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    of his best work at Tilgate carving out a magnificent 6 800 yard course that would have been rated up among the great Surrey heathland tracks if it had been put into private hands when it first opened Offering a stunning mix of holes many of which require careful course management to avoid the numerous ditches that bisect the fairways and doglegs that place an emphasis on placement rather than raw power the beguiling woodland layout challenges at every turn Narrow approaches guard small and undulating greens although the fairways are more generous than they often first appear from the tee While it s fair to say the course historically suffered from a lack of maintenance those days are thankfully in the past Glendale Golf took over the management of Tilgate in 2004 and while it too initially failed to get to grips with the amount of investment that was needed in order to get the facilities back up to acceptable standards the arrival of a new management team some 18 months ago headed up by club manager Dan Lucking has resulted in a dramatic turnaround in the playing conditions and the facilitie and with it the entire centre s fortunes One of the most significant areas of improvement came about by accident quite literally following a fire that razed the old clubhouse in 2012 While it caused a short term crisis in terms of where to pay greens fees or have a cup of tea the long term consequence was that a brand new purpose built structure fit for the demands of 21st century hospitality rose out of the ashes and now provides a fitting 19th hole for today s style conscious golfer Offering the kind of bright fresh feel that you find at most modern leisure centres the new clubhouse caters for a whole host of functions from board meetings to weddings from hosting large golf societies to offering a place for friends to have lunch after a game Enjoying impressive views of the course the new facility features a bar and a coffee shop a large function room and a spacious pro shop And leading off the clubhouse is the new Glendale Golf Academy where a 30 bay floodlit driving range headed up by PGA Professional Lea Cooper teaches players of all standards and ages using the very latest training tools While it s all very well having somewhere to grab a skinny latte Tilgate has remained the people s course and offers the local golfing community the chance to enjoy a woodland gem for a third of the fees charged at venues boasting similarly impressive layouts with midweek rounds costing comfortably below 20 Like all golf courses Tilgate is still a work in progress at least in terms of its overall presentation with improvements to the bunkering and the tees part of a structured programme of renovations carried out by course manager John Holcraft and his dedicated team that will continue in the months ahead but

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    on each of the courses both of which were originally designed by the legendary Harry Colt during the 1920s Stuart Bertram Moor Park s long serving and highly skilled course manager has carried out a sympathetic and extremely impressive job of bringing Colt s hazards firmly into the 21st century The new look bunkers are not only visually appealing with finely sculptured edges but they reintroduce the punishment that Colt s bunkers were originally intended to inflict namely that you ll almost certainly drop a shot if you should stray into one Apart from the essential bunker repair changes have also been made to a number of holes on both courses to bring the layout up to date in relation to modern equipment and consequently now offer a more challenging test for all standards of golfer Gone are some of the hazards at the 170 yard mark replaced by some new ones at 240 yards while a number of new back tees have been introduced to stretch the showpiece High Course to a stamina sapping 7 056 yards for high level competition of which Moor Park is a regular host at club county and national level including the Hertfordshire Stag the Carris Trophy the County Championship and English Seniors Open At 6 717 yards off the more modest white tees the High is also a searching test for mere mortals and it will come as no surprise to learn that a higher than average percentage of the membership are category one golfers The course is widely renowned for the quality of its par fours most notably the 8th 14th and 15th holes which measure 467 435 and 450 yards respectively the latter being 470 off the new back tee The par threes are also delightfully extreme from the brutal 12th which at 210 yards often requires a wood to get up to the quirky 152 yard 18th which finishes the round on a short but sweet note Long rough is largely and thankfully absent to aid speed of play while the greens are manicured even paced and can be fearsomely quick when the course manager wants them to be They were running at 11 on the Stimpmeter on the week of my visit in mid April so be sure to slot a soft faced putter in your bag and have the touch of a surgeon The West Course which largely winds its way around the mansion is no less deserving of high praise although its shorter length 5 851 yards makes it more a test of skill rather than brute force an examination that is all the more refreshing in these days where length is considered king Having said that the 18th hole a magnificent downhill par four playing towards the back of the mansion will tempt big hitters to go for the green which lies some 300 yards from the tee Just mind out for the poor tennis players on the left they won t give you your ball

