Queenwood - Surrey - England

Queenwood Golf Club,
Stonehill Rd,
Ottershaw,
Surrey,
KT16 0AQ,
England


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Queenwood Golf Club, in a similar mould to Loch Lomond and the Wisley, is reserved for its small but perfectly formed membership and their very lucky friends. This is the most secretive golf club in the UK, even a logon id and password is required to access the Queenwood Golf Club website. Secrecy is a great marketing ploy and with membership full and a reputed joining fee of £145,000 it’s little wonder that the club is packed full of golf’s high rollers.

David McLay Kidd, son of former greenkeeper Jimmy Kidd, designed Queenwood and the course quietly opened for play in 2001. Jimmy is now the chief agronomist within his son’s design business. According to DMK Design, “The site is tranquil parkland in west London, an area well known for its classic courses, including Sunningdale, Walton Heath, Woking, Swinley Forest, and more. The area had recently seen some expensive private club failures, in part, I believe, because the courses were too manicured and too predictable. My pitch to the developer, Fred Green, was that Queenwood had to be a departure from that modern style and a return to the heathland traditions of the courses noted above, all of which have stood the test of time”.

The Surrey/Berkshire sandbelt has seen precious little golf course development in the last 80 years and Queenwood harks back to the design principles of yesteryear. According to Fred Green, “DMK Golf Designs' modern interpretation of designs from the ‘Golden age of Golf Course Architecture’ in the 1920s has produced results that far exceeded our highest expectations”.

Golf World magazine commented on Queenwood, in their November 2002 edition: “Queenwood is an ambitious and exclusive club for its A-list of invited members, so a mediocre course was never a proposition. They chose a profile designer with fresh ideas on a classic bent, David McLay Kidd. He has done a masterly job considering this was his first course in the UK. It is a triumph of understatement at first glance despite Kidd’s bunkering which is intriguingly shaped and clad entirely in heather. It is not until you stretch your legs and stroll around that you are hit by the detailing, particularly the greens that roll and pitch like a sea swell. This is real class, from the Pro V1s on the practice ground to the chilled apples by the 10th tee.”

If you've managed to play Queenwood, either by sneaking on, or by buttering up Hugh Grant, Michael Douglas or another wealthy member, you’re one step ahead of most of us. We'd love to know what you think about the course. Why not write a review and let the world know how good Queenwood really is?

Darren Clarke & Mel Chapman at Queenwood12th May 2006 - Our thanks go to Mel Chapman who sent in this picture and a couple of other Queenwood images.

Mel writes: "I was lucky enough to win a competition to join Darren Clarke at Queenwood on the Friday after he'd just been part of the successful Ryder Cup team in 2004. That man is a real gent and treated us like kings, as did all the staff. And some course it is, Darren reckoned the greens are the best in the country and I'd have to agree, never putted on anything like them. We had the course virtually to ourselves. It was another world! Definitely the best course I have ever played although Carne is not far behind. I'm still waiting for Darren to invite me back!"

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Description: Queenwood Golf Club, in a similar mould to Loch Lomond and the Wisley, is reserved for its small but perfectly formed membership and their very lucky friends. Rating: 8.4 out of 10 Reviews: 14
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Johnny Lawrence
I had the pleasure of being invited to Queenwood last August. For me the privacy and sheer elegance of the place did it for me.From the moment your car stops at the valet park sign you know you are somewhere special.You walk into the locker room where the attendant takes your golf shoes and cleans them to perfection,he then hands them back and tells you you can now walk anywhere in the clubhouse in them. Straight into the bar for some breakfast and to be met by my host. Service 5 star. Looking out of the window my clubs were on the range awaiting my arrival. The range is full of baskets of Pro V 1's just hit as many as you want. Darren Clarke had arrived with his coach,nobody bothered him he was just another person. Your caddy then arrives in a white boiler suit and watches you hit shots,to get a feel for your game. A quick walk to the putting green then off to the first tee. The course is as hard as you want to make it by which tee you go off. Everything is just perfection about the course,teeing grounds cut really short and firm,fairways just beautiful,not a weed in sight. The bunkering is all covered by beautiful heather and is just a delight to see. The greens are quick and lovely. My whole day from start to finish was just a memorable occasion,and lucky for me my host has invited me back this year. "CAN'T WAIT"
March 02, 2010
8 / 10
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Simon
March 02, 2010
Thanks for your recent review, I am playing there next week with Mr. Clarke (won a comp) so your review has only heightened my sense of excitement! Cheers
heffalump
I hate to deflate anyone, but whilst this place has a lot going for it (the condition is amazing, the greens are always like tour greens, the service is even better than Loch Lomond), the course is just not that good. It needs at least 5-10more years to mature and its neither as interesting or as attractive as many of the courses in the area. If you go, you will love the experience and if you've never played very fast greens that are also soft enough to spin the ball a lot, it is pretty exciting. (Hitting balls on the range with Adam Scott or Ernie or Darren Clark is also kinda fun) BUT, the underlying course is only 3/4 star. The UK ranking here is too high. Btw, played it maybe 10 times over the years since it opened.
August 29, 2009
6 / 10
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Jon bishop
May 29, 2010
I must comment on this 3/4 star rating!!! This guy must of woken up on the wrong side of the bed, i have played Queenwood many times and to only give it a 3/4 star rating you must be mad!! Bearing in mind this course is still very young how can you compaire to other course in the area, when most of them are over 80 years old if not more! Queenwood can only get better and that is an amazing thought. Fast true green tight beautiful fairways and not one hole mistaken for another, what more would you want. The green staff need an award for producing a amazing test of golf all year round.
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July 07, 2011
Jon, one day it may be a great course, and the greens are already, but right now it cannot compete with its local rivals. Don't get me wrong, I love the place, the greens, the caddies, the staff, the condition. But the course is not yet there!
Conrad
I have been lucky enough to play this course virtually since it opened its doors in late 01. It was not a course that blew me away back then but it has quickly (just over 5 years) matured into a great course. The tee areas are in perfect condition, as are most of the fairways (the 2nd suffers in wet weather) and then it depends on what they do with the rough as to how hard it plays. And that's before you get on the greens, which are immaculate. They used to be the course's best defence until the rough began to mature and all the heather around the bunkers came in to play. A friend recently played there, who is a member at Sunningdale, and he was bowled over. Says everything really. And that's before the off-course service, which is second to none.
May 30, 2007
10 / 10
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Eddy
On friday, we were invited by Gary Lineker to play this exclusive golf course. From the moment you enter the gate until you leave, you are made to feel very welcome. You pull up outside the front door, your clubs and shoes are taken from you, your car is parked and cleaned for you and then returned to you on leaving. After enjoying the comforts of the inside of the fabulous club house, you then go to the practice area where you meet your caddy for the day!! My caddy played off 3 (Tony) and helped me float round the course. Then on to the grease lightening putting green, and then off we went. The course. A real pleasure to play. Fantastic greens, very well placed water and bunkers. To walk these fairways, if you are a golfer, is like dream, it is the nearest i will get to that Masters feeling. If you ever get invited, drop everything. You will be treated like a lord and you will love the course. I played a skins game and WON, so maybe I am a bit biased.... 10 out of 10.
May 02, 2006
10 / 10
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