West Hill Golf Club review

Golfmagic tees up on one of Surrey's oldest gems

Andy Roberts's picture
Mon, 5 Aug 2013
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West Hill Golf Club

West Hill is truly one of Surrey's oldest and most beautiful gems.

Designed way back in 1907, West Hill GC is lined with towering Scots pines and features the brook of Brookwood that meanders its way through the course, coming into play on six different holes.

Strategic play is required from just about every tee box, making this course play considerably longer than its par-69 yardage of 6,350.

I think I used the big dog on about six of seven tees to ensure I found the short grass. Miss the fairway on some holes, and you'll be chipping out sideways - if you can find your ball, that is!

The greens here also have some of the most challenging natural undulations you'll ever play.

The golf course design is attributed to Cuthbert Butchart who became West Hill's first professional before the course was built.

It has remained largely unaltered, but much work has gone into improving the quality of the fabric and the presentation - a watering system for the greens and tees was installed in 1981 while a bunker refurbishing programme got underway in 1999.

The lovely old bungalow-style clubhouse, with its oak panels and traditional bar and white outer walls framing the 18th green, is just what you'd expect at a course founded by Mrs Marguerite Lubbock for her new husband Geoffrey.

A far better wedding gift than a ring, a toaster or a canteen of cutlery.

The practice putting green nestles nearby alongside the pro shop and a quick word in here in the shop will reap big rewards as any advice on how to play this course should be heeded.

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