Review for Reigate Heath

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Reigate Heath is a delightful place to play golf and we were given a wonderful welcome from all the members and Club staff that we met. Sitting outside on a wooden trestle table by the clubhouse with its own windmill after our round on a balmy summer’s evening gazing over the green Surrey countryside below was probably one of our most thrilling viewing experiences in English golf.

And that’s before I write about the golf course. Pure heathland with lots of trees and considerable elevation changes, the terrain is classic. We enjoyed raised tees and awesome-looking carries as the holes wound around this Site of Special Scientific Interest.

This precludes essential maintenance of the pathways some of which were in a poor state of repair, and also adequate signage between the holes. However the tees, greens and bunkers were all in good order even if the fairways were a bit variable with preferred lies the norm even in summer. The heather was in rude hood health and presented a fearsome challenge to golf shots that were offline.

The course is great fun to play, and all the holes are good. Membership of many golf courses is significantly up post Covid, and it seems that nine hole courses, although comparatively rare, are increasingly popular with younger golfers who don’t perhaps have the time to play the full eighteen. Reigate Heath is booming with a healthy waiting list for membership, and the opportunity to play this ‘slightly rustic’ gem should not be missed by anyone who loves playing the game.

Date: August 16, 2021

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