Pine Ridge Golf Course

Pine Ridge Golf Course, Camberley, South East, England, GU16 9NX

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An interesting option, provided you pick the right time.

Situated in the Surrey Heath Borough, the very sandy soil drains spectacularly well. Even after considerable rain it's usually still playable, when most courses are mudbaths. Best course ever in the wet. But... this is a double edged sword. In summer, even in average weather when other courses have medium/medium firm turf conditions, Pine Ridge is extra firm. Chips and pitches can become terrifying. And when rainfall is very low, the ground becomes absolutely rock hard when everywhere else is merely firm. If you're looking for a place to do that elusive 300 yard drive, this is it. Stick to bump and runs around the green, unless you're a very accurate ball striker. I play my chipper or 5 wood from 50 yards and in, even though I've always been a half wedge man. I imagine they are trying to save on their water bill in summer, and it shows. But don't let this put you off. Just leave the extra wedges at home and pack a chipper. Good course for sweepers.

Attractive, likeable course with handsome giant fir trees. Feels grand. But greens are often very poor. I've never seen them better than average, and they're usually poor. Ball can change direction, suddenly, for no reason. Can cost you a shot a side. Still a great course, though.

Busy!!!! They pack em in like sardines! Probably two reasons for this: Drains faster than anywhere else. And, their twilight rate is arguably affordable for Surrey. This brings the crowds. There's even a super twilight offer, which is reasonable value. One or two quick golfers can just about play 18 before it gets dark - unless you encounter those well known crowds! Pick your time carefully, and you'll be alright. Rainy days are good, as it's still playable. Man up and get some waterproofs.

Very nice people play this course. None of the usual attitude from snobby types. Friendly, unintimidating place.

Staff, although polite and efficient, could probably work on their charm a bit.

Finally, a word to the wise. This course has been designed the wrong way round. The front nine should have been the back nine, and vice versa. This is because the front nine is flat, but the back nine is very hilly, particularly towards the end. This means you can get tired at a time when you most need to conserve your energy. If you're a golfer of a certain age and/or are physically challenged in any way, either take an electric trolley, or pay the super twilight rate and just play nine. But do go, as this is a nice course, and you'll have a good time. If you live anywhere in the area, it would be a crime not to try it, just for the grandeur.

I've rated "course challenge" at five stars. But I don't mean that it's hard. It's actually quite easy, and therefore rates highly for occasional/struggling golfers. This is a very nice, highly approachable course, and you must visit. Because, if you can forget about those greens, this is quite a special place.

Don't bother paying the full price. £38 on a weekend day is outrageous with the greens being as bad as they are. But I recommend this course. Just be savvy about when you go, and then you can avoid both the crowds and the high prices.

Posted by J R on 24/01/2016
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Played here on a sunny evening (tee off at 1630). To my surprise the course was not too crowded, and so no queuing at tees etc. The course iteslf was in good condition with firm fairways which you'd expect this time of year, and receptive greens. Can't comment on the condition of the bunkers since i didn't visit any of them. Tee boxes were also nice and level and good condition.

The course layout itself is fairly varied with only a couple of holes on the front 9 feeling like they were just up and down next to each other. The back 9 is the best of the two with the Par 4 15th being the pick of the bunch with its undulateing fairway which can cause you having a blind shot into the green.

The clubhouse was a typical pay and play clubhouse with Sports TV on and decent food and beer.

Well worth the visit and a much more interesting course than I expected.

Posted by Geraint Jones on 08/08/2014
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The first thing to perhaps comment on is one criticism made by a previous reviewer that the fairways are firm - GOOD GOLF COURSES HAVE FIRM FAIRWAYS! Overly watered, garden looking grass is simply not for golf. It might look nice on TV and impress the less knowledgeable but it is simply not good for golf.
So, the course itself, although beginning to be in need of a little tree removal to restore it's heathland charcteristics and to allow for better draining, is arguably one of the very best pay and play courses in the country. It gets VERY heavily used and suffers a little as a consequence (the heather has seen better days) but each and every hole has its own character and never fails to impress. Holes 12 to 17 particular stand out for me. If in the area and money is no object then go and play the far superior Camberley Heath just a mile down the round. However, at half the price Pine Ridge is excellent value.

