Camberley Heath - Surrey - England

Camberley Heath Golf Club,
Golf Drive,
Camberley,
Surrey,
GU15 1JG,
England


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Described by Bernard Darwin in May 1913 as "sandy and heathery, long and difficult, costing enormous sums of money and laid out with the most consummate ingenuity," Camberley Heath Golf Club is a Harry Colt gem that’s set in 135 acres of glorious heathland, flanked by towering pines. Camberley Heath is listed in the catalogue of Simpson & Company Golf Architects, but we don't know what work Tom Simpson may have carried out.

Opened by Prince Albert of Schleswig Holstein, Camberley Heath’s Royal connections have continued down the years. For instance, a match was arranged in 1929 between “The Admirals” and “The Generals” to mark the club’s involvement with the Staff College and Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst. Both the Prince of Wales – later to become King Edward VIII – and the Duke of York participated in the game.

Measuring 6,426 yards with par set at 71, the course boasts a fine set of par three holes that vary in length from 162 to 235 yards but its main attribute has to be the quartet of delightful short par fours found on holes 4, 6, 15 and 16 (which also contains a water hazard). The terrain is undulating in places – especially over the closing three holes – so first time visitors should not expect a casual heathland stroll but a rather demanding golfing challenge that requires accurate and thoughtful shot-making when playing here.

An on going program of heathland and forestry conservation is in place around the course, and this, along with an irrigation system served by an on-site bore hole, keeps the sandy free-draining fairways in pristine condition all year round. A multi-year bunker renovation programme commenced in 2015 under the architectural stewardship of Frank Pont. Bunker specialist, George Waters, whose previous projects include Pinehurst No.2 and Pasatiempo, was enlisted to carry out the shaping.

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Description: Camberley Heath Golf Club is a Harry Colt gem and many of the master architect’s original design features remain intact... Rating: 7 out of 10 Reviews: 25
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Josh

The more I play courses outside of Surrey, the more I realise how special golf there really is. The course conditions here are second to none and you won't find such a large amount of courses that are half as good anywhere else in England, maybe even the world. With that being said, the downside of that is how incredibly difficult it is to stand out.

If you put Camberley Heath in any other part of the country, people would rave about it. The condition is the same as everywhere else in surrey i've played (excellent) and the layout is fun. A great Harry Colt design, it's a bit of a surprise that 18 holes are squeezed into this fairly small plot of surrey heathland. It gives me a sort of foreign hint, some of the courses in Villamoura spring to mind where you play around the villas. It's not as intense as that but the underpass you take below the road certainly gives you that feeling.

Camberley hasn't hosted many big tournaments but I don't think it wants to. Given it's shortish length and no room for expansion, it's probably no suprise it's not held the English Am but this place does give the impression it's a solid members club which is never a bad thing.

The food is good, the layout is well routed and very enjoyable, the members are friendly and I had a very enjoyable round!

October 18, 2021
7 / 10
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Duncan Lewin

Camberley presents an intricate and strategic test that makes the most of the relatively small piece of land it is laid out across. Whilst some of the par 4s are short at 300 yards, small greens and tight tee shots bring the challenge in another way with some excellent bunkering.

The par 3s are all strong; 6,7,10 and 15 were some of our favourite 4s. What stops this course scoring higher is the sense you’re never fully away from it all (can hear traffic in many places) and lacks the views of higher ranked neighbours like Swinley/The Berkshire. Still, very much worth a visit!

The modern clubhouse feels like a great antidote to some stuffier club rooms and felt like somewhere welcoming to non golfers/non members in ways some other top courses don’t manage.

September 29, 2021
7 / 10
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Kevin Stemp

Having played Woking and Foxhills in the last couple weeks the pine tree’d fairways of these Surrey courses is becoming a very enjoyable stomping ground. Camberley has a nice spacious feel, lovely clubhouse, friendly staff and like all the other courses in this county, immaculate tee boxes. Camberley has a good balance of par 3’s 4’s and 5’s. All in great condition with plenty of variation. Watch out for those many bunkers.

