Golfmagic tees up on one of Surrey's oldest gems

Andy Roberts's picture
Mon, 5 Aug 2013

Signature Hole: Par-4 18th, 440 yards

A fitting finishing hole that requires two good shots just to make the three-tier green - and avoid smashing the clubhouse windows. 

A relatively wide fairway awaits at the 18th but with heath lurking to the right, you need to remain on your guard. This hole is all really about the approach, however, which must avoid the deep bunker guarding the front right of the green and the rhododendron bushes on the left.

The green itself presents a further challenge to overcome as it has three tiers and being too bold will leave a very difficult two putts and a flirtation with the OOB which is not too far over the back by those clubhouse windows.

I must admit I found this approach fraught with danger. In fact, I hadn't a clue what club to pull if I'm honest. I was scared.

I thought to myself if I go long, I'm dialling Autoglass, and if I'm come up short, my playing partners and those watching on in the bar - I think there were several - would be heckling me in the bar later.

Thankfully I hit a beauty and found the front edge. I was awaiting some sort of noise from the gallery, but no, nothing. Unfortunately, my three-putt bogey took a little shine - geddit? - off my round of 78.



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