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.
Date: May 05, 2021