Traditions Golf Club
Traditions Golf Club, Woking, South East, England, GU22 8UE
31 reviews of Traditions Golf Club
A bit disappointed. Discovered that the course has changed ownership. This was my first visit for two years. A lot of the bunkers were GUR. Some did look bad, but it appeared there was a random decision to make some GUR. Greens were not too bad, but didn't look good (probably should be called browns). Hopefully new owner will put money into the club/course as it has the potential to be quite a good course for pay and play nomads like myself. Glad I got a deal from a third party, as it is not a £30 course, even for a Saturday
Played course wed 17th sept.
having never played traditions was looking forward to it. However i was left very dissapointed. First impressions in clubhouse, dirty toilets,moody bar staff. Not very welcoming. Course was in bad condition
Had hollotined greens yet failed to tell us when we booked. So greens couldnt putt on. Fairways not cut so like playing put of rough all time.
Left very dissapointed. As could be a lovely golf course and clubhouse.
This is an excellent course, which with Pyrford down the road makes a magnificent double-header.
It's not long, but it's open to the elements, so wind plays its part.
There are a few very tight driving holes (especially the 4th).
In good condition, the clubhouse isn't amazing, but more than made up for by the quality of this course.
played this course a few weeks ago during the warm march weather, i have to say the course was in fantastic condition. The greens were some of the best ive played on this year, especially for a pay and play. They were also putting a new T box in on the 5th, its always nice to see money being spent on a golf course. Friendly pro shop staff as well which is always a plus. Will be coming back to play this course soon thats for sure! highly reccomended
Although there is a hint of roughness, this is a decent course and a good £24 worth. First 4 or 5 are tricky and 16 and 17 are challenging. In between it is more bland but still enjoyable and overall there is a good mix of challenging and relaxing holes.
Played this course for the first time. The web pictures made the course look stunning so we were hopeful of a good day. We were not disappointed. The first 5 holes were tricky and needed course management then 6 - 18 everything opened up. To be fair i thought it would be more tree lined but you still had to plot your way around. Some holes could have been better laid out and the water could have been bought into play more. If they moved the pond and fountain or moved the 18th green it would be a more interesting hole. The greens are fast but where they have been cut browning has occured but still good greens.Good pro shop and pleasant staff. Drinks and food bit pricey but it is Surrey darling.We paid £25 for the privelage but there are so many course in Surrey you are spoilt for choice.As a course i would rate it 8/10 course management required or could rack up a score. 4 of us played and a pro.Handicaps from scratch to 23 and we all came in around handicap so in all a fair course.
Played this as a two ball last Thursday, the course was not a good as it has been but it is early in the season, the problem is there are too many buggies with crap golfers, wearing working boots and hacking there way around a fairly tough course. It needs. course Marshall to see what these nuggets are up to. We were a two ball off 8 and 12 and would any of these four balls using buggies call us through, not a chance. It is a great course spoilt by Bob the builder, and 'who ate all the pie pensioners in buggies!
Played using the new Sunday twilight offer of £22.50 as opposed to £32. I play a lot on the Crown golf courses around the M25 and my overall opinion is that I was a bit disappointed with the state of the course. Most of the tee boxes were pretty shabby, fairways very bare and the greens were full of pitch marks that hadn't been repaired by previous players.
However, I really enjoyed playing here and thought that it was worth the weekend rate of £22.50 (I wouldn't pay much more than that). It is a challenging course and you don't need to be a long hitter to be successful here. But come on Crown, please sort the state of the course out.
Played this course yesterday in a strong wind and good sunshine, have to say the greens were the best I've played on a public course for a good while.
A good challenge to all standards of golfer and plenty of greenkeeping staff on duty which is always good to see.
A great burger and chips in the friendly bar after the round put the cap on an excellent day.
Great value and really excellent greens.
After reading some previous reviews, I was a little wary on the condition of the course but it was in great shape. Fairways in good nick and the greens had a bit of give but still slick. However, not convinced about the sand in some of the bunkers - plenty of stones !
You do NOT need to be a big hitter here as a lot of the longer holes are dog-legs. There IS however plenty of water and a lot of water-filled ditches to pick your way around. Most annoying is that there is no little sign on the tees, showing you the shape of the hole, etc. For a tight-wad like me who wouldn't dream of buying a course guide, that is a pain !