Posted by Edward Smith on 23/11/2013
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Played in September and it is a good course but as others have said the greens were terrible. They had been recently treated and we were not given a discount afterwards. We did joke that the Ridges in Pine Ridge were in the greens.

Having said that, if they can sort the greens out then it is a very good course with great value for money

Posted by Adam on 24/09/2013
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My local course, seem to play pretty often during the summer.

The course it self, tee boxes, fairways, bunkers, surroundings are second to none but the greens are as poor as they come unfortunately.

Not a difficult course, pretty open in places, some holes need to be revamped to make them more exciting especially on the front 9.

The back 9 are business, all areas of the game is tested, really enjoyable back 9 and very scenic.

If they could work the greens into better shape this is the best municipal course in the area, little pricey but worth it.

Greens need work, can easily spoil a round of golf.

Posted by Sunny on 10/08/2012
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The only let down is the greens are average! Put good greens on this copiers and you have one of the finest courses around! Great condition and some beautiful holes! I've played royal county down, portrush this year and I rate the 15th as one of the best holes I've played this year.

Value for money is 10/10! Set up 10/10! Golf course 10/10! Greens 2/10!! Still enjoyed my round though! Will be back for sure!!

Posted by John on 06/01/2012
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Been playing the Ridge for years. Firstly it is generally very slow play! But don't let that put you off.
Course condition is always pretty good for the price.
If your straight you can really score well here. Not too many traps and only water on the 2nd. Green are not to tricky either.
I think this it's quite popular as it usually looks good on the scorecard!
However if your tee shots are a little wayward then you will need to chip out of the trees.
1-6 holes are good - particularly the first 3. 4th is quite tough and if you hit a long fade off the tee watch it dissapear in to the trees on the right down the hill :-(
7-9 are pretty dull and need some livening up!
Back 9 is where it's at. the last 4 holes are crackers and a great finish.
My favourite holes are the 13th and 15th (better if off the back tees)
16th is driveable and always fun to have a go at the green.
17th can be a card buster if you go left! be warned.
I like the fact the par 5's can let you have a real go for eagles.
A lovely public course and if you can get up early enough then you can usually avoid the hold ups.

Posted by Matthew on 06/12/2011
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A course I have played many times. It is a very attractive course and would, under normal circumstances be a joy to play, but after my last Wednesday afternoon outing I have finally lost my patience.
Over 5 hours for a 2 ball is just unacceptable, we had to wait to play just about every shot. We arrived on the 7th Tee to find a 3 ball about to drive and the 2 other groups waiting.
I am not sure what the time gap between each group is but the clubs policy seems to be to get everyone on and take your money.
This has always been a problem here, but it appears to be getting worse. God knows what it must be like at weekends

Posted by richard coveney on 01/09/2011
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Most courses are worth £10 but after a four & half hour round midweek pm yesterday this course is only just worth this sum. It is far too long for a round particularly on a course with no rough and where losing a ball is almost impossible.
Although the greens had recently been hollowed tined on my visit you could still gain a good flavour of the greens though short putts were a lottery.
The front 9 is generally open & uninspiring. Only 2 par 4's (2nd/4th) and the par 3 3rd have much merit. The 2nd nine is better with 10th,15th (par 4's) 12th (long par 3) nice holes with the shortish uphill par 4 13th the best on the course. The extra 400 yds from the white tees would not affect the challenge significantly. Perhaps firm fairways would toughen it up but that would simply mean even more use of short irons to generally poorly protected greens.
I understand prices rise significantly soon and am grateful that I paid so little. Slow play is mentioned on very many reviews on this and other websites so make sure you and your partners have a lot to talk about or take a book/MP3 player.
This was a disappointment and I shall not be returning

