Wildwood Country Club

Wildwood Country Club, Cranleigh, South East, England, GU6 8JE

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23 reviews of Wildwood Country Club

I have played twice at Wildwood in 2014 (all 3 loops) and have to say it is a lovely set up they have there.

The staff are polite, friendly and helpful and the clubhouse and pro shop are both very good.

The courses themselves are holding up to the weather, although there are a few greens that are a little soft (we were warned of this) but they all still run fair and true.

My only concern is how well the club are doing. I played in a group of 4 on a Sunday morning and only saw 2 other groups all round ! I sincerely hope all is good........

Played here for £43 for a 4 ball including bacon rolls and coffee - unbelievable value.

Will definitely be back !


Posted by Nick K on 10/12/2014
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Have to say I couldn't disagree more with the one poor review. As a member at Wildwood I'm sorry the guy had a bad experience, but the course is generally well-maintained, with only one bunker (7 on parkland) that is GUR. Also, I've never seen any beer bottles on the course.

The course itself is a good test, with each of the three sets of 9 offering something a bit different. The Lakes is the toughest, with a challenging last 5 holes. Woodland is the scenic loop, whilst Parkland is more distance-focused, although there are still some interesting hole designs here, particularly the par 4 fourth, which is drivable with a blind fade. The course is generally well-maintained, although the greens could be trickier. Additionally, the pro shop staff are exceptionally helpful and will go out of their way to help with what you need. Would thoroughly recommend it.

Posted by Ben on 08/08/2014
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Interesting recent review of Wildwood and it could not differ more from my own recent experience (29/06/14) !

I also played there on a Groupon deal which included a coffee and a bacon roll. The pair of us played the Parkland and Woodland courses and found them to be both in excellent condition - fairways in decent nick and greens firm and running true. There WAS some bunkers that were overgrown but nothing to spoil the round. Also - no litter anywhere.

The chap in the Pro Shop was very helpful and bar staff also good.

Posted by Chairman on 09/07/2014
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I played here on a Sturday afternoon on a voucher offer, golf bacon rolls and coffee £19.

I played loops C & A as part of a group of six. I played very badly and that may well of jaded my view but I did not rate the course at all.

The course had clearly seen a hell of a lot of play as some of the tee boxes were in very poor condition. I cannot recall any particularly memorable holes. Some of the greens were vary scruffy although they generally played trus and ran faster than the looked.

There is a hell of a lot of water and knowing your way around would be key to good round, we had a course planner but this was occasionally confusing!

The club house is nice although there is no spikes bar which is a little odd and fristrating if you had put your gholf shoes on in the car park.

I won't be returning in a hurry, although at £19 including a bacon roll on a Saturday afternoon I am not sure that I have the right to be dissappointed!

Posted by Robert Bedford on 10/04/2012
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I played for £10 - an offer apparently valid for November only. I was directed to play loops B & C thus omitting the longest 9 holes. Greens were in good condition & fairways no muddier than most at this time of year. Many bunkers had far too many stones which seems like a lack of basic maintenance.
Loop B (Woodland) is generally straightforward but 3 (island green), 4 & 6 (tricky par 4's) are good holes.
Loop C (Lakes) starts with 2 fairly simple holes but thereafter is a good test. C5 requires a brave tee shot over 1 lake followed by a really good hit to clear a 2nd lake guarding the green. C7 is a quirky severe dog leg par 5 while C8 (another par 5) is much longer & tricky. The uphill dog leg C9 is a tight driving hole.
This course is not worth the standard £40 green fee but while this offer lasts it is a real bargain.

Posted by Stephen Lucking on 03/11/2010
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Played ona Friday. 36 holes for £120 (between 3, but it could have been 4 players), so excellent value.
We were told there was a society playing but we never saw anyone within 3 holes.
Greens were true and fair. Water comes into play a lot, but considering all the rain we've had, the course was in great condition. I can understand the comments about the layout, but this only affects a couple of par 5s on C course, which are not so much doglegs as "L"-shaped to fit in to the boundaries. Lovely course which reward straight shots and punishes anything wayward (many ditches). Food was good and fast.

Posted by P Peter Young on 22/08/2007
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Just played this at the weekend on a 2 for 1 offer. The course was very empty and I can fully see why. At £50 for a weekend green fee, there are many better value courses in Surrey. This is a £30 course, but for £25 on the deal we got it was good value. Now to the course, we played B&C. B was a good nine, fair and decent layout. I did think the same for C until the holes got more and more ridiculous, no real thought had gone into their layout. Greens were excellent and rolled very well. Worst of all was the course planner, they spent more money on making it look pretty and binding in than its contents! There are many mistakes in it and doesn't help in the slightest on those holes which are tight. All members and staff were very friendly and helped us with drive direction and finding the next hole.

