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Best Golf Courses in Surrey

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✍️ Rick Wilton | ⏰ 5 min read

Sunningdale Golf Club, Berkshire, England

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With a few of the finest golf courses in the UK, Surrey is the perfect environment for golfers to hone their game. Next time you're in the area, stop at a few of these superb courses to test your skills and catch some spectacular views.

Whether it is Ryder Cup hosts such as Wentworth Golf Club and Walton Heath or playing the championship golf courses on offer at Sunningdale or Hankley Common, Surrey enjoys some of the best golf courses anywhere in the world.

So, if you’re looking to play a top-quality heathland golf course and tick off a bucket list that features within the Top 100 Golf Courses in the world, Surrey is a superb option to explore.


Sunningdale Golf Club - Old Course

Whilst technically in Berkshire, Sunningdale is classed as Surrey in terms of golf as a host of the Surrey Amateur Championship and it’s members representing Surrey rather than Berkshire in amateur events. With a rich history including the likes of Harry Colt, Bobby Jones and most recently Stephen Dodd, The Old and New Golf Courses at Sunningdale are revered as some of the finest inland courses played anywhere in the world. The heathland layouts provide a stern test of golf that meanders through mature pine and oak trees that live long in the memory of any golfer fortunate to spend a day here.

While there are many stand out holes at Sunningdale, arguably it is the 10th hole on The Old which garners the most plaudits. The drive is one of the best in golf with an elevated position to a slanted fairway with bunkers ready to snare any shot left or right of the short stuff. The reward for anyone walking down this hole is a trip to the world-famous halfway hut with it’s sausage sandwich, arguably one of the most talked about snacks in golf.

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Sunningdale Golf Club (Old Course) facts
Location Sunningdale, Berkshire
Length 6,627 yards
Par 70
Designed by Willie Park, Jr.
Established 1900
Where to stay Kingswood Lodge

"Inland golf does not get any better than this, keep it in the fairway is the best advice I can give and when visiting why not play both courses!"
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Sunningdale Golf Club - Old Course Hole 13, Berkshire, England

Wentworth Golf Club - West Course

Arguably the marquee golf club of European professional golf, Wentworth Golf Club has hosted the world’s best golfers as host of The PGA Championship and World Matchplay. Golfers playing The West Course at Wentworth are in for a test that is up there with any in the world. Measuring in excess of 7,000 yards, this heathland treat is one that is a superb driving test with a requirement for both length and accuracy required to stand a chance of playing to your handicap round here.

Designed initially by Harry Colt and further developed by Ernie Els, the course is a wonderful blend of heather and natural undulations, combined with strategically placed water hazards to snare any less than perfectly struck shots. The par-5 18th is one that provides a dramatic end to the round. The drive requires a fade round the left-to-right dogleg before being presented by a green that is protected by a stream in front of the green and bunkers long, meaning only the perfect approach stands a chance of finding the putting surface.

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Wentworth Golf Club (West Course) facts
Location Virginia Water, Surrey
Length 7,004 yards
Par 72
Designed by Harry Colt, Ernie Els
Established 1926

"The West course is well known from all the events on our TV screens but I would also suggest playing the East course when visiting here, there are some cracking holes to experience."
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Wentworth Golf Club

Hankley Common Golf Club

Hankley Common is rightly considered to be one of the finest executions of Heathland golf in the UK. Hankley Common Golf Club provides golfers of all abilities with a truly memorable experience on each hole. The course is in excess of 6,900 yards from the back tees and plays to a par of 71 over the 18 holes.

Overlooking the beautiful Surrey Hills and nestling within three miles of Guildford, this superbly maintained course covers a vast expanse of heathland, providing stunning views of purple and green. A regular stop for national amateur Championships as well as Open Championship qualifying and one of the most popular mid-amateur tournaments in the UK, Hankley is a golfing treat that is consistently ranked amongst the Top 100 Golf Courses in the UK and Ireland.

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Hankley Common Golf Club facts
Location Farnham, Surrey
Length 6,909 yards
Par 71
Designed by James Braid
Established 1897

"A real gem of a course, especially when the heather is in bloom, lots of risk & reward opportunities."
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Hankley Common Golf Club, Surrey, England

Walton Heath (Old Course)

Much like Sunningdale, Walton Heath boasts a world-class 36 holes of golf, however, the Old Course is clearly the headline act. This storied track played host the 1981 Ryder Cup, a disaster for the European team, but cemented the Old Course as one of the elite course in England.

Anyone in London should play the Old Course, as it is rare to find such calibre of course inside the M25.