There is a practise green and a hitting net. The pro shop & bar/lounge seemed fine. I paid £15 for a Sunday round and it's excellent value for that kind of outlay. Will play again.
I found the course to be in good condition especially the greens.It is a course to think your way around. There is a lot of water in play so blasting most holes with a driver will find you water or sand.
Overall a very good course to play worth £15.00 (Internet offer)
The terrain means that parts of this course could easily become waterlogged but the recent dry spell meant no such problems on my visit yesterday at twilight rate of £14. The course was in good condition though the greens were on the slow side but true.
Most of the holes are interesting and there is always satisfaction in shots struck over water even when it should not really come into play.
The size of the greens means holes can be made very different but sadly a visitor cannot stipulate a different set for his/her next visit.
The tee shot from the whites on 4th demands a carry of about 220 yards to a narrow fairway without any alternative except a wedge. This either makes it a very good hole or slightly comic and the same applies to the zig-zag par 5 16th where I used 7 iron, 5 iron & wedge.
The course perhaps suffers from the absence of any long par 5's and the 12th would be a better hole from the yellows as a 450 yard par 4.
There is quite a lot of walking between tees which makes the round take longer than might be expected but overall a course which is worth a visit but only in dry conditions.
just played today and as a beginner found with well placed bunkers and water, it was a challenging little course. The drainage problem seems to have been sorted out and the greens were well maintained but a little slow.Will definatly play the course again possibly next summer.
Off the yellows a fairly short, but tricky course, that requires careful, accurate tee shots off a number of holes to miss lakes, ditches, trees, nature reserves and out of bounds. The SI 1 4th hole is a particularly tight tee shot and must be almost imposssible off the whites into the wind.
The greens look the part, being large, well contoured and well drained, but they had a disappointedly fluffy feel that led to them being slow, with the need to force the putts rather than the ball flowing across the surface.
The condition of the fairways left a lot to be desired, mostly appearing to be very poorly drained, with some areas being bog like. Several bunkers had standing water, despite it being a few days since the previous rainfall.
Overall a mixed bag. An intersting course layout, but not in the best of condition. However, the early bird and late afternoon rates, which were £9.99 a round when we played, make it worth a try.
It is also worthwhile having quite a few spare balls with you.
Played there on 31 July, part of a society. Hole 5 fairway was 4 to 6 inches deep in water, everyone ended up with wet feet. The bunkers were either filled with water, or rock hard solid sand. Two other fairways were water logged.
We, as a society, felt they should have contacted us beforehand and said the course was unplayable. However, in fairness to the Manager, they gave us a 10% refund.
It could be an interesting course, but don't go there if it has been raining.
My ratings are based on the conditions of the day
I played Traditions last weekend and I was so impressed! As a member of a golf club I normally tend to steer clear of 'pay and play' clubs as generally I find them scruffy and pretty unchallending and boring, but i was invited along by some friends so thought I would give it a go. Traditions is certainly a challenge! some tight holes, lots of water to get you in trouble and greens in really good nick. Well run with a starter and a course marshall which is pretty unusual for pay and pay courses as well. Will definatly play again, recomend it to anyone.
I will probably need to play this course again to give it a fair review. I played on a sunday morning in early November. It had been raining all week leading up to the tee off and just as we got onto the 1st tee we had to leg it back into the clubhouse due to an almighty hail storm. Once that had cleared (15min) the sun came out but the whole course was water logged. Completely unplayable! Every bunker was a lake and pretty much each fairway became a lake! a real nightmare. I must have lost 10 balls just from bunker shots and water on the fairways!!!
I'm not a huge fan of the crown golf network i feel a lot of the clubs, like Traditions have no atmosphere or feeling to them, no tradition (sorry) if you like.
I will play it again and give a better review, but if it has been raining a lot please stay well clear!
i played this course on sunday 19/nov/2006as part of the red lion golf society,it was the worst course we have played this year.the fairways were waterlogged and the course was unplayerable
the booking in system failed we had a delay of 30 minuets before teeing off.it seems that greed is the watch word with this course.i will not be playing this course again.there was no staff in the bar to serve tee and coffee before 8 am,should have stayed in bed
Played here in a small society on a Wednesday afternoon.
Found the course to be in fairly good condition with a number of memorable holes. I particularly liked the very tight par three third and the even tighter still fourth. There is quite a lot of water and good course management is therfore rewarded. Some of the course is spoilt by overhead cables and pylons.
Not a particularly long course but wayward tee shots are punished with some very harsh rough.
