33 reviews of Rusper Golf Club
A really fantastic course, only let down by a shabby clubhouse.
We've played over 120 courses, and this is one of the best 9and I include Wentworth, etc). It's made even better by an amazing green fee of only £15.
Great condition, and some very tough holes, even for the low handicapper.
A must play.
A good all round test of golf, a true "thinkers" course, take note of the website's gallery photos because most of the fairways are tight and intimidating off the tee, luckily i played in winter when the trees were bare which opened the course up a little bit more, can only think that the members of this golf course would be able to take their game to many other courses and be a good 5 shots better than their handicap because Rusper GC demands such quality.
Nice course with a good mix of easier to very tough golf holes. Greens are really good and true. Make sure you get a good read of them as they are tricky. You get to use every club in the bag at Rusper, which in my opinion always shows a good test of golf. I would gladly play here again as I generally found it very enjoyable and great value for money.
We played this course the other weekend, my what a challenge! For such a fair parkland start, the course quickly changes to an accuracy test as you enter the woodland. Pretty soon the sound of golf balls clunk trees echoes throughout the course. Open woodland makes finding your ball ok if you come off the narrow fairways, but getting on makes for a challenge. But the challenge is a good thing as you soon become creative with your shot making trying to play over/around/under trees.
A lot of the course plays to the left, so drawing the ball benefits most holes.
The greens are superb and quick with great fringes, and the fairways are well managed in good condition. With all the natural hazard the rough is quite fair.
Club house is ok, with a good selection of food. There are some amazing twilight rates but a full weekend rate of £30 for a round is not too cheap, it's acceptable.
An ideal challenge for most golfers, its no ride in the park but satisfying and absolutely scenic with the tall trees, the course looks gorgeous. Only downside is the proximity to Gatwick, puts it under many flight paths.
As a member nearby I was tempted by the twilight rate - what a treat! In brilliant late evening sunshine i found a picturesque course with mature trees and ponds and not too many bunkers. While the rough was not too punishing lot's of ditches were a threat while the greens took some handling as a newcomer. Downhill puts needed great restraint - stay uphill if at all possible!
The course - An easy start with the 3rd offering the first test with its hourglass shape fairway testing the accuracy of your second (or 3rd) shot. The 6th needed careful management of the tee to set up a second shot to a sloping green while the 8th required enough nerve to run the tee shot close to water and down the fairway - too much caution and you are in the trees to the right with no hope of getting to the green. If accurate the second shot is a memorable test down a narrow fairway with many trees on either side. The 9th was the best par 5 on the course - though long straight hitters would prosper here. I loved the 10th and felt the 11th was the best par 3 on the course - a tee shot over water to the two level green surrounded by trees and rough behind and to the right. I liked the dog-leg 13th but agree the 14th is the biggest test on the course. A sloping fairway over water then presents a long second shot with a tree-lined bank to the left and a significant water hazard to the right. Of some comfort is a long, sloping green - if not playing Stapleford perhaps a lay-up third shot is the best option!
That the course remains such a jewel may be due in some small way to the flight path directly overhead - on this occasion they were coming in to land at one every two minutes and the smell of aeronautical fuel was everywhere. I thought it was worth it and will be back!
I have played this course twice this summer at the absurdly cheap twilight rate of £10. I entirely agree with the comments about price that have previously been made.
The course is indeed challenging and is unusual because the new nine come in the middle of the round. While the first 2 holes are relatively simple holes 3 to 5 pose problems which would no doubt be more severe from the medal tees.
I would certainly rate the 8th, 10th 12th and 14th as holes of grate quality while the 13th though a touch eccentric is definitely memorable. This is certainly not a course where a driver is always the best choice from the tee.
There are courses where the difference between the medal and ordinary tees is so signifcant that the nature and challenge of the course is adversely affected. I do not feel that this course falls into that category and would readily accept that a handicap acquired at this course, particularly one in single figures, would mean that person might find themselves being labelled a bandit on their travels.
I suspect that before long the club will realise that their prices are ludicrously cheap so I would urge everyone to take advantage of this gem.
Until I chanced on the course I was wholly unaware of its existence so full marks to the person behind the website.
The off course facilities are perfectly adaequate and in the end surely it is the quality of the golf course that should be of the most importance to golfers.
Accuracy and club selection are the key ingredients to success on this picturesque and ornate golf course. I agree with the previous reviewers about holes 8-14, as being a real test of golf.
The facilities are a little tired, but the golf is good value (especially on a 2-FORE-1 or Green Savers).
The course is popular with societies, so please check your tee time isn't clashing with such an event. Something which neglected to do when booking and ended up behind seven four ball groups. Subsequently our two-ball, took nearly 5hrs to complete, which rather spoil an otherwise potentially enjoyable round. This fact may also explain the state of the greens as we played (unexplained bobbles, deviations and pitch marks) but especially annnoying was that several of the holes appeared "crowned".
In summary, a charming testing course, but please check for societies.
This club is the ultimate hidden gem. Seriously.
Dare i say this as close to playing a course like Augusta that I think you'll find in the UK.
