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. The aerial images show the course was much more open and tree removal will open up views and assist with heather regeneration. Greens have shrunk by 30-40% so the intention is to push them out again wherever possible. “It's almost like a Rembrandt found in an attic," says Frank Pont. "You need to take four layers of varnish off, just clean it up and bring back what's there. But the whole painting is still there.”

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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: 7.2 out of 10 Reviews: 75
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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
April 30, 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 24, 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 19, 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 17, 2013
8 / 10
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Martin Robb
Played here June 15th for the Scratch Open . After the first 6 holes I wasn't sure what the fuss was all about. I didn't think it was a match for some of the other courses with a similar ranking. It changes character a little from the excellent par 3 7th onwards . There are some very strong and memorable holes on the back nine with dramatic elevation changes and peril very close to the greens for the slightly wayward approach . By the time the round had finished it had won me over .
June 17, 2013
8 / 10
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JCB Lay
June 20, 2013
I played in the open too. Its going to be an annual fixture for me. The first 6 holes grow on you if they don't strike you straight away as they did me as being tough and rather subtle. This Open is worthy of a long drive to get to. See you next year?
The Addington GC
November 27, 2013
We are very glad you enjoyed the course. Scratch Open date for 2014 has been set for the Saturday 14th June. Hopefully you will be back for another crack at the course.
J
My favourite spot in golf is at the Addington. Standing or sitting on 16th tee with all of South London, The Shard, The Gherkin and Canary Wharf in the panorama. Knowing you are about to play the wonderful par 5 16th and fanatstic par 3 17th - bliss
November 22, 2012
10 / 10
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The Addington GC
November 27, 2013
The 14th and 16th do offer some amazing views of the London Skyline. Check out our twitter feed for an amazing shot of The Shard in the early morning sun.
James
Played here on September 25th 2012. Paid £90 for 36 holes. Bargain! A blustery, rainy Autumn day.It's in very good nick. Make no mistake this is a Rolls Royce of a golf course. The measure of any great course for me is whether you might find any of the holes else where, whether they play fabulously and whether the course is attractive to the eye. Addington scores on all three counts and in spades. The par 3's are beautiful, The par 4's majestic, imperious and challenging from the tee and to the green. The par fives are short but very tricky. There are some unique holes here; the 8th rewards a long blind tee shot bending left over the hill for a short iron or a shorter shot down the middle for a mid Iron second. The ninth needs two well struck accurate shots to find the green over two ravines. Sublime. The 13th is a stunning 220+ par 3 across a valley. I'd put a bunker at 150 from the green on 14 on the right to put some pressure on the decision on the tee and 2 bunkers on the 15th at driving distance. 250 on the right and 275 on the left to make it more attractive and challenging but that is it. Never the less a wonderful course with great long distance views and a challenge for all standards on a wonderful piece of gentley undulating ground. Go immediately. For a course as good as Sunningdale however we were dissapointed with the micro burger and sachets in the underwhelming clubhouse. It's not half time at Crystal Palace Ron, This is the Addington. Please sort this out, lets have some panache!! JL international JCB LAY
September 25, 2012
8 / 10
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dannymulligan
played the addington on sept 8th the weather was in the 30s, the course was fantasic we all really enjoyed the challenge and veiws it has to offer, every hole is very different, only downside is i wish it was a bit closer to home... well worth the drive though!!
September 08, 2012
10 / 10
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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 25, 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 29, 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