Woldingham Golf Club

Woldingham Golf Club, Woldingham, South East, England, CR3 7HA

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22 reviews of Woldingham Golf Club

OK course with almost all the holes apart from a couple of par 3s running along the 'bottom' of a valley in one or other direction. No rough to speak off, very few trees and no water means it's fairly straightforward.

It's basically an 'up and down' type course which has been disguised with some neatly designed holes and some quite sharp elevation changes. As someone else said, OK for a round but might become a little boring for more than that.

Good condition though (even after some very wet weather over the previous 48 hours), decent facilities, friendly enough, pint afterwards was in good condition though was only Doom Bar unfortunately.

Overall good value, decent but unexciting.

Posted by Chris Smith on 17/11/2014
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Having read some of the less favourable reviews I thought a little balance was required. I play corporate golf at a number of the universally acclaimed top 100 courses.

Woldingham compares favourably with many of these but I need to explain further. Firstly Woldingham is unpretentious and welcoming. Many golfers are intimidated by the 'Spanish inquisition' that greets you at many of Surreys finest courses. The pro shop at Woldingham is outstanding. The staff work hard to be accommodating and welcoming. The customer care is genuinely world class. Take note other Surrey courses.

The teaching professional at Woldingham (Daniel Young) is also exceptional. You will not find a better coach and you only need to speak to some of the members who attribute significant handicap reduction to his teaching methodology.

The course is a fair test and allows for some good numbers to be achieved and whilst not overly punitive it ultimately provides a good balance of enjoyment and challenge.

There are never any temporary greens at Woldingham and the green staff do an incredible job in maintaining viable year round golf.

So in summary, if you are looking for year round golf at a venue with a world class professional and great service, divert from your journey to WH or the 'three W's' and give Woldingham a try.

Posted by Glenn on 03/05/2013
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Easy to get on to, which is good as a golfer who isn't a member of any course. I find it a pretty easy course, with a distinct lack of variety in the holes - nothing very challenging or different from hole to hole. Ok for a game at short notice if you don't care what sort of course you play, gets very boring after 2 or 3 rounds.

Posted by Rich on 15/03/2011
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Played for the first time and wasn't overly impressed, though I wasn't expecting it to be fantastic. Typical of a number of courses around in that it's a bit untidy, maintained on a budget and not very interesting.

Posted by Mystery Golfer on 23/06/2010
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As you drive into the club you are impressed with the beauty of the course even though you notice very little trees/bushes. It seemed busy and the 19th had a good crowd outside toasting their last round.
Once on the course the first thing we noticed was very few signs directing you to the tees and no details showing the yardage once you got there- to be fair there was something but it was so far we just ignored them as the distance did not correspond to the yellow markers. This is obviously so you have to buy and course guide which I had done when I first called into the pro shop the previous week so I had to run back to the car. I did not want to bring it in case it rained again, silly of me to think the Skycaddie would be enough.
Once on the course the holes go up and down which is good if you’re in the army but with the lack of natural obstacles did seem a little boring. The condition of the greens did appear to be patchy but I have to give them the benefit of the doubt as I suspect they had treated them for all the moss etc that would have taken hold over the winter.
One thing that could not be forgiven is the state of the bunkers. They are in a terrible condition with the edges collapsing and flint in the sand. Maybe the green staff could spend more time working on these instead of racing each other on there John Deere buggies as they did going from holes 6 to 3. Once there they hide in a dip out of eye shot and only moved once a two ball needed to play the 3rd.
The final disappointing aspect of the day was when I had previously called no mention was made that when a 2-fore-1 voucher is used they charge for the day rate and not the round rate. If we had known we would not have turned up at 1.30pm for a day’s golf! The course is worth £22.00 for a round but I would have felt hard done by paying £32.00 without the voucher.

Posted by Michael Costello on 28/05/2010
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In this atrocious winter we picked the best day of the year so far to play the course. It looked terrific with the clubhouse a feature on most of the course. Considering the amount of rain the fairways were firm but go of and casts from the rough made for a muddy, heavy ball in a poor lie. Most flag positions were on the edge of surprisingly good greens but with lots of long puts we were quickly able to legislate for the slower pace. With most of the greens heavily guarded by bunkers of various sizes and depth the conditions allowed most shots to hold the green - expect far tougher tasks as the course dries out for the summer.
The course - the first few holes allow you to settle without too many mishaps with the 4th an attractive hole with birdie opportunities. The course asks question's with a long par 3 7th and bunkers can hurt on both the 8th and very attractive approach to the 9th. The card claims a harder return with the sloping 10th needing careful management. I liked the high tee position on the 11th before three testing par 4's see you back across the road. The big 5, 3, 5 finish is a test of stamina and concentration after nearly 6,000 yards.
Both the weather and company may have clouded my judgment but i really enjoyed the course. Though not a long driver but fairly straight the four par 5's appeared intimidating but wide fairways do allow you to "have a go". Putting at my home course we rarely aim for the hole - on all but two I enjoyed the rare privilege of hitting (up or down) straight.
In summary us teen handicappers can do very well here and it offers manageable problems for those higher. The good condition, yardage and flat lay-out might not be testing enough for you single handicappers although a four hour plus round might !!