You'll finish this course physically and mentally exhausting as the mature tree lined fairways, water a plenty, and the strategically placed tees/pins and you'll need to think, think and then think some more on almost every shot you have to play. Come ready to use every club in your bag at some point.
Dont be fooled by the opening couple of holes. Rusper has a bite akin to Jaws from the 5th onwards.
Play this course in the summer when the sun is out though and you'll not care - its beautiful, very picturesque.
I am not even sure the owners know what a gem they have as the prices are very competitive. Your paying in the mid twenties on a weekend where i've paid over fifty for a course half as good as Rusper.
The signature hole... proably the 14th.
Only (small) negative comments are the clubhouse and shop need a facelift and the fairways could be cut a little shorter.
Nether-the-less I'd recommend this course to anyone. Play the quiet course of Rusper now before they invest in the clubhouse and the range and move the prices up.
Rusper is a gem of a course. All the previous comments are correct, the course starts of fairly easy but then tightens up and heads into the wood lined fairways using the contours of the ever changing land. There is a great use of water around the course which is kept in very good condition. The 6th hole is very strange to look at off the tee and the 8th is not much different! The 400 yard Par 4's are a challange when the stroke index is 11+ but a joy to play and most certainly worth a second trip back.
I have played this course over the last few years and it has gone from strength to strength.
Course is now in excellent condition - greens are fantastic and the fairways and starting to take great shape.
From holes 6-14, it will challenge even the lowest handicap golfers (I play regularly with a friend who plays off 10 and he loves playing here).
Definately advise people to give it a go!
Played Rusper on the 22/6/07 on a wet day. On arriving the clubhouse doesn't look much and the first impressions arn't great, but i thought £15 with a 2-fore-1 voucher, i'll give it a chance.
From the first hole i could see that this course was kept in lovely condition (but then again so should all courses at this time of year)
The first 4/5 holes are pretty easy so make as many points as you can, because the next sequence of 9/10 holes are probably the toughest i have played. What a great test of golf. Water, narrow, narrow tree lined par 5 fairways, trees everywhere.
Very difficult to shoot your h/c round here. A must play at great value.
Since arriving from abroad and playing on many local courses in the area, I have fallen in love with this truly magnificent golf club. The course is not all that Rusper is about! From the moment you arrive and enter the Pro Shop or the Club itself you are greeted with a smile and cheery hello. The management and members alike can not do enough to make you feel welcome.
Of the course, you will not find a more suitable test for experienced golfers & beginers alike. After a good start thru 5 wide, straight forward holes you can see where the new 9 holes have developed and matured into a remarkable track from holes 6-14. This is where the 'real Rusper' experience starts. Great, Long, Water, Woodlands, Wildlife... Phew what a test and so Beautiful.
When arriving on the 15th tee -back to original course- hopefully with some shots left, you will be pushed to find 4 finishing holes with as much character.
It sounds as though I write this with some bias...Its probably true! Thats why I put my money where my mouth is and joined the club.
Come down and try Rusper, We shall see you again and again...
Really liked this course. Having read the below reviews, had mixed feelings about booking it, and at the time it was only one could get a tee time @ time wanted - but what a result it turned out to be!
Ok, so game itself was poor, but the course was fantastic - off the whites, very long (just had a week of solid rain @ end of May 06) but despite talk of boggy I thought it held up well. Greens were in great shape, if a little slow but understandable given recent weather.
A bloody good test basically - true, very narrow in parts - even the par 5s (apart from the first one) are tight all the way down which some may say is harsh in addition to the decent length.
Par 3's were not all to my taste - not a massive fan of 3 of them being 180yrds + but there we go. Definitely will be returning as I think it probably takes a couple of efforts to get to know your way around a little better, but for £25 is good value and has convinced me to be returning again.
Clubhouse is a massive let down and although didn't eat there, menu didn't look all that tempting. Looks like there is investment going on though and if this aspect improves I think it's a good all round package for one of those '20 odd mins from the M25'
Played Rusper about 2 years ago and vowed I would never play it again. However it was 10x better than it used to be. greens were vgood and fairways were excellent. were off mats and 3x temp greens in late feb.23gbp for 18 holes w/end was ok. time approx 4hr 20 mins. will be going back in summer.
Golfing Heaven. I only played Rusper due to a work friend telling me about it. I live in Reigate and usually frequent Reigate Hill (Not anymore!!!!) I always come away from Rusper with a smile on my face. It is a very tight testing course, that keeps you thinking. There are lots of trees, but if you do happen to visit them you can normally find ur ball, so not all bad (Apart from the sideways shot out;-) On ur first visit don't let the first 5 holes put you off. By this I mean there is nothng wrong with them, but they are fairly easy. It is the dogleg left 6th onwards were the real fun starts !!!!!! My favourite's are the 9th and 13th(Stroke Index 1). I played twilight Saturday just gone for £12.50 (Bargain) Drove the ball 365yds on the 9th, which is a fantastic hole. Fairway probably only 30 yds wide tree-lined all the way to the hole. I was so excited I shanked my 2nd shot to the left and into the trees. 3rd out sideways chip on and 1 put - Lovely satisfying PAR. The 13th is the first time I have managed a PAR in around 30 attempts. Play it a see what I mean. They also have 2 of these new fangdangled swing trainers EAPLANAR - It is just £10 for the first lesson.
