Addington Palace - Surrey - England

Addington Palace Golf Club,
Addington Park,
Gravel Hill,
Croydon,
Surrey,
CR0 5BB,
England


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The residence for six Archbishops of Canterbury between 1805 and 1883, the grand old manor house at Addington Palace is now a wedding venue, corporate function centre and extensive health club, complete with a number of accommodation units. Within the grounds of the Palace’s large estate, a golf course was laid out by J.H. Taylor and Fred Hawtree for the newly formed golf club back in 1931.

Today, the course extends to just over 6,400 yards, playing to a par of 71, with fairways laid out over a rolling landscape. The front nine appears a little tighter as many of the holes are lined with birch, oak and fir trees whilst the back nine has more of an open parkland feel to it.

The 439-yard uphill 2nd (“Gladings Folly”) is deemed the most difficult hole on the front nine, doglegging uphill right to the green, whilst the 438-yard 10th (“Lime Tree”) attracts the lowest stroke index on the back nine, again playing uphill to a green that’s heavily bunkered on the right.

Signature hole status on the course is accorded to “Cedar Tree,” the 388-yard 14th, which doglegs right to the target. An accurate drive is required to find the flat portion of the fairway on this hole before playing an approach to the heavily contoured green.

Hole 3 is named after four time-Open winner Bobby Locke, who often based himself here when he was competing in the British Isles. A renowned brilliant putter in his day, the South African would surely have approved the excellent greens that are in play today at Addington Palace.
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Description: Once the home of the Archbishops of Canterbury, Addington Palace Golf Club is set in mature rolling parkland and it presents an honest golfing test. Rating: 6.7 out of 10 Reviews: 9
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C. Davies

I have played Addington Palace, like the neighbouring Addington, twice. However, my first time came when only 12 holes were open. So, on a boiling August day, with a good mate of mine, we headed out onto the grounds of the grand palace for a game.

I feel like Addington Palace is overshadowed by the Addington greatly. One of the problems this course has is that the simple architecture isn't on a par with the great setting. While it isn't awful, it almost certainly isn't a match for the Addington's high quality design (which I believe will improve after the renovations will bed in in a few years time).

Really, you don't see the best of the Palace until hole 3. This is a lovely hole down the hill from the tee, then shockingly narrow uphill to the green. I nearly hit a ball over the side of the hill on the right but it stopped just over the edge of the path. The exciting and inspiring terrain continues for next five or six holes, with the highlights being the lovely short par four fifth (it reminds me a little of more heavily wooded Surrey courses), and the beautiful 7th.

It's a shame there wasn't as much of that exciting woodland/heathland stretch afterwards. The 10th is a cracking uphill par four with a great green site, and holes 12 through to 16 is a nice stretch.

So, with these great factors in mind, why do I score it just four balls? Consider this a generous score, there isn't much wrong with this course. Just some poor fairway condition (although understandable), and a few weak holes, especially 17 and 18, let it down a little. It would be highly rated with more exciting design and a few more interesting holes, but very solid indeed and a lovely setting.

October 12, 2020
6 / 10
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Dan

Really enjoy this course. Condition is fantastic and you can see the hard work from the green keepers paying off. Hard to believe this course is minutes from Croydon centre.

Years ago The Addington (Next door) was the better course but now Addington Palace is by far a better course.

Get down and give it a go you will not be disappointed

July 12, 2020
8 / 10
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David Cowling-cass

Considering the level of rain the course was immaculate, greens were very fast and true, fairways were excellent and mostly dry. The course is very undulating with many holes that would be considered 'signature', practice facilities include a huge putting green, chipping area, nets and a pitching area. Would highly recommend for winter golf.

February 22, 2020
8 / 10
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Peter Cleveland
Whilst the centre of greens putt true and fairly fast, there were clear signs of disease particularly on the edges of greens. The greens do not hold well struck shots from anyone who plays off more than 6. Of 132 rounds, only one was below handicap! It might be a good track, but it is not somewhere to be recommended.
May 28, 2015
2 / 10
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Ron Christie
July 03, 2015
I feel I have to respond to this post to give a factually accurate account of the day referred to. Firstly it is our aim to have firm fast putting surfaces at APGC. Secondly Of the 132 rounds 14 were below handicap and not 1 as stated. Included in this was a very impressive gross 65 eight under the CSS. 
Andy Dwyer

Played the course today with 3 guests, there was also a society playing today. The course was so well managed we had a 3 1/2 hour 4 ball. The front 9 holes are tighter than the back nine, with some stunning views. The course is so well presented, the greens are amazing, and its only March. Friendly clubhouse with fairly priced food and drinks. The chefs special was fantastic, and the breakfast really well presented.Definitely a must for a GOLF lover.

March 27, 2015
8 / 10
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Tim Lloyd
Addington Palace is a brilliant course in beautiful condition with a contrasting front and back 9. The front 9 is tight and tree lined whereas the back 9 is more open but still in great condition and requires a strategic approach to score well. The greens here are the best I've ever played on. Very fast and true. I think it's a travesty that the likss of Surrey National, Selsdon and Shirley Park are ranked ahead of this gem - play it all you'll see why.
August 07, 2012
8 / 10
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kevin parfitt
December 21, 2012
I agree with those comments having played all of those mentioned.A course with character,good layout,great conditioning and fantastic views.
Christopher Cook
Played in March 2012 and the course was in great condition and the greens true and fast. The first 12 holes are a treat to play, carving their way through some heavy trees and challenging undulations, probably as good as any 12 holes anywhere in the south east. 13 onwards is a bit more like a public course and does not provide anywhere near the excitement of the first 12. In saying this I had a really good day out at Addington Palace and would recommend the course o anyone.
March 26, 2012
6 / 10
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kevin
A fantastic layout which requires all your shot making skills with the best greens for miles around.The clubhouse and members are extremely friendly.A must play course!
August 27, 2010
8 / 10
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Carl
June 17, 2011
Addington Palace is a tough mixture of heathland and parkland in the grounds of the ex palace for the Bishop of London, in fact the clubhouse was once the old stables. It is tight, difficult and undulating. A great course next door to the great Addington.
Andy Newmarch
Played the front 9 only but liked what I saw. Pretty non-descript 1st hole (180 yard par 3) (managed a tee shot shot to 7 inches though) but the next 8 holes are varied, interesting and great design. I have been lucky enough to have played many Surrey courses and this is a decent track that is well worth a visit. Of the holes I played, the 3rd and the 4th are cracking short par 4’s and the 9th is a lovely sweeping arc of a par 5. I will return in the Spring to get the full 18 under my belt and have high expectations.
December 01, 2005
6 / 10
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