Designed by Harry Colt, Coulsdon Manor is a perfect opportunity to play a course by one of the Worlds most respected designers without paying designer prices.
Coulsdon Ct Rd, Old Coulsdon CR5 2LL
6073 yards Par 70
Harry Colt was one of our most prolific golf course designers. His name is associated with some of the more exclusive and World renowned courses in golf. Yet the man that was responsible for the likes of Sunningdale, Wentworth and Stoke Park, was also responsible for London’s most popular public courses like Richmond and Coulsdon Manor.
Coulsdon Manor Golf Course was originally laid out in 1937 and was soon after leased to Croydon Council for public use. While part of the Bespoke Hotels group who operate the course, the course has been home to Coulsdon Court Golf Club since 1938.
The course is now part of the hotel complex which provides affordable stay-and-play golf breaks while allowing the general public to access the facility. The hotel restaurant and bar are accessible to visitors.
The warm up and practice areas are unfortunately rather limited, a putting green behind the first tee is about it. This is a bit of a shame as the course demands that you’re good off the tee for the first few holes.
The course at Coulsdon is defined by its long tree lined fairways. The par fours suit the player that likes to ball long off the tee but being a big hitter is not a pre-requisite for a low score here.
The sixth, a 150-yard par three is a signature hole on the course. A testing, tight approach that’s effectively defended by bunkers and a large tree. It’s a good sized green, but unless the pin placement is generous, it’s difficult to find to the hole in two shots.
This is a well-bunkered course, and unfortunately I often found myself playing out of them. The well placed bunkers are an aesthetic although occasionally inconvenient feature of the course, framing some beautiful greens and well-cut fairways.
The overall condition of the course on the day of play was excellent. Both fairways and greens played well. Often, at some hotel and public golf courses, I find that the course can understandably suffer from considerable wear and tear. At the time of play, the weather had been warm for some time and the course was in remarkably good shape.
The eighteenth is a great hole to finish on. A tired golfer will most likely have to deal with an array of bunkers under the watchful eyes of fellow patrons enjoying a post-round drink on the nearby patio.
On the day of play I found the greens were in very good condition. I played the course after a spell of very warm weather and so the su Often, at hotel courses, I find that the course can suffer from wear and tear. At the time of play the weather had been warm, I found that the course was playing fast and firm.
There isn’t much to dislike about Couldson Manor. While it probably cant be directly compared to Sunningdale, there are some terrific holes. The course is well managed and for some reason, despite the low green fees, the pace of play is more than acceptable.
While hotel golf courses can feel a little bit impersonal and corporate, the service at Coulsdon is relaxed and informal. I left the course genuinely thinking that a short golf break with a few friends would be a possibility.