23 reviews of Pyrford Golf Club 1993
Today's weather was the best all year
Course played well but greens very bumpy but the weather we have had over last six months
It's not surprising that this has happened
Played here a number of times you need to position the ball on every shot
If not you won't have a good next shot
Highlights of today parred all par 5s and drove the 14 th
Went home happy
We've played over 120 courses, so we're in a strong psition to judge any course.
This is a belter! It's very hard because almost every hole has water on it, which really comes into play.
No, it's not long, but a course doesn't have to be long to be difficult.And make no mistake this is difficult!
Good condition, nice clubhouse.Overall we'd highly recommend this great course.
I last played this course in 1999/ 2000, and thought it was great, played on Monday 8/9/14 and it was AMAZING, how much this course has grown is brill. played with mates that have never played a water type course and thought it was brilliant. would play it every week if I stayed closer, a must for a match play comp
I played here on 13/08 and I was pleasantly surprised at this golf course. The front 9 is away from club house with a short walk to a fairly decent 1st hole, par 4 with a small pond protecting the front. Quite a few of the holes on the front have a fairly similar feel to them but the 9th is a cracking par 5. The back 9 on the other hand is much better, quite a linksy feel to it as has been said before. Holes 11,12,14(cracking matchplay hole) and the 18th are really strong holes. The head pro Andrew Blackman was really helpfull (considering it was his day off!!) and offered us the option of reversing the nines as there was a society out before us.
Delightful golf course, not overly long but water hazards on many holes. Playing from the back tees, the course was a challenging length. I must say I found the par 3's to be excellent, with my personal favourites the 17th & 10th. There are several stand out holes, such as the Par 4 11th and the monster Par 5 9th. The 18th is also a great closing hole. A Par 5, water down the right off the tee, with thick rough on the left. Then with your second, you have to hit over a stream into a narrow fairway, or green if you are long enough, which has water down the left hand side, and trees down the right. The greens were in fantastic condition, and the practice facilities were also good. Another thing I liked was the atmosphere of the club, with a great guy in the pro shop, friendly members and a very knowledgeable starter who saw us off the first tee. All in all a great little gem of a course, and I shall certainly be returning soon.
Played as members guest early morning just before club competition started. No sooner had we reached the 4th when we were harrassed by the course marshall notifying us that there was a comp behind and advised us of what to do: ie let them play through. As we were always 1-1 1/2 holes ahead we were constantly reminded of the fact of this competition behind. It was as if we were not welcome which spoilt our enjoyment of the course. Being a secretary of a society looking for venues I would not recommend this course unless you are in a rush. It took us 3hrs 40min to play our 4ball which is a reasonable time.
The course itself is very attractive,in reasonable condition, has a links type feel with dry faiways and wispy rough, plenty of water to be found and many a bunker too which for a high handicapper can be quite daunting. Apart from the marshalling and delusions of granduer
ie the stuffiness about the place, the likes I've not encountered (even at Wentworth to drop a name)before did not make us feel welcome. I would think thrice about coming back to play here!
I played here on a sunday morning in the middle of winter and I have to say I found the course in brillant condition. The greens were fantastic ( no temperery greens ). The water was a key issue for me altough it didnt come into play as much a the course seems to suggest it plays on your mind. I would say that it comes into play on 14 out of the 18.
The most memorable holes were 6 with sand streching all the way from the tee to the green ( 127 yrd par 3).
The 9th a 592 yrd par 5 with water all on the right with a well protected green .
The long par 4 11th 457 yards. This was a very links style hole with monunds guarding the fairways and a bowl shaped green.
The 12th with two island fairway and a island green with well placed stratigic placed bunkers.
14 I enjoyed particualy due to is undulating green.
The friendly club atmosphere was fantastic.
Also to mention great practise facilities with a open range, to putting greens a practise bunker and two practise nets.
Played here in a small society on a sweltering Friday afternoon.
This is a gem of a course especially for mid handicappers like myself. If you can keep the ball straight there are good scores to be made.
Relatively short with plenty of water to keep it interesting, well worth the gree fee!
A lot is made about the amount of water at Pyrford - the yardage booklet proclaims it comes into play on 17 of the 18 holes - but this is exaggerated. Personally, I think it's only an issue on holes 3, 9, 12, 14 and 18. For most of the rest of the time, it'll only really trouble the high handicappers.
