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, was enlisted, whose previous projects include Pinehurst No.2 and Pasatiempo.

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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: 21
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Nicholas Kjelgaard
Played here on 20th March and amazed what great shape the course is in following the winter. Really enjoyed the course and all holes up to 11 are great. Unfortunately for us 12 had a temp green but back to form for 13 and 14. 15 had a nice tee shot but a bit miss-leading as is an easy hole. 16 is out of character with the rest of the course 17 is okay and 18 is really fun. Overall would recommend this as a top course.
March 25, 2014
6 / 10
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PAUL
If Swinley Forest is the ultimate 'little Sunningdale' then Camberley doesn't fall too far behind. I had high expectations before playing here and wasn't disappointed. With perhaps one or two too many short par 4's Camberley seems to always find itself a little overlooked. However, for the knowledgeable visitor that understands that quality golf has little to do with length this leaves it pleasantly below the radar of many a potential fairway blocker. All in all, as one of the great Harry Colt's lesser mentioned pieces of golf course architecture, one for the connoisseur to truly appreciate.
December 27, 2013
8 / 10
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Golf Aficionado
I played the course in mid-August and I have to say I was slightly disappointed. The course itself is attractive, although for a heathland course, which I suppose Harry Colt meant it to be, there are far too many trees. (This causes a number of areas to have poor grass growth or have bare patches. It also inhibits any heather regeneration.) The biggest disappointment for me were the conditions of the greens. (I have played at some municipal courses with better greens.) They were extremely bumpy and there were no obvious signs that any course maintenance had taken place (no hollow coring etc.). I just believe they had been left to degenerate in preparation for perhaps upcoming work in September. For me though, this was extremely disappointing as I would expect a course in mid-August to be in its finest shape. However, all the holes offer interesting perspectives and you have to think your way around the course, which is always an excellent attribute. The Par 4's as mentioned before are of particular note. They aren't long but the bunkers are well positioned. Although I have to say that the bunkers also let the course down. They were very inconsistent and lacking in sand in many of them. There were also a few holes where players had to wait before teeing off on to allow time for the players ahead to clear a particular area. (The 15th was a particularly bad example. It should also be noted that the tee off boxes on many of the holes were far too close to the previous greens). This obviously has a tendency to slow up play.

The clubhouse is nice, but of very much in the mould of the new modern era. It is huge and has a first floor where they host wedding receptions. For me, I personally like a golf club to focus solely on golf and their golf course; not to be focussed on external revenue streams such as weddings. The staff at the pro-shop were friendly, but the pro-shop itself was very poorly stocked and not very inviting. The fridge was warm with only options of lukewarm bottled water and slightly melted Kit Kats (other chocolate eating material are obviously available, just not here at Camberley Heath).

Overall, a good course, but with its faults. The land itself has the potential to make an excellent golf course, but investment and perhaps greater attention to detail (especially the greens) could see it become a much better place to play golf. Other comments that Camberley Heath should be rated in the Top 10 courses in Surrey seem very misplaced. To even contemplate this at this stage is very wide of the mark. It has a long way to go before it can touch courses like Hankley Common, the three W’s, New Zealand or Hindhead. For me, the course is where it should be (23rd in Surrey at the time of writing) for all the reasons I have stated above.
August 20, 2013
6 / 10
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Nick Paris
August 27, 2013
The annual summer maintenance of vertidraining, hollow coring and thatch removal as well as the application of 60 tonnes of sand was carried out between the 5th and the 9th of August (a week or so before you played the course). This would have the obvious effect on the quality of the greens for a short period (2/3 weeks) whilst the greens are in a recovery mode.
Richard

Should be rated MUCH higher. I've played alot of courses in the region such as Hankley Common, North Hants and Worplesden and this is up there with them. Ok, so its on a much smaller plot than Hankley but the quality of the fairways and greens is unquestionably excellent. There are a couple of holes that you can imagine haven't changed much over the years - 4 and 6 are short but well bunkered par 4's and 8 is a very tricky 200+ par 3. All in all, a real surprise - I echo the comments that this course would be ranked far higher in almost any other county in the country.

