Cuddingdon is a traditional members club which, after Walton Heath, is one of the best in the area. There are many good things to say about the place: the recently refurbished clubhouse, Colt's strategic bunkering and the truly excellent greens. Perhaps its greatest asset, though, is the free-draining chalk soil on which the course sits. This means that you'll never have to worry about temporary greens or tees and in winter, it is a bone-dry jewel to be savoured amongst South London's often stodgy clay diet. If you're looking to join a club and year-round golf is a priority then you could do a lot worse. Overall, the course itself is solid, with 4 par 5's and 5 par 3's giving good variety. 6 and 7 are amongst the toughest back to back par 4s that you will find anywhere and tough green surrounds mean that you'll struggle to make many pars if your iron play is off centre. It may not set the pulse racing in the same way as some of the classic heathland tracks in this part of the country, but certainly provides a good test. The course would probably benefit from losing a few trees, and I'd also like to see the rough around the greens cut back a bit to give a few more options for recovery. All in all, worth a visit if you are in the area and even if your golf wasn't up to much, you can't help but enjoy the views over London from the clubhouse terrace.
Date: October 27, 2015