Puttenham is no doubt one of Surrey’s hidden gems. It’s a great fun track that offers up frequent elevation changes and constant variety in the length and direction of holes. The course is very old and there have been a number of changes over the years. What they have created seems to be make the best use of the land available and flows very naturally. The course is well routed, with the only noticeable walking distance from green to next tee coming between the 1st to 2nd and the 14th to 15th.
The greens are very small and the tee shots are tight, so it by no means an easy course. You’ll need to be very accurate in line and length to play to handicap here, as there is very little margin for error.
Standout holes for me… 6th is a uniquely designed hole with an incredible green complex - the type of hole you need to play twice. 8th was a really fun hole with an approach that will be short but needs to be precise. 11th was a very tough par 5, a 3-shotter requiring a cut off the tee. The 13th is memorable, with a lovely sweeping fairway giving a superb inviting view to the green.
Having seen some extensive tree clearing on many other courses in the past decade I can’t help thinking Puttenham would benefit from a big woodland thinning program. There’s an abundance of gorgeous pine trees hiding amongst the woodland, and the odd cluster of heather, as the turf is predominately heathland. I’m sure this would thrive if it wasn’t suffocated by silver birches and dense foliage that surrounds many of the tee boxes and landing areas.
Overall, I would certainly recommend Puttenham for a round and I can imagine it’s a lovely course to be a member of. They make the most of what they have with good conditioning and great use of the land available.
Date: July 04, 2020