Kingswood Golf & Country Club - Surrey - England

Kingswood Golf & Country Club,
Sandy Lane,
KT20 6NE,

  • +44 (0) 1737 832188

  • Golf Club Website

  • 2 miles W of Coulsdon

  • Visitors welcome 7 days a week (Sat & Sun morning members only)

  • Mark Stewart

  • James Braid (1928), Howard Swan (Renovation 2008-2010)

  • Ian Golding

Kingswood is set overlooking the Chipstead valley on a site that sits loftily at more than 600 feet above sea level. Founded in 1928 and designed by James Braid, Kingswood Golf & Country Club is located a mile to the north east of Walton Heath and is a relatively unfamiliar course, except to those in the know.

Described as “Braid’s finest parkland course in England”, Kingswood’s gently undulating fairways are flanked by a wide variety of stately trees which combine with ideal topography to create an attractive landscape for golf.

Host venue to multiple important championships down the years, including three Ladies European Opens, Kingswood has always been a good test. But, following a £500,000 renovation programme conducted by Howard Swan during 2008-2010, the Kingswood challenge is now much tougher.

Kingswood was selected to host British Senior Open Qualifying in 2011 and the extension of the par five 14th hole heralds the start of a supremely challenging three-hole stretch coined “Murder Mile” by the members. The new 14th tee has been built on additional land acquired by the club owner Tom Hilliard. What was once the shortest par five on the course is now a 531-yard challenge that precedes two tough par fours (385 and 470 yards) that play slightly uphill and invariably into the prevailing wind.

Today’s Kingswood measures 6,954 yards from the back tees and a healthy 6,589 yards from the regular tees. Despite relatively generous fairways, accuracy as well as length is a prerequisite to carding a good score here due to numerous well-positioned bunkers, which were all completely overhauled as part of Howard Swan’s renovation work.

Incredibly, only three players from a strong international field of professionals managed to better the Kingswood par during Senior Open Qualifying in July 2011. Poignantly, one of the competitors remarked: “Before this weekend I had never heard of Kingswood, but what a golf course… I just can't wait to come back and play it again.”
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Description: Founded in 1928 and designed by James Braid, Kingswood Golf & Country Club is located a mile to the north east of Walton Heath and is a relatively unknown venue, except to those in the know. Rating: 5 out of 6 Reviews: 3

Played the course yesterday after they had had to close the front nine on the Friday due to heavy rain. To the greenkeepers' credit, you wouldn't have noticed the difference between the front and back nine, and whilst a little wet still in the run-offs by the greens, the fairways held up well. There was just the one temporary green, which was a shame, but given the amount of water they're fighting, not totally surprising.The front nine opens with a relatively easy par 4 with a nice, welcoming fairway. From there, though there are some really clever holes, with a few standouts: the second, a nice dogleg left to an elevated green; the third and the seventh are fun par 3s and the eighth is a very good par four. The main feature of the course is that you have to hit the fairways in the right spot, and one of the signs of a good course is that, if you do miss the fairway, you don't lose your ball, but can't get to the green. Kingswood excels here, and it's a real thinking man's course. The back nine is probably not quite as good as the front, but there were some standouts, with the first par three another lovely hole, beautifully framed by the surrounding trees. After that, we hit the best par 5 of the lot, which forces two very good shots to get near the green. The 12th rewards a clever tee shot to lay up, but offers the risk-reward for the big hitters as you can cut the corner. The 15th was probably our favourite hole, with the trees cutting off the corner forcing you to play right with your tee shot, before you hit a brilliant green with all sorts of clever slopes and borrows. The closing hole is a good one as well, with the raised green in front of the clubhouse a nice way to end. Overall, I really enjoyed my day, but found the front nine just shaded the back. The par 3s and 4s are a real highlight, but I can't say I found the par 5s a particular challenge - probably due to just missing the bunkers in the lay up areas. You do really have to think before every shot though and plot your way around. It's a shame that it had rained so much, as the greens weren't playing to their best. I would have liked to see a few more greens like the 15th, which forced us to make two very good putts for pars. The major highlight though is the design - the rough isn't horrific, but the clever placement of the trees and bunkers mean that if you don't hit the ball in the right places, an up and down is very difficult.For a twilight fee of £25 on a Saturday though, it's excellent value, and you won't find much better in and around the M25. A great course, and very friendly.
5 / 6
Kingswood Golf & Country Club
December 14, 2014

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The course is in fantastic condition. I played it for the first time last year and I regularly play in the afternoon's at weekends - it really is a steal @ £45 compared to other courses that are this good!Bunkers are well positioned but are a little dry, must be the weather. Mind you I shouldn't go in them I suppose.Definitely recommend!
6 / 6
Kingswood Golf & Country Club
July 30, 2013

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Kingswood is not a Surry course that naturally features on Top 100 lists but the best courses in county approach is interesting for those (like me) that can’t always shell out the stratospheric green fees at the higher ranked heathland courses in Surry. I’ve been lucky enough to play Kingswood on and off for a few years as I live just up the road in Croydon and it has improved significantly since the remodel. I like the P3’s here and there are also some lengthy P4’s. Given its location inside the M25, this is a quiet course where you could actually feel you are in the country. I like it a lot and will go back there again next year.
4 / 6
Kingswood Golf & Country Club
November 30, 2011

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