The Addington - Surrey - England

The Addington Golf Club,
Shirley Church Road,
Addington,
Croydon,
Surrey,
CR0 5AB


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If you've never visited The Addington Golf Club and Mr Spock beamed you onto the first tee, you would never believe you were a mere ten miles from the centre of London. The Addington is an extraordinary heathland golfing paradise. It's a course which has remained virtually unchanged since J.F. Abercromby, the man behind Worplesdon, designed it back in 1914. Many believe the Addington is Abercromby's finest creation.

In the early days, The Addington boasted two golf courses, the Old and the New - 36 of the finest golf holes in England, as good, if not better than Sunningdale. Unfortunately, the New course no longer exists; a housing estate now stands in its place.

The current course is an idiosyncratic affair, with rickety trestle bridges spanning glorious heathland dells. Mature pine and birch trees provide a wonderful feeling of intimacy. It really is a delightful place to be, especially in the winter, because the sandy course drains perfectly and remains bone dry underfoot.

The course measures slightly more than 6,300 yards and opens up with a challenging par three. The 5th hole is a long par four with a slight dogleg to the left. An accurate tee shot is required to the right to the left-sloping fairway. A hanging lie is often the order of the day for the second shot, which is uphill to a well-guarded green. Take plenty of club for the approach shot, which is usually longer than it looks.

Bernard Darwin was a lover of The Addington, especially the new course, which as we have already said, sadly no longer exists. The course we play today remains witness to Abercromby's skill. Or as Darwin said in his book, Golf Between Two Wars: "He had admirable material, the country of sand and heather and birch trees, and with what an artistic eye he used it!"

In 2019, the club appointed Clayton, DeVries & Pont to conduct a long-term course plan with a view to returning the design to its Abercromby origins using historical photography.

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Description: The Addington Golf Club is a natural inland golfing paradise, with plenty of heather, pine, bracken and silver birch. Very little has changed since the club was founded in 1914. Rating: 7.5 out of 10 Reviews: 61
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Jim McCann

The course gets off to a bit of a slow start. I didn’t have a problem with the uphill, par three 1st, played to a two-tiered green with a big back to front tilt – if anything, it was refreshing to begin with something other than the usual humdrum par four or par five hole. That said, there’s a very similar, slightly longer par three played only two holes later at the 3rd so I imagine competitions can quickly become backed up right at the start of the round if golfers struggle for whatever reason to get away from these holes.

The Addington Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

The first of The Addington’s trademark bridges is encountered to the right of the 6th green and, although it’s a largely superfluous structure at this hole because you can comfortably walk around the little gully that it spans, this wooden structure (and all the others) add greatly to the ambience of a wonderful course that’s absolutely bursting with character – and later in the round, you’ll be glad they’ve been built to take you across some of the deeper ravines.

For me, the round really got under way at the short, downhill par three 7th, protected by bunkers eating into the hillside on the right and a large fall off area to the left of the green. Immediately following this hole, the par four 8th is somewhat controversial – blind off the tee with a hogsback fairway to negotiate before the fairway veers left to the green – and it precedes my favourite hole on the course, the 375-yard 9th.

The Addington Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

This hole requires TWO wooden bridges to get from tee to green: the first takes you across a deep gully to reach your tee shot then, after playing your approach shot at a 45 degree angle left to an upturned saucer-shaped green, the second bridge crosses another bracken-filled ravine to the putting surface – for me, it’s one of the most distinctive par fours I’ve ever played!

The back nine is just unrelenting in the quality of holes that appear in front of you as the fairways are routed across acres of totally turbulent terrain. In particular, the rather eccentric par five 12th, (played blind off the tee then uphill to a plateau green) and the long, demanding downhill par three 13th are as tough a two-hole combination as you will find anywhere.

The par five 16th doglegs left then downhill, with the fairway narrowing to just a few yards in front of the green before dropping off to the right of the putting surface. I’m sure many will think this an unfair design feature but the single digit player in our group (playing the course for the first time) narrowly missed his putt from close to the pin for an eagle so it can’t be that unfair for the better golfers among us.

Remarkably, there’s still time to squeeze in the SIXTH par three of the round at the 17th and again, it requires a little wooden bridge to get from tee box to green, across yet another bracken-infested gorge. The half dozen par threes here, varying in length between 140 and 230 yards, will live long in the memory at The Addington, but then so will so many of the other unique holes on this tremendous one-off layout.

Jim McCann

July 18, 2017
8 / 10
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Ed Battye

The Addington is a golf course that divides opinion. Some say it is one of England's finest courses. Others regard it amongst the World's best!

Wherever you place it there's no denying that this is a very fine golf course and in many ways a little different to the norm with a few quirks thrown in along the way.

The rule book is flung out of the window at the first hole when the course opens with a par three. It's a great little hole played up a hill with a tricky green and menacing bunker to the right. That said, I'm not particularly a fan of par three's to start the round and couldn't help thinking this would have been an even better hole had it come mid-way through the round.

The second hole is a par five which is then promptly followed by another one-shotter, the second of six short holes throughout the round and one of the reasons the course clocks in at under 6,300 yards.

The fourth, fifth and sixth are all solid par fours before another delightful short hole followed by a further run of three strong yet differing par fours. The short 11th is nothing more than flick with a wedge but the green is well protected by sand.

The closing holes at The Addington are great fun to play.

I liked The Addington very much and the highs were certainly just that but I personally thought there were too many lulls during the round to consider this as a contender for serious world stardom.

Regardless, it is still one of England's shining lights and a fine example of a wonderful heathland golf course. It has a certain uniqueness to it and that alone should be warmly welcomed.

Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.

