Situated between the picturesque Surrey villages of Ockley, Walliswood and Forest Green, the woodland course at Gatton Manor Hotel & Country Club is a late 1960s design from John Harris, with streams and ponds coming into play on several of the holes.
Extending to 6,637 yards from the back markers and playing to a par of 72 (out in 35 then back in 37), the course is laid out as two returning nines, with three par fives featuring on the considerably longer back nine.
Highlight holes include the 186-yard 4th (“Justice Williams”), where the green sits behind a small lake; the right doglegging 369-yard 6th (“Commander’s Gem”) with a stream eating into the left side of the fairway in front of the green.
On the back nine, the 264-yard 11th (“Mrs Scarlett”) features the same meandering stream in front of the putting surface on this hole, while the 404-yard 18th (“Champ Field”) has another invasive watercourse running across the front of the home green.
This is my first review and I felt I needed to write a review about how pleasantly surprised I was playing gatton manor yesterday, particularly given some of the more recent reviews.
This is a great layout that makes you think on pretty much every hole, with a real variety of holes and a number of well placed obstacles to put an element of doubt in your mind before you tee off
There is clearly investment going into the course, and it is still a work in progress, however the green issues mentioned in previous reviews looks to have been mainly rectified and they were in great condition given the recent weather. The bunkers were consistently good, with good levels of sand in, with only one bunker GUR in the 18 holes.
Overall a very enjoyable layout, decent value for money , and look forward to seeing how this course progresses over the coming months with the continued work by the maintenance team.....if I'm in the area again I'll definitely be back as it was a very enjoyable round.
We wanted to take this opportunity to make you aware of the recent challenges we have faced with our greens and how we are dealing with them going forward and investing in the whole course in general.
At the back end of July 2021, our greens developed a disease (which is not uncommon) and unfortunately, it was not treated correctly by our then Course Manager. We decided to recruit a complete new greenkeeping team our new Course Manager who started with us in September recognised the disease straight away and has set about controlling it to limit its spread.
We have invested in a whole new fleet of greenkeeping equipment which we expect to take delivery of in June. We appreciate that our golf course has not been presented anywhere to the level of condition and presentation synonymous with Gatton Manor. Our aim moving forward is to take the current layout including the presentation to another level.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Gatton Manor, you will see and enjoy a vast improvement in the quality of the golf course.
Director of Golf
Gatton Manor Hotel & Country Club
I have to say this was an absolute gem of a course. Tucked away in a lovely corner of Surrey reached through some lovely winding country roads. We were met by a very warm welcome and advised of the condition of some of the greens which admittedly were not at they best but understandably so given the time of year.
We headed out in a blizzard and returned in glorious sun! A truly strange but really fantastic afternoon of golf. I know there is a lot of selection of golf in Surrey but I would recommend adding Gatton to your list if you want something off the beaten track and a pretty and peaceful course.
Many thanks for writing your review. It sounds like you had all 4 seasons in one day? I'm pleased to say that our greens have recovered well from our Spring renovations that were undertaken around the time you played earlier this year. Thank you for your understanding of this annual process that all clubs go through. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Director of Golf
I was very pleasantly surprised by the superb quality of the layout at Gatton Manor. - a collection of really varied and interesting holes which stretches to over 6,600 yards from the tips.. At no point do you feel like you are plodding up and down a field which is so often the case at courses in the lower price bracket. Unfortunately, however, the presentation of the course was poor when I played it in December with all of the bunkers GUR but a new owner has vowed to invest in this facility and the starting point is a really strong one because it offers the lot: Elevation changes, a drivable par 4, dog legs and a monster par 5 of 585 yards if that is your cup of tea!. Keep an eye on this one because Gatton is nowhere near maximising its truly strong potential. I will certainly return next summer to see if any of the investment has started to bear fruit.
Shame, used to be good. Nice setting with a good variation of holes but now this is a course with zero maintenance and many poor to unplayable tee boxes. Its simply just been left.
Should no longer be on this list.
It’s sad to hear about Gatton Manor’s conditioning issues. Let’s hope the club can turn their maintenance issues round before we next revise our Surrey Best In County rankings.
Kevin, for your information, our ranking cycle is biennial. Our Surrey rankings were last published in November 2019, therefore the county running order will remain as is until November 2021.
Played Gatton manor this weekend just gone. paid £40 for the pleasure. Tees were in awful condition, many bunkers were GUR as were many areas on the greens. lots of bare baked mud patches evident.
Green were surprisingly good, but rest of course was very poor in condition.
18th green complex is interesting to say the least!
Like previous reviewer mentioned, this course is fine if you want a group game on a weekend, as easy to book tee times. But don't expect a great course in good condition.
A decent quality and value pay and play course, good for societies and corporate groups (hence can be busy) in very pretty countryside.
Some nice mature trees, the garden and rockery can come into play on the last, and the elevated loop that comprises the bulk of the back nine has some nice holes with drop offs if off line. A reasonable choice if in a larger group, or looking for a game at the weekend when members' courses in the area tend to be hard to get on.
A perfectly fine course for a nice round, but nothing to get too excited about really until the 18th hole, a short extremely pretty par 4 where a birdie as well as a double/triple is easily scored. Great to conclude a tight match.
I wouldn’t go out of my way to play here, but if invited or are staying nearby then it’s a nice way to spend a few hours. A typical parkland course, condition was pretty good although it can get quite busy at weekends as it’s a club very welcoming to visitors.