Woking Golf Club

Woking Golf Club, Woking, South East, England, GU22 0JZ

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14 reviews of Woking Golf Club

Lovely course in good condition.decent length off the very back tees,meaning on some holes u need to carry nearly 200 yes to get over heather.
Greens in great order,and very undulating.

Members seemed to be old fogeyish,in keeping with the decor.
At £75 you' d expect it to be good,and though it is, we wouldn't rush back for that money

Posted by Neil on 11/10/2012
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Played here a week ago and the course was everything I expected and hoped for. Good reward to be had from hitting solid shots and enough space to keep the course playable for all handicaps. Would putt better (well, might putt better) next time with a little gained knowledge and understanding of the contours on the greens. The greens were in excellent condition by the way. The only disappointment was that after arriving back to the clubhouse at around half past five we found there was no food at all available. Not even a scrap of toast, a sandwich or even any cake! So disappointing and this is the second club where I have recently found exactly the same problem. Considering the green fees I am really surprised that clubs of this standing don't make a bit more of an effort to afford their visiting golfers a bit of clubhouse hospitality.

Posted by David Sainsbury on 09/04/2012
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Woking is a traditional old fashioned club and a typical heath and heather course for this part of the country. It has many excellent par 4's and four picturesque par 3's. The greens are large and undulating which offers the course's main defence.
As mentioned in earlier reviews the stroke index for some of the holes are bizarre - the 9th (stroke 9) is an extremely difficult hole requiring two huge hits, while the stroke 1 (6th) and 2 (12th) holes are a straight drive and a medium or short iron.
An excellent course nonetheless and I would recommend a visit.

Posted by Peter Frost on 02/06/2010
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A beautiful course, which combines length with heather and undulating greens to make for a very good challenge. Not that all the holes are monsters, there are a number of short par fours, but those aside you will need to be long and straight off the tee to give yourself a chance of par. I've been lucky enough to play here a number of times and the lesson I've learned is that you must take your medicine out of the heather - try anything too ambitious (assuming you find your ball) and you will be as likely to double-bogey or worse as you will be to save par.
If you get a chance to play here, take it.

Posted by Henry Shinners on 29/09/2009
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Played here for the very first time yesterday (July 23rd) and have to say....what a superb golf course. Very well manicured, beautiful fairways and greens and an abundance of trees!
We had to start our round from the 15th as there was a ladies match in progress, which we didn't mind at all.
As somebody else mentioned, watch out for the 18th! A short par 4, but with the green set right next to a pond quite a tricky second shot. I hit a beautiful wedge in, (or so I thought), and was quite disappointed to see it hit the green and then slowly carry on down the slope and plop into the lake. Penalty drop, chip and putt, no shot so my first blob! I'll know for next time, but if you are playing the course for the very first time steer well clear of the centre/right hand side of the green!
We then proceeded to the first tee, and I have to be honest, this is the one weak hole on the course. A good drive will leave you little more than a bump and run, and with everything sloping into the green, and a green that slopes severely away from you, it really is "hit and hope"...if your ball runs off the back of the green there is a nasty chip back up in store for you. Next hole is a long par 3, and off the whites into a breeze this is a good 3 wood to get home. Then the course really gets going with a series of great par 4's. I can't remember each and every hole and the order they run but my favourite had to be the 6th (SI 1). From the elevated tee, it looked magnificent, drive down between two bunkers and hit to a largish green with a small stream running in front of it. Luckily I played this hole well, hitting a superb drive down and leaving myself a 9 iron in. Par!!
The toughest hole on the course has to be the 9th. I've not played many harder SI 9 holes in my life! A big drive is needed to make the dogleg and then you are left with a big hit, all uphill to reach a green that slopes really steeply from back to front. At 450 yards an almost impossible task to get on here in two, and if you chip long and are faced with a putt back down the hill it is very easy to rack up a double bogey as you could quite easily three putt this one.
But the whole day was enjoyable, and as I say, Woking is a beautifully presented course. The greens were a good pace, with lots of subtle (and not so subtle) borrows. And boy, were they well protected! Lots of greenside bunkering and you had to thread your second shots in. And did I mention the heather?? This course has it all, and I would love to go back and play it again. It's a course that you could use a little "local knowledge"....