In any case, it's not the water that's the obstacle to scoring well here it's the rough. I was told that since Crown Golf took over, the grass has been grown to almost links-like proportions and - I can speak from experience - they're not wrong. With this long grass covering all the mounds, the course has an occasional links aura in places. And if you go into it and don't watch your ball like a hawk, definitely advise playing a provisional!
Pyrford is short in fact just 5720 off the yellows and the whites (6256) are irritatingly reserved for the members. There are far too many short par 4s off the yellows, six of them are under 355 yards. However, the combination of the long stuff and the wet stuff mean that accuracy is vital. If you boom it but are wayward, take plenty of balls. In fact, if you're wayward at all, take plenty of balls.
The best hole in my mind is the 165 par 3 second which plays to an attractive green surrounded by rough-covered mounds. A good hole to score 3 on.
At 592 yds off the whites the 9th is a brute of a par 5, especially with water up half of the right hand side of the hole, which you then have to cross to reach the green. The 13th (414 yds off the whites) has echoes of the third hole on Saunton's East Course, with a semi-blind drive (off the whites) and a second that's longer than you think. The 14th is a teaser of a driveable par 4 (254 yds off the yellows) but it's in the drink if you come up short.
All in all, Pyrford is an interesting experience but strategically one-dimensional and repetitive in places. And if you think that good courses test every shot in your bag, that's certainly not the case here. However, at £25 for a twilight round, it's not bad value.
Played here midweek April 06 .(£24 using a county card).
Peter Alliss designed inland links style course with water everywhere.Attractive course where most holes are visually pleasing from the tee.Due to the water & bunkering you have to think a bit off the tee & will hit as many 3 woods as drivers .
Despite the hazards it's not the most challenging course .I'd recommend playing here only in a 3 or 4 ball as it does seem to be busy at all times.We played as a 2 ball & despite being told that there was a 90 minute gap before our tee time when i phoned a few hours before, we were held up for most of the front 9 (like being on a municipal ) & skipped holes 10-12 & played them last.I enjoyed the back 9 holes more.
The greens were fairly slow & the fairways in the 2nd shot areas heavily divoted .There are very few weak holes here & lots of memorable ones.Despite all the good points, i would say about £20 would be about the right green fee here & i think Traditions next door is better value.Even though it's well designed & in a nice setting there was something slightly lacking here for me as it didn't feel totally top drawer & exclusive.Quite good fun & worth playing once but maybe that's it.
Great little course. If you have not played much golf before, this will be a stern test. Not many courses have 23 acers of water. If you fancy making a full day of it, why not play this one in the morning and Traditions in the afternoon. It's quater of a mile up the road. Well worth it!
I have just played Pyrford on a nice warm tuesday afternoon and what a wonderful place it is. Although it has a lot of water around and across the course it had a definite feel of a links course as they had allowed the fairways to get rather brown and with the positioning and size of the bunkering. Although I was only playing a singles match, we played off the white tees and I still managed to shoot 2 under par nett. The course makes you think with every shot but you don't have to be a long hitter to have fun. The highlight for me was being able to par the 457 yd 11th (stroke index 1) with a 2 wood, 3 iron to green side bunker...bunker shot to 4 feet and 1 putt...not surprisingly it won me the hole. I would recommend this course to anybody, especially in these conditions but I gather that during the winter with the rough rather harsh and the wind blowing, then it would be a completely different kettle of fish!!
All the staff were friendly and with it being a public course, go and have a game...I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
Would agree with most of the comments above- a short but challenging course, and rather pricey (£40 for a weekday a bit much in my view). As a mid-to-high handicapper water and bunkers made it tough, but shortness still made pars very possible if straight off the tee. Played off whites, would recommend others do the same- some holes would be far too short off the yellows.
I don't usually write on message boards, but having read the last comment written, and having played Pyrford last month, I felt I should add.
We were lucky enough to play Pyrford on a nice day, if not a little windy, and whereby I agree with the comments regarding some of the bunkers, the greens were fantastic.
I was fortunate enough to play the West course at Wentworth on the prior week, and I would say that Pyrford greens were just as good if not better. They were quick, smooth with undulations that at times really punished a bad putt.