October 13, 2020
8 / 10
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Chris Wanless

I spent many happy years in my twenties as a member of Camberley Heath, so I feel I am well placed to make a fair assessment of the course. This is a Harry Colt heathland gem, carved out through mature pine and heather. Aside from the monster 500 yard Par 4 5th, it’s a short course allowing good scoring for plotters and those who can shape a ball from the tee. The majority of the danger across the course can be found on the left, well positioned bunkers give the course some teeth and I have to concur with an earlier review in that although there is plenty of heather, it isn’t gnarly and you can often get a shot away. This is not a course you would expect to lose many balls at.

The condition of Camberley is always good and the greens are very impressive. It’s a well looked after course and not overly manicured. There are a variety of short and medium Par 4’s, tight and strategic Par 5s and as you would come to expect with Harry Colt courses, excellent Par 3’s, none more so than the downhill 213 yard 8th with the tee shot played over three front bunkers. A cracking hole.

Other good holes are the beautiful Par 3 2nd hole. A tougher green in Surrey I struggle to think of and two putts here if you have missed the right portion of the green is an incredible result. They can be a real devil with the pin position. The Par 5 9th with heather down the left, requiring a tee shot forced toward bunkers on the right and the Par 4 10th, with a left to right sloped fairway and then an uphill approach shot, a very tough hole indeed. I am also a huge fan of the opening hole. It’s a gentle opener, but with a downhill tee shot onto a fairway doglegging right around a copse of trees, it’s a very pretty opener that whets the appetite.

Camberley has a few average holes in my opinion which means it’s current ranking in the 2019 edition is about right for me. In the past I would have argued that it could sit a little higher, if not for the absolute eyesore that now resides on the 18th hole. In the past couple of years the club sold off land to developers for a block of flats, which I can only hope they are reinvesting into the club as the members deserve it now!

Overall this is lovely pretty members course that should be sought out if in the area.

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September 30, 2020
6 / 10
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Phil Ree

Camberley Heath is set on a dynamic piece of land with steep hills that must match any other heathland. There aren’t many flat lies. The sliding dogleg of the 1st is an ideal intro, then the short 2nd has one of the more interesting greens I’ve seen – it has four or five shelves that make any 2-putt a good one.

All of the par 3s are scenic, adventurous and tough. I think there are some weaker par 4s, but they are made up for by the otherwise hilly, doglegged, grand examples on offer. The 18th is one of the most unique closing holes I’ve seen, played blind over a giant heather mound before climbing to the clubhouse. The three par 5s are also suitably dramatic challenging and dramatic.

The playing corridors are wide so it’s a hard course to lose balls. The heather often appears decorative rather than hungry. The setting is ruined somewhat though, by the houses on its perimeter. They are generally sat above holes, a few even complement the visuals, but it lacks the serenity compared to more expensive heathlands. The greens weren’t great either, yes it’s been a wet winter but I’ve paid far less for truer greens. I also got my baggage locked in the clubhouse as no one said it closed 3 hours after we teed off…

Overall then I like Camberley, its ranking is about right. There is room for improvement but I suspect they’re happy enough filling the gap at the ‘lower’ end of the heathland market, charging less and welcoming more people. Give it a go if you’re local or can add on another 18 elsewhere.

March 25, 2020
6 / 10
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Josh P

Often not mentioned straightaway in the Surrey Heathland conversation but still unmissable if you are in the area. Short par 4s with tricky greens, strategical options throughout and the heathland style bunkering is very easy on the eye. The 1st is a welcome ‘opening handshake’ from the course (similar to Woking). Par 5 3rd is an introduction to the strategy required to have a successful round. 4-5-6 is a strong run of holes, with a long par 4 that doglegs left (tee shot shown on video) sandwiched between two great short 4s. 10 and 18 are also memorable par 4s, with the latter making sure that your round finishes as it starts with a hole that just leaves you wanting more!

March 23, 2020
7 / 10
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Dan

Very good course with some stunning holes playing through charming heather and pine. A good mix of long and short par 4s which are very well-bunkered and this makes the course play as a true Colt classic. The only weak holes in my opinion were the 10th (par 4 with blind tee shot and 11th long par 3 over a valley).