Posted by Ray Shinners on 19/02/2010
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Another stop on my tour of courses in South London. The discount rate of £15 is available all day and I understand there is currently a very cheap rate for a round plus buggy on a course that is very flat! It pains me to mention this as I feel that in the absence of real disability buggies should be banned.
The best feature of the course are the greens which were tricky but generally true. The absence of hazards for most drives mean that the interest is principally in working out the best way to attack the flags.
There are some challenging holes but I suspect a handicap obtained on this course would flatter.
I also felt that measurements on the course were made by someone with a short stride - a feeling reinforced by a society playing the same day.
A nice venue for a society of mixed ability but in spite of its good condition not one which I would wish to play again.
My ratings are a reflction of what is available at other courses within a 10 mile radius

Posted by Stephen Lucking on 22/09/2009
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A charming course set in a valley, providing a collection of holes with a variety of gradients from tee to green and also across the fairways. There is no water to contend with and very few trees, making this a great choice for the mid-high handicappers, as errant tee-shots are not overly punished. The bunker layouts are especially thoughtful both on the fairways and the greens.
The Par 5, Par 3, Par 5 finish is particularly enjoyable, especially the elevated tee on the 17th that requires some judgement to hit the green.
Staff are friendly, welcoming and very helpful. The whole place has a pleasant atmosphere from arrival at the pro-shop to the departure at "the 19th". Great course and excellent value on a 2-FORE-1.

Posted by Trevor Rudge on 17/08/2009
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One of our favourite visitor-friendly courses in Kent and east Surrey. Always seems to be in good condition and has a good variety of interesting holes. The front nine is the more interesting and a couple of the holes on the back 9 are quite bland (particularly the 13th and the 15th) but there is plenty of interest among the remainder (especially the 7th and 12th and the finishing three) to keep your interest. More expensive than the likes of say Austin Lodge, another of my favourites, but we keep coming back which is a testimony to the quality of the golf. The pace of play is normally good, even on a Saturday morning, which obviously adds to the enjoyment.
The course is built in a valley and the front nine runs along the edge of it so be prepared for some hills, although the climbing is not excessive. A few of the par fours require a bit of thought and course management (eg the 4th, 8th and 14th) where just whipping the driver out will almost certainly not result in the optimum score.

Posted by Henry Shinners on 18/06/2008
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Having played woldingham a few times i found it to be a very good course,well maintained with a pleasant atmosphere.As with mr noades courses the rough is normally short for quick play but found that the rough was longer than usual which i feel made it a lot better.Although a few times we had to look for balls in the longer grass it has made a good couse that bit more challenging.
It was and still is a very good course to play and will be going back again.

Posted by paul terrington on 05/05/2008
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Woldingham is a good test of golf for the mid to high handicap player.
Whilst the course is free of water, the bunkers and hillside holes certainly give you plenty to think about. The undulating fairways and true greens are both in excellent condition thus making it fantastic value.
My only disappointment was the "Spike Bar" which could lift it's game in terms of food, service and decor.
Will return.

Posted by Gregory Andrews on 20/08/2007
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Very average golf course. The layout is fine but the course lacks trees and vegetation which makes for a very easy track. People at the pro-shop/clubhouse are very welcoming and the clubhouse facilities are well above par. Fine for a twilight round but definitely not worth £30/round - at least not before some of the recently planted trees grow.

Posted by C. K. on 21/05/2007
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Played here in a three ball on Sunday afternoon, miraculously dodging the showers that had fallen all day.
There are two practice putting greens near the clubhouse and an uncovered range (token is £2.50 for approx 50 balls). Iron shots only are allowed on the range which is squeezed in between two holes.
The post 4pm twilight rate of £15.00 for visitors was great value (It’s £20 after 3pm - still good value I feel). Despite the earlier rain the course and greens were in great condition with just a little surface water on the 3rd which didn’t come into play. Nearly all the par 3s are of the same length but all present a different challenge from the tee. Several memorable holes, and, as mentioned previously the view from the elevated tee on the 17th is fantastic.
Woldingham is certainly a fair test for most golfers. I played under my 18 handicap, though had I found more that one bunker during the round I'm sure things could have been very different!
Staff in the pro shop and Spikes bar were all welcoming and helpful; needless to say I shall be back very soon.