Posted by Robert Smith on 24/07/2009
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A well kept & enjoyable course with good greens a few short holes (1st & last) but as mentioned there have lengthened the course were possible. There was heather in places - some of it a bit thin & worn. The 16th par 3 perhaps my least favorite. That’s the negative stuff out of the way. The rest a beautiful walk round, some lovely trees and at £35 for a twilight good value and with a 100 mile round trip I will return one day. What ever you do don't turn up with ankle socks, we were approached 3 times (plenty of Committee types rules is rules bla bla) in the end my partner ended up paying £9 in the pros shop for a pair of long of socks - the look on his face having parted with his money made my day. All in all a top course offering value for money.

Posted by steve a on 05/09/2008
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i played Woking when i had the shanks and the course was very difficult! I struggled on the greens because my stroke is bad and i couldnt read the slopes. Overall the course was in great condition but i didnt have the required skill to play it well. Off to the range to try and straighten out the ball flight!

Posted by Chris Murphy on 05/05/2008
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My step-brother is a member here, so I have had the pleasure of playing Woking several times. The course is always immaculate, and the greens have run true on every visit I've made.
I get the impression that the club recognised that the course needed toughening up, and the management is definitely addressing this. Several new tees have been built and are now being put into play, which has increased the length. Also, they are cleverly growing the heather back in which is narrowing the landing areas. This heather is extremely penal - the ball can usually be found, but it's often difficult to advance it more than 50-100 yards.
Another clever touch which serves to toughen the course and enhance its beauty is the growing of heather on the bunkers on the side facing the greens. It looks great, and you had better get the ball out cleanly and past the heather...
Playing a round at Woking is incredibly enjoyable. The scenery is wonderful and the members are always friendly. When it comes to scoring, the course is a bit of an enigma - even when your game is on, you'll leak a few shots here and there and before you know it, you've used up your handicap. On the other hand, it's also difficult to have a nightmare round when your game is off. The course is not overly punitive, but it just chips away at you with its awkward green complexes which reward only your best shortgame and putting days.
The holes are all interesting. The only slight misgivings I have concern the 1st and the 18th holes. The 1st is a very short par 4 with a bump-and run approach to a sunken green which has a slightly too high luck-factor in my opinion. The approach to the 18th is also slightly questionable. The green is 3-tiered and quite narrow. If your approach hits one of the bigger slopes, the ball will torpedo down towards the lake and create a very difficult first putt or chip. From 80 yards out it's usually pot luck rather than skill whether this happens or not (the tiers are only a few feet wide), and it can decide a match. On the other hand, all the other holes are very fair and well-designed.
The professional Carl is very friendly with a great well-stocked shop, and if you need something he doesn't have, he'll happily order something in and keep you informed when it's due etc.
I have to say that the clubhouse is the nicest I've ever visited. There are few better feelings in life than sitting on the patio looking onto the 14th green with a nice cold beer after a round. The food is also first class.
You can probably guess I am a big Woking fan. It seems obligatory to mention Worplesdon and West Hill when you discuss Woking, so here goes... I have played all 3, and they're all excellent. Woking is probably still marginally the easiest, but as stated, this is gradually changing. I think Woking has the best clubhouse and is the friendliest of the 3. I also think Woking and Worplesdon are generally kept in better condition than West Hill, though that course is probably the toughest challenge. To be honest they are all brilliant, and any golfer would be lucky to be a member at any of them.

Posted by Mark Fox on 31/08/2007
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It's difficult to disagree with most of what has already been said on here – this is a very picturesque and enjoyable course. At £35 for a twilight round (after 3pm) midweek, it's also excellent value for money.
However, when considered purely as a test of golf, I found it lacking. Yes the 4th hole is famous for arguably being the first strategic hole in English golf with the bunkers inserted slap bang in the middle of the fairway by a couple of maverick members – but generally the fairways are wide and accommodating, and the heather only really threatens on a few holes. As the pro explained to me, the course's main defence is its huge greens, which can leave some demanding putts if you don't get near the pin.
In my view Woking is marginally less attractive and also slightly easier than Worplesdon (I haven't been round West Hill yet) – and it certainly comes up short when compared to the likes of The Berkshire.
7.75/10
'Young P'