Posted by Carl Jones on 13/08/2007
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Played wildwood on the 29th March and what a bargin for £27 pounds -bargin. bacon Sarnie, 27 holes and lunch. Played the Par 3 nine hole and followed by B&C courses. Good course well laid out and not over crowded. Good, consistant greens, great fairways and a comforable 19th.
Would i pay full price to play here in the summer; probably not though, better courses for less money around

Posted by andy heward on 30/03/2007
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Played here on a Monday,Feb. 07.
Friendly & helpful pro & a nice clubhouse but unfortunately without a course to match it.I found it uninspiring.
They do a deal on a Monday for free golf if you give them your e-mail address but afterwards i was relieved that i hadn't paid anything for it.
We played B & C. B inparticular i thought was poor & was the newer 9 .
On the holes that weren't wide open here you have to aim between two trees off the tee or through funnel areas & i didn't like this design feature.
The 1st on the B course is ridiculously tight off the tee with water right & left & even though it's a par 5 it just encourages you to hit a medium iron off the tee.Also on B ,after the 1st hole i can't remember seeing any bunkers anywhere which left the green surrounds looking nondescript.
Other gripes were being stuck behind an ignorant 3 ball on an empty course & not being able to get any food in the clubhouse when we finished mid afternoon.
The one positive was that the greens were true ,consistent & very nice to put on.

Even if it was free i wouldn't return.
Kevin B.

Posted by Kevin B. on 19/02/2007
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After the last time we played here we were invited back with reduced green fees to sample the course at its best. And that we did. The tees - fairways and greens were in excellant condition. We played the B&C course this time and found it a great challenge. Infact we have already booked two society dates next year.

Posted by Phil Gregor Heathrow Airport Golf Association on 11/10/2006
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A superb course with an immaculate clubhouse and very friendly staff.
I’ve played this club 5 times this year and this weekend I’ll be making it 6.
There are 3 lots of 9 that are grouped together to make 3 different combinations of 18 holes. There is a also a par-3 course that looks very special and I’ll be playing that this weekend (for the first time) before playing 18 on the main courses.
They have a 2-for-1 voucher that you can print out from the front page of the website and this means that even at the weekend the price is only £25 each if you bring even numbers. Also, they have a visitors scheme where you play and get your card signed each time. After 4 rounds you get the 5th free. All this makes it excellent value.
Course A is a varied and interesting 9 holes with a very scenic (and tough as nails) starting hole the forces you to play over a lake to a point that narrows severely on both sides at the point you want to land you ball. A ditch and trees waits for anything slightly offline at both sides. There are then open holes and very tight position play holes, a very long tricky, dog-leg par-5, and the 9th is a long par-4 that you’ll do well to hit the green in 2.
Course B is another great mix of different types of holes. Some very tight. Others open. A par-3 effectively surrounded by water, doglegs, a large lake that plays on 2 holes, streams, ditches, small valleys, out of bounds and a bit of water.
Course C I’ve only played once but certainly has some long holes with some devious doglegs, some water in play on a few holes and a couple of very tricky greens to hit. I found this one pretty tough the first time I played it, but the guy in the pro-shop assured me it was dead easy once you knew it well (perhaps if your names Ernie Els – lol).
To sum up, it’s a 45 mile trip for me to get there, and another 45 back; I wouldn’t do that journey if it wasn’t worth every penny.

Posted by Andrew Jarrod on 30/08/2006
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Played all 36 holes last week A,B & C courses plus the par 3 course,loved it. The par 3 course has loads of water and perfect greens great for warming up. The main 27 holes would test any level of golfer, Fairways were tight in the landing areas with responsive greens.Its all in good condition despite the hot summer and lack of rain and kept my group interested all day. Great 19th hole overlooking the course. Well done Wildwood can't wait to return.

Posted by Mark Roberts on 21/08/2006
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I played wildwood B+C courses last week and in contrast to the 2 or 3 entries below I thought it was an excellent course in superb condition. It offered spectacular scenery, a lovely club house and some excellent golfing challenges.
I'd love to play there more often however I live a good 40 miles away so it's tricky.
I would highly recommend this to anyone

Posted by Paul Lewis on 04/06/2006
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We played after a very heavy rain storm and although the bunkers were full of water the fairways were in top condition. The thing that let the course down was the rough and semi rough was too long and you couldn't find your ball if it landed in it and a lot of time was wasted looking. Secondly the greens were the worst i have played on in a long time. They had been spiked and not filled in with sand nor had they been rolled flat, so the ball was either jumping or was being pushed to one side.

Posted by Phil Gregor Heathrow Airport Golf Association on 10/05/2006
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I played this course earlier in the week, so it has to be taken into consideration that we're pretty well into winter. That said, I thought it was in pretty decent condition.
There are three circuits of 9, and none of them are going to give you an easy time. Circuit B seemed to be the fairest to me off of an 18 HC, while the other two had me looking forward to the clubhouse long before the finish.
Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of good holes on this course. I just wonder about the merits of making so many of them long, or having so much trouble around. Often the holes were long AND with trouble (water seemed to be everywhere).
I really wouldn't consider heading back there any time soon, although I think better players might enjoy the course.
The clubhouse and changing rooms are excellent, but don't get me started on the cost of a round. Even with a 2-fore-1 it cost me £30 midweek to play 27 holes. I'd hate to have paid full price for a course that isn't that special.

