We played Hindhead on a lovely warm, sunny May day and it is an exceptional experience. To echo the other recent reviews, the course is beautifully presented in a stunning location. Starting with a relatively benign down hill par 4 from the friendly, well designed club house the front nine is almost supernaturally scenic golf with thrilling yet harmonious changes in elevation and terrain with several heather banked valley holes with elevated tee shots, any one of which would be a signature hole somewhere else. You climb out of the valley to the well appointed half way house.to the tough par 3 10th followed by more straight forward but still excellent golf, mixing long par 4's with a short par 4 and wedge par 3 and some great fun green complexes. 17 and 18 are a tough finishing pair, and if it were possible to switch the 9's this would be a clear 6 ball course. Most holes encourage running approaches from tight, firm fine turf leading to great fun golf. As it is, it slightly fades on still strong holes in the middle of the back 9 with some road noise detracting from the glorious solitude, so count this as a strong 5 and a half ball review ! Despite the number of Surrey heathland classics rated higher, I can't wait to go back.
Date: May 16, 2017