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2 months agoReview
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reviewed Hindhead Golf Club
Very good

Hindhead Golf Club was founded in 1904 by no other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The quality of golf in the South of London is unbelievable high and so is Hindhead. I was lucky enough to be invited by a member and really enjoyed my day there. The course is currently undergoing an extensive bunker restoration supervised by famous golf course architect Martin Ebert. All but 2 holes are finished so far and I really liked the look of the new bunkers. If there is a minor complain, then only that the color of the sand is maybe a touch to flashy (white). But all in all, my compliments to the work done there. Hindhead's front 9 are very unique compared to other heathland courses around London as they are laid out through some ice age valleys. These holes wouldn't be out of place on any Austrian golf course but it's pretty unique for London. I found the holes very interesting to play. The tee shot on the 2nd hole is totally blind and you are really not sure if there is a fairway anywhere. But there is more room than you think. The par 3 6th hole is a nice dropshot par 3 with beautiful long views. My favourite hole on the front 9 is the par 4 9th. It's a long uphill par 4 playing 419 yards. You will need to hit your tee shot into the valley. The green is beautifully framed by colourful bushes and flowers. The back 9 play on a hillside heathland plateau. This is true heathland golf and some might even argue that the back 9 are better than the unique front 9. My favourite hole there was the medium length par 4 12th hole. It's a dogleg right and a fairway wood or hybrid club should be enough from the tee box as you will run out of fairway otherwise unless you can fade the ball. Your approach is then downhill into a punchbowl green. The right play is to land the ball well in front of the green and hope for the best. 😊

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Todd MoonFantastic read, thanks.
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Florian PichlerThanks Todd! 👍
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2 months agoReview
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reviewed Walton Heath Golf Club - Old Course
Fabulous

Walton Heath Golf Club is one of the premier heathland tracks in the south of London and rich in history. King Edward VIII was once the club captain. Winston Churchill used to be a member. And the 5 time Open Championship winner James Braid was the club professional until his death in 1950 (make sure to also visit the James Braid exhibition right next to the proshop when you are there). The club has also hosted the Ryder Cup in 1981. The club has two 18 hole courses to choose from (New and Old Course) and both are of high quality. The Old Course is consistently ranked in the top 100 golf courses in the world in most major golf magazines and I was lucky enough to play it on a mild December winter day. The Old Course starts with a rather dull and long par 3. The hole used to be a par 4 back in the day but as the crossing street to the club got busier they had to shorten the hole and make it a par 3. After playing the first hole you need to cross another road to get to the main property of the club where the remaining 35 holes of the club are laid out. The 2nd hole is then a tough 458 yards par 4 from the medal tees with an uphill approach into the green. My favourite hole on the front 9 is the par 4 5th hole. The hole plays a little downhill. There is a well placed front bunker short of the green which makes a running approach into this green very tricky. Most of the holes on the front 9 are running clockwise along the property boarder and overall I found the front 9 harder than the back 9. Once you reached the par 3 11th hole the course turns more into the middle part of the property and that's my favourite part of the course. The 14th is a beautiful downhill par 5 framed by heather left and right and you have great long views across both golf courses. My favourite hole on the back 9 is the par 5 16th hole. The fairway is sloped to the left which makes your tee shot hard as the best chance to attack the green in two is from the right side of the fairway. The green is guarded by a monstrous bunker on the right and I was pleased that my ball didn't end in there and I could pick up a birdie on the hole. Overall Walton Heath is probably the closest of an inland links course I have seen so far. Even in December the course didn't play soft. It's a classic golf course but still a tough test of golf. I really liked the unique unnatural mounds found on several holes on the course. They work at Walton Heath. And lastly: make sure to stay out of the heather. It's beautiful to look at but very hard to get out of. And at Walton Heath the heather just felt a bit more severe than on other heathland tracks I played in the area.

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