The Drift is a tight little pay and play Woodland course in the heart of Surrey. It’s a relatively short course at 6,443 yards off the whites and almost all the holes are carved out through thick trees, making accuracy from the tee the key to scoring well.
The front nine is flat and largely uninspiring, save the Par 3 3rd, which is actually a very pretty hole, played 182 yards over a pond that is only used for visual effect and not a threat to a semi well struck shot. The 4th is an interesting hole, a dogleg left with well positioned bunkers. From the tee you are offered an array of strategies. Although short at 304 yards, only a perfectly shaped drive will see you threaten the green, so a lay up in the right part of the fairway is the much more sensible option.
The front nine is the longer and narrower of the two and with two 440 yard+ Par 4’s to deal with, holding your score until you walk off the 8th green will set you up for a good round, as the 9th is a gift of a hole in the shape of a 246 yard Par 4. Par is a must here.
For me the back nine is much more interesting and uses elevation to create more intrigue. 11th is a good Par 3, that requires an accurate tee shot. Missing the dancefloor here makes Par very difficult. The 12th is a fun short Par 4 with a blind tee shot downhill to a sunken green and 14 is another good hole, doglegging left, where you need to find the right part of the fairway to have an attacking shot. 18 is a decent closing Par 5, playing 538 yards downhill into a narrow green protected by a tree on the left. Two good shots should see you on or around the green, giving you a strong chance of a birdie finish, so it was a fun hole to settle our matchplay that went down the last.
Overall, The Drift is a summer practice course that does well to enter Surrey’s Top 50. But it’s a course for a fun knock around with your mates, just don’t spray it off the tee, or you will be in for a long round.
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Date: October 02, 2020