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    play with the 189 yard hole playing to a raised tiered green where the back pin position can be a devil to reach At 420 yards the third is a brute being one of seven par fours measuring over 400 yards and plays every inch of its stroke index three A tight driving hole the second shot may be downhill but you ll need a hybrid or well struck long iron to reach the narrow putting surface The sixth the final of the woodland holes on the opening stretch is another tester with the camber of the fairway feeding down to a couple of well placed bunkers on the right before dropping down to a small green that has run offs right and left As you cross the road to play the seventh the layout opens out a bit but still requires a good long game to score well especially on the par fours such as the 8th and the 10th both of which are over 440 yards off the back tees The par five 13th will also test your mettle with a hefty blow required to carry a pond off the tee then an blind uphill shot towards the vicinity of the green The course is constantly being primped and preened and a dozen holes have recently benefitted from a bunker remodelling programme which not only makes them more visually appealing but also makes the lips more visible from the tees The remaining traps earmarked for renovation over the coming months which will serve to add to the enjoyment well if you like playing from sand There has also been investment in new paths which has considerably smartened up the appearance of the course Silvermere s two finishing holes are legendary Both feature water and both have the potential to make or break a round The par three 17th at 175 yards off the whites requires a nerveless shot over the Silvermere Lake where I don t suggest you attempt to recreate the testing for Barnes Wallis s bouncing bomb which took place here during World War II Even if you reach the putting surface a wickedly sloping green makes a two putt no formality The notorious 18th a 336 yard par four requires little more than a hybrid off the tee for placement but it s your approach shot that has to carry the 130 140 yards over water to the famous island green It s not the time or the place to brag about my birdie here but safe to say I walked off the green with my chest ever so slightly puffed out as the golfers on the Inn on the Lake s terrace looked on in awe It s impossible to resist joining the gallery as a drink and a bite to eat in the Inn on the Lake is all part of the experience As popular with local residents and businesses as it is with golfers it serves a range of hot food and

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  • Windlesham Golf Club - Golf News
    plan undertaken by renowned architects Hawtree Ltd This has included a total bunker renovation programme which has resulted in these hazards being more visible from the tees and from the fairway the construction of new tees the introduction of run offs around several greens and the re shaping of a number of fairways all of which has served to place more of an emphasis on accuracy and good course management as well as improving traffic management around the greens The latest changes include a total renovation of the par five 18th hole with new back and forward tees and the addition of five new bunkers to create the kind of thrilling finale that a course of this quality deserves The course is always presented in tip top condition with hand cut greens tees and approaches and neatly striped fairways giving the impression of an extremely well cared for layout where attention to detail is paramount The approach when designing Windlesham was to develop a course that excites and tests all standards of golfer with gentle slopes and streams forming the main difficulties for all players That very much remains true today and it s definitely a challenging course to play with the two loops of nine testing all the shot making skills in the bag as well as forcing golfers to engage their golfing brains off virtually every tee Length has never been the course s main defence although it is plenty long enough because it requires skilful shot placement to score well here The first second fifth sixth seventh ninth 13th 16th and 17th all require a ditch and or water to be negotiated at some point with lay ups off the tee or daring shots to the greens required to go for birdies The size of the USGA specification greens makes them slightly easier to hit but can also leave massive putts across undulating slopes All in all it s an entertaining course to play getting better the more you play it and represents excellent value at 60 a round for visitors on weekdays and 65 at weekends after midday Golf Days are equally well catered for here with bespoke summer packages available from just 70 per head for groups of 12 or more The new facilities have attracted plenty of interest among the local golfing community with a healthy number of new members joining the club since the clubhouse project was completed 18 months ago including a significant number of new women members while member retention has been equally impressive providing further evidence that the club has got its product right both on and off the golf course The superb facilities have also attracted the attention of the corporate and golf day world with eyewear brand Oakley choosing to stage a massive golf day here during the run up to the BMW PGA Championship while TV host Jeremy Kyle hosts his annual Celebrity Am Classic event at the club every summer But members remain at the heart