I was able to speak to the pro after the round and he had told me that the bunkers are being re-layered with new sand added, which sort out the only problem I had there.
A truly enjoyable day and a course that I will definately return to.
This is a great layout with very few blind shots. Careful placement of tee shots is critical as anything offline will find either the water (comes into play on 12 holes) or the well positioned bunkers. The greens weren't in great condition which is a surprise as they are still asking £45 a round for below par greens. The biggest critisism would have to be the stones in the bunkers. The majority of the fairway bunkers have lots of pebbles in them. The fairways aren't stone free either. All things taken into consideration, an enjoyable 18, albeit a bit short, but one that I would play again.
I feel this course would be very hard for the higher handicap players as there is water everywhere you look. The best hole by far is the 9th, very long par 5 with water running all the way down the right hand side. Then you have to shoot to the green across the water!!. I will be looking to return.
I am a current member of Pyrford and would have to disagree with Guy's comments. Pyrford is indeed a tough course to play, and as a member we are always able to play off the white tees, making the course a real test.
I have never had any real trouble getting on the course, as Pyrford have a priority booking system for members. I have invited many of my friends to join, and as such we enjoy a friendly social atmosphere at the club. I would advise anyone looking at membership in the area to certainly play the course, and then dare them not to join.
I was a member at Pyrford for two years. The comments to date sum up Pyrford perfectly, it is a great course to play once or twice for entertainemnt value but too penalising to play on a week by week basis, especially if you only have the time to play once a week causing inconsistency. As far as being a member, steer away as it is not truly a private golf club, it is inundated with societies and loads of casual gusests as a result of loads of adverts for cheap green fees. A course you have to play once though.
A very interesting course and a real challenge off every tee. Worth playing off the whites to ensure a challenging length, but this makes every tee shot tough, and a matter of shot placement. Having played the normal type of parkland course available in the south east, this course came as a very refreshing change, even though I lost 3 balls in my round. Beautifully constructed, if there isn't water to think about, there's a plethora of sand traps.
Excellent course, very enjoyable round. Only criticism is the cost.
It's true the course is a little short but, for a UK layout it's nice to find the water actually in play. A number of short par 4's reward accuarcy and this is backed up by 3 par 5's (9,12 and 18) that would grace any course. For high handicappers this is a real challenge and loosing a dozen balls would be quite possible. Pyrford Makes you think on nearly every tee and is very much a craftsmans course. Go and play it, it's great!
I agree with Arnold. It's a good course, obviously very expensively constructed, with nothing spared. But there's water everywhere, waiting to punish any wayward shot. The carries are never that great, but a slightly heavy shot can cost 2 shots (as happened to me twice), and there's often water running down the sides of fairways. I think this is just over the top, and gets a bit tiresome after a while.
Also, the course is really too short (5700 yds off the yellows on a par 72 course) to be considered as a really top course. A lot of the par 4s are just a drive and a wedge (assuming you don't go in the water) and the par 3s are all very short. I think the best holes are 9 and 18 (both par 5s).
Good course for the better player. Tough course for the average/high handicap player. Water everywhere in the American style, which makes it a relentless grind if you are not on top of your game. Long carries over lakes from the tee. The course is severe; you can hit a good shot which is a little off line and which is punished by the ball going in a lake. 18 holes of similar holes became a bit tedious towards the end Glad I didnt have a day ticket. I would like to play this course again, but not regularly. If you are playing there take lots of balls with you youll need them !
AS A NEW COURSE PYRFORD IS WELL LAID OUT AND A VERY GOOD TEST OF GOLF HAVING PLAYED IT WITH A SOCIETY AND WITH MEMBERS I DISCOVERED HOW MUCH EXTRA VISITORS PAY FOR FOOD/DRINKS/GOLF EQUIPMENT IN FACT EVERTHING NOW BEING A GOLF CLUB MEMBER MYSELF I CAN UNDERSTAND MEMBERS GETTING SOME BENEFITS BUT I THINK THAT THIS IS TAKEN TO AN EXTREME AT PYRFORD WHICH IS A SHAME AS THE BAR STAFF AND CATERING FACILITIES ARE A PLEASURE TO BE AROUND IF YOU ARE PREPARED TO PUT UP WITH THESE PITFALLS THEN I AM SURE YOU WILL ENJOY YOURSELVES
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