The course at Totteridge Golf Club is a new millennium Rees Jones offering that’s long, difficult and, as you might expect from the Open Doctor, very well bunkered.
Totteridge checks all the appropriate boxes and there's significant "teeth" to test players of all levels. The missing link is that the Rees Jones style is once again in full view and nothing is present that clearly rises beyond what's been done in earlier efforts.
If one were to check out the work Jones has done in The Keystone State you see the likes of Huntsville which is clearly superior in a number of ways. The good news is that Totteridge is open to the public and given the low bar for high quality public courses in Pennsy that's a real plus.
Totteridge is generally in fine shape but for whatever reason it's rare to see Rees Jones design a stellar short par-4 and par-3. The template is usually the inclusion of lengthy par-4s and par-5 holes which often maximize the difficulty quotient but hardly engender a real rapture in wanting to return. Superior architecture plants a clear seed in providing lasting memories. Totteridge is worth playing but Rees Jones has done much better in a number of other designs.
M. James Ward