Designed by James Braid, Banstead Downs Golf Club was inaugurated in 1890 and this natural, recently extended, 6,581-yard, lie-of-the-land course is routed over free draining chalk downland.
Banstead Downs Golf Course is more than 125 years old, and occupies a superb elevated position based on chalk. I have been a member for most of the past 8 years. The course is an excellent test (especially off the Whites, which have been set back into the trees on several holes), and features an interesting amount of undulation. Almost all holes are fully tree lined, providing complete isolation from the rest of the course in most locations (despite much recent tree clearing). In a harsh winter you will struggle to find a course in the whole of Surrey that matches its dryness and playability. In the summer it runs hard, in a links style. Highlights include a number of rippled fairways, that give a definite resemblance to many links courses. One cautionary note: the A217 has to be crossed twice, which is not as much of a problem as it may appear, but requires some care when doing so. The clubhouse conservatory is modern and bright and the membership are friendly.