RAC - Royal Automobile Club (Old) - Surrey - England

Royal Automobile Club,
Woodcote Park,
Wilmerhatch Lane,
Epsom,
Surrey,
KT18 7EW,
England


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  • Simon Witt

  • Herbert Fowler

  • Jason Neve

It’s classically British at Woodcote Park at the exclusive Royal Automobile Club. Herbert Fowler originally designed the RAC's Old golf course and it offers a lovely parkland challenge in the heart of Surrey.

The RAC club should complete a five-year master plan in 2021 aimed at restoring the course to its original Herbert Fowler heritage. If successful, the Old course, which dates back to 1913, should rise higher in the Surrey county rankings.
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Description: It’s classically British at Woodcote Park at the exclusive Royal Automobile Club. Herbert Fowler originally designed the RAC's Old golf course and it offers a lovely parkland challenge in the heart of Surrey. Rating: 3.6 out of 6 Reviews: 9

A pleasant course with some very good holes but let down by some awful bunkers (little or no sand) and greens of average quality. Fairways aren't watered apparently so expect plenty of run in the summer. I can't see this edging higher in the rankings as the main review alludes to, having played some higher ranked courses.

3 / 6
RAC - Royal Automobile Club (Old)
September 05, 2016


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I played this course in January and it was in immaculate condition for a course at this time of year. The greens are fast and exceptionally well maintained. I had a very good day and will consider becoming a member of this Surry club.
6 / 6
RAC - Royal Automobile Club (Old)
February 19, 2013


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Andrew
September 14, 2015
At 6,709 yards it is not the longest course in the country but I think this is an excellent English woodland course. The fairways are wide and generally fairly forgiving but that is made up for by difficult green locations and the whole experience is complimented by a fantastic location on the Epsom Downs (in the lee of the Grandstand at the racecourse) and by the backdrop of the imposing country club. There are a couple of very good holes (the par four 470-yard 4th to a raised green and the downhill par 5 520-yard 18th to a fantastic green just by the clubhouse). The course is kept in superb condition and playing here is an all-round good golfing experience.
Played here as a member's guest today - the clubhouse is a fabulous setting and the Old Course is adequate, but not one of the greatest in the locale. There were no real stand-out holes for me, but the greens were in very good condition. But I can see how one could happily be a member here, with 36 holes to chose from and great service all round. Nice to play, but not one of Surrey's finest courses.
3 / 6
RAC - Royal Automobile Club (Old)
September 20, 2011


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The splendour of the club house is as good as it gets for the RAC i'm afraid. The impossing building and great locker rooms are not matched by the course itself.The short opening par 4 is unfortunately a sign of things to come. There are few good holes and no great holes to speak of. Their are a few small elevation changes which help, but most holes are dull.The fairways and greens are excellently kept, but the green staff can only compensate so much for the design.I enjoyed my round here, but as others have said, with so many great courses in the area i would not rush back.
3 / 6
RAC - Royal Automobile Club (Old)
February 16, 2010


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I find it astonishing that this course is rated as a gem ahead of others in the area. The setting at the RAC Club is fantastic and the conditioning of the course is first class, however it is a mediocre track in an area of fantastic courses. Listing this as a gem ahead of some of the others will just lead people away from far better golfing experiences to be had in the area.
3 / 6
RAC - Royal Automobile Club (Old)
October 26, 2009


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I thought I was going to play the old. However we ended up playing the coronation course. The coronation course is a well tended course with some good holes and a lot of mediocre holes. No one is going to go a long way out of their way to play here but as a members club it is very good. The RAC is a special place and it does depend on what you think of these old establishment places, but good food, great service, very nice sports facilities and two golf courses make this some club. It is actually not that posh, just reasonably exclusive, assuredly expensive and definitely middle class (whether new or old money). It’s up to you whether you like that sort of thing.
3 / 6
RAC - Royal Automobile Club (Old)
July 13, 2007


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For a corporate jolly this is an excellent place as the food and hospitality are second to none. However it is a little stuffy and the course is not testing enough to make it really enjoyable. DB
3 / 6
RAC - Royal Automobile Club (Old)
August 23, 2006


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I concur with the previous review, the Old course at the RAC doesn’t rival the great heathland courses in this area mainly because this is a parkland course and the ground is heavier. But that said, the RAC is fine test of golf in truly delightful surroundings. I also like the shorter Coronation course which is fine warm up for what will surely be a wonderful day’s golf. I’m not sure how easy it is to get a game here as I’ve played here three or four times on corporate invites.
4 / 6
RAC - Royal Automobile Club (Old)
June 27, 2006


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I have been fortunate to play the RAC about a dozen times and I like it a lot. The old course certainly does not rival other Surrey and Berks courses as one of the best but the experience of being here for a day is special. A beautiful stately home/mansion stands guard over the course and looks down with a rather proud and regal stance. Some tough holes are helped with generous fairways and the hole variety is really good. There is no reason not to score well at the RAC as there are no secrets, what you see is what you get. Favourite holes for me are 1st, 4th, 16th and 18th – Quality venue, with an above average set of holes – loads of ‘old money’ here if you know what I mean.
4 / 6
RAC - Royal Automobile Club (Old)
June 22, 2006


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