The offcourse facilities were decidely average.
Traditions is now owned by Crown Golf and this has resulted in changes to the booking procedure which I personally wasn't particularly happy with.
First off, I found myself speaking to a girl in what was evidently some kind of call centre operation and who patently knew absolutely nothing about golf. And it didn't get much better from there:
1. Tee times are now sold in blocks rather than charging individual green fees. So a tee time costs a set amount, however many people are playing. For example, if a tee time is set at £48, it would cost £48 to play as a single, £24 each to play as a twoball and £12 each to play as a fourball. Net result: the course gets packed with slow-moving fourballs but the club rakes in more cash. Ker-ching!
2. You have to pay in full in advance. Call centre girl gave me the lame excuse that this was "to avoid queuing in the pro-shop." I've played some of the best courses in the British Isles and, whilst I'm used to paying deposits, this was the first time I'd been asked to pay in full beforehand. Of course, when you get there, you still have to go to the pro-shop to sign in and wait while others buy polo shirts, golf balls, chocolate bars etc, completely negating any supposed benefit of reduced waiting time. I mean please don't insult my intelligence!
3. If you can't make your tee-time for whatever reason there is no option of a full refund of your money. All they will do is allocate you another tee time in the future.
As you can see, all of these points are skewed to the benefit of the club over the benefit to the player.
And, as a final insult, we were told we couldn't play off the white tees as they were for competitions only! Needless to say, we ignored them.
I'd now definitely think twice about playing here as a twoball.
Played there yesterday. The course layout is fantastic. Some really challenging holes and the course has more water than I have ever encountered, so good course management and club selection is a must. The greens were very good too.
My only gripe is the water logged fairways. They were awful. The course is 6000yds off the yellows and I must of walked about 8000 zig zagging my way along the fairways avoiding the water and mud...
In saying that, I will be playing this course again because the layout is that good, and hopefully I'll get a good few extra yards on my drives rather than a big splash - the one day i drive well and i have a waterlogged fairway!
Well recommended..Just keep an eye on the weather!
Played here midweek in November ( £11 using a 2 FORE 1 voucher ).
Contemporary course superbly designed by Peter Alliss. Doesn't look up to much when you first arrive but ignore the initial first impresions as this is an excellent modern course.
Lakes, sleepers & a an imaginative design here that really makes you think off the tee.It's hard to find fault with any of the holes here as the good holes keep on coming.
Large undulating greens in excellent condition where your putts run true & considering the time of year the general course condition was very good.
Good par 5s & the design of the par 5 16th is a masterpiece where you can go for a water carry to the green with your 2nd shot or bail out.
Also the 4th has one of the tightest drives i've seen (off the whites )to a fairway where at one point the short grass is only 6 yards wide.
Another plus was how empty the course was & we had no-one in front or behind us for the duration.
Shortcomings are that pylons run across part of the course (strangely ,this doesn't seem to detract as much as you'd think )& the card or tees could do with a course plan on them as on the 1st i hit my ball to the wrong green.
For £11 an absolute bargain.
I have played this course (and a lot of others in surrey) several times over the last 3-4 years. Not being a memeber anywhere always is a problem when you want to play early in the mornings in the weekends. Here you can always get on, (provided you book a couple days in advance. The course is usually in excelent condition. In vinter 1,2,4 and 5 can be a bit wet. In summer it tends to be dry and your drives could easly be 50 yards longer. The course is a challenge as you can on most holes chose to play safe or "go for it" the latter could prove to be a misstake when you go in the water etc. but also rewarding if you make it.
I am playing there again this weekend. (for you cheap guys complaining about distance markers etc. I got a couple of spare bocklets..- I agree with the previous wrighter - £3 saves you several balls...
If you havent played there i suggest you do, take the little road back towards A3 afterwards cross the canal and have lunch at the nice pub by the lock. Playing Traditions is all in all a nice experience at a reasonable price...
I am not sure where they guy who said there were no markers was looking as there are 150 yard markers on every hole... The yardage books are £3 and given the difficulty of the tee shots I strongly suggest you get one. It will probably save you three balls so think of the cost benefits!
It is an absolutely fantastic course, it is challenging but certainly playable, you just have to think your way around and play strategically which is all you can ask.
Great value for money and good atmosphere around the club.
This Course is the best I have ever played on. The people are also very friendly. Take lots of balls, water everywhere!
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