Surrey

Surrey is the premier county in English golf with more golf courses in the Top 100 than any other county. It’s also one of the biggest counties in English golf with 115 golf clubs affiliated to the Surrey Golf Union. The Surrey Ladies’ County Golf Association was founded in 1929, six years after the men formed their golf Union. Nowadays, the women’s governing body looks after the interests of around 7,500 female golfers in 99 clubs.

One of the Home Counties to the west of London, Surrey is fortunate from a golfing perspective to have a swathe of sand running through the county, which was first exploited by Woking Golf Club. This sandy heathland provided free-draining ground for those London golfers who didn’t fancy travelling to the coast or the downs to play golf. These early “stars of sand and heather”, as described by Bernard Darwin, included Woking (1893), New Zealand (1895) and Hankley Common (1896), but golf was played in Surrey much earlier than this.

Golf was probably played on Wimbledon Common in the early 19th century. Records go back to 1864, suggesting that some of the London Scottish Rifle Volunteer Corps, who were posted nearby, met on Wimbledon Common to form the London Scottish Golf Club. Golf then spread to the chalky North Downs of Guildford in 1886 and then to Epsom and then Banstead when heathland golf was still a twinkle in the eye.

Some golfers will wonder why Sunningdale, which has a Berkshire postal address, is listed in Surrey. The reason is simple, Sunningdale Golf Club is affiliated to the Surrey Golf Union and therefore features at the top of the Surrey County rankings.

Our Surrey Best in County golf course rankings were updated in 2015. Click here to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Surrey

Sunningdale (Old)

1st Surrey - Best in Area

The Old course at Sunningdale Golf Club is one of the British Isles’ most aesthetically pleasing inland courses.

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Description: The Old course at Sunningdale Golf Club is one of the British Isles’ most aesthetically pleasing inland courses. Rating: 5.7272727272727 out of 6

Sunningdale (New)

2nd Surrey - Best in Area

Taken together, the New and Old courses at Sunningdale Golf Club represent the finest 36 holes of golf in the whole of the British Isles.

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Description: Taken together, the New and Old courses at Sunningdale Golf Club represent the finest 36 holes of golf in the whole of the British Isles. Rating: 5.6363636363636 out of 6

St George's Hill (Red & Blue)

3rd Surrey - Best in Area

The spectacular golfing panorama from the front of the St George's Hill clubhouse is a view that grabs you and makes your heart pound...

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Description: The spectacular golfing panorama from the front of the St George's Hill clubhouse is a view that grabs you and makes your heart pound... Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Walton Heath (Old)

4th Surrey - Best in Area

Walton Heath Golf Club is where links golf meets inland golf. There is no salty whiff of sea air, but the course plays and feels like a seaside links.

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Description: Walton Heath Golf Club is where links golf meets inland golf. There is no salty whiff of sea air, but the course plays and feels like a seaside links. Rating: 5.1052631578947 out of 6

Hankley Common

5th Surrey - Best in Area

There is an overwhelming feeling of spaciousness at Hankley Common, so much so that it seems plausible that a second or third course could be intertwined between the existing 18 holes.

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Description: There is an overwhelming feeling of spaciousness at Hankley Common, so much so that it seems plausible that a second or third course could be intertwined between the existing 18 holes. Rating: 5.1730769230769 out of 6

Queenwood

6th Surrey - Best in Area

Queenwood Golf Club, in a similar mould to Loch Lomond and the Wisley, is reserved for its small but perfectly formed membership and their very lucky friends.

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Description: Queenwood Golf Club, in a similar mould to Loch Lomond and the Wisley, is reserved for its small but perfectly formed membership and their very lucky friends. Rating: 5.1538461538462 out of 6

Wentworth (West)

7th Surrey - Best in Area

The West course at the Wentworth Club is Surrey's most famous golf course. It closed for its latest makeover in 2016 and reopened prior to the 2017 BMW PGA Championship.

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Description: The West course at the Wentworth Club is Surrey's most famous golf course. It closed for its latest makeover in 2016 and reopened prior to the 2017 BMW PGA Championship. Rating: 4.4489795918367 out of 6

Woking

8th Surrey - Best in Area

There is absolutely no doubt that Woking Golf Club is located in an idyllic spot and the unusual pavilion clubhouse only adds to the charisma.

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Description: There is absolutely no doubt that Woking Golf Club is located in an idyllic spot and the unusual pavilion clubhouse only adds to the charisma. Rating: 5.1142857142857 out of 6

Wentworth (East)

9th Surrey - Best in Area

Wentworth West is the course that everybody rushes to play, but the East is more enjoyable for the average player. It is also more sandy, intimate and charming.

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Description: Wentworth West is the course that everybody rushes to play, but the East is more enjoyable for the average player. It is also more sandy, intimate and charming. Rating: 4.8 out of 6

Walton Heath (New)

10th Surrey - Best in Area

Both courses at Walton Heath Golf Club are intertwined and have a very similar look and feel. The Old is tougher, although the New is a demanding course with memorable holes of great variety.

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Description: Both courses at Walton Heath Golf Club are intertwined and have a very similar look and feel. The Old is tougher, although the New is a demanding course with memorable holes of great variety. Rating: 4.35 out of 6