Posted by Stephen Lucking on 30/03/2011
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Played Pine Ridge recently and was very impressed - course in excellent condition, fairways very good and greens really well maintained.
Not a tough or long course (6000 yards off the yellows), but most fairways are tree-lined - wayward off the tee can mean playing out sideways or worse ! Water only really comes into play approaching the 2nd green. There are 9 par 4's of less than 400 yards, so will play quite short in the summer but some fairly small greens, so approach shots need accuracy.
Large (and popular !) driving range, along with putting green, pro shop and even a starters office, which is a new one on me. Very impressive !
An excellent course and, at just £20 after 4pm, outstanding value - will be returning soon !

Posted by Nick Kaye on 18/05/2010
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Have played several rounds here, always enjoyable. It's also the first place I made a birdie, so I have a bit of a soft spot for Pine Ridge.
Not a crazy tough course overall, though you need to be reasonably straight to score well - some water, but mostly trees, trees and more trees. You'll probably find your ball, but with all the trees it's not guaranteed you'll be pleased when you do. Often a shot out sideways, which puts a dent in the card. That said, there are plenty of good things about the course. The back nine is just wonderful, my favourite holes being 12 (long par 3 down the hill), 13 (a huge uphill par four - not long in yards, but plays hard due to the slope), 15 (over a ridge par 4 with usually a blind second) and 17 (par 3 over a valley). As for that birdie, it was the par 5 18th, hittable in two with a good drive and a big long iron or fairway wood. I was short, chipped on and dropped a one-putt. Nice!
can be pricy at full whack, but there are often good green fee deals to be had (online, twilight, etc.). Good atmosphere, clubhouse, pro shop and great driving range. The timing problems and congestion seem to have eased from earlier years, so now we're gouing round in about 3.5 to 4 hours for a 4-ball - about right, I reckon. Like it and I'll keep coming back.

Posted by Rob Norton-Edwards on 02/09/2009
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As the name suggests this course contains lots of pine trees, with the fairways on most holes having a line of trees on both sides. Despite this the course is surprisingly forgiving as the pine canopy appears to have stopped rough growing underneath, so if you do stray into the trees the worst is usually a lost shot chipping out.
A pleasant, well maintained, well draining course. The grass surface is quite thin with gravel underneath, which gives you a risk of putting dents in your irons.
The par 5's play surprisingly short and are reachable in 2 with a good drive, provided you haven't got a headwind.
Be warned on the SI1 10th there is a dip in the fairway that is hidden from the tee and kicks the ball left which can block out the approach to the green.
It is a society friendly course, which led to a very slow round when we played. On the long par 3 12th hole there were actually 4 groups waiting on the tee; it could well have benefited from being a call up hole.
A course I wouldn't mind playing again provided a discounted green fee is available

Posted by Ian Thomas on 08/06/2009
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I thought this was a very good course set in a great location with a good feel.The pro shop was well stocked and it has what looks like a good range.
Our group started with if I am being frank and average bacon roll,its such a simple thing but most clubs just slap a piece of undercooked bacon in a cheap bap,it aint rocket aint rocket science.
The golf proved a high scoring affair,the winner getting 47 points,the runner up 45,we have been playing as a group for over 20 year so they are not bandits,if you hit the ball fairly long no hhole will trouble you much,even though its tree lined there s space to give it a lash.Overall the greens were pretty good and much better than the practice green.We got round in ok time but it is a busy busy course you may get held up by some slower players.
The clubhouse could be better,the bar area is really dark and could do with a clean and again being frank the food was rank,the soup was hard to figure out what it was and the cottage pie with peas and frozen carrots was just like school dinners,dire.I just dont get why we cant do simple food well,there are some exceptions but golfers are treated with total disdain food wise.The upside is on a warm day you can sit next to the 18th watching fellow sufferers finish.
In summary I would go again,and recommend it others here but give the food a swerve

