Addington Court golf club is one of many superb golf courses occupying this area of South Croydon. The golf club consists of two highly regarded and well played eighteen hole golf courses and an academy course.
Addington Court Golf Club, Featherbed Lane, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 9AA
0208 657 0281
Laid out across chalk hills the facility spans a valley divided by Featherbed lane. Low trees and open fairways mixed with mature woodland, Addington Court Golf Club is a combination of open heath and traditional country park golf courses.
Two 18 hole courses, Falconwood and the Championship courses, are serviced by excellently stocked and well staffed pro shops. The Falconwood course also has a driving range and warm up area which can be accessed from both sites. Along with the academy course, the facility at Addington Court offers golfers of all abilities a great place to improve and develop.
Addington Court Golf Club like many golf courses in South London and the Kent and Surrey border is quite hilly although Falconwood course is a little bit easier going than its sister course. Apart from some idiosyncrasies I’ll mention later, Addington Court Golf Club is superbly looked after, ground staff do an excellent job.
When you arrive at the course it’s advisable to know which of the courses you’re playing, there are two different entrances and associated car parks. Additionally the bar and restaurant facilities are only on the Championship course, something to bare in mind when finishing your round. The service in the clubhouse bar restaurant area is exactly what you’d expect on a good quality public golf course, good quality food at a reasonable price.
The two 18 hole courses at Addington Court offer the visitor distinctly different golfing experiences. The Falconwood course is a solid and enjoyable public golf course that is suitable for all golfing abilities. Across the road lays the older Championship course which offers a slightly higher level of challenge.
On the day of play there was a junior competition taking place on the Falconwood course. While this slowed down our round a bit it was great to see so many teenagers involved in the game.
The Falconwood course, apart from a couple of holes, is a gently undulating walk combined with some forgiving fairways and generally accommodating greens. There are a few challenging holes on this but overall this is not a particularly difficult course to get around. The tees are straightforward and while the bunkers are well placed, it’s fairly easy to work your way around avoiding them. There is enough to test the high handicap player, a mid handicapper will post a good score here, this is a course that would suit the dedicated beginner and the improving golfer.
The Championship Course at Addington Court Golf Club is both slightly longer and slightly more technical than the Falconwood course. It’s more sheltered than the Falconwood course the surrounding woodland provides a natural windbreak from most of the holes though not taking weather completely out of the equation.
The only long hole is the first par 5, but there are a couple of tees around the 400 yard mark that will allow you to get the driver out of the bag and really get behind the ball. In general this is a course that rewards good iron play and a well played short game rather than suiting the big hitter.
The signature hole on the Championship course is probably the 6th, Farleigh leap, a 350 yard steep down hill drive. Hit a ball accurately off the tee and watch your ball comfortably tumble down the hill for a 300 yard plus drive; assuming you avoid the tree to the left and the well placed bunkers that is. The 7th, appropriately named Everest, is a tough up uphill assent, with the pin tucked away it’s a tricky par 3.
Rather unusually, on both courses, the greens had two holes on them, One in play and the other presumably left unplugged. This is not something that I’ve seen before and while practically this was a circumstance that didn’t really interfere with play, it struck me as out of the ordinary.
Addington Court Golf Club represents very good value for money, it’s worth checking the club website for deals as at certain times of the year its possible to play for as little as £12. The staff were excellent, happy to provide information about the course complimenting the golf day experience.