Farleigh Golf Club is a modern 27 hole golf complex set along beautiful chalk hills just South of Selsdon in South London. A mix of three 9 hole courses that are a great test of golfing ability.
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Farleigh Common, Farleigh, Surrey, CR6 9PE
In terms of character, Farleigh Golf Club falls somewhere in between the heath land and parkland style of golf course the county of Surrey is internationally famous for. Open and exposed, many of the 27 holes that make up this course present a high level of challenge in the hardy seemingly permanent stiff breeze.
Farleigh Golf Club is set up as three 9 hole courses, red, blue and yellow, any combination of which can be played or a full round; on the day I played the purple course, a combination of the red and blue. Those of you that have played golf courses in Europe and other parts of the World will be familiar with this set up and it’s one that has become more common on many golf courses in Britain and one that offers flexibility and variety.
The long entrance drive ends at a very well appointed and modern single story building which architecturally blends into the landscape. Inside is a relaxing and welcoming open plan design that incorporates the club shop, restaurant and bar area.
From arrival at Farleigh Golf Club the standard of customer service was superb, from the staff in the club shop to the grounds keepers and course marshals everyone was polite and engaging.
The practice facilities at Farleigh Golf Club are also excellent. The putting greens are cut to the same length as the greens on the course and the adjacent chipping green is well serviced with range ball made available for practice purposes.
The course itself for the most part has more in common with the heathland courses though the red course in particular is more wooded, more parkland in character.
The rough had been cut back for the winter but still presented a significant hazard in the damp conditions. Combining the blue and red courses on the day meant a length of around 6100 yards off the yellow tees; but the course felt longer than that. Farleigh Golf Club is a physically demanding course to walk around.
As a sufferer of vertigo, the third par three gave me some insight into how Jason Day felt when he collapsed after he descended the ninth at Chambers bay during the 2015 USPGA open. This is a rather unexpected little hole with a dramatic and memorable change in elevation. Despite the dizziness I experienced I would rate this as one of my favorite holes on the course, a fun tee which also includes a small pond in front of the green for added risk and reward.
The fairways on the blue course were generally quite narrow lined as they were with a mix of rough and fescue that swallowed up any wayward ball. The course occasionally opens up into a bit more space tempting you into bunkers bordered by more thick rough. As I moved round onto the back nine (red course) the course was slightly more sheltered from the wind with more trees and hedges providing some much needed respite.
The Yellow Course begins with a marvelous par five which given a following wind, offers a good birdie opportunity. This course uses the changes in elevation to tremendous effect, culminating in a spectacular sweeping dogleg that is a big hitters dream hole.
Farleigh Golf Club is an elevated course and so often exposed to strong winds. Navigating each hole with correct shot and club selection fundamentally important to a successful round.
It was pleasing to see so many juniors on the course and the placement of Junior/high handicap tees, something I personally believe should be introduced onto every course in Britain. The greens were superb and were still remarkably quick on the day of play despite the damp conditions.
I honestly think that Farleigh Golf Club will become one of my favorite courses over the next few years, not only because it’s a beautifully set up course but because this is a forward thinking business with a superb customer service ethic at its heart. The London golf course visitor would do well to immerse themselves in the middle of the Addington cluster.