting Cannot though express how great the staff are in this bar
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Abbey Hotel Golf & Spa Frequently Asked Questions
Q - What time is check-in and check-out times?
A - Check-in from 3pm | Check-out from 11am
Q - What time is breakfast?
A - 6:45-9:30am on weekdays, 7-10:30am on weekends
Q - What is the dress code for dinner?
A - Smart Casual
Q - What restaurant do I need to book for dinner>
A - Brambling’s Restaurant
Q - Is there a range on site?
A - Yes
Q - Are there buggies available to hire?
A - Yes
Q - How much is the fee for the caddies?
A - No caddies available
Q - Are there any weekend golfing restrictions?
A - None
Q - How many bars are there?
A - There are bars on site
Q - Is there BT or Sky Sports in the communal area?
A - Sky Sports
Q - Is there a charge for car parking on site?
A - There is complimentary car parking