Pinner Hill Golf Club was inaugurated in 1928, with one of the most prominent founders, Mr F. L. Griggs, becoming the club’s first president. The course is the result of the collaborative design/construction talents of J. H. Taylor and F.G. Hawtree and nothing much has changed with the layout since its inception.
Set on the side of a hill, hence the name of the club, the course measures 6,394 yards from the back markers, playing to a par of 71, with holes organized as two returning 9-hole loops. The back nine measures more than 200 yards shorter than the front nine, due in the main to a configuration that includes three par threes and only one par five
Feature holes on the scorecard include both the short par fours at the 2nd and 12th, the first of the par threes at the heavily sand-protected 4th, and the tough 398-yard 18th (rated stroke index 6), where the fairway crosses a rather intimidating watercourse less than 100 yards shy of the home green.
a classic local course to me but worth checking out of you are in town, you know you've played it the next day as its a real up and down. top tip, the club fitter Kevin Redfern is one of the best in Europe, what he doesn't know about club making etc isn't worth knowing, check him out via the club website.
Hilly and uninspiring. Far better courses in the area
Leaving the noise of the main road down below and driving up through the posh houses around the estate gives you a feeling of exclusivity as you approach the course, but this members club is actually extremely welcoming to visitors. The course itself is a lot of fun to play, some very demanding holes and others that would be considered weaker in comparison, but sure help with your score! Not exactly a great course, but a nice gem in an area where many courses are prohibitively priced.
Standout holes for me would be the par 5 hole 5 (any slice will disappear down the slopes on the right, and the approach also needs to be very precise), the view from the tee of hole 11 really frames the par 3 and the challenges it brings, hole 12 is a quirky short par 4 with a severe dogleg right but a strong right to left camber on the fairway, so anything but a controlled fade will end up in the left rough much further away than expected, hole 16 is a beast of a par 4 for its length and the drop off areas around the green, hole 17 is a 220 yard par 3 that slopes severely downhill: use the contours and be lucky! Many other long par 4s as well make the course no pushover whatsoever.
My quibbles would be that some of the holes feel very similar to each other, in terms of direction and layout, and also two par 5s (holes 1 and 10) run parallel to each other down a strong slope, so don't play like par 5s and again fell very similar to each other.
Some of the views of London in the far distance are also very impressive (look backwards on hole 14, or was it hole 7...?).