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I have been playing rusper for approx 4 years now.
average course good value for money,however they now have decided to increase the 2 fore 1 price by 30% mid season without informing anyone. when i said that the price increase does not make me want to come back, i was told "that your decision".
the course was value for money but with the new price its not worth it. eg the ninth green has bald patches in May!
A cracking course. I played there 2 weeks ago and went straight back in and joined. It's very good value, pretty hard and is definately a thinkers game rather than brute force. Gets a bit wet under foot but should be a real gem in the summer. However, water plays a big part on this course and the network of ponds and ditches adds to the fun.
I only discovered Rusper through a recommendation, and I am grateful to my friend!You can be forgiven for thinking this is just an ordinary parkland course after playing the first two holes, but the third is a challenging par 5 where an accurate second shot is very important. Once you get into the forest on the 8th hole - Rusper becomes like Wentworth, narrow tree lined fairways which are a real test. Listen for the clunks of golf balls against the trees! Be prepared to play sideways to get you back on the fairway. I disagree with some of the other comments - Rusper is a very good course for using your driver, hit it straight and you will be rewarded. The 17th and 18th lack a bit of character in my opinion, but the newer holes will leave you with a wish to try again and again. Bet you don't play to your handicap! Very friendly staff and fantastic value. Take tour binoculars to read the names of the planes taking off.
After stating I would never to return back in January 2002 I am really pleased I did. The greens and fairways on the original nine were in fantastic condition, the newer nine have improved very nicely as well. However if you are thinking of using your driver don't. It is very very tight in places. I found the best way around was to quite often use a seven iron off the tee just to get into position.
The owner has certainly spent a great deal of money making improvements and I can now reccomend a trip here.
the course has matured very nicel
Now the problems mentioned from others below have been sorted, this is an excellent course, one of the best i have played in the area (and one of the lowest green fees).
Yes, it is very hard in some spots, but surely this is what golf is about - a challenge. And yes, you can't just blast away from the tee you need to think about it... and even if you keep it straight it still takes a few rounds to truly know what your doing.
In the 8th right through to the 14th it must have some of the finest holes around, they wouldn't be out of place on a championship course. I'd reccommend to anyone who doesnt lose their temper/game at the first sign of trouble.
The course layout has some great holes, which, under the right conditions, could make it a really pleasurable test of golf.
However, the signs were there if we'd looked into them a bit closer! A notice in the pro-shop about no refunds for course conditions. The pro's warning of it being "a bit wet underfoot". The guy on the practice green, practicing in wellies. The 3-ball behind us as we teed off - all playing in wellies.
Yes, you've guessed it, this course was incredibly wet. Fair enough, it had rained the day before, but prior to that there was a fairly decent period of warm, dry weather. With all credit to the club, the greens were in very good condition.
Chances of us returning - slim, I'm afraid. Which is a shame, as some of the holes look like they could be stunning if you weren't so downhearted about splodging your way from tee to green.
First hole may lead you to question the notion that this is a tight course but you will find out in due course. It's a long enough course, but not somewhere you should risk using the driver too much.
Yes, there are a constant stream of planes ( one every couple of minutes on some holes)and they fly low enough to cast big shadows.
Course is certainly challenging. It is reasonably priced, as it has competition from the likes of Rookwood.
Food was good, but changing rooms at the moment are inadequate for a society. I don't think they even had a mirror.
However well worth a round or two.
i cant think of anything bad about rusper it puts most courses to shame of course its tight and it needs to be played sensibly
This course certainly attracts a lot of comment! - mostly valid depending on your point of view. Yes, the trees in the middle part of the course are a menace, but it makes a change from the typical 350 yard par 4 format elsewhere, ie: wood/short iron/putt. Here you have to play tactical irons off some tees. This was our first visit but I'm sure members put local knowledge to good use - as well as learn to draw and fade at will! The greens run true, the beer was good, and the £15 green fee was exceptional value for a 6000+ yards course. If I lived locally Id probably join.
I played this course on Wednesday, the first time I had played in 4 years. However, although my golfing skills took a while to return to me, the course was great. This is what golf is really about. You versus the course. Each hole at Rusper is different, and makes you think several shots in advance. For example, hole 9 is a long (514 yards) par 5, with some nasty trees. By hitting a 3 iron, followed by a 5 wood off the fairway, i was in a position to pitch on and putt down for a birdie (which to my delight I did). As regard to some of the comments below, i feel the course has now bedded in very nicely...to such an extent that I really couldn't tell which the nine new holes were (apparently they are 5-13).
In the end, it's a great course, challenging yet rewarding, and set among fantastic scenery. The planes can be annoying, but all it takes is to wait a few seconds while they're directly overhead and then you hardly notice them.
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