Back in 1998, when Foxhills first appeared on a ranking list, the club's two courses were called the Chertsey and the Longcross. We’ve played both courses on several occasions and we certainly felt back then that the Bernard Hunt (nee Chertsey) course had the edge. However, fast-forward 17 years and you'll find the Longcross billed as the premier layout at this impressive facility. You'll simply have to play them both and make up your own mind as to which is the better course.
Foxhills is marketed as “good enough to be mentioned as forming one point of a triangle of Surrey courses with Sunningdale and Wentworth”. Geographically this is indeed true, but Foxhills is not laid out on the sand belt, so don’t go there expecting to play golf on the heath. However, you can expect to play golf on a delightful, undulating and densely forested parcel of land.
The Bernard Hunt course is a good test, measuring 6,883 yards from the back tees. The layout is delightfully undulating and this certainly creates entertainment. The Longcross meanders through the forest and it’s no shorty either, measuring 6,743 yards from the tips.
Foxhills – named in Georgian times after one of England’s Foreign Secretaries – was the brainchild of the cousin of Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli. It remained a family home for more than a century before being transformed into a sporting and most impressive club and resort.
I find it hard to pick between the Longcross and BH. Longcross is certainly the prettier of the two and has more charm, but I feel BH makes up for that by being a truer test of golf.
This course is tree-lined but feels a lot more open than the Longcross. The opening holes are all solid - getting particularly good at 5 and 6 (both with approach shots into elevated greens). 7 is a tough par 5 which is followed by a pretty par 3 and then an enjoyable shortish par 4 9th. The approach is semi-blind so you need to be in the right place off the tee to have a chance of scoring well here.
10 is my favourite hole at Foxhills. Brilliant drive from an elevated tee onto ground that slopes to the left but the dogleg bending to the right. The approach is a challenge into yet another elevated green.
11 is another nice par 3 at the top of the hill before the course starts to feel a little different. 12-13 have a different feel to any others on the rest of the property.
16 was a long par 3 with trouble all the way down the right and 17 was another tight hole with an elevated green (this one felt a bit more like the Longcross holes).
Finally, 18 is a decent hole (if a little similar to the 18th on Longcross) which doglegs severely to the left.
I enjoyed both courses here (as well as the tricky par 3 course which is worth a round) and both courses will test you in different ways. Play them both and see if you can pick a favourite.
Some nice holes amongst the pine trees around the clubhouse, but the further away you go from the clubhouse, the worst the holes get. Lots of average holes which all merge into one.
The Bernard Hunt course is the lesser of the two courses at Foxhills. There are similarities between the two courses although the BH is a little more generous off the tee and a little more undulating. The course starts off steadily enough but it is not until you reach the 6th that you find a memorable hole…this long par 4 has a brook you need to avoid from the tee before you attempt to find the green set above the player. 9 is a fun short par 4 with a tricky green again which is set above the player. Hole 18 is a decent enough par 4 which shares its green with the 18th on The Longcross. The BH is a nice resort course but somewhat overshadowed in a county with such depth.
Played in May 18, first time back after a number of years. Friendly welcome, good practice facilities including range, chipping and putting green. The course was very well presented, fast and true greens with some subtle and not-so-subtle breaks, the property is very large so you did feel often in a world of your own.there were some exciting holes and shots, however at other times the course took a bit of a breather, especially in my opinion from holes 11 to 16. The drive at the second was a classic risk/reward shot where a well judged fade would leave an easy approach. The long uphill par 3 fourth really tested your ball striking, with a false front ensuring you had to land on the green (with a 4/5 iron in my case) and then hold it. I was a bit underwhelmed by the par 5 seventh, where a good drive could go into the brook, and also your second shot needed to be 100 yards in length max in order to stay on the fairway. I don’t see the point of a par 5 that almost forces you to play 3 irons. The 8th and 9th were picturesque holes, and the drive on the 10th also got the heart beating a little quicker. After that it fizzled out a bit, still very enjoyable but not quite as thrilling. Somewhere between a 4 and a 5 ball rating, but there’s string competition in the area if you have the cash!