May 17, 2017
7 / 10
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Stuart Eastwood

In my quest to play the Top 100 before I am under the grass (15 to go), The Addington, a heathland course within easy reach of London (and with great views to the city skyline), uniquely features par 3’s to commence both nines. After five rather bland holes, you might well feel that this track has no place on any list but then you reach the par-4 6th hole… and from there, you are in for a real treat. Some absolutely brilliant holes nestling into heathland dells, with the 13th long par-3 and absolute cracker. If the club can find some improvements early in the round, The Addington could sail up the rankings.

May 04, 2016
6 / 10
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b101
After a long period of wanting to play the course, I finally got round to it a couple of days ago (mid-December) for their excellent Winter offer. The pro warned us of a few temporary tees due to their renovation works and it's clear that they're putting the effort in to keep the course up to scratch. As others have mentioned, the first hole is a bit of a nothing - somewhat similar to the start at Walton Heath (Old) in that it's a good par three, but just an odd choice to start with. After that though, I didn't think there was a weak hole on the course, with plenty that really stick with you. From the sixth hole onwards, I was spellbound. The sixth summed up the course pretty well for me, a very clever hole that rewarded thoughtful play, but with the odd quirk - in this case a hidden bunker at the bottom of a ravine short right of the green. The eighth offers a very tough blind tee shot before the brilliant ninth. Often, near-ninety degree doglegs feel very forced, but this is a very natural hole, requiring two good shots over ravines. From the tenth onwards, we started realising why we loved the course as much as we did - there was room to spray it a little off the tee, but you were rewarded for placement and it wasn't a course where taking driver on every hole was rewarded. Myself (10 hcp) and my partner (26) were both able to have a really good match as a result.The back nine just seemed perfectly balanced, with the par 3, 5, 3 format of the 11th, 12th and 13th working out well. The 13th is a real stunner of a hole and the holes that follow it back it up nicely. To finish off with a very tricky par 5 in the 16th and the picturesque par 3 17th was a real test. Bearing in mind that I played in mid-December, I will give a 5-ball review, however there were a few things I would change. The greens didn't hold the water brilliantly, and whilst they were true, they were soft to the extent that we were sinking into them in places. Otherwise, the course was in excellent condition for the time of year. In terms of the holes, the only thing I think it is lacking is a strong starting and finishing hole. The 1st and 18th are both decent holes, but they just aren't up to everything that is in between. However, I would come back in a heartbeat, and am keen to play again in the summer. Highly recommended.
December 20, 2015
8 / 10
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Patrick McGarey
I've played this wonderful course twice, roughly five years apart, and in each case during mild Spring weather. The course is maintained in very good condition. After a rather average uphill par three opening hole, most of the remaining holes ranged from memorable to extremely memorable. I've also never been a big fan of the short par 3 near the turn, but otherwise The Addington provides wonderfully designed holes requiring a wide variety of shots, several of them blind. The course is not overly long, but clear thinking and shot execution are much better rewarded than bombing away indiscriminately with a driver off each tee. This is definitely one course where the visiting golfer is well advised to drop five pounds on the strokesaver book. In addition to several blind tee shots, several of the back nine par fives require good planning and precision on the second shot to avoid disaster. The long par 3 13th, as advertised, is a truly great inland long par 3 hole. Not known for welcoming visitors in prior decades, I found the current staff very friendly and accommodating. Parts of the London skyline (e.g. The Shard) are visible from several back nine fairways. I'll be back in the future!
May 21, 2015
8 / 10
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Örn Rúnar Magnússon
A stunning golf course which was in superb condition. Many memorable holes and you can sense all the history when you walk the fairways. My favourite holes are 9, 12, 13 and 16.A must play golf course
May 13, 2015
8 / 10
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Tim Lloyd
I've played here a couple of times and the condition this time was the best I've seen it and that is saying something. Some really great holes with superb greens and the new halfway hut is brilliant. Overall The Addington is a superb course which will test you and surprisingly plays longer than its length on the scorecard suggests
May 01, 2014
8 / 10
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Sam Mendoza
Fantasitc golf course, every single hole is varied and requires you to hit every type of shot. The greens were quick and firm (which made getting it close very tricky). The condition of the course was excellent, and the picturesque nature, coupled with views of London is unrivalled. I can quite easily see why this has risen so many places in the last few years. I often compare other heathland courses to West Sussex as i think its overated. Once again, i can confim that another heathland, the Addington is a league above West Sussex
June 25, 2013
10 / 10
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The Addington GC
November 27, 2013
We are very glad you enjoyed the course. It is great to see that all the work we have done is appreciated. Winter works are underway again with more improvements being made. We hope to welcome you back to the course again soon.
david warrick
This Course only 6300 yards but feels longer and there are many long approaches. 6 par 3s of which 2 are long and difficult and all are good. And 5 par 4s of well over 400 yards. The holes all looked interesting to my eye, and with good variation. A lot of risk reward shots, especially off the tee and generally fair results for medium shots and for poor shots. The greens were in good condition, and several have difficult borrows. The first 6 holes and 18th have a`parkland` feel, the remainder more on heathland type terrain, with many steep gullies and slopes; having the two distinct parts adds to interest and variety. The par 5 12th is quirky as the drive runs out of fairway making a lottery of any attempted second to the very visible and well protected green. A few blind shots, but except on 8th most did not have big impact on perspective of the hole. Overall one of the best courses I`ve played and well worth place in Top 50
June 20, 2013
10 / 10
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James
The Addington is in better condition every time I play it. I have just played here 3 times in a week and I can tell you it is in very good order. As for the course it is as unique and idiosyncratic a golf course as you are likely to play. It is a striking course and is very tough if the weather is not perfect.It has a plethora of very attractive holes featuring elevation changes and undulations. It is a flowing journey too. It is a must play course and getting better by the year. JCB Lay
June 18, 2013
8 / 10
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