10 reviews of Betchworth Park Golf Club.
Betchworth Park Golf Club is a true traditional private members club with a refreshingly forward thinking approach. The practice facilities are absolutely some of the best available in Surrey so make sure that you take the time out to hit a few before heading out onto one of Harry Colts classic golf courses. Kept in immaculate condition all the year round, Betchworth has breathtaking views and a superb layout making it a must on the 'to-do' list of courses. We have enjoyed playing here a number of times during the 2013 season and the course and venue has been an absolute pleasure to visit every time.
Played the course for the second time during our 2011 Indian Summer and found it mostly in brilliant condition. We played last summer when it was really dry (like so many Surrey courses get in July/August) and didn't really enjoy it, thinking it pretty average. However, the trip back with friends who had a charity auction voucher was well worth it.
Condition wise, greens are lush and well cut, greens fast & true, rough long enough to cost you a shot while not usually losing a ball. However, the greenside bunkers are the real weak point. They are well placed and have deep faces - but the depth and quality of the sand is so poor that getting neatly out is very tough, they are far closer to fairway bunkers in sand style.
Having said all that, it is a very good course with truly wonderful views on a clear sunny day. The club house is welcoming and pleasant and the course is nicely mixed with a range of different challenges to think your way through from raised greens, dog legs, blind shots, streams & ditches and some nice elevated tees to let a big drive fly from.
Well worth the trip.
Betchworth Park isnt the longest golf course you'll ever play, especially from the yellow tees but for a challenging, enjoyable day out, on a quality course its difficult to fault.
The quality of the course design is excellent as you would expect from a man who designed Wentworth (before Ernie Els got his paws on it) and was also responsible for the layout at Muirfield & Royal Liverpool. The opening 420 yard, uphill, doglegged par 4 is a really difficult opening hole where bogey is not a bad score for us mere mortals (locals say that this was once the 18th when the course was first built). And contrary to one reviewer, actually i thought most of the holes felt very different to each other...
It seemed like many of the tee boxes had been recently replaced and they were in pristine condition. The greens were something else again. Fantastic condition, very very quick and true but with lots of slopes, dips, borrows and tiers to really challenge the business end of your game. I imagine its possible to play really well here tee to green and still walk off with a cricket score if you dont bring your putting A-game.
I felt the one downside to this course was the condition of some of the bunkers (as noted by a previous reviewer) whilst some were perfectly fine, others such as the signature 4th hole could definitely have done with a little more sand in the greenside bunkers.
Add to this the fact that you wont find better views anywhere than from the elevated tees of Betchworth Park (except maybe the 5th at Old Thorns in Hampshire) this is definitely a golf course worth playing.
Excellent course and reasonably challenging. the views of box hill are great. Greens and tees maintained to a very high standard as are the fairways.
The only let down for this course are the bunkers, the sand has been compacted so much you cant get under the ball,even members playing in front of us had commented on them. Other than this its a great course.
After a twenty year plus break I had the pleasure to return and play the course on a freezing January morning with a long standing member and good friend. In heavy frost we started of the 9th and on the par 3 I saw an excellent approach from the tee ricochet over the green - lesson learn't ! Both the par 4 11th and 12th offered both confidence and good opportunities to drive and land approach shots onto the green while the 13th was a good challenge for landing high on the green. The 14th has a helpful downhill shot to the green after the dogleg left while the 15th was a challenging long par 3. The par 4 16th needed a controlled drive which avoided anything left before a testing approach dogleg left with more dangers on the sloping left.The longer 17th and par 5 18th offered stapleford opportunities if you stayed long and staight. My favourite holes were found on the first nine with great views and unique difficulties - notably the 3rd and 4th. To summarise any player with control would enjoy the challenges of a course not over burdened with bunker or water hazards. Throughout I was impressed by the care and maintenance of the course and in clear blues skies the views were spectacular. I would look forward to returning again in milder temperatures !!
Played here midweek January 07 .
An okay parkland course although there wasn't too much to get excited about here.
Welcoming & helpful pro. On the day we played it there was a "work in progress " feel to it.I would guess that it doesn't drain particularly well either as despite not having rained for at least 5 days before the visit there were lots of tee mats in operation ( 2 mats were at least 80 yards ahead of the proper teeing areas) & the greens were still wet underfoot.
Through the green the rough was a bit patchy & the ball was sometimes muddy or sitting on a bare patch.Also,a couple of the fairways hadn't been cut leaving no definition.
Greens were smallish & there were quite a few breaky 6 footers.
Looking back there weren't many memorable holes & for me it didn't have that classy feel.
Played it during good weather in the evening for at a very good rate of £19. The first is the hardest hole on the course going uphill and dog legging to the right. The 3rd is a lovely hole and the 4th is a true stunner when you stand on the tee with superb views. After that it plays as quite a flat course but a lot of approach shots are tricky with several two-tier greens to look out for. The greens were very fast and the pins were tucked away when we played but we enjoyed our game since the course was not very busy. The practice facilities were excellent.
Played the course on 18th September on a society day.
Although there was another society in addition to ours, the course was not overly busy - which is a bonus.
Course was not very long - but it is tricky. There are lots of blind holes. Get a course planner.
Course was in good condition despite the long dry spell. Greens were difficult to judge for pace.
Great views of Box Hill and surrounding countryside. Severe up hill walk to get to first tee but not too many awkward lies on the course itself.
Nice big practice area in front of a modern club house. Good food.
Excellent course has really come in in the past year. The greens are difficult so the approach play has to be accurate. The course is in very good condition - you have to aim at markers at some holes and the views across the countryside are stunning on a clear day.
The staff are welcoming and food excellent. I would recomment this course for a day out.
Several different society packages are available, with flexibility in menu and playing format. Large societies can be granted exclusive use of the course.\r\n\r\nThe new secretary is Bob Weeds, who will be pleased to hear from you.
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