The Addington Palace Golf Club is home to a historic golf course that has been crafted by generations of landowners including Bishops and Kings. This is a 6404-yard par 71 course that challenges and delights in equal measure.
Gravel Hill, Croydon CR0 5BB
020 8654 3061
A bit of history
The famous mansion house at Addington Palace Golf Club is perhaps the most immediately recognisable feature of this course, but isn’t actually part of the golf club. The golf club hasn’t used the Palladian style since 1954. The building has been utilised as an Army hospital and music school but now mainly and an entertainment venue.
The renowned landscape architect, Capability Brown was responsible for shaping the manor house grounds, During the early 20th century the estate was converted to the existing golf course by Fred Hawtree assisted by JH Taylor. Hawtree and Taylor’s design exploited the broad avenues of trees, so typical of Capability Brown, to tremendous effect.
Addington Palace Golf Club has had a varied history which endows this golf course a mixed character. Some parts of the course resemble its immediate neighbour, The Addington Golf Club. Undulating landscape lined with heather and gorse, tall pines and established woodland line the fairways. Other parts of the course reflect its country estate past.
The former stable block houses the clubhouse, while this doesn’t sound as grand as the Palace, it’s a unique architectural centrepiece in its own right. The vaulted beams in the clubhouse bar, the putting green that fills the old stable yard give Addington Palace Golf Club a rich individuality that is warm and welcoming.
While the facilities at Addington Palace do not include a driving range, the warm-up nets, a large short game practice area provide ample opportunity to loosen those pre-round muscles. In addition to the facilities, there is a superbly equipped pro-shop.
What’s it like to play?
Quite simply one of the best golf courses you’ll ever play in London. Long sweeping par fours and fives, tight challenging par threes, drivable fairways, risk and reward holes, the list goes on.
There is no single defining characteristic to Addington Palace, there’s so much variety and different challenges to test you that it’s a course of infinite fascination and enjoyable complexity.
The first hole is a rather gentle introduction, a 170-yard par three that presents a terrific birdie opportunity. The second tee is more typical of the holes on the front nine. Sweeping is a word that you’ll find yourself using to describe many of the fairways on this course. With so many hidden greens, as a first-time visitor, I took a conservative approach which served me well. The obvious advantage to laying up, apart from finishing with a healthy scorecard, was that it also gave me time to appreciate the beauty of this wonderful golf course.
Good game management is essential at Addington Palace. Landing your ball in a good position for the approach shot often pays higher dividends than going for distance off the tee. An intelligently played iron shot brought my score down dramatically.
One of the more novel features of the course is an ornamental fountain on the 12th. While the fountain is too close to the teeing ground to be considered a hazard, it’s certainly a terrific feature. The fountain also provided a mild distraction from the array of bunkers defending the green which proved to be a more immediate threat to my score.
One word: Outstanding. The many subtle dips and turns regularly tested my ability to read the break. They had a lovely pace about them, the ball rolled predictably on the superbly maintained baize-like surface. They provided a fair and honest reflection of my putting skill.
Quite simply brilliant. Addington Palace Golf Club has so much to offer from the practice green to the club house bar, this is possibly one of the most overlooked golf courses in Britain.
This is a golf course that will probably frustrate the higher handicapped player but the mid to high handicap player will revel in this course, it really is tremendous.
Only 13 miles from central London making it accessible from all over the Capital I genuinely could not recommend this golf course more highly.