Golf Club Road,
St George’s Hill,
- +44 (0)1932 847758
2 miles S of Weybridge
Contact in advance – handicap cert required
St George’s Hill Golf Club is one of the prettiest of the numerous heathland courses on the Surrey/Berkshire sand belt... it's also one of the best. In 1911, a local builder came up with an original idea to build luxury fairway-side houses and, by chance, Harry Colt was the chosen architect. The course opened for play in 1913 and it is considered (alongside Swinley Forest) to be one of Colt’s greatest designs.
The most notable difference between St George’s Hill and the heathland layouts in this area is the terrain. The land here sweeps and undulates like a rollercoaster and Harry Colt used these dramatic elevation changes superbly in his design.
At this stage, it is worth pointing out that there are three loops of nine holes, called Red, Blue and Green. At one time, St George’s Hill was a 36-hole complex but sadly, no longer. The main course is comprised of the Red nine and the Blue nine, the Green nine is somewhat shorter.
The spectacular panorama from the front of the clubhouse, or the pavilion as it was originally called, totally whets your appetite. It is one of those views that grabs you and makes your heart pound in excited anticipation. You cannot help but want to get out onto the first tee as quickly as possible.
Opening up is a super 384-yard par four played from an elevated tee. A good drive will leave your tee shot at the bottom of a valley, your approach will then need to be struck steeply up the hill to an inviting green that waits patiently at the top. The 2nd hole is even better, a brutal 458-yard par 4, a blind drive over the brow of a hill will leave a tough approach shot from a hanging lie which must carry a stream on its way to a distant raised green. And so it goes on, with many more memorable holes, especially the par threes. In fact there isn’t a single weak hole here at St George’s Hill.
Tim Lobb was engaged by the club to produce a design policy report in 2015, after the architect had rebuilt the practice ground and created a new green for the short par four 6th on the Green nine. The report indicated the club had strayed from its Colt heritage, resulting in Lobb replacing the green on the 1st hole, restoring an original Colt bunker on the left side of the fairway and adding a new bunker on that side closer to the new green. Further bunker work (mainly to enlarge hazards and introduce peripheral heather) has since been carried out on another twelve holes.
Lucky enough to play all 3 loops on StGH last week and enjoyed every single thing it had to offer us.
An imperious club house steeped in history is always a great first impression, and this was then replicated on the course.
A fantastic blend of holes over perfectly manicured fairways and greens.
Quite simply a treat for any golfer of any ability and a must play
A good golf shot is a good golf shot, wherever you are playing. And so is a bad one. However, The reward or punishment for either, on some courses, can sometimes be incommensurate given the level of risk a player might have taken on.
Not at St Georges hill. The golfer is offered a spectacular variety of challenges, over effortlessly rolling heathland, rewarding the accurate and the brave, whilst penalising the wayward or the mis struck blow, in just the right amount.
I can see how James Morrison went around here in 59, although I will never emulate it. I can also see how one might shoot 120. Every hole has that perfectly elegant balance. Colt always wants you to enjoy it. Take it on if you can, He stirs your blood to rise. He’ll celebrate your best and commiserate with your worst. Never Stepping on your throat or gifting you an unearned spree.
You can take so many different strategies to each hole depending on your appetite and ability. It is still in my top 5. Only more so.
The conditioning, after what seems like a perpetual winter, has literally blossomed into lush and gloriously English Spring conditions. The generously lush and broad fairways laid out before us between the heather pews and the cathedral pines beguile the eye and pep the step.
I am sure they will brown as summer comes, making for the fast and firm running play I am used to here, where the angles from tee shots and approaches will take president if you are to score well and avoid the ever denser heather as the days shorten, as they soon must.
But for now, let’s revel with a post round beer, on this canonised terrace, and enjoy this bastion of Englishness, from the sanctity and serenity of our peaceful citadel and soak up the embers of the dipping sun and the views of the verdant slopes leading home. Let’s bask in the opulent scale of it all.
This isn’t Millionaires Golf. We are talking billions. Being able to appreciate St Georges Hill, on days like this. Priceless.
Before you hit a ball at SGH it is clear you are in a special place. The drive through the estate to the clubhouse, past the opulent houses, is like no other. The clubhouse is stunning and the views over the golf course enticing.
The course lives up to this initiation. It is a classic Surrey heathland course and one of the best I have experienced. It is a very playable course and whilst trees and heather line most holes it is not particularly tight. The par 3s are particularly strong varying in length from the 119 yard 11th to the 211 yard 14th. The former offers the potential for both birdie and disaster as a miss to the right brings in serious trouble.
The greens were running at a nice pace for April and there were some treacherous slopes, most notably the 9th from back to front making it a very tricky hole. More generally the course was in great condition.
Whilst not directly relevant to the course, I loved the relaxed and convivial atmosphere around the clubhouse. On a sunny day the terrace strikes me as a great place to while away time after a round with friends having a few drinks whilst watching people tee-off (and then getting an Uber home!) If I lived in the area it would likely be top of my list of places where I would like to be a member. Given the nearby competition that is high praise indeed.