It’s generally always in great condition with fast, firm greens. Beware getting on the wrong side of the pin on the 2nd green!

The clubhouse is in good condition with outside seating to watch players come down the fun 18th hold in summer and the restaurant/ bar serves good food.

Should be ranked higher.

April 27, 2019
6 / 10
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Freddie

Camberley heath is a good golf course and would say that where it is on the top 100 list is fairly accurate. The course is good and has many nice golf holes such as the par 4 6th a nice short par 4 with plenty of heather to make it look nice, the par 4 9th which is a long and tough hole with heather all down the left hand side and the 18th hole which is a beautiful par 4 playing over a large hill full of heather. However there are also a lot of average holes and so as a result of that I would have to give it a 4 ball rating as I just feel that it is not quite as good as other heathland courses in the area of surrey, Hampshire or Berkshire but is still a good golf course and well worth playing if you are in the area.

March 28, 2019
6 / 10
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Tom

Firstly with the good, of which there was plenty. We played on a typically grey January day after plenty of poor weather, and the course was holding up well. No temporary greens (and they were running well for Jan), and just one tee using a mat. There has obviously been some serious bunker restoration going on, and what has been completed looks magnificent, and more holes were undergoing this work whilst we were there. The course itself is a really interesting layout, a lovely variety of holes, long and short par 4's, tempting par 5's and a great selection of quite different par 3's. So why didn't I come away with a bit more joy in my heart? It's hard to quantify environmental factors, but to me they do make a difference. And unfortunately Camberley Heath has over the years had some ugly development all the way around the course, meaning there is no sense of seclusion that you get obviously in more remote areas but also in many other Surrey heathland courses. And this is amplified by the constant drone of the M3 passing by. To cap it off, a new housing development has just been erected overlooking the 18th which is really pretty monstrous. No doubt the club has made good money from selling the land and I'm sure there are good reasons for doing so, but it's a real shame. Good course, just a bit lacking in the "joy to be alive" factor.

March 04, 2019
6 / 10
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Jim McCann

I played Camberley Heath last week with absolutely no expectations whatsoever and was absolutely blown away by the front nine. Granted, the inward half – which is routed across more wildly undulating terrain – didn’t impress to quite the same extent but, over the piece, the course was way better than I might have anticipated beforehand.

Camberley Heath Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

On the front nine, the three-tiered putting surface of the plateau green at the par three 2nd was a big surprise – as was the tunnel under the road to access holes 4 to 12! I liked the short par four 6th, with its heavily sand-protected raised green squeezed into the northwest corner of the property, and the long par three 8th, played from a gun platform tee position in the hillside down to a raised green that’s designed to repel all but the most accurate of tee shots.

My notes for the 9th state “shades of Notts” which is high praise indeed and this comment could easily have been applied at either of the two previous holes, where the tree-lined valley fairways would not have looked out of place a hundred and fifty miles further north at Hollinwell.

The back nine begins with a bit of a strange hole, played blind to a fairway that slopes wickedly from left to right, across a large heather bank to an elevated green. The next three holes were also a bit lacklustre in comparison to what had gone before, though the heavily contoured fairway of the par five 13th was something of a thrilling big dipper ride.

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The all-carry par three 14th, played across a deep gully to a green in front of the clubhouse, gets the pulse racing again and it’s quickly followed by a couple of lovely short par four holes, the second of which features a small pond in front of the green.

The final two holes are then routed along the southern boundary of the course, with the fairway of the 17th falling off sharply on the right side, whilst a huge heather-clad hill dominates the same side of the fairway on the 18th. On both holes, the preferred line off the tee is down the left, with the home green located on top of a ridge, requiring a semi blind approach shot.

The visual aesthetics of the bunker work that Frank Pont has undertaken so far are first class and there’s absolutely no doubt that such an ambitious renovation project (led by somebody who’s as well versed in Colt’s style of bunkering as Frank is) can only reinforce the course’s English Top 100 aspirations.

Jim McCann

July 18, 2017
8 / 10
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