Posted by Nev Smith on 17/12/2005
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Wildwood, not a course I would recommend at £50 per round and even at £25 on the 2-fore-1 scheme it is nothing special. Greens were generally rubbish for the time of year (May), there was far too much cut grass on the fairways, which incidentally were cut far too long. Off the fairways there were loads of bare muddy lies. There were a few interesting holes, but you would need a course guide to know where to put the ball and even then the overpriced £4 course guide is so rubbish you still don’t know what you are doing! I also came two feet away from being hit on the head from an errant golf ball, which was shot at me by a player who didn’t call fore and another player on the course played one of my mates balls – we didn’t appreciate either of those incidents. Don’t think I will be coming back to this course out of choice.

Posted by Thomas Standley on 05/05/2005
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Having read the feedback on uk-golfguide.com me and my friend were looking forward to a nice round at Wildwood, unfortunately we didn't get one. Having booked a tee-time for just after 11 we went into the pro-shop and after a somewhat miserable welcome were told that we had to tee off earlier (their cock-up) allowing us no chance to warm up. We paid up, bought a course planner (£4 a bit steep) and headed for the first tee for a couple of loosening swings, well away from the turf. Just as we got ready to hit off a woman in a 4x4 shouted at us that practice swings were not allowed on the tee, and that bags shouldn't be on the tee. I'm sorry but this is the first golf club I've ever visited where carry bags are not allowed on the tee, there wasnt't even a sign forbidding it, and the manner in which we were shouted at was very rude and totally unnecessary. After these awful welcomes we got going. The fairways were in awful condition (definitely not a winter course) though the greens were quite good for the time of year. First hole is very difficult to see where to go, despite course planner, otherwise the general layout of the course is quite nice. A couple of very well designed par 5's, however the rest of the course is not fairly forgettable. If you do play here make sure it is in the summer (we think the course would be mush better then), and don't expect to be welcomed with open arms. Tip: Use 2-fore-1 vouchers, and you'll need to stump up for a course planner.

Posted by Richard Fryer on 03/01/2005
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My wife and I spent a really enjoyable Sunday afternoon at Wildwood, starting with an excellent carvery lunch in the lovely clubhouse.
The course was excellent - with 27 holes to chose from we had the second nine virtually to ourselves.
The holes themselves require some careful thought in many instances requiring an iron off the tee on the par 4s whilst others are open enough to have a good blast with the driver.
What was also very nice was the relaxed attitude to young children with some being taken round in buggies.
We liked it so much we are going to become members - need I say more ?

Posted by David Ashdown on 11/08/2004
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I played Wildwood for the 3rd time with my local Golf Society on May 19th. I have enjoyed the course every time i have played. Since the last time i played they have changed a number of the holes around so i played a number of different ones for the first time. There is a lot of water on the course so use an iron off the tee. Holes are well named like "reload". The facillities are very good and the staff are friendly. The greens are superb. i highly recommend this golf course for the lower handicap. If you have a high handicap it may leave you feeling a bit dejected. There is a great 9 hole par 3 course which is a challenge in itself and the ideal way to start off a society day.

Posted by Gary Savage on 07/06/2004
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The course is well designed with intelligent nand often rather bold bunkering meaning that the fairways were more interesting than most around. In surprisingly poor condition for such a good course (no fairway sprinklers?) but did not matter. There is not too much water but it does feature well at the sixteenth, with an approach shot over the pond. I personally enjoyed the par 3s - they are all good opportunities to lower your score.

Posted by Will Critchlow on 19/02/2004
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Played Wildwood 19th January 04. Very well organised reception and reasonable fees for a Sunday in Surrey (£80.00 for 3 with 2 for 1). Course itself was in fairly good condition for time of the year and had a number of interesting and challenging holes. Water played a big part on back 9. All par 3s deceptively hard, 1st and 16th particularly challenging. Would definitely play again.

Posted by Richard Freeman on 24/01/2004
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A NICE COURSE, WELL LAID OUT. GREEN FEES ARE EXTORTIONATE AND NOTHING LIKE THOSE LISTED IN THE DETAILS OF WILDWOOD. WHETHER THIS IS AN OVERSITE OR A PLOY TO GET YOU TO TURN UP IS UNCLEAR, LEAVING YOU ALL KEYED UP TO PLAY AND NOT BEING ABLE TO GET ANYWHERE ELSE AT SHORT NOTICE. PERHAPS THEY THINK YOU'LL PAY IT JUST TO GET A GAME ?
(GREEN FEE EXAMPLE £45 ON SUNDAY 1/10/2000) P.S I DID'NT PAY IT THIS TIME I HAD PLAYED IT BEFORE THE NEW OWNERS TOOK OVER)
STILL A NICE COURSE DESPITE THIS.

Posted by MAK TAYLOR on 03/01/2001
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Members and friends of the course alike are pleased to see improvements under way following a change of ownership in 1999.
The course is once again in great condition and the only draw back is having to get used to booking a tee time after several years of having the course to oneself.

Posted on 26/07/2000
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