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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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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Shaun
Very good course with no weak holes. Clubhouse reminded me of Fawlty Towers.
August 21, 2006
6 / 10
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Carl
September 22, 2006
Good point it is. It has just been taken over by a local golf course magnate. Changes will happen .......... I looked at joining ........ £6k in the first year. I think now it is down to just the £2k a year.
Smythp
An absolute gem. I work nearby and try to play this on summer evenings as often as I can. With its ravines and valleys it's hard to believe that you are in the middle of the Croydon/Addington conurbation. The course may not be long by todays standards but it has charm and challenges in abundance. The early holes are good but the course really gets going from the 7th a tricky short Par 3. The 9th is a 90 degree dogleg which you have to cross 2 ravines via 2 wooden bridges to get to! The 12th is a stunning downhill hole. And the 13th might just be the greatest Par 3 in England and certainly Surrey (particularly when the rhododendrons are in full bloom). On the 14th tee you have a fantastic view towards the City and Canary Wharf on a clear day. This course is easily in my top 10 English courses.
June 16, 2006
10 / 10
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Lowdraw2iron
A solid and good course, comparable perhaps with Royal Wimbledon?. A tad short for todays game but very nice to play. Not sure what previous reviewers are saying comparing to Walton Heath etc as its not even close to the best Heathland courses in Surrey. Still, a pretty and good golf course all the same, and should be ranked about 150th IMO.
May 04, 2006
4 / 10
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Difficult to think of a better course inside the M25, Walton Heath maybe, it's that good. Like W.H. an opening par 3 hole but then you immediately get a feel for the rest of the holes, narrow, mixed with heather and treelined. Simply stunning in parts and some very good short holes. The condition on the times I have played, has always been exemplary, yes the clubhouse could do with a lick of paint, but the people there are friendly and the members rightly proud. Strongly recommend a game here
November 09, 2005
8 / 10
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Carl Statham
It is an amazing place. If it were in a more famous suburb rather than it's east Croydon location you'd wait many a year to join. It is a very challenging heathland course with huge ravines running through out, which conveniently have bridges accross. However the ravines also make for some very quirky holes. There seems no rhyme or reason why it languishes this far down the list, only it's condition, fast improving, stops it being ranked along with Walton Heath, Worplesdon and other great Surrey heath land courses. Just play it is my advice and if you make a par at the 13 then well done. It's ranked as one of the best par 3's in the world and once you have found your ball on the 12th you'll understand why.
October 22, 2005
10 / 10
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Hugh
I’ve played the Addington on and off for more than 20 years and it’s an absolute dream. At one stage the club and course was run down but they are now working hard on returning the course to its former glory. The course is short, so take the opportunity to play off the back tees for maximum enjoyment. Once upon a time, this course was voted into the Top 50 and for me it’s almost as good as St George’s Hill and probably, inside the M25, only Walton Heath is better than this heathland beauty. Many of the holes are tight and as I’ve already mentioned, the course doesn’t have huge length, so stay in play and you can score well. I can’t think of a more charming course or club, except perhaps for the quirky Swinley Forest. There are no weak holes and the highlights are many but the ravine which comes into play on the 9th is especially memorable. Old, traditional and totally absorbing, this is a real hidden gem. Play it and prepare to be blown away.
May 27, 2005
10 / 10
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