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...?).
Date: July 13, 2016