22 reviews of Redhill and Reigate Golf Club
Played at R&R with friends in a 4-ball this weekend and whilst the staff were very friendly the course itself was in very poor condition, poorly laid out and the day was further ruined by the large volume of dog walkers who went out of their way to hold up those trying to play the game. I appreciate it's common land, but some etiquette would have been nice.
A number of tee boxes are located right next to the green of the previous hole and on some holes you are forced to walk across the path of incoming approach shots to the greens. The grand finale came after we finished the 18th hole and had to walk across the driving range dodging the golf balls to the edge of the busy main road before crossing to the clubhouse.
This has to be the worst golf course i have ever played and most definitely will not be returning again.
Quirky and unusual is how I would describe Redhill and Reigate, and I'm not talking about the staff or the Members. We played here on a foggy November Sunday and were met with the friendliest and warmest welcome from the Captain to the Lady Secretary. The course itself as I mentioned is quirky but in fair condition despite being on common land which probably explains its wildness and scruffiness in places. Unusual layout which keeps you thinking but beware the criss cross fairways, tee boxes and greens not too bad but the busy road is risky and the nearby Brighton line busy too. Worth a visit but whether you would return you would have to make our own mind up, I will go back if only to play in the summer.
The plus points were the greens, which were generally in excellent condition, not counting one or two which seem to have been attacked by some sort of burrowing animal. There was also a very friendly welcome from the lady in the shop.
The course itself though seemed to have a few too many trick holes, like a par 3 where you can only see half of the green due to the trees blocking the view, or the next hole where there is a line of bushes in front (behind?) a ditch in the middle of the fairway.
Regarding the footpaths through the course, I only encountered one woman walking her dog (slowly) down the centre of the fairway, but I can see how that might start to annoy after a while.
Not a bad course and it was in good condition, but not one I would travel too far to play.
Generally agree with your last reviewer; coming from Northern Ireland where we don't share the English love of public footpaths, this was a bizarre experience. The crossing/overlapping of fairways was also strange and concerned my wife. Some of the fairways were badly worn although the greens were good. Overall a basic experience and not one I would recommend to a serious golfer.
I played this course for the first time this weekend. My playing partner used to be a club member and recommended we try the course.
I was well aware the course was on common land but it could not prepare me for how "public" the course was!
There wasn't a hole where we did not have to wait for someone to cross the fairway or stroll across the green, seeming oblivious to the fact we were there.
Dog walkers, couples kissing next to the greens and families on bikes. You can look forward to all of the above at RandR. The 15th was even playing off a temporary green because a "local yob" (to quote the chap in the clubhouse) had torn up the green on a motorbike.
Outside of all this the fairways were in fair condition and the greens played pretty true. Just such a shame the public don't seem to care about the course or the golfers.
Played on the 18/09/10. Greens were actually in good condition.
The course can only be described as odd. Having never played here before I've got to say that the course layout was unlike anything I've ever seen before. The course is short but it defends itself against very low scores by its tightness. Not one of my favourites as it does not have enough holes that allow you to hit driver and course guide often does not point you in the right direction.
Not as bad as many seem to say though. Yes its common land but no one ever bothered us.
I cannot agree with the generally unfavourable tenor of some of the comments. I played Monday morning in July after a long period of hot dry weather but the greens were just that - lovely and green withno sand or pitch marks! I can only assume they were in such good condition because the greenkeepers have tended them with care. Yes, there were dog walkers but this is common land and, as happens on the many golf courses on common land, golfers have to show patience and courtesy - not really a problem. A tight course with a number of scenic holes: the short par 4s have cross ditches to contend with should you feel tempted to drive the greens! The members and staff were friendly and welcoming.
I have always had a soft spot for this course as it is my local golf course and is the first place I ever went to for a round of golf.
People need to be aware that it is not a case of this being a golf course with a park randomly placed in it, this is the local common with a golf course randomly placed in it. Golfers playing here will have to accept that people are free to roam and walk their dogs wherever they like and golfers will have to be patient whilst waiting to tee off or take a shot.
That being said the course itself is a mixed bag. The greens are quite often in a poor state but have improved in recent years but again this is not helped by being a common and peaple walking over the greens. Although the holes are not long it pays to be accurate as there is a lot of bracken and brambles to greet your ball if you are off target, so be prepared to lose a few balls on the way around.
Having to cross the main road is a concern as you can take your life into your hands trying to cross it with a fully loaded bag or trolley.
When I was first learning to play this was the only local course but now there are more modern facilities locally such as Reigate Hill or Bletchingly but as a course for beginners it is fine and it certainly teaches you the importance of accuracy.
What a terrible golf course.
This course is the only course I've played that I couldn't even bring myself to complete. The maintenance was terrible, with heavily sanded putting greens affecting every single putting attempt you take. The course design itself was serverly lacking, with several holes crossing over each other forcing large backlogs when trying to tee off. Two holes even shared the same fairway, just played in opposite directions.
The area itself wasn't particularly enjoyable, the course is hemmed in by busy roads on nearly all sides, and infact feels very much like a park with a golf course randomly thrown in. The course itself was littered with families out taking walk, strangers stopping to watch players and dogs running across fairways and greens.
The smell of animal droppings was ever present and all in all was probably the worst golf course I've ever had the displeasure of playing.
If like I, you are in a position where you only had limited time to play and this course is the only one you can find don't be fooled into thinking it will be ok to pop down to. You are better off just missing your weekly session of golf. I would of preferred to go down to a local field near my house and hit some golf balls around rather then play this course and wouldn't return even if I was paid to.