Posted by Steve Mansley on 15/05/2007
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Played here on a very cold and frosty February day when my own course was closed.
The first three or four holes where a little dissapointing as there was very little chance of a flat stance. The holes to the sides of the course slope one way or another back into the valley in which the course is built.
Apart from that the course is very open and a fair test of golf. There are some very nice holes the seventeenth a par three with an elivated tee was quite memorable.
Some of the greens and bunkers were still very much frozen when we played which made it quite interesting if unpredicatable.
Overall a nice course with an excellent clubhouse.

Posted by Robert Bedford on 07/02/2007
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just like to say what a great course this is, and in great nick!! the greens rolled pure and the firways are superb!! the staff are very friendly and accomadating. not a memeber, yet!!

Posted by david cockrill on 23/10/2006
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Hilly course as expected as built in a valley. Quite open on the Par 4's and 5's. So if you open your shoulders & spray it about a bit you are 50% of time playing from another fairway.
All the Par 3's are approx 150-160 yards so quite short and there is no water on this course. Overall though - nicely presented & looked after without being too tough, as my 35 points prove whilst putting like an elephant. My only gripe were the greens that could have given a truer roll on putts. However as a member at another club i'd return even though i'd have to pay, not used to it on weekends!
Lovely looking clubhouse & friendly pro-shop & staff.

Posted by Ryman Barker on 10/10/2006
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This is just to let you know that the course as now changed it name to the Woldingham Golf Club

Posted by malcolm grover on 06/09/2002
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Reasonable course although way, way too expensive for what it is! The rough is not very forgiving here so hit straight. Clubhouse is nice but it's not £35 nice!

Posted by Bandit on 30/10/2001
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The next tee is easy to find, even for me who always relys on partners to guide me. If you follow the course booklet (£ 3.00) and plot your course, manage to hit straight,have a natural draw (like me) you will have a fantastic out 9.
The course is set in a beautiful valley, and when the wind blows, depending on where you are you will experience four seasons!! The balls roll forever and the feel good factor is there as every drive seems to be greatly increased. Get a good drive and you will feel like Tiger. Mishit and you will be punished as the rough is so long that one can only hope to punch the ball out onto the fairway.
Many of the holes are well protected by bunkers, there are plenty of these guarding the holes. Since the fairways are like greens, you can chip and run onto the green avoiding pitching onto the greens and thus avoiding the bunkers (this works for me-- i can't pitch)... The staff are friendly and the marshalls seem to be patrolling the greens everywhere.
The fairways are narrow on several of the holes, but it seems so easy to drive 250 + because they are downhill slopes.
This is a challenging, but very enjoyable course. Each hole is about 50-60 yards longer than many par 4s i have played on! If you drive well here, you will have a great day. If not then I suggest you find a pitch and putt!!
Have fun!

Posted by Jeremy Tang on 24/08/2000
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A well kept new course set in a valley with sloping valleys, the 9th & 18th share the same enormous green. Suffers all the normal problems of a new course, but is never that dull with different shots on every hole. The 'Barrats Home' style club house is fairly luxurious, but you keep expecting Posh & Becks to waltz round the corner. However worth a visit if you have your two-for-one vouchers, otherwise you are paying £35 which is £10 - £15 too much. One excellent point, tee times are spread so you should not be much longer than 4 hours, try doing that at Slvermere down the road!

Posted by Carl on 22/07/2000
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Very well kept, tees & greens. Rough is excellent as it punishes you whilst enabling you to find
your ball. Catering for golf days is first class. Course is fairly easy, perfect for a corporate
day. Be prepared to manage some roll, it's valley location means few fairways are flat. A very
enjoyable course, I play it regularly and especially recommend it for a company day.

Posted on 30/06/2000
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The clubhouse is majestic and the setting is beautiful, but the staff members that we encountered ruined what they would li8ke to believe is an exclusive establishment. The course was generally quite nice but was let down by the bumpy greens. At £35 on a winter weekend, better value for money experiences are to be had at many other courses. I'm sure there will be some that disagree with me.

Posted by Warren on 28/03/2000
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