Much has already been said about the scale and grandeur of SGH, and I agree with all of it. It instantly goes into my 5 favourite courses. It’s diverse, dramatic, pure (obviously), and a hilly test with some severe greens, but doesn’t go over the top. You can have a lot of fun using these slopes.
I think the back ‘blue’ nine is marginally stronger but I can’t pick a weak hole anywhere. In contrast, the other heathlands I’ve played have at least one or two lesser holes. It’s pretty generous from the tee, but there are lots of hanging lies and elevated greens which make approach shots very tough. The greens are then really fast; they are in no way unfair but you can play safely to the centre of a green, then see your ball trundle away down a hill. That is better than having your ball above the hole, though... I say after putting into a bunker.
The experience is great as well, the conditioning, it’s hard to pick a fault. Okay it is a little snooty, but that’s understandable given the location. So if you are planning a Surrey and Berkshire trip, I would prioritise this as highly as Sunningdale.
Class. Everything about St George’s Hill was an absolute delight. Driving through the estate on the way up to the incredible clubhouse, you know you are in for a special experience.
We played the traditional Red & Blue courses and from start to finish had an absolute blast. The course was in fantastic condition, despite the recent wet weather and cold conditions. Greens were running true and Harry Colt uses the elevation changes and perfectly positioned bunkers to create a real challenge in stunning surrounds. The variety of long and short holes, false fronted greens and abundant heather is so engaging.
Particular highlights on the Red include the first (perhaps the best first hole I have played this year, equalled only by Saunton East’s), the fifth with what seems like bunkers everywhere, the stunning par three eighth and the ninth back up the hill to the clubhouse (make sure you play to the right green on this one).
The blue nine was probably the stronger of the two, weaving in and out of the towering pine trees. The first four holes on this route were all brilliant, testing different parts of your game in a beautiful surrounding.
We played Woodhall Spa on the following day and I know in the rankings it sits above St George’s Hill but for me, SGH is every part it’s equal, if not the better of the two.
We all commented that we would love to come back and play in the summer to see how much more run-out you get from the fairways and see the heather in full bloom. I can’t wait to play it again.
St. George’s Hill was the first course of the famed Surrey healthland belt that My friends and I have played.
The customer service You receive at this club is second to none. We didn’t know what to expect as We drove through the gated community that seemed to be littered with gated houses that were well out of our price range. Upon arrival We were greeted by down to earth normal people! From the staff in the club house (that served a tasty and generous cooked breakfast) to the club professional in the shop and Vince the 1st tee starter everyone made Us feel welcomed!
The course played long..... but that is partly down to the cold conditions but also down to the fact that most of the long par 4’s on the course have cleverly designed ‘false fronts’. As a group We found this a very satisfying and intriguing test!
The variety of long and short par 3’s and 4’s really make this course special. Blind tee shots and the most heather I have ever seen on a golf course!
This course and club deserves all the plaudits it gets and We cannot wait to come back in the summer one year to see it in full bloom! If anyone is planning a treat or wants a memorable round of golf. I would absolutely recommend the Red/Blue course at St. George’s Hill.
My favourite "tree lined" course I have played. St Georges Hill does a rare thing in my opinion, which is to offer a memorable tree lined course where 2 weeks after playing you can remember a good majority of the holes as they dont all look or feel the same. The fairways are fairly generous and if you are a bit wide but not too wide, you can still score on this course. An outstanding course definitely worth a visit.
Wonderful British Course draped in so much history, managed to play with a member as their guest. If you get the opportunity take it as it is a great golfing experience.
Great course which maintains a traditional feel (perfect for the sunningdale crowd who still prefer requirements for knee socks, etc). Marvelous clubhouse and a real golfer's club - many affluent golfers in London who maintain memberships at the most extravagant clubs in the UK and globally, belong here and actually play a disproportionate share of their rounds here if they are honest. Other reviewers have noted that there are some holes that are not stunning and I'd agree but this place is decidedly not about impressing outsiders. While on the premises as a guest (which is how I have played), this is a club that is welcoming but I never once felt like anyone was trying to get me to join or even that my opinion was relevant. The golfers there are passionate about the game and are proud of the course, and I suspect are among the least concerned members amongst the Top 100 concerned about their ranking from year to year.
St Georges Hill sits on some of the finest land you could possibly build a golf course. It is hilly and sandy, and designed by the genius Harry Colt. It really is a perfect recipe.
First off, the clubhouse is extraordinary. The castle sits high above the opening and closing holes, and is as beautiful inside as it is on the outside.
The course as you can imagine is fantastic. Its standout holes are 1, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13. The first might be the best opening hole I've ever played, and is beautifully bunkered, as are all of the holes. The bunkering on 4 and 8 is especially good, and like something you'll have never seen before.
My one criticism is there are a couple of forgetful holes amongst the brilliant ones, which is why I wouldn't place is in the Top 70 in the world, but maybe closer to 100.
A must play if in the area! Oh, and enjoy the mansions on the estate which you'll drive passed before you reach the clubhouse.