Posted by 'Young P' on 07/06/2007
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Played the course today, the second time I have had the pleasure of doing so. With heavy rains over the last few days, the course was soft underfoot and was playing longer as a consequence. With the exception of a few short par fours, the course is longer than average anyway so the mid and long irons were coming out of the bag more often - it made for a nice challenge. Soft greens meant we could be agressive in firing at pins on the shorter holes - as I understand it, in dry conditions it can be very difficult to get the ball to stop on the greens. The greens are a challenge, many are two-tiered, almost all are undulating, but they ran perfectly true. It says a lot for the variety of holes on this course that it never gets tedious, even though there are seven par fours on the front. This is not a course for the high-handicapper - there is a lot of heather and on a number of holes, the ball has to be hit long and straight from the tee to carry and avoid it. My favourite hole was probably the 16th, only a 145-yard par three but with a carry all over water, it is visually stunning. My only gripes would be that the stroke indices seem skewed (the stroke index one 6th is by no means the toughest hole on the course) and that there are only two par fives which are in consecutive holes. A few bunkers had standing water from the heavy rains but the tees, fairways and greens were in superb condition. Highly recommended.

Posted by Henry Shinners on 02/10/2006
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Played here midweek February 06 ( £35 ).
Superb course .One of the best inland courses that i've played .Right up there amongst the best in Surrey .Although not as well known as others i'd rank it alongside Swinley Forest & The Berkshire & for sheer enjoyment i think this course just edges it .
It's a visually appealing heath & heather course where virtually all holes have there own identity due to it's treelined nature . It's like a cross between Walton Heath & Woburn .
Although the early holes are good it shows it's true class from the 5th hole onwards & never lets up until the end. Some of the holes are visually stunning, particulary holes 5 ,6 ,8 ,11 ,13 & 16.
2 balls only mean no hold ups & a nice pace. The club was friendly & welcoming & the clubhouse is old fashioned ,historic & classy .
One minor criticism was that although the greens ran very nicely , cosmetically some of them could have been slightly better .
In comparison to other quality courses this is value for money & i can't think where you'd get this type of course in Surrey for less than £35.
A great course to have on your golfing c.v.
Kevin B.

Posted by Kevin B. on 08/02/2006
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I heartily agree with MH (below). Woking is a glorious mix of the eccentric, the old fashioned and the beautiful. The welcome from the staff and members is friendly and warm. If you get the chance to play ther then take it - without question.
The course is a wonderful heath and heather test, not long but requiring some thought. We played 36 holes with lunch in between and tea and sandwiches afterwards. The 14th in particular is interesting, with its green sited in from of the club house veranda. Members sitting out on this continue talking regardless of whether there is activity on the green on not. It is also in bounds and there is every opportunity to over-club or pull your shot through the green and hit the veranda or indeed the club house. The 10th is one of the best par 3s I've seen - ever
The Club house is old fashioned but comforting with a pavilion feel to it which is emphasised by the white/green paint colours. It is full of names like "Bernard Darwin", "Gardiner Hill" or "Micklem" - evocative names from Golf's past and that remind one of the history of the place. Woking has a sense of humour too; Around the walls are framed excerpts from the club suggestion books of the past, perhaps 1904 or 1910 by example - and they are just hilarious!
A last word on lunch. It's fabulous, opulent and comforting - I doubt if Muirfield could do it better. Ours was four courses plus coffee and including treacle sponge, custard and iced cream - took me right back to my childhood!

Posted by Andrew Burge on 07/07/2004
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i play off 35 and i played woking in a thunderstorm and i struggled however woking is for the lower handicapers as the people there know what they are doing. i thought woking was a well set out course unlike the other two w's westhill and worpleston you will enjoy ur time on this course and it is very good value for money.

Posted by Kit Catrell on 08/06/2004
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If you can find this course through the maze of lanes that surround it, you are in for a golfing treat. The clubhouse is like something out of a P.G.Wodehouse story complete with all the associated 1930's characters milling about. From the first tee to the last green this is strategic golf at its absolute best and all set in glorious Surrey wooded heathland. There is a large degree of thought and decision required on practically every shot, do I hit a drive into the narrowest part of the fairway or should I take an iron for safety and leave a longer second, should I try to turn this shot a little around the subtle dogleg or is a case of hitting a straight one over the corner. The 4th is a case in point. The fairway narrows dramatically the further up you go on this shortish par 4 and the railway line hugs the right hand side. I played a 3 iron short of the brilliantly sited bunker in the middle of the fairway followed by a wedge to the green that slopes away from you. This got me a safe par but my partner smashed a drive down the right hand side, past the bunker and was therefore rewarded with a simple pitch in which yielded his birdie. Every hole is like this, I cannot praise it enough, utterly sublime.

Posted by MH on 31/10/2002
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