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: 7.4 out of 10 Reviews: 66
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Tom Sleater
I played the Addington again yesterday and have to say that I had a great day of golf. When you arrive at the club (its a bit of a mission to get to) - the clubhouse and setting is very low key and somewhat misleading - as it is the first hole which is somewhat of a tame start, with none of the 1st tee potential for embrassment factor I like to set the competitive juices flowing. That said the addington as a course is a great test of golf and there are plenty of interesting quirks such as deep ravines, wooden gang ways etc that keep the course challenging. To my mind the course is distinguished by its par 3's - the 3rd is a tough ask into any sort of wind. Equally the 7th is a pictureque hole. The standout hole for me though is the 13th which had nothing to do with sticking it to 8ft (honestly!!) - and the 17th from the back tees is a tough club call. Only downside to me was some of the fairways which are very well drained but do seem to be slightly bald in places - or maybe am just used to the lush feel of my home club Moor Park. All in all the Addington is a fab day out - and if it ever gets the practice facilities and club house to match the course then it will be truly great. However, I agree with the prior review in that the course I think is optimal for visitors rather than a week in week out member. But thats not necessarily a negative... If you have not played it - then get on it!
February 28, 2010
8 / 10
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DougJeffery
A good review should help you make your mind up if you want to play a course, or give you an idea of what to expect if you are already committed to making a trip somewhere. This reviewer would say to those dithering that you should definitely make the effort and if you are already going then prepare for some old fashioned fun!Our party of 8 were coming to take advantage of the great winter deal (also on this year) last March. There were problems on the M25 so several people were delayed, but the Club staff did everything they could to accommodate the changes and make sure we still got a full day’s entertainment.The course itself has the feel of other heathland courses in Surrey, is not overly long as the fairways are fast running, but has many twists and turns, ups and downs and a smattering of ravines! This makes it sound like crazy golf but it just makes you think a little harder, is not ‘unfair’ and adds to the enjoyment of pulling off the good shots. Almost all the holes have some sort of memorable feature from tee to green and if you negotiate these then the greens themselves are also challenging, with many subtleties (and were pretty fast, even in March).I, and the rest of our party, really enjoyed our trip to the Addington, and came away wanting to go back – if only to try to score a few more points next time!
January 19, 2010
8 / 10
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Robert Smith
I played here for the first time a few weeks ago as the club were offering a days golf at a very advantageous rate. £50.00 including breakfast, a bargain if ever there was one.Twenty of us in all, and nobody had a bad word to say about the course.It has some very unusual holes to say the least. Standing on the tee for the first time, not knowing which club to hit or where exactly to hit it.The only thing that I feel would make the course a little "fairer" would be if the fairway grass were allowed to grow a little. Bearing in mind we played the course in March, there was very little growth on the fairways at all, which meant that the ball just ran and ran. This was fine if you were on a nice, level fairway...but there aren't many of these at the Addington so subsequently a lot of shots were being played from under (or behind) trees, which I thought was a little penal as even good shots were being punished. The tees and greens were in superb condition, and I would love to go back in the Summer when those punishing trees were in leaf. The course looks very bare at this time of year but then that is to be expected. I didn't play too badly, managed to par the signature 13th both morning and afternoon, so quite chuffed with that!It's an experience I will grant you. I wouldn't like to play the course every week though...not unless they let the fairway grass grow a little.
April 09, 2009
8 / 10
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Andy Newmarch
The only negative is that there are two par-3’s in the first three holes – more unusual than negative maybe. Golf at the Addington is everything that is great about the game – a beautiful setting, testing holes and a great club atmosphere. The Surrey/Berks counties have to be the very best county for quality courses; Sunningdale, The Berkshire, Wentworth, St Georges Hill, the list goes on. The Addington can comfortably be discussed amongst these great courses. The 6th is a fine short par-4, the 7th a great par-3 and the 9th is my choice as best hole on the course; driving over a valley, turn left and approach the green over another valley – unique and exhilarating. The par-5 12th is another favourite (need to play it twice before you can understand it really) and then the celebrated 13th ; 220 yards uphill par-3 set in an amphitheatre of pine, birch and heather. It is a strong finish also, I loved the 16th (par-5) as it is all about the 2nd shot (go for the green or lay up – that’s the choice) – another cracking par-3 at the 17th; around 190 yards back over the 16th green and another valley, brilliant. There are places on the course that will certainly remind you of others in the area but the natural contours of the land give that little extra. Do not expect many flat lies as this terrain does not provide them but do expect a wonderful experience. The current GB&I ranking of 88 does not do this justice – I believe around 50th would feel about right.