Posted by Paul Green on 22/05/2009
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Played on a sunny Saturday morning and was very impressed.
The first 3 holes are played amongst the pine forest and are very reminiscent of Woburn. The rest of the front 9 is played in the open and is not quite as memorable.
The back 9 is back amongst the forest again and is a very attractive 9 holes of golf. The 16th is a tremendous par 4 which looks a bit scary off the tee, and the 17th, although on 124 yards on the card is all carry to a small green.
It took us 1hrs 30 to play the front nine, but 2 hrs 45 for the back nine where we had to wait on every tee. This is probably caused by the fact that the 11th is a driveable par 4, then the 12th a par 3 and you never catch up after that.
£31 for a weekend is tremendous value and I would highly recommend it.

Posted by Robert Wigmore on 28/05/2008
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Pine Ridge offers a very fair test of golf, and it is certainly well worth playing if you happen to be in the area. It is not long, but many of the fairways are quite tight, and it is probably a good idea to sacrifice some length for the sake of accuracy.
It is a most attractive course, too. We were lucky enough to play it on a sunny, late summer day, and it really looked very picturesque indeed. To say that it is obviously played a lot, both the fairways and the greens were in an excellent condition.
It is quite pricey - we paid £31 for a weekend round - but I should say that it is worth it. I have paid much more for rounds at courses which were nowhere near as good as Pine Ridge.
One more thing - the driving range with its pop-up tees is well worth a go before you start!

Posted by Mike Mounsey on 31/08/2006
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One of the best public courses I have played. Played mid week and therefore did not experience the weekend hold ups. However with it being public, the standards of golf are variable and despite being on my own, a four ball in front, who were constantly in the trees failed to call me through. I would be unhappy to pay the full price at the weekend for this, but midweek £22 seemed OK.
Course was dry after some heavy rainstorms and every bunker was a lake. Overall condition was OK, but greens were left long, probably to save them from the hackers. Setting is beautiful with tree lined fairways.
In this part of the world I think the course is very fair given that you might pay 10x the price for some of the local named private courses.
Driving range, pro shop and big bar. facilities good in terms of extent but quality a little off. Payment for round was in starters hut not pro shop.

Posted by Alistair How on 18/08/2006
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Played this course 2/5/06 1:05pm tee off - was anxious about playing delays our 3 ball had no trouble and breezed round in under 4 hours. We did let a buggy through tho.
This course is fantastic - nice looking and was in great condition - facilities good including the unusual oak beamed theme bar!
Greens good size and in good nick. Par 5's reachable in 2 depending on tee shot and a few well placed trees to force tee shot direction.
Not many risk and reward holes but most are a good challenge.
A few too many walks between holes - but nothing too major.
I expect it will play a lot shorter as the warmer weather progresses.
For me the view as you walked up the path onto the 11th tee was brilliant.
Well worth the money. I will return one day but a trek from my home

Posted by Ray Crane on 05/05/2006
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I've now played this course on two occasions. My overall feelings are of intense disappointment - not because of the quality of the course but of the way it is managed. I played in a 2-ball starting at 1.57 on a Saturday afternoon. At that time you do expect to take a bit of time to get round but five and three quarter hours is just unacceptable.
We arrived at the second tee to find 3 fourballs queing in addition to those who had just played their t-shots. At the same tee I was subject to someone chatting into his mobile phone presumably because he too was bored to tears with the wait.
There was no marshall in sight and therefore no one to hurry play along.
We discussed our grievances with the guys in the office and while they completely accepted what we had to say - i.e. too many people in too short a time going through - they had given this feedback to the office and they chose to ignore it.
I telephoned the course today and was told that there is a marshall on until 12.30 on a Saturday and they are thinking of employing a starter again! Other than that they can offer no more crumbs of comfort.
This is a really excellent course which in my opinion is being completely ruined by poor management and lack of customer care. I will not be going back there.

