Having played a number of top 100 courses in the UK, The Addington is undoubtedly a fitting member of this club. I played it today on a blustery October day and found a gorgeous heathland course with bags of character, variety, challenge and some great views. The greens were absolutely brilliant and the general condition of the course was excellent, but I have to say I was a little disappointed with some of the fairways which were somewhat patchy. However, this didn't detract from a great 36 holes. The par 3s really stand out on this course with the long 200+ yard 3rd and 13th holes extremely challenging. There are a number of great par 4s too like the 9th where an iron or hybrid off the tee leaves a stern second uphill and the long 15th (uphill again) requiring a driver and 3-wood when playing into the wind, while the shortish 6th and 10th holes are real risk and reward holes where an accurate, long drive leaves a flick to the green. Miss the fairway and you're in trouble however...One other small criticism is that the par 5s haven't really moved with the times. The second is just long enough by modern standards, but the 12th was a bit goofy needing a 3-iron/8-iron/sand wedge combination to get to the green. A driver off the tee simply ran out of fairway and into gorse! Worth noting the welcome was fantastic and the clubhouse is delightful with a good bar/restaurant and nice changing facilities. Overall, well worth a visit and good value at £85 for a day ticket.
Date: October 17, 2011