The woodland course at Gerrards Cross Golf Club opened in 1922 with an exhibition match between two famous Open Champions, George Duncan and Harry Vardon.
The course has been updated in recent years and today’s layout plays to a par of 69 from the 6,243-yard back tees. The more compelling holes are set on a plateau above the clubhouse with the heavily bunkered par three 16th being the pick of the bunch, with its benched greensite falling sharply away on the left side.
Since the club's foundation almost a century ago, many trees have been planted, some of these are now encroaching into playing lines reducing strategy. A sympathetic arboreal management programme would not only improve strategy through width, but would also help to generate firmer turf conditions.
Worth noting that I’m a member here so clearly will be a degree of bias! But GX is a lovey course and by far the most interesting and challenging of all the courses I have played in South Bucks. Which is what prompted me to join when I moved to the area. The course is not long as 6200 (par 69, SSS 71) from the whites, but always a tough test, which can not be overpowered and where accuracy is a must. A mature woodland course, set in Chalfont Park, weaving below, up and along a ridge. Greens are typically small, well guarded, very quick and amongst the truest I’ve played in the UK. 1st is a gentle opener, with a soft dogleg up hill and a severe two tier green, where a 3 put is likely if on the wrong tier. 2nd is a long par four with a tee shot inviting you to open your shoulders from a raised tee. 3rd in a wood/ long iron off the tee but approach is key on the small two tier green with drop off to the left. 4th is a tough par four, dog leg left with a fairway cambering to the right. Numerous ways of playing but little hope if you are too far offline of the tee. Large green with potential for devilish pin placements. 5th is in my opinion a weak hole. A 185 yard par 3 (that plays 1 to 2 clubs longer) up a steep slope that although tough and fair always feels to me to much a necessity of routing/geography. From hole 6 course comes into its own. 6th is a short drive able classic risk, reward par four, where pin placement often dictates strategy. 7th the only par 5 requires a tiger line bomb draw to cut the corner of the dog leg left, otherwise difficult to reach in two. 8th is a medium length par 3 with false front and expansive green. 9 an open par four. 10 plays long into the prevailing wind and is protected by a well bunkered green. 11 is a great hole, a dog leg par four which can go from driver to 5 iron depending on tee position. A fade required but too much and you are blocked off, too little and the hole lengthens significantly. 12 is the mirror image requiring a draw and have the option to be bold and sling over the left trees if required. The green looks flat but is deceptive. 13th short and beautifully framed par 4, you can’t miss right and bail out to the left is tough to get up and down from. 14th dog legs right and a power fade can leave you with a pitch in. 15th long but straightforward par
4. 16th is signature hole, 160 yard par 3 into a woodland glen with a beautifully framed green, don’t miss left! 17th is a short par 4 but positioning off the tee is essential and little advantage to being aggressive. The green is small, raised and tricky if on the wrong tier. 18th is a really tough closing par 4. A long sweeping draw required. If not the a lay up required as the river Misbourne defends the green. Would recommend very much to any visitors if ever in the area. And will be a firm litmus test of where your game is at!
Well worth a round, lovely location and interesting and challenging holes.
Not a fan of Gerrards Cross. The first 5 holes are very hilly as they work their way up the the top of the hill. The 5th is a long par 3 up a crazy steep slope, so far above you that you cannot stop the ball on the green. One of the worst holes in the area.
The holes on top of the hill lack any excitement, with loads of hard doglegs.
Good holes are 3, 6, 13, 14, 16. Would spend my money elsewhere.