It was like returning to meet an old friend when I played at Lindrick last week – and I did indeed meet up with an old friend, club archivist Graham Mann – nearly three years after my last game here. Weekend tee times for visitors at most clubs are generally pretty scarce but when you have fewer than three hundred members on the books, there’s every chance of getting out on the course with little trouble in the afternoon.
Having recently admired the bunker renovation that architect Ken Moodie from Creative Golf Design has been involved in at West Surrey, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed with similar work he was carrying out here and, sure enough, the ongoing upgrade of the sand hazards (and other course improvements such as adding tees and installing strategically positioned fairway mounding) looks very good indeed.
Lindrick’s one of the few courses in Great Britain & Ireland to have hosted both the Ryder Cup and Curtis Cup, and the English Women’s Amateur Championship was held here just a few months ago so the club is still regarded as a top venue for prestigious golf tournaments in the modern era. Another recent accolade to come Lindrick’s way was membership of the Alister MacKenzie Society of GB&I, having discovered the good doctor worked on the course during 1912-13.
The course was in great condition when I played, with the fairways in particular playing firm and fast. It’s hard to believe such underfoot conditions could exist out on the course when looking at the lush surrounding farmland but the gently undulating moorland/heathland terrain of Lindrick Common is actually a prime place to site an 18-hole layout – and once the current course improvement program is finished it’ll look even better.
Date: September 15, 2017