December 03, 2008
8 / 10
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Carl Tushingham
The Addington, the best. Quite simply a fantastic course. A super welcome and cheap food before you start the round!! Holes 6-13 must be the best stretch of holes anywhere in England, and the 4 finishing holes are just as good. Some truly amazing holes where you cross old narrow bridges that are as tall as the tree tops!! Super condition course with some wicked greens. A masterpiece of design, this is a must play course, can't wait to return.
September 11, 2008
10 / 10
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Brett
I can not believe that this course has become my favourite golf course in the world!Seriously, I have played Algarve, Marbella, Scotland, Wales, North, South, East and West England and the Addington has beat the lot for presentation, beauty, imagination, welcoming, true greens. If you are a low handicapper, you have to play this course! Even if you aren't, YOU HAVE TO PLAY THIS COURSE.
August 06, 2008
10 / 10
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scott marcar
A great course which has been substantially improved over the past year. A journey back to a time when golf was more art than science. The heather is abundant and an autumnal setting brings out the true beauty of the surroundings. The signature hole twelth is a test for even the best scratch golfers.
November 04, 2007
10 / 10
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paul turner
Addington is uniquely brilliant. It has such aan amazing routing using the ravines to the greatest effect. Forget the ranking, old Aber's Addington is one England's gems. PS Why highlight the 5th? It's one of the least interesting holes.
September 30, 2007
10 / 10
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ricky yap
Played with a member on a crisp saturday morning in slightly frosty conditions. Would say that this is a truly stunning course, I have played a few good courses incuding St George's Hill which is magnificent but the condition is not as high. With the new change in ownership this is likely to improve I feel. If I lived a little nearer than I would be very tempted to join, the membership of 2k is very reasonable in my opinion for such a gorgeous course.
January 28, 2007
8 / 10
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John Wade
April 02, 2007
Are you sure, the new owners are decimating the old course with the removal of all holly, yew and corse bushes that nestled under the pine trees that line the fairways, where once it was intimate, now its open plan, where you can see three different fairways at a glance. To say that the course remains dry underfoot in the winter, you must have been playing somewhere else, not the Addington.
Addington Member
May 24, 2007
In reply, to John Wade`s comments, when you actually look at the course and think to how it was originally designed, there are very few trees that are more than forty years old, when it was constructed I would think you could 5 or 6 fairways at a glance, it was a heathland course not a tree lined course. I have to say I did play it this winter and it was very wet, wasn`t everywhere?? We had 6 months of above average rainfall!!Now it is in fantastic condition, this is thanks to the new owners who have invested in the club. Take a look at the Atlasgolf web page it shows a picture of the 12th hole from the London illustrated, please note the lack of trees!!
Brent Carlson
October 05, 2019

@ John Wade. They are doing exactly what needs to be done. The more open views the better. Great courses are not claustrophobic. Look at the top 100. Big views are a huge plus.

josephus
I live less than 2 miles from here and played it for the first time last weekend. Wow! It's hard to believe that golfing heaven is in Croydon.Despite it being alternately windy, rainy, and sunny, this course was magnificently enjoyable. I cannot think of a hole that was not at the same time tough and fair. There are a few blind shots but the Strokesaver keeps you in play. The 13th hole has to be seen to be believed, as does the bunker under the bridge at the 6th.The greens are in great shape, even though wet. You can't overpower the course, but a big drive is often rewarded. Wayward play is punished, but not extremely, and accurate play is always rewarded.Clubhouse facilities are the only let down, but under the new ownership I expect this will change.This to me seems the perfect members’ club; the pace of play was brisk and you feel sheltered from the world once inside the gates. I would happily play here every weekend for the rest of my life - it is that good. All I have to do is convince the Mrs we can afford it!
October 02, 2006
10 / 10
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