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.
April 28, 2011