Posted by Stuart Paul-Clark on 08/08/2005
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I can't belive what alot of people have been saying about pine ridge. Myself my brother and a good friend went to pine ridge at the weekend and had a great day. We all agreed that the greens were the best we had played on for a long time. We all travel around every weekend and have played at different courses every time and this is by far the best weekend of golf we have had. None of us played particulary well but the course is FANTASTIC!! The course was buisy but we didn't have many hold up's along the way but you get that at all golf courses at the weekends, the last thing that you want to do when playing golf is to keep looking at the time to see how long it is taking anyway. By far the best pay and play course in surrey with out a doubt. I would say to anybody that visits pine ridge to also visit the 19th hole. The bar is area is great and the staff are very polite towards all customers. The course as a whole is brilliant, yes the green fees are a little steep but you do get what you pay for!!!!

Posted by peter griffiths on 01/08/2005
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Played here a few times over the years but until last weekend, not for a few years. I decided that I wasn't going to go back to Pine Ridge due to the usual delays, and slow play, but last weekend thought I would try again.
Yet again the round was slow, around 5 hours for 2 ball. I understand that the timing between tee offs is now 7 minutes but that doesn't seem long enough. Played at 3.30 on the Saturday and had to wait on every tee which is not acceptable.
This is by far the nicest pay and play public course you will find in the area, however, it is ruined by the management's failure to get a starter / monitor for the course. If they just got someone to go round in a buggy chasing slow play people would soon get the message and learn some etiquette. Nobody minds begginers playing on any course, what people do mind is people with no etiquette who play slow and don't let faster groups pass. If this was sorted you could probably put up prices to take account of the extra person on the pay roll and quality of play would go up, and attract people back.
View on the course is that it is well kept and greens are in good condition. The fairways are quite wide so you can get away with some loose shots. Some of the par 5's are a bit generous. I reached the green fringe in 2 on a couple of them and I am not the biggest hitter...maybe it was the summer ball run helping. The course has a number of memorable holes.
If management sorted this out, changed their narrow mindset from more players = more money then this would be a great course.
Management, get a monitor, sort out the speed of play, and you should be able to put up prices to counter the reduction of numbers (by increasing tee time gaps) and the cost of the monitor.

Posted by Matthew Lee on 12/07/2005
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I used to play this course alot a couple of years ago but has slowly gone down hill i went back on a sunday morning to find the green fees have gone up again very expensive i feel for a busy public course where delays are often found.
I thought the greens were awful, the only good thing is the driving range but even the balls wre a bit grubby,much better courses are around this area and better value.

Posted by Terry Cash on 19/02/2005
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Played the course today after some rain. Was worried about the slow play but got around in just over 3 hrs despite following a three ball. Enjoyed the course and it seemed to have drained well. The first nine wasn't the most exciting layout ( a bit backwards and forwards with small trees separating the fairways) but the back nine was really lovely. Tall mature pine trees and a nice layout of holes with several changes in elevation. Greens seemed ok - quite a long cut of grass and little slow (but it had rained)but seemed to run true and the greens did have some decent contours on them to add some interest. As I live just around corner I will definately join- £40 plus green fees allows you to play in competitions and maintain a handicap.

Posted by Richard Peevor on 14/07/2004
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I've played this course twice this year. It's quite pretty and the fairways are offer good drainage. BUT the greens are awful and bumpy all round. Back 9 gets slightly better, but remains slow and picking a line is a guessing game. If they can sort the greens out it'll be one of the better courses to play in Surrey...

Posted by Rian Liebenberg on 12/05/2004
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Lovely looking and playing course, but we experienced significant delays during play - saturday tee-time of 10.50 - starting at the 2nd hole, with 6 balls still waiting to tee off when we got there. Judging by the club house guest book and experiences of other friends, delays are a real issue here, apparently due to 6 minute gaps between tee times! Good value if there were no delays.

Posted by Simon Dowse on 11/03/2004
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Play this course once a week with Society during Summer.
Fairways are exceptional for public course. Greens are generally very good, although can be a little sandy at times. Back nine is more challenging (and attractive) than the front.
Both 9th and 18th are very 'birdiable' par 5s. Good value for money.

Posted by Andy K on 28/07/2003
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