West Hill Golf Club is the youngest of the trinity of “Ws” located in this most beautiful corner of Surrey (Woking and Worplesdon being the other two). Cuthbert Butchart, a Scottish professional from Carnoustie, laid out the course in 1910 on the instruction of the founder, Mrs Marguerite Lubbock, a keen golfer. At the time, ladies were not allowed to become members at other local Surrey clubs, so she decided to form one of her own. Butchart went on to become West Hill's first club professional and he also made a name for himself as a fine, forward-thinking clubmaker. His drivers were revolutionary, superbly balanced and fitted with innovative lead weights.
Butchart is not a household name in golf course architecture, but he created an excellent course at West Hill, which has remained virtually untouched ever since (except for some recent bunker refurbishment). The course is routed in an out and back fashion across undulating sandy ground. The fairways are lined with pine, birch and, of course, tangly heather.
Measuring slightly more than 6,350 yards, West Hill is not long by today's standards, but with only two par fives and a lowly par of 69, it represents an enjoyable and testing challenge. The key to scoring well at West Hill is the successful negotiation of the five short holes and the best of these is undoubtedly the 15th, which measures 212 yards from the back tees. British golf luminary Henry Cotton felt that the 15th was one of the best short holes in Britain and, for a while, Cotton shared the West Hill course record with a 67.
West Hill is home of the famous Father and Son Foursomes Tournament, which was first contested in 1931. The Times and The Telegraph report on this event as it progresses each year. The winning team become proud holders of the Geoffrey Lubbock Challenge Cup, which was donated by the husband of the founder Marguerite.
If it's charm that you are looking for, then you need look no further than West Hill. This is a truly delightful golf course.
This is an excellent course. Played this last week, playing two rounds in a day for £65 winter rates. Which given the condition of the course at this time of the year is fantastic value and far cheaper than comparable courses (if that is a factor for people). Long hitters won't be able to use the driver too much as many fairways run out after 250 yards off the yellow tees. This increases the number of mid rather than short irons into holes, with the course playing longer than both Woking and Worplesdon. Greens were in good nick, but not especially fast, understandable given the time of the year. The course can feel a tad noisy with the proximity of the trainline (though not uncommon for golf courses in general), roads and Sandhurst Military academy. Althougth, i'm nitpicking. The holes are varied and interesting, well worth a visit. Make it your first stop, if you plan on doing the three W's.
We played West Hill yesterday on the very reasonable twilight green fee and found it a beautiful course with friendly staff and members. The course had been closed in the morning due to downpours but despite slightly soggy areas it played beautifully.
A classic of its type but very playable, neither of us losing a ball showing there is more space than appears, and the heather isn't too thick. Well recommended.