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    times And nowhere is this philosophy more clearly shown than out on the 18 hole championship course which has been transformed over the last few years into something of a modern masterpiece Built in 1927 and designed by legendary architect James Braid Kingswood has recently undergone a carefully considered and professionally executed renovation programme that has seen the course updated to maintain its status as being one of the finest in the region with a challenge to match The 12th hole of the recently renovated championship course which has hosted Senior Open qualifying The Dwellcourt Group which took over the ownership of the club just over 20 years ago has invested heavily and wisely in bringing the clubhouse and the course up to the standards fitting of such an historic club making it both relevant and attractive to the needs of the modern golfer Located on top of the North Downs Braid produced a parkland layout that made it an instant classic But as with all good things time and technology had taken its toll and owner Tom Hilliard made the bold decision to implement a complete review of the course to see how it could be updated while still reinstating the characteristics of Braid s original design Under the guidance of Essex based architect Howard Swan the course has seen a raft of improvements to the playing conditions including an extensive re bunkering programme which brings strategic thinking to the fore The result is that the 6 954 yard layout is now punctuated with exciting risk and reward shots making the course both memorable and challenging It has proved a fitting venue for a British Senior Open Championship regional qualifier while a significant number of charity and society golf days including the Household Cavalry Variety Club Shooting Stars and the Kingswood Pro Am have all discovered what a superb venue it is for hosting large scale events At almost 7 000 yards off the back tees distance is also a big factor in any round here The par four eighth at 442 yards off the whites is quite understandably rated as the hardest hole on the course while the 16th which measures a fearsome 470 yards is another fine example of why power and precision are required in equal measure to score well here The short holes are no less exacting with the third at almost 200 yards to a two tiered green being a particular challenge However with no hidden trickery or blind shots to contend with it is possible for even the first time visitor to put together a good score Week day green fees for the coming season have been set at 65 reflecting the sheer quality of the experience on offer here while mid afternoon 38 and twilight 30 green fees are also available for visitors making a game here eminently affordable For those that would like to make Kingswood their home well home club as the properties around here are rather more expensive the

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    it now certainly is with a heavily contoured green and tricky run offs presenting an altogether more interesting challenge The Course and Grounds Manager John Lockyer and his team have done wonders with the presentation of the course His background with the STRI has seen playing conditions transformed with the greens now not only being among the fastest in the country they have no trouble reaching 11 or 12 on the stimp for competitions but also the smoothest which is even more important if you want even pace and a true roll With state of the art Toro machinery and a brand new 1 5 million maintenance building Lockyer certainly has all the tools at his disposal but more importantly he has the expertise to use them effectively The steady stream of talent to emerge from the club is a product not only of the course they have to play on but also the professionals that teach them Lead by Advanced PGA professional Richard Harrison a dedicated team of four young PGA pros offer a host of group and individual lessons throughout the year and provide an all round mentoring programme that start from Tri Golf through to Golf Passports and beyond The club is rightly proud of its youngsters many of who have achieved great things at club county and international level Among the current shining lights are sisters Samantha and Annabel Fuller In December 14 year old Sammy who is the best girl of her age group in England won the prestigious Honda Junior Classic at the PGA National in West Palm Beach while her 11 year old sister was runner up in the 11 and under group This year s Junior Captain Alice Evans is looking to take the section to even greater heights while current Ladies Captain Polly Lewis is equally supportive of the way youngsters are brought along at the club We are also intensely proud of our junior section for which the two Fuller girls have blazed a trail she said Roehampton is a competitive club but above all it is a friendly one where the social life is as nearly as important as the golf An equal source of pride is the GolfMark status that the club earned in 2009 This is given by England Golf in recognition of a club s excellence not only in the area of developing and coaching junior golf but also the club s overall environment including areas such as child protection and duty of care Last year Roehampton was one of just five venues in England to be nominated for the GolfMark Club of the Year Award which is a reflection of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes by Harrison and his team GolfMark is certainly a tough process to complete but we decided to subscribe to it wholeheartedly as we have complete faith that it is the right thing to do when teaching children says Harrison As well as ensuring the kids receive

