Reigate Heath - Surrey - England

Reigate Heath Golf Club,
Flanchford Road,
Reigate Heath,
Surrey,
RH2 8QR,
England


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  • Amanda Godwin

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  • Clifford Gough

Established in 1895, 9-hole Reigate Heath Golf Club was described by Peter Alliss as “a little gem” when he featured the course for his 80s BBC TV show ‘Around with Alliss'. Full of charm and bursting with character, the course is set within a 120-acre Site of Special Scientific Interest, where heather and gorse-lined fairways are laid out on a natural heathland landscape around a beautiful old clubhouse and windmill.

The course is configured with nine holes and eighteen separate tees which are positioned so that they change the appearance of every hole to a greater or lesser extent. Sometimes the tee placements are shorter or longer on the back nine, other times they’re located on the other side of the fairway, offering a different angle of play.

There’s only one par five on the card (at the 484-yard 4th) because it’s played as a long par four at the 13th hole on the back nine, where it also attains the stroke index 1 rating. The fairway narrows considerably as it approaches the point where it doglegs sharply left towards the green so a par score on either hole will be well earned.

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Description: Established in 1895, 9-hole Reigate Heath Golf Club was described by Peter Alliss as “a little gem” when he featured the course for his 80s BBC TV show ‘Around with Alliss'. Rating: 6.8 out of 10 Reviews: 12
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Andy Newmarch
I am not too sure how many 9-hole courses are on the Top 100 website but I would imagine not that many. I was slightly reluctant to accept a recent invitation to play at Reigate Heath for no other reason than, ‘just 9 holes’. My reluctance was all wrong as this is a wonderful course in a beautiful setting – in fact after playing nine, I demanded that we went round again. Golf has been played on this heathland course for well over 110 years and I imagine that most players would Reigate Heath Golf Course - photo by reviewerhave had a great time; the nice thing about the ‘back-9’ is that you do play from different tees, which makes holes longer or shorter plus there are quite a few different angles off of the tees too. I liked the 4th hole; a dog-legging par-5 and at 484 yards it is not too tricky but when it becomes the 13th, it is a 447 yard par-4 and unbelievably tough. The last hole is a par-3 and a picture to look at with the clubhouse and windmill to the rear – as the 9th it plays 136 yards and as the 18th, you can add 20 yards to the length which is enough difference to make you think that they are two separate holes. Nice feel around the clubhouse and the views over the course from the terrace need to be taken in during your visit…As I have already said this a beautiful land, common land in fact so do watch out for those walkers and black labradors!. If you get an invite to Reigate Heath, take it and don’t be a ‘9-hole’ course snob like I was.
April 28, 2011
8 / 10
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Ian
June 05, 2011
Reigate Heath falls on the fringes of the Surrey heathland belt and is a thoroughly enjoyable 9-hole experience. The quality of the holes and the condition of the course match many more infamous in this area and although not particularly long, requires accurate and precise shot making. It seems that Peter Alliss is a fan and heralds this course a little gem! (See their website). I wholeheartedly agree and found the couple of hours I spent there most enjoyable. I turned up on my own, paired up with a couple of members and was made to feel most welcome. It’s a gorgeous little course in a picturesque setting. Ian
KJE
I joined RHGC about 18 months ago and must say I haven’t regretted it one bit. The course is short on the card but with four of the six par 3’s measuring over 180 yards it plays anything but short. Indeed the 12th is a monstrous 220 yards uphill to a devilishly undulating green – good whack for even the best golfers (just ask Ronan Rafferty). The views all around the course and from the recently re-furbished clubhouse are breathtaking (the course is situated on a site of special scientific interest). Yes it is a nine hole course but the varying tees on each nine make each hole a different challenge – many of the guests I have taken to the club turn their noses up at the thought of a nine hole course, but when they arrive and see the challenge that awaits them they change their mind pretty quickly and by the end are asking when they can come back again. Walton Heath it is isnt but a more charming, challenging test of golf I cant imagine – plus how many courses in the UK can boast their own windmill!
November 09, 2010
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