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The Drift

The Drift

Leatherhead, England
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Leatherhead, England
  • AddressThe Drift, East Horsley, Leatherhead KT24 5HD, UK

With fairways carved from the dense forest at Drift Woods next to Effingham Common, the 18-hole layout at The Drift Golf Club is a mid-1970s collaboration from the iconic Henry Cotton and course architect Bob Sandow.

The golfing exploits of three-time Open champion Henry Cotton are well documented but Bob Sandow is less well known – even though, in many ways, his story is only a little less interesting than that of his illustrious co-designer.

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Bob flew with the RAF in the Battle of Britain, was a professional in North America and became the director of golf to the Shah of Iran before returning to the UK to design dozens of courses in the English Midlands and Wales.

The course extends to 6,447 yards from the back tees, playing to an unusual par of 73 (37 out and 36 back), with fairways routed as two returning nines. Highlight holes include short par fours on the 4th and 6th, along with the shortest of the par threes at the 140-yard 16th.


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