Selsdon Park golf course is in a particularly unique area for golf in London. No fewer than nine separate golf courses nestle cheek-by-jowl with each other forming a golf super cluster that’s well worth exploring.
Set in the grounds of the Selsdon Court Hotel, this is a classic championship style course laid out across 200 acres of beautiful mature parkland. The former mansion provides a magnificent backdrop to this course which was originally designed and constructed in 1929 by former five time British Open winner J H Taylor .
Addington Road, Sanderstead, South Croydon , CR2 8YA
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The hotel is without doubt an impressive piece of Neo-Jacobean architecture. Originally it was converted from a 23 bed roomed country estate mansion house to a 122 roomed hotel through the early part of the 20th century. The hotel building developed and grown into a weekend retreat for many Londoners, it’s even used by Premiership football teams playing matches at nearby Crystal Palace football club.
Selsdon Park golf course has undergone as many changes as the hotel itself, landscaping refurbishments have seen the course develop and improve since it was originally laid out in the 1920’s. It is a relatively hilly course, if you’re reasonably light on your feet you’ll be able to navigate your way around the Selsdon without too much trouble though it may be worth hiring a buggy if you’re less sure of your cardiovascular fitness. Selsdon is an undulating walk so expect a round to take slightly longer than usual, for example, allowing three and a half to four hours to complete the eighteen holes for a three ball.
- The mature woodland and rolling Surrey hills that characterise Selsdon are blended in with long driveable tees and wide, forgiving fairways. Selsdon Park golf course is well known for its five par 5 holes, each of which measures around the 500 yard mark. As a consequence this is a terrific course for the big hitter, both off the tees and on the fairways, the woods won’t stay in your bag for long. There are a few shorter par 3 pitching holes, the 17th in particular is a cracking par 3, but the overall this is definitely a course that you can take on from the tees.
- The greens at Selsdon Park golf course are excellent, though on the day of play they were a bit sluggish due to a heavy rainstorm and cut rather long for my personal preference, they were otherwise in very good condition. There’s enough of turn in them to challenge most golfers and even with slightly longer grass than I would like, still quite zippy.
- In terms of the facilities there is a good putting area and a rather old-fashioned short game rang where it’s not really possible to hit anything longer that a 7 iron. The pro shop is a rather basic affair but provides golf essentials and light refreshments. If you are expecting a full warm up with the driver before your round I suggest you stop off at nearby Addington Court or World of Golf driving ranges on your way to Selsdon.
Selsdon is an impressive place to play golf. There has been some remodeling of J H Taylors original course over the years but the spirit of the 1920’s course remains. There are some beautiful fairways and tees making Selsdon Park golf course a visual treat. I particularly liked the 14th, one of my favorites, a tremendous down hill tee shot that is a makeable 305 yards due to the elevated tees.
Selsdon Park golf course is a well bunkered course so expect to play out of the sand here. A terrific example of this is the seventh, a tricky par four with a green that’s well guarded by some beautifully landscaped bunkers.
Selsdon Park golf course is probably less suited to the high handicapped player, the improving golfer would welcome the challenge while the low handicapped player will find plenty at Selsdon to test themselves.
After your round it’s well worth heading into the Selsdon Hotel bar to enjoy the opulence of the ceder lined restaurant area. While the bars and restaurants are superb I have played Selsdon a number of times over the years an always thought it a shame that there isn’t a dedicated golfers area or spike bar. While the hotel bar is enjoyable it feel a bit odd heading in there after a round, as far as I know there isn’t a golf club affiliated with the course.
There are golf breaks available to book at Selsdon Park golf course which start at around £100 for an over night stay including 2 rounds of golf. Given the proximity of Selsdon to London, it’s a terrific overnight destination for the golf course visitor. It’s impossible to not recommend a round at Selsdon Park golf course, while there is an underlying feeling that this is a course that has so much potential, with a little bit of investment, it could be World class. Selsdon is a fine golf course that challenges and delights.