6 reviews of New Zealand Golf Club
Having played this course twice now, my second experience of it hasn't dulled my initial excitement and expectation.
This is a club to visit to drink in the ambiance of a bygone era, an anachronistic ideal in today’s PC mad world and one who’s reputation I’d be in awe of and admired from afar.
For understated privacy and ultimate exclusivity this takes some beating. (Perhaps Swinley Forest will give it a run for its money but little else will).
The members seemingly all play with their obedient dogs by their sides and all wear an unofficial uniform of corduroy adding to the aura of tradition.
With an unassuming score card, printed plainly in black and white only and marked for bogey competition the course opens with a challenging par 4.
The course is generally very flat but the beautiful pines, heather and silver birch that line the fairways frame every hole and, despite its short length, New Zealand is a good test of golf. There is no rough to speak of but stray from the green sward and you will find penal heather and an almost inevitable dropped shot.
There are more challenging golf courses to play, each accessible and welcoming to anyone who cares to pay their coin; but for me this is the missing the whole point of New Zealand. To be able to be part of this antiquated, but by no means outdated, golf club, albeit for only one day a year is a great privilege and long awaited treat.
Enjoy it if you can.
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Superb heathland experience. Although not that long in length, the tight fairways and heather mean that you will be punished for straying off line. The clubhouse is fantastic with a great sense of history throughout. I hold this course in very high regard and is similar to the likes of Woking, Hindhead etc.
I played New Zealand on 25/09/06 and loved the course. Almost every hole was secluded and beautiful. It was in good condition with greens that were true and fast. I received a warm welcome from the club secretary who provided a personal tour and history of the club. You need to hit it straight off the tee to stay out of the heather which was rather thick. I played Sunningdale, Walton Heath, St George's Hill, Woking and Worplesdon the same week. All were execllent and had their own personalities. I enjoyed New Zealand as much as any of them and more than Woking and Worplesdon
Played this course in 34c heat and didnt play that well.
Great feel to the club. Very traditional and very welcoming. The members, pro, staff all were very friendly and talkative.
Its a well hidden club in the middle of some beautiful Surrey countryside.
The holes arent massively long but all are challenging and the rough / heather is punishing. If you are accurate and a good long iron player you'll love the course. Some great par 3's and some inventive par 4's.
The food was poor. No real bar food, just sandwiches. Tiny putting green and no range were the only downsides.
Great day out if you know what to expect.
Played on a pleasant early May Sunday, teeing off at 9:30am: the course was very quiet, no problems getting a tee-slot. We hardly saw anyone throughout our round: in fact, the nearest we saw to other 'life' was a deer that darted across the 14th fairway.
The course is absolutely fantastic, wonderful looking and very mature and traditional.
Each (long) hole allows you to unleash your driver with (little) impunity for a slice or hook, which helps to make it quite an easy course: I played to my handicap (18), and played pretty poorly.
The only (slight) downsides were the greens, which were very slow (although this made it easier!), and the lack of variety: there's only one par five, and most par fours are pretty similar-looking. I think it's therefore only a par 68.
Best hole is possibly the 16th, a par three played over 150 yards of heather.
Overall: very exclusive feel, very traditional and a real escape from London's hustle and bustle.
This is simply the best course in the South of England,very traditional,quirky even,but just make the effort to play it.
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