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: 72
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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
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