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Just a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of London, the Surrey lifestyle is at a complete contrast to the big city life. Small towns surrounded by beautiful countryside makes Surrey the perfect scenario for a large collection of golf courses. Whether you’re a twice a year hacker like myself or an avid golfer with a sub 10 handicap, there will be a course for you in Surrey. However, if you do want to spend 4 hours of your life following a golf ball around 18 holes, here are the best places to do it in Surrey.
Wentworth Golf Club
Being one of the most prestigious clubs if the Country, Wentworth had to get a mention on this list. Situated in Virginia Water in Surrey, Wentworth annually hosts the BMW PGA, which was won by South Korean breakthrough Byeong Hun An. However, this kind of dignitary service comes at a steep price, to put it bluntly in order to be a member at Wentworth you need to be absolutely loaded. New members have to fork out for a £125,000 joining fee, luckily once you’ve joined the annual membership fees are a cool £16,000. In 2014 current Wentworth members were asked to fork up another £100,000 in debentures for the club. Surely all of this means that Wentworth is one of the most exclusive clubs in all of Britain. I’ll start saving now.
Hoebridge Golf Centre
Self-proclaimed as the best pay-and-play golf club in the South, Hoebridge has the facilities to back this up. Located in 200 acres of parkland in Woking which boasts 3 different courses and 45 holes of golf. They successfully cater to all standards of golf, the three courses are.
The Main 18 hole course - a testing 6536 yards of golf with outstanding views.
Shey Copse – a 9 hole course twisting through woodland for a tactical game.
The Maybury Course – a par 3 course for any standard of golfer to enjoy.
All courses have a reasonable green fee for pay-and-play, so it’s worth making the trip to Woking for a round.
Guildford Golf Club is one of the longest standing Clubs in Surrey, founded in 1886 and situated on the Merrow Downs. The close proximity to Guildford enables to the course to have a fantastic view of the Guildford Cathedral as well as the Wembley Arch and the City of London. Historically it's a course that hosts competitions, societies and a number of other event days. It’s therefore quite a busy course which is reflected in the price; from the 1st April 18 holes on a weekday will cost you £80.
Leatherhead Golf Club is a well-known course having hosted PGA events in the past and the course continues host county fixtures there. The green fees are reasonable and a weekday twilight, which is only after 12pm, will set you back £21. This means that you really are guaranteed value for money. One thing to note is that the back 9 holes are quite short and it might be worthwhile brushing up on your short game before going.
This beautiful course has remained somewhat unknown, which perfectly suits the historic and isolated nature of the course. However, you’ll find the heathland course in Addlestone, near Woking. Although not the longest course at just over 6,000 yards, it counters this by making the course a challenging par 68. The player satisfaction is so high that some call it the best course in Surrey and definitely the best kept secret.