June 28, 2013
8 / 10
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Barry
This course is hugely underrated. It is an excellent Colt design with no weak holes and some excellent ones. Should be comfortable 10 places higher in Surrey and easy in the top 100 in England. I played today and the course is in amazing condition, beautifully presented and the bunkers are best I've played this year. If I lived closer I'd join tomorrow.
June 13, 2013
8 / 10
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James
Everything above and everything below this review and above is pretty much spot on. This course is a classic and much underrated. It has some charming holes, The 8th being a par 3 of particular beauty. This course would be in the top 10 of any other county in the land. They welcome visitors with open arms and will offer non prime time deals from £25. Throughout August you can visit for£35 at anytime. Given the choice between this and a pay and play there really is no contest. This is a Harry Colt Heathland classic. JCB LAY
September 27, 2012
6 / 10
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Ian Graham
March 09, 2013
I only joined the club in Dec 2012 and I have to say that it is a real gem of a course. Every tee will give you the issue of whether to fade, draw and on a couple you can get away with a straight shot you can't hit it too far or you run into trouble. A sheer delight to play in any and all weathers.
Andy Newmarch
I have played around 25 of the Surrey courses featured on the Top 100 site but only this week made my first appearance at Camberley Heath. Missing this course for so many years is a huge mistake and I need to return again and again to catch-up! The course opens with a 400 yard par-4 from an elevated tee and favours a slight fade (suits me!) – a very nice opening hole – straight after this the 2nd is a mid-iron par-3 uphill, another beauty. Next hole to mention would be the short par-4 4th, an obvious birdie chance but then the course gets one back straight away at the 5th with a par-4 nearly touching 500 yards. The rest of the front nine continues in the same vein, a beautiful heath-land course that is so pleasing on the eye. As well as being full of quality, this is definitely a fun course with the short par-4’s, the par-3’s that cross valleys and the testing par-5’s – If it wasn’t two hours away from home, I would like to join this club. The run-in from the 14th starts with one of the over-valley par-3’s, then very short par-4’s at the 15th and 16th (note to club, the pond in front of the 16th is slightly out of place – fill it in and add some Colt cross-bunkering would be the suggestion). Hole no. 17 is a very tough par-4 bending left to right and the final hole is difficult to forget; the drive needs to carry the large heath mound to leave an uphill approach. The clubhouse is a great building with a decent atmosphere inside and with a new forward thinking management team on and off the course, I expect the ranking to improve soon – I am close to giving a 6-ball rating but I will just hold back this time – without doubt Camberley Heath holds it’s own when making direct comparisons to other great courses of the county.
November 30, 2011
8 / 10
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John Towlson
Having been a member at Camberley Heath for over 10 years I have always found it to be an ideal combination for golf - excellent test of your abilities, relaxing and friendly clubhouse and fine food and wine.
December 05, 2010
8 / 10
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ian walton
camberley heath is a fine example of the vision that Harry Colt had nearly one hundred years ago.Hardly altered in 98 years it bears testiment to a great course designer. Camberley is a course for all seasons playing far and above in the winter months better than most of the courses in the south. It is a course you will never tire of playing as no two holes are the same. I have always found it in good order with the added peril of the famous colt bunkers a tip to all remember these bunkers are a HAZARD beware the loose shot. make this course a must play GEM says it all.
December 05, 2010
8 / 10
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Marcus
December 06, 2010
Hardly altered aside from the great big lake in front of the 16th hole which is hugely out of place to the rest of the course - that being said I like Camberley Heath it has at least 5 or 6 really good holes. It looks like the members have been asked to review the course using this site - It would be a little more subtle if they spread it out over a few months instead of try to get to Number one in a week!!!
Sean Arble
December 06, 2010
Camberley Heath is indeed a very fine course with many exceptional holes. The terrain is a bit more rambunctious than the average Colt course and this likely accounts for the more eccentric holes such as #s 10 & 18. One of the best compliments I can give Camberley is that none of the par sets standout as superior. As groups each of the par 3s, 4s and 5s are very good and most importantly wonderfully diverse. However, it must be said that the pond on #16, dreadful cart paths and the less than handsome clubhouse are not attributes which will endear the course with old guard attitudes. While I wouldn’t expect a new clubhouse to be built or the pond removed, it is hoped that the members would reconsider its cart path system in favour of something more in keeping with the heathland tradition of the club. If folks do decide to visit Camberley Heath, be sure to take a look at the trophy case behind the pro shop. There is a touching display of Molly Gourlay memorabilia. Several medals, paper clippings, posters etc are the mainstay of the collection. Sadly, no mention is made of Mrs Gourlay's architectural contributions at Ballybunion or County Louth, but one can't help but be impressed by her career as a golfer.
Mike Wilde

Having been a member of Camberley Heath G.C. for some 30 years plus I am very pleased to see our classic "Harry S. Colt" Heathland course back in the top 100 courses. This Surrey Classic course displays all the merits and qualities of "PURE Heathland Golf". Its presentation throughout the year is excellent and respects the traditions of the game as Colt intended. The course plays a strong SS of 71 against a par of 71. Shot your handicap over this course and you have played very well. You will also find you have used all the clubs in your bag whilst tackling this gem. Congratulations to the course management for NOT tinkering with this Colt Classic.

December 03, 2010
8 / 10
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