Croham is one of several outstanding eighteen hole courses around the Selsdon and Addington area, consequently this a great destination for the London Golf Course visitor.
Croham Hurst Golf Club, South Croydon, CR2 7HJ
020 8657 5581
6370 Yard Par 71
An impressive Edwardian club house building overlooks a patio and practice green. Unfortunately the member’s bar is off limits to visitors who are required to order their drinks and meals via a small hatch in the conservatory.
Catering arrangements aside, the facilities at Croham Hurst Golf Club are superb. An excellent putting green complimented by a superb short game area over looks the club house. Additionally a good though a rather narrow range and the warm-up nets near the first tee complete the excellent practice area.
There’s an excellent visitors changing room available which is accessed via the well-stocked pro shop.
A bit of history
Constructed in 1911, Croham Hurst Golf Club was designed by the prolific course designers, Fred Hawtree and James Braid. Links-like elements have been blended into the landscape and elevated greens. Fescue and rolling fairways are all familiar hallmarks of Braid’s architectural philosophy, Croham is an excellent example of early twentieth-century parkland design.
There are some immediate aesthetic comparisons with Hawtree’s other local creation, Addington Palace. Perhaps inspired by the tree-lined avenues of the back nine there, Croham Hurst also includes some wide and forgiving fairways.
Croham Hurst is a wonderfully well-balanced course. There are some significant driving holes but the approach shot on every par for and five required consideration and skill. The Par fives are not particularly long though they are technical.
Eighteen holes at Croham winds its way through undulating mature woodland, fescue, and heather. There is an abundance of fauna for the nature lovers, birds of prey and wild deer frequent the course.
The seventh par three is typical of the high standard of the course. Rolling greens protected cleverly placed bunkers and dense rough, they are a test of commitment and accuracy.
A 221-yard par three, the 16th, is a superb hole. Downhill and well protected by bunkers, therefore landing the ball on the green is tricky. Miss the landing area in front and you’ll most likely end up with a tricky up-and-down to make par.
The Teeing grounds are worth a mention, bordered by well-manicured flower beds and shrubbery, they are unusually attractive. The standard of the teeing grounds reflects the high standard of the course maintenance throughout the eighteen holes.
The bunkers are very much a feature of Croham Hurst, located at just the right distance to give sufficient cause for consideration. I managed to find the bunkers on 8 separate occasions during my round. While bunkers are usually not worth a mention, however, as with the teeing grounds and the fairways, the quality of maintenance was exemplary.
This is a course that constantly challenges and delights. Without a doubt, Croham Hurst offers a superb golf course that suits the experienced and novice golfer alike. Additionally the standard of course maintenance is exceptional from tee to green.
As a consequence of its elevated location, Croham Hurst offers some remarkable views of the surrounding Surrey countryside. Also, due to its proximity to central London, this course is a great away day destination from all areas of the capital. The keen golfer will appreciate the subtle and challenging nuances Croham Hurst Golf Club has to offer.