Sundridge Park (East) - Kent - England

Sundridge Park Golf Club,
Garden Road,
Sundridge,
Bromley,
Kent,
BR1 3NE,
England


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Sundridge Park Golf Club is situated close to the city centre of London, within the suburbs of Bromley, a mere 25-minute commute from London Bridge train station. Even though it’s something of a hidden gem, this splendid 36-hole facility is easily accessible by car via the M25 motorway which is located 16 miles further south east at Swanley.

Established in 1901, Sundridge Park operates two 18-hole championship layouts. The shorter Willie Park Junior-designed West course is more than a hundred years old and the newer East course was fashioned by Sir Guy Campbell and C. K. Hutchinson, shortly after the club merged with Elmstead Woods in 1929, allowing the development of a second 18-hole track.

The East course was officially opened on 18th April 1931 with a 36-hole exhibition match between Abe Mitchell and Henry Cotton. During World War II, the layout suffered serious bomb damage but it soon recovered and was used for a few big charity events before it then hosted more prestigious tournaments like the Southern Professional and Kent Amateur Championships.

Today, the course extends to 6,532 yards, playing to a par of 71, with tree-lined fairways set out on gently undulating terrain. The River Quaggy cuts across the line of play at holes 3, 4 and 5 though the most challenging hole on the front nine is the 414-yard 7th, which rises gently from the tee to an offset green that runs away from front to back.

On the inward half, the tough par four 14th – with its fairway sloping markedly from right to left towards the river – has ruined many a good score. There’s no room to relax at the right doglegged 18th either, because the final hole narrows to a pond on the right of the fairway before veering right and uphill to the home green.
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Description: Located a mere 12 miles south east of Central London, the testing East course at the 36-hole Sundridge Park Golf Club has been chosen by the R&A as an Open Qualifying venue in the past. Rating: 6 out of 10 Reviews: 4
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David E

I was born in what is now the London Borough of Bromley, but this was my “first time” playing the West Course at Sundridge Park. I’ve played the East Course a handful of times and was looking forward to playing the West.

The course is always well presented and the greens are usually firm, fast and true. Yesterday was no exception and I was punished a few times with putts that simply kept on rolling. I really can’t remember the last time we had any meaningful rainfall in Kent. April has been very dry and on the cool side too. As a result, in some places, the fairways had not really fully recovered from winter and I did get a few lies which were far from perfect.

Other reviewers have already explained the character of the first 11 holes compared to the latter holes, so I won’t dwell on this in detail. The average golfer will find the course challenging with its mixture on blind tee shots on holes such as the 2nd, changes in elevations, such as the 4th and 8th, mature tree lined fairways and fast breaking putts. There’s also the Quaggy River. It’s really little more than a stream, but crosses 6 of the holes, mostly on the back 9. It shouldn’t really come in to play for most golfers, but I managed to get my ball wet twice! The front 9 is the tougher half, but the back 9 felt like some relief. I thought all the Par 3’s were good, the 5th and 7th being my favourites. They are all different lengths and each requires a different club/approach. At around 200 yards finding the green of the 17th is in itself a reward.

There are excellent practice facilities here, although the range is some distance away, a long walk, or a short drive.

I paid £35 playing with a member, which is excellent value. The usual green fee is rather steep I believe, but more reasonable County Card rates are offered. If you live in the London area it’s worth a visit, but it isn’t as good as The Addington, which is not many miles away and falls in a similar price bracket. The course at Shooters Hill has a similar feel to it and offers better value, although off course the facilities are less impressive.

April 30, 2022
6 / 10
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Kevin Henley

Sundridge Park is a very impressive set up with a massive (for the two courses) Clubhouse and runs like a smoothly oiled machine.

Although the East is clearly the better of the two courses and oozes quality, with the exception of the 18th I found very little to actually remember about the course or any particular holes, unlike the slightly quirky West.

NOT as a criticism of the course but I spend to spend the day punching my ball out from under overhanging trees where I had either missed my chosen line and/or misjudged the correct length and line from the tee on numerous slightly dog-legged holes. Members mainly very pleasant with two four balls inviting us two through in the first few holes, only to get stuck behind a three ball who at the halfway house bemoaned how slow the people in front of them were - only to then fail to get anywhere near them or even in sight of them for the next 6/7 (probably do leg !) holes.

I am sure if i were lucky enough to play this course a dozen times (or even be a member) I would extol the virtues of several or more holes, but as a first visit - although clearly very well looked after and very nice course, it just didn't seem to have a "wow factor" or any strong signature hole(s) ????

Sorry - must be me !!?? But still a good 36 holes day out with nice beer and nice lunch - recommend walking the East first and then take a buggie round the West after lunch !!!!

East - personal course played #464 worldwide / #323 in England

West #465 and # 324

September 23, 2021
6 / 10
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C. Davies

It's been a little while since I played Sundridge Park, but I remember enough to write a simple review. The setting is really good for a parkland - undulating with very well matured trees - but the only thing holding back the East is the design. I'd say the course is challenging enough but the course needs a few more bunkers to really push its way higher up the county rankings. It also, while featuring many lovely holes (holes 3, 8 and 13 are great), lacks a real standout hole. I felt that no. 13 had a nice greensite and some nice undulations to go with it, but the tee shot needed more protection. Having said that it's a lot of fun and well worth a look if in the area.

December 16, 2020
6 / 10
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Andy Newmarch

The two courses at Sundridge Park fly a little under the radar in terms of rankings but this club is very strong indeed as are both courses. The current ranking for the East is #10 and the West is #19 in county; I would have them both a little better than this and definitely much closer to each Sundridge Park (East) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer other. The East has a stronger set of 18 holes but the West has some better holes without a doubt.

The 4th hole is very good; a tough 415 yard hole that turns left but with the camber of the fairway sloping right – not an easy par at all. The 8th hole is another favourite of mine – here is a tree-lined big dog-leg to the right from an elevated tee, this hole is fun and quality at the same time which is probably what every golfer wants.

Two par-3’s at the 9th and 11th are pretty holes, with the 11th the shortest of the one shotters – nb a nice halfway house pitstop after the 9th should not be missed.

Sundridge Park (East) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

The final third of the East, in fact from the 12th onwards is just a really strong stretch, many more tree-lined holes that ooze quality. Like the West course here, the East’s final hole stays in the memory for a while – elevated tee, turning a little right and then uphill to the green, with a good looking lake about a 100 yards out on the right to contend with.

I give the East and the West courses at Sundridge Park 4-ball ratings but both are strong ones – if there was a chance to combine the best holes from both courses, then this would be an easy 5-ball rating.

A day at the club to play both courses is well recommended.

July 09, 2017
6 / 10
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