Played late September in the middle of a heatwave. Clear blue skies and light winds should have made for golfing heaven given the reputation of this place. I believe that the West Course has a reputation as the most expensive green fee in the UK. You can now add a second accolade of the worst greens in the UK. The day we played at least half the greens had recently been hollow tined and then had considerable amounts of sand thrown on top. The remaining greens had not been mown on the day (or possibly for longer) and were covered in spike marks and pitch marks and were ridiculously slow. This completely spoiled the whole experience - in reality the course was not fit for play and should have been closed. I was told by the starter that the problem lies with the bent grass greens which are not well suited to the UK climate nor can they withstand the considerable traffic that the course obviously gets as Wentworth tries to milk every last pound of income out of its over hyped reputation. The course itself is a good test with some excellent holes - particularly the closing stretch. Fairways are reasonably generous but bunkers are in play off pretty much every tee and if you catch one they are a proper penalty. As an experience it does not come close to Sunningdale (which is considerably cheaper). There is just not the same feeling of isolation and I have to say that the experience of cars driving across the numerous access roads that cross the course without stopping or looking is quite disconcerting.
Date: October 02, 2011