Effingham, Surrey KT24 5PZ
18 holes. Tree-lined & open downland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Woodland and open rural countryside.
Original design by Harry Colt; restored by Tom Mackenzie of Mackenzie & Ebert (2018).
o.3 mi S of Effingham / 7.5 mi E of Guildford.
From the double mini-roundabout at the north end of Effingham, head south past the Sir Douglas Haig pub (on your left). After o.3 mi turn right at traffic lights onto the A246. After 200 yds, golf is on your left.
Effingham Golf Club: sitting high atop the North Downs with breathtaking views of the London skyline, Effingham is a traditional members golf club. It boasts a Harry Colt designed course, recently upgraded by Tom Mackenzie of leading golf architects Mackenzie & Ebert.
Laid out on a chalky subsoil the course is regarded as one of the best draining inland courses in the South East of England, ensuring excellent year round golf. The layout takes you on an enjoyable journey of two nine-hole loops. The front-nine wraps around two good-sized fields, while the stronger back-nine also heads out and back from the resplendent Georgian mansion clubhouse, standing alongside which is a centuries old cedar tree ( ... an obvious choice for the club logo). On each nine, the better holes seem to come on the inward stretch.
Effingham's generous landing areas give you plenty of room to work the ball, much needed when the wind blows across the downland. The good-width fairways also come in useful for those hard summer bounces, and for occasional blind or semi-blind tee-shots, required on a few of the uphill holes. Small copses of trees and Tom Mackenzie's recent bunker work combine to break-up the innate openness of the undulating terrain. Alongside the par-4 9th tee there's the chance to "recharge your batteries" at an excellently stocked halfway house.
MOST MEMORABLE HOLES: from the par-3 13th green you'll get the best view of the City of London skyline. Wembley stadium and the faraway Chiltern Hills (north and west of London), feature on other holes. We most enjoyed the long par-4 15th, played downhill from an elevated tee with Tom Mackenzie's reworked bunkering much in evidence. The hangars and terminal buildings of Heathrow provide the distant backdrop to this hole.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and Sundays; no outside visitors on Saturdays.
Advance booking not required; worth checking ahead to ensure tee-time availability. Maximum handicap: men 28, women 36.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire (if pre-booked one week in advance).
The affluent Surrey village of Effingham was for many years home to the famous British scientist and engineer Sir Barnes Wallis. He is perhaps best known for inventing the "bouncing bomb", which was used to deadly effect in May 1943 during the Second World War. The bombs, daringly delivered by the the RAF's 617 Squadron, breached the Eder and Mohne dams, causing catastrophic flooding in Germany's Ruhr Valley. Much of the development work for the bombs took place in a testing tank that was housed in a building that stands alongside the clubhouse of nearby Burhill Golf Club.
2019 Golf World Rating: 87th best course in England.
PGA Championship: the first men’s major of the year will be contested at TPC Harding Park, without spectators being present (Aug 6-9).
European Senior (Staysure) Tour: the Europe-based over-50s tour for men has taken the reluctant step of cancelling the entire 2020 season, based on the additional coronavirus risk associated with the age demographic of the players.
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