The Richmond Golf Club was originally fashioned by Tom Dunn in 1891 and 120 years later the course was renovated by the firm of Thomson, Perrett and Lobb which resulted in the layout being awarded Renovation of the Year for 2012.
This is a pleasant private golf club. The course is old-fashioned and kept in immaculate condition with a stunning old clubhouse to boot.
As noted in the below review, this is a nice parkland layout that isn’t too penal if you’re offline (you’ll probably need to chip out from under the trees) but it packs a punch with the tricky undulating greens.
3 is the first strong hole - a long par 4 with out of bounds on the right - this calls for a long straight drive!
5 was a nice hole with fairway bunkers down the right, you need to choose your line of attack into the green carefully here.
7 was the first par 5 and the fairway landing area is heavily guarded by bunkers. If you negotiate the Drive well though, you can score well on this hole. The front 9 finishes with a pleasant dogleg left which sweeps round to a sloping green which is much bigger than it seems from the fairway.
10 is the best hole on the course - a long straight hole with OB down the left. The green has some tricky run off areas such that bunkers aren’t needed to protect it.
11 was a pretty par 5 before you come across the middle stretch of the back 9 which is very nice but the holes feel a little samey. 14 though is a good par 3 that is well protected by bunkers.
17 was another strong hole which doglegs severely to the right and requires shaping on the tee shot if you are going to reach this green in two.
Overall, this is a pleasant golf course with no outstanding holes but plenty of consistently good ones - all in perfect condition. A great day out.
The best part of Richmond is the quality of the course. The fairways, greens and tees are immaculate which means playing here is very fair. The course itself is a nice parkland course, where hitting a bit wayward will result in finding trees but also finding your ball. I like this as you are typically punished only by having to hit our sideways.
The course itself does not ask a lot, it’s par 5s are all less than 500 yards and it has too many par 3s for me (6). I am not sure in a month or so how many of the holes I will remember.
I appreciate this is a private club and therefore you pay the price if you want to play as a visitor. However, we left the course thinking that if we had played for 30 quid mid week we would have left thinking that was good value.