Woldingham Golf Club stretches spectacularly along the length of the curiously named Halliloo Valley just south of the Village of Warlingham in Surrey.
Halliloo Valley Road
Surrey, CR3 7HA
01883 653 501
It’s a feature of all the Altonwood Group’s golf courses that they are all marvelously maintained and built in stunningly attractive locations. Woldingham doesn’t fail to deliver in this regard.
Although a relatively modern development, Woldingham golf course was sensitively designed to complement the surrounding countryside. As I approached the impressive club house I certainly had the feeling that I was about to play a golf course of some prestige.
In addition to the facilities you’d expect on a modern golf course, there is also a golf performance studio which utilises a Sky Trak monitor and golf simulator. Lessons with the club professional can be arranged in advance.
Away from the golf course, within the well-appointed clubhouse building, there is a good spike bar which is located next to the 10th tee, so acting as a halfway house. On a warm summer day the patio outside the bar area is an excellent place to watch players as they finish on the ninth/eighteenth double green.
What’s it like to play?
Similar to other facilities in the Altonwood organisation, Woldingham shares the ethic of great value golf and high quality customer service. Woldingham Golf Club is an 18 hole par 71, the 6393 yards could be loosely characterised as parkland and a relatively narrow course.
The course design uses the existing natural undulating landscape, consequently it is a bit hilly in places but not too hard going. Laid out in the most part on the flatter part of the valley floor and with short walks between greens and tees it is a very comfortable walk.
The course facilities benefit from a good warm up area, a practice range, putting and chipping greens with a practice bunker. A word of advice, make good use of the practice bunker before you tee off!
Teeing off from the first, the course appears open and has a heath land feeling about it. Large trees are uncommon and so it’s tempting to drive the ball without a care into the space beyond. It is a fairly gentle start, a good par three and some more broad fairways follow.
There’s a great mix of par three, four and fives at Woldingham Golf Club. The first par five is one of those that’s tempting to attempt a short cut, however, some trees on the left obscure some bunkers that will punish anything less than a well-executed shot.
Before my visit I had been warned that main defense of this course were it’s bunkers, I would agree with this but I would also add that most of the fairways are narrow and so it’s not uncommon to see your ball landing in the rough. On the plus side the rough is well maintained and not particularly long so it’s fairly easy to find your ball.
The bunkers are definitely a course highlight, and are more into play over the back nine. But it is the eighth which appears to be more sand than turf. I somehow managed to lay up a ball on a thin sliver of grass (admittedly more by accident than design) in between an intimidating array of deep and unforgiving sand traps.
The 18th is a terrific way to end a round, a long and hard drive is required to give you a decent chance of seeing the green from the fairway, again well defended by characteristically deep bunkers and the undulating landscape.
In terms of maintenance there’s little fault to be found with the greens, they are excellently kept and well-managed. My only complaint would be the high number of visitors that fail to repair pitch marks. This is a huge bugbear of mine, I really don’t understand golfers that leave a mess behind.
If you’re looking for a well managed and maintained golf course with a good level of challenge you’ll find Woldingham a great place to play. Good facilities and customer service makes for a great visit for golfers of all abilities.