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Walton Heath (Old Course) facts
Location Surrey, England
Length 7,331 yards
Par 72
Designed by Herbert Fowler
Established 1891
Hosted Ryder Cup 1981
Where to stay Surrey

"Whether playing it in the lows of winter of the heights of summer you were blessed with fast-running fairways and one of the great tests in heathland golf."
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Woking Golf Club

For more than 120 years, Woking Golf Club has been known as one of the south of England finest golf courses. First opened in 1893, Woking has been enjoyed by golfing greats like American legend Bobby Jones. The large undulating greens have earned the course such accolades as being dubbed the ‘St Andrews of the South’ by both British and American writers alike.

The course has been extended in recent years to measure in excess of 6,500 yards but with heather lining the fast-running fairways any shot that is less than perfectly struck will find a hazard. The 18th is a hole that provides a bit of drama on a short par-4, whilst a perfectly hit drive up the left could find the putting surface, any shot straight or right stands a high chance of finding a rather large lake.

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Woking Golf Club facts
Location Woking, Surrey
Length 6,606 yards
Par 70
Designed by Tom Dunn, John Low & Stuart Paton
Established 1893

"Immense green complexes, undulating fairways, purple heather, white sand bunkers and fabulous strategy make this a must play heathland."
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Woking Golf Club, Surrey, England

Hindhead Golf Club

Located within easy reach of Guildford, Hindhead Golf Club is another of Surrey’s great examples of heathland golf. Boasting some of the best and fastest greens anywhere in the UK, a round here is one of plotting your way round to stand a chance of taming the stern par of 70. It’s history of the club includes that of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, as one of the founder members of the club.

The course meanders around the Devil’s Punchbowl and offers views towards London with the views from the 17th tee being of particular note. Stand out holes include the 2nd which Tom Doak was quoted as saying that “it is hard to convince yourself there’s a fairway down there”, the par-3 8th hole and the excellent test offered off the tee towards the sloping fairway on the 11th hole. Just moments from Hankley Common Golf Club, Hindhead offers the chance to create a superb Surrey Golf Break.

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Hindhead Golf Club facts
Location Hindhead, Surrey
Length 6,359 yards
Par 70
Designed by J.H Taylor
Established 1904

"A brilliant heathland course, don't let the scenic views of the front 9 distract you from your golf too much."
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Hindhead Golf Club, Surrey, England

St George’s Hill Golf Club

Considered by many to be Harry Colt’s best design, St George’s Hill is a stunning piece of golf course architecture that is a firm favourite amongst golfing enthusiasts. Set within an exclusive private housing estate, the course meanders through streams, heather and mature pine trees to provide a test of golf that is perfect for both professionals and amateurs alike.

From the very first shot of the day, golfers are greeted with a wide fairway with a green rising up in the distance, the hazards are a plenty for any offline shot but they’re clear for all to see and anyone utilising their course management here is sure to be in with a chance of playing to their handicap. As with many golf courses in Surrey, St George’s Hill places itself amongst the very best inland golf courses in the country. With excellent drainage courtesy of the sand based soil, it is easy to see why so many consider this to be the best in the region.

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St George’s Hill Golf Club facts
Location Weybridge, Surrey
Length 6,546 yards
Par 70
Designed by Harry Colt
Established 1912

"Classic Surrey heathland course, hilly and sandy with some spectacular par 3 holes."
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St George's Hill Golf Club, Surrey, England

Surrey Golf Courses Frequently asked Questions

Some help and advice ahead of your trip to Surrey, one of the UK's best areas to play golf.

What golf tournaments have been held in Surrey?

Surrey has a rich tournament history. The jewel in this crown is undoubtedly the West Course at Wentworth. Having hosted annually for decades the World Matchplay and PGA Championship, Wentworth has played host to the world's best golfers. Whether that's Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer or even Tiger Woods, all have played the famed Burma Road layout. Other famous golf courses in Surrey include Walton Heath which hosted The 1981 Ryder Cup, where arguably the greatest ever US team defeated GB&I by a record margin to claim golf's most sought after team trophy. Sunningdale is another well established tournament course having played host to numerous European Tour events including The European Open and also hosts The Sunningdale Foursomes annually which sees the best of both amateur and professional golf with men and women doing battle over their unique handicap format.

What famous professional golfers are from Surrey?

In modern times Surrey has had a host of professional golfers make it onto The European and PGA Tours. Ross Fisher played his junior golf at Wentworth, Paul Casey hailed out of Burhill Golf Club, James Morrison from St George's Hill, Ross McGowan from Banstead Downs and Antony Wall from Sunningdale Golf Club.

What private golf courses are in Surrey?

Surrey is home to some of the most exclusive golf courses in the UK. Whilst many of them will have extensive waiting lists they are available to play during certain times to non-members. However, Beaverbrook Golf Club, Queenwood Golf Club and The Wisley Golf Club are strictly for members and their guests. These three modern designs have quickly been recognised as some of the best places to play, attracting numerous professional golfers to play there when not featuring on the PGA and European Tours.

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