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. Photo sent in by Philip Kidby

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!"

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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: 7.6 out of 10 Reviews: 57
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Adam Jordan
Played this gem of a course over the weekend. Despite the rain we had a fantastic day. So many interesting holes which I cannot wait to have another crack at. Prior to playing I read the reports about the greens so was a little sceptical but they are well on the way to being the kind of greens you would expect of a top 100 golf course. Have already booked a return game.
April 26, 2012
8 / 10
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rikki
Played this course last week for the first time. The layout was good, nothing exceptional and the condition was poor. The faiways were shocking and although the greens looked nice and were fast, they jumped and bumped all over the place. Having in the last month played quite a few top 100 courses, such as Stoke Park, Worplesdon, West Hill and Hankley Common which I believe are all ranked lower than Addington. I find it hard to see how this course is in the top 100, let alone 30th!! Nice place but just not the course or condition I expected for the 30th ranked course in England.
March 30, 2012
4 / 10
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Matthew Adams
March 30, 2012
I’ve played the Addington a few times and agree its greens during the spring can be a pale shadow of their superb, summer finery. Definitely worth a summer visit. The only criticism I would have of the layout, is the relatively weak first two holes. The 8th in particular, with its blind tee shot to a crowned, narrow fairway is a perfect example of how to prevent modern equipment overpowering a course.
The Addington GC
April 13, 2012
The greens have suffered from fusarium over the past couple of winters which have led to bobbly spring greens. We are working hard to prevent this in the future and excellent progress is being made. The greens were cored last week and with spring upon us we fully expect the surfaces to be as excellent this year as they have been in previous summers. The ground at The Addington is extremely stony and this means historically the fairways have been very thin and bare in places. The Club commenced a programme of ‘green’ waste (organic compost) application last year and this will enhance the playing surfaces considerably over the coming months and years. With regards to the layout of the course it is universally considered to be one of the finest tracks in the country. Abercromby’s design is completely unique.
Young P
April 14, 2012
I know The Addington well and it is indeed a very fine track. However, it's also a course that has fundamentally lost touch with how it was designed. If you look at the old black and white interwar photos of The Addington (golfclubatlas.com has a good example), trees were few and far between – as was also the case at the likes of The Berkshire, Sunningdale and so on. The point of these courses was that they should replicate as far as possible links-type conditions for London players who didn't have the time to go to Scotland or the Kent coast every weekend. They had undulating terrain, relatively firm and fast conditions – and very few trees. Unfortunately, whilst the nature of the land at The Addington hasn't changed over the intervening decades, the tree growth has. The result is that you now have a links-type course that plays within a tightly wooded environment. Balls hit marginally off-line (or sometimes even on line) go careering off into the trees, from where the only option is to hit out sideways. Whereas at The Berkshire, Sunningdale and so on, the trees are largely aesthetic, at The Addington they impact much more directly on play - a problem amplified by the severity of the terrain (those who've played it will know that the course is basically built on the side of a hill). The best thing the Club could do is to cut down the vast majority of the trees in order to restore the original strategic merit of the course, multiply potential playing lines, open it up to the wind and enable the gambling recovery shot. Of course, this will likely never happen - sadly, most golfers have become obsessed with aesthetics, not least by watching Augusta National every year and mistakenly believing that the perfect inland course has to be tree-lined (even though, ironically, Augusta is astonishingly wide open in places). That said, if one of the best and most famous courses in the world can do it (Oakmont CC removed over 5,000 trees prior to hosting the US Open in 2007), then who knows... Young P
Paul East
This is one of the best golf courses in the South East, certainly nothing further East is better until you hit the links courses on the coast. Unfortunately the greens have suffered terribly the last few winters with disease. There are deals to be had here as a non member and that seems to be the way the course is heading, deals, traffic, open to any standard of golfer - Eventhough the course does not suit any standard of golfer. It's a shame but golf is business here.
January 13, 2012
6 / 10
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Addington Member
January 27, 2012
In response to the previous comment i think its fair to point out that generally all courses offer a reduced price for the winter. If you consider the latest rankings in which The Addington has improved significantly it would seem they know how to run their business.
Malcolm Searle
Played this tough cookie today in brilliant sunshine at the start of the year, there had been heavy rain the day before, but for the most part, it had drained well, but was a little soggy. With tight fairways and lots of trouble all around this is a challenging place to play - especially for the first time around. Sadly, the greens let the whole thrilling ensemble down - I'm sure this isn't just a time of year/ lots of traffic issue as East Sussex National just 20 miles south was in tip top condition the week before. After my round the very friendly staff explained that they have some issues With the greens at this site, but not at others within their group (Westerham, Woldingham, Surrey National and Godstone). Other than that - I would play it again soon - and I hope they can sort out the greens quickly as it's a great track.
January 02, 2012
8 / 10
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Stephen White
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.
October 17, 2011
8 / 10
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Melvin
Underlying the unique and highly challenging course layout, a serious golfing history which remains well preserved in this day and age where most courses are all about the dough. Also, do not be mistaken by the par 69 and the seemingly short course yardage of 6300. Holes play unquestionably long and tough. Par 5 12th, Par 3 13th and Par4 15th offer you unparalleled golfing challenge comparable to any other renowned holes worldwide one can possibly think of.
March 06, 2011
8 / 10
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Alex Ward
If you are playing this course for the first time and without a member you are in trouble, its tough and has some tricky surprises. The greens even in mid October are quick and fast and you will be punished if you don't drive the ball straight, end up in the trees and you'll need to take your medicine, trying to hack through these is not an option. A decent stableford score is mid to high 20's, most comps are won on 30 - 31. 10 miles from the middle of London, you won't find better that close to our capital.
October 16, 2010
8 / 10
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kevin
Pure golfing heaven and a wonderful layout.Quirky but pretty course with rickety bridges to cross and one of the best par 3's(13th) in the world according to an american golf writer in the 1980s.Even low handicappers will find the course tricky as it starts with a testing uphill par 3.The 9th par 4 dogleg left requires a well struck tee shot over a ravine and then your approach is some 170yds over another ravine to the green.A must play course!
August 28, 2010
10 / 10
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benjamin bensn
I went back to this course this week (june 2010). dont go expecting golfing perfection, just go expecting a totally bonkers experience . The bunkers were not good, and the hot weather has not been kind to the fairways - but approach and green are still spotless. I havent played such dramatic holes anywhere - just go and have sme fun. This week I have played also wentworth , woburn there is no doubt these are better courses - BUT - this old track i think remains my favourite, its a tough one to explain !! go during the week for a total bargain, and if you live in south london , dont mess about just join it ! is in a different league to the near alternatives.....
June 23, 2010
10 / 10
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Max
Played the Addington in March 2010. Great fun to play. Deep chasms; smatterings of gorse and heather; tight fairways bordered by mature woodland; thin, wooden bridges and immaculate greens. The bridges only add to the character of the club. The driving is tight and it is hard to score well without driving straight. The fairways are in decent condition and the greens were superb. They were fast, firm and had many subtle slopes along with some large slopes. The 12th is a short par 5. Lay-up at the top and enjoy the rest of this fantastic hole. 13th is very challenging but i can see why it is rated so highly. All of the holes were different and all were memorable. It was a super course with only 1 weak hole: the 18th. Also served a nice ploughmans afterwards. Overall a great course but it has no practice facilities. Must-play
May 13, 2010
10 / 10
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sam djavit
May 21, 2010
Just to let you know that The Addington has a full par 4 hole as a practise facility(the old 18th), a putting green and a net. This course is blinking brilliant and really interesting to play