We played this course on a frozen Jan day. Got a deal off the net for £18 a round. Rung the helpline and was told all holes were temp greens and mats yippee. Arrived at the club and the price had gone down to £10 but was warned about the greens & TEES. Also he told us about the dog walkers and sunday strollers and he was not kidding. On the west side of the course holes 1-8 and 15-18 there were 3 or 4 couples out for a stroll or owners with dogs running all over the place. Up the fairway, down the fairway, middle of the fairway having a chat. It was a joke. Apparently this course is built on common land so they can and do walk anywhere. the course was void of other players when we played, thank god as alot of the fairways cross each other. Now for the bad bits. (only joking). As the proper greens were melting they looked spot on. Some pretty good holes about six would be nice to play in good weather but far too many short par fours. Six are less than 300yds. But I knew that before I went. Warm welcome and friendly clubhouse. Also went around in 3 hours. Lost about 8 balls. Usually lose maybe 1 at most.
I must say, I love golf, but if this was my only option as far as courses were concerned I would take up squash. It feels like you have taken a 7 iron up to a field to hit a few balls. The 1st green is nearly on the main road, the second green actually had a group of kids having a picnic on it and a dog that kept going for your ball. The 15th hole had a man and his dog who nicked ALL our balls and the rest of the course seems to have random people just strolling up the fairways totally oblivious to the fact that it is actually meant to be a golf course. It seems that golfers really do come second place which I would normally say is a shame but it's not really as the course is not worth playing anyway. I was expecting to find a set of swings and a see saw on the 18th but I didn't, instead I found 3 lads on bikes riding over it!!! It seems that everyone just thinks this place looks like a park and I think I agree with them. You may think I am being overly harsh, and maybe I am a bit, but the balls I lost to the dogs were bloody Pro V1's!!!! (lol).
I agree with everyone that it very short and very tight, but when I played at the end of March 2007, the condition of the course was awful. The greens were just poor and if you were off the fairway you felt as if you were in a mud heap. No holes really stand out. Will only return if I am forced to.
Deceptively difficult short course. Need to be very accurate off the tee and around the greens. High handicappers need a lot of balls!
Very friendly staff and made welcome by members.
An enjoyable tight little course. It's quite short but also the proximity of the trees make you think about each shot.
Even though I am a high hadicapper i thoroughly enjoyed playing here, even though the weather wasn't great.
It feels good to play the shorter course every now and again and reaching a par 4 in 1 is always a bonus even if it is only 274 off the tee.
I think low handicappers and longer hitters would probably think that it is too short but I enjoyed my round.
I played this course 15 July 2004. To say the least it was in excellent condition; the greens in particular were superb. I am a high handicap golfer who found it challenging without being off putting. The need to be straight off the tee is paramount. I particularly liked the fact that being long off the tee is not a requirement - accuracy both off the tee and around the green being much better rewarded.
I would recommend it to anyone.
I am a 5 hcp golfer who finds this course a good test of golf because of the accuracy required of the tee's and the need for a strong short game. the course is in excellent condition for this time of year having just played there and however long the course you still have to play golf.
An enjoyable experiance as always with the welcome in the club house friendly and warm, a joy for any one staying in the area.
I am a relative beginner with 20 or so rounds under my belt and I have to say I found this quite tricky in places, I certainly didnt break 80! As is stated elsewhere, the fairways are tight and tree-lined and demand straight hitting.
One thing stuck me more than this though. I dont know if there is public right of way throughout the course but during the first few holes especially we were almost surrounded! I very nearly hit someone with my first shot; they ignored my shout of fore until the ball landed a yard from them. Also, I had to wait for someones dog to stop nibbling my ankles before playing my second. I am not joking. It did get better and the 15th is a lovely hole. Maybe this sort of thing is fairly standard but I hadnt encountered it before.
Well there have been some harsh comments about the quality of this course, but I think the reviewers are missing the point. Yes, it's easy but the course is not aimed at Tiger Woods and despite some comments I found that it was well maintained. The fairways are tight and nearly all tree lined so you have to be accurate and there are numerous tricky dog legs. It's also not as crowded as many Surrey clubs are becoming and the hospitality in the pro-shop and club house made a refreshing change. I'd recomend it to beginners and improvers
I agree with Carole. This is quite simply the worst course in the county, if not the south of England. The drainage is atrocious and the southern section of the course suffers from the overflow from the sewage works when the weather has been inclement. the members are very friendly and the club house is nice but this doesn'[t detract from a well designed course that has been allowed to go to rack and ruin.
This is a great course in great condition. It has improved over the last 2 years as I frequent it often. The Members and staff are very hospitable and I will not hesitate recommending it to my friends and all other golfers I meet..........
An old traditional course. When I played there in a club competition I found the members to be the very best hosts. It depends what you want from golf; good course or good company. At Redhill you will find good company and a well maintained course. The course will however be critisised (see below). I thoroughly enjoyed the day when I played at Redhill and would gladly play there again to enjoy their wonderful hospitality.
A CHARMING DELIGHTFUL COURSE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. THE COURSE DEMANDS STRAIGHT HITTING AS IT'S FULLY TREE LINED. THE HOSPITALITY WE RECIEVED FROM MEMBERS AND STAFF WAS SECOND TO NONEAND WE WIL DEFINATELY BE RETURNING SOON.
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