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    an inland links previously had a reputation for fearsome rough and although these elements have been tamed slightly to make for a more enjoyable round and less time spent hunting for balls it s still vital to keep it on the short stuff if you are to score well around here Other than that golfers will find superbly presented fairways quick but true USGA standard greens and the feeling that they are in splendid rural isolation despite being less than 30 minutes from the centre of London Practice facilities include an open ended driving range which is currently awaiting planning permission to have it covered two putting greens a chipping area and a practice bunker There are also currently plans in place to develop a par three course on a parcel of land to the right as you drive into the club which will only add to Farleigh s attraction to the local community While the golf course has received plenty of love and attention under the new ownership so to has the 1 500 square metre clubhouse Last year saw the completion of a 1 6 million transformation at the hands of architects DesignLSM whose award winning work includes London restaurant Galvin La Chapelle and the refurbishment of The Runnymede Hotel in Egham The new interiors give the clubhouse a cool contemporary and sophisticated feel and provide an ideal setting for members visitors and corporate guests to enjoy a wide range of facilities including the Nineteen at Farleigh restaurant which offers brasserie style home cooking that is proving popular with golfers and local business people alike As well modern well equipped changing rooms and an impressive professional s shop the clubhouse also benefits from a state of the art games room whose centrepiece is Europe s first widescreen HD indoor golf simulator which ensures golfers can get their fix on over 50 of the world s best courses whatever the weather conditions outside As well providing a fun evening s entertainment with friends a few holes on the simulator can be added on to a society day where golfers finish their day with a nearest the pin challenge at Pebble Beach or another iconic venues while it can also be used for tuition with one of the club s PGA professionals Linked up with a sound system the big screen also provides a cinema like experience for watching the golf tournaments and other big sporting events The clubhouse also offers a choice of four private functions rooms which are capable of hosting anything from a small business meeting for a dozen a large golf society or corporate function to a 150 seater wedding reception With a range of terraces and patio areas to spill out onto in the summer months the brides of Surrey have the ideal venue for a wedding day to remember The club also has a marriage license so if you find love on the greens this is a place to make it official It s

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  • Centurion Club - Golf News
    to the table and he knows better than most what it takes to keep discerning golfers happy We ve got one chance to get this right and that has certainly focused our minds says Evans Our plan from the outset was to create a club that rivals and goes beyond the very best for its quality while getting rid of the all the stuffiness and small mindedness that permeates through many traditional members clubs You won t need a certain length of sock or type of trouser to play here let alone a jacket and we encourage all our members to bring their families and to treat it as their golfing home form home With that ethos it will come as no surprise that you ll find no club captains or green committees here and you ll certainly find no posters explaining the dress code there isn t one and there is a refreshing absence of signs telling you where you can and can t park or can t go Evans adds Our aim is to focus on providing the very best facilities for our members and let the reputation and standing among the golfing community evolve The challenge is to create a quality product worthy of our location so close to central London and to be considered one of the finest available If you re looking for bare figures the course measures 7 195 yards from the back tees which plays to a par of 72 while the middle and forward men s tees take it down to a more manageable 6 850 and 6 555 yards respectively although the par goes up to 74 thanks to the first and sixth becoming par The layout begins in an attractive area of pine woodland on the western edge of the 250 acre site where the opening five holes cut a green swathe through the tree line A sweeping downhill right to left par five a par four off the backs opens up proceedings nicely before switching into a stunning par three where a raised green provides a tempting if often elusive target This is followed by a superb 405 yard par four off the front tees which swings right to left with a bunker guarding the corner of the dog leg It s all very Woburn esque with deceptively narrow fairways dotted with sizeable bunkers at strategic points to catch out the unwary After the beautiful par three fifth the course opens out over rolling terrain although thanks to sizeable mounds between the fairways a sense of individuality is maintained for almost every hole The 450 yard sixth is a really testing par four with a big drive required to bring a flag that is hidden behind a raised bank into play while the eighth introduces the first of four significant water hazards although the toughest of them is probably the 12 th a 400 yard par four with a pond fronting the putting surface to catch under hit approaches

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