West Hill - Surrey - England

West Hill Golf Club,
Bagshot Road,
Brookwood,
Surrey,
GU24 0BH,
England


  • +44 (0)1483 474365

  • Patrick Dawson

  • Cuthbert Butchart

  • Guy Shoesmith

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.

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Description: If it’s charm that you are looking for, then you need look no further than West Hill Golf Club. This is a truly delightful golf course. Rating: 7.9 out of 10 Reviews: 43
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charles hawes
a little surprised to see this course lying at 85th in the rankings. Great course, lots of local charm and in my view the best of the 3 W's. Accuracy key to scoring well, and or course a hot putter. Must play for all standards.
March 27, 2009
10 / 10
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Phil Bonsall
A great course in the middle of an area where they are in abundance.I live in Sussex and the quality of golf courses here is pretty poor. Oh to live in this area of Surrey and enjoy all the gems they have to offer.West Hill is tough due to the par of 69, a great finishing hole makes you think all the way to the bar!
September 26, 2008
8 / 10
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Carl Tushingham
Don’t be fooled the par 69 scorecard that this course is easy to master. The heather here is very long and it is tough to find your ball let alone get it out. On my visit in August the greens were slow as they had been hollow tined and a little disappointing for the time of year. Having said that it’s a lovely course with some great holes and we received a nice welcome from everyone. For me it’s the lesser of the 3 W’s in the area, with Woking coming out on top. I’m surprised by the position in the top 100 of these 3 courses. Woking should be much higher. All in all though this is another great course in the Surrey area that must be played.
September 10, 2008
6 / 10
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Carl Statham
I have played all three W's, although West Hill I admit only once. In my mind this is the third of the three, but I mean no insult to this truly wonderful course, if I lived in striking distance I would be very very proud to be accepted as a member. It is one of those beautiful undulating Surrey heathland courses that are both timeless and serene. They are true membership clubs and the courses are built to be that way, they are not huge tests of golf, but really! I play golf for a lovely walk, with good views and the occasional good golf shot. Personally that is why I love these old fashioned courses they can flatter your golf and all of them throw in some real card wreckers on the way and generally the heather keeps your scoring in check anyway. As with all these surrey courses they have beautiful stands of natural English trees, a great deal of heather and great greens and West Hill makes the most of these attributes especially with the last three holes which are a great finish to a round ........... the 18th is a real tough one. The only negative is as a previous reviewer stated the stretch of holes 12 - 15 they just let the rest of this beautiful course down. Both Woking and Warplesdon lack this weakness and that is why I put them just above West Hill and also the clubhouse, although lovely, lacks the real old world charm of Worplesdon and Woking. If you're a cricket lover West Hill has strong connections with Surrey County Cricket Club and the Bedser twins are celebrated members with some memorabelia and one of the bars named after them. (I also hear they are looking for members).
July 19, 2007
6 / 10
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Bob bobcus
August 04, 2007
I am a member at west hill and it is a great course, although it might not be the longest of all courses it is certainly very challenging. Im very glad that i shot my best round the other day of a 3 over
Mike Graves
December 04, 2007
As a member of West hill I can't believe these comments. Hole 12 has one of the trickest greens on the whole course. Hole 13 is a very tricky par 3, very narrow opening to the green, more 4's than 3's scored on this hole. Hole 14 is stroke index 1, anyone who walks away with a par is pleased. As for 15,many regard this as one of the finest par 3's in England.
Played the course during May 2006. The course was in quite good condition. I had played the course a year earlier and the greens were much quicker then, however they still run tremendously true (given the fact that I had 26 putts). The course, while not long in distance, requires a lot of careful planning off the tee and approaches must be very accurate, as you can ill aford to be above the hole. Only two Par 5s on the course, which means any birdies must be found on difficult Par 4s and dangerous par 3s. The quality of the course made my gross 67 (Par 69) feel even better.
July 20, 2006
8 / 10
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paulmardon
West Hill is a fantastic course that is unfortunatley located in an area with an abundence of great courses so therefore maybe does not get the recognition it deserves. Having played the course on its twilight rate I would say that it is comparable to the East at Wentworth but surpasses it when it comes to VFM. As it has great competition from the other courses in the area I also found it very quite on the course. Great par 3's (some of the best I have seen and all on one course) and a good mix of par 4's ensures that the course is a pleasure to play. If you are ever on the M3 leave at junction 3 and go and play it. You can always tell the wife you were stuck on the M25!
May 30, 2006
8 / 10
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Heath
West Hill is in my opinion a good course, not great but good. Certainly comparable to ther other 2 Ws, allbeit not as pretty as Worpleston. Some way short of Hankley Common, Walton Heath, Sunningdale, The Berkshire, Swinley Forest, but a nice track all the same.
February 06, 2006
6 / 10
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Ben Warren
I have been a junior member here for about 2 years i have never found a problem with the course. It is located in a good position in Surrey, about 10 minutes away from Woking Town Centre and only a short away from Brookwood Station. I started at a handicap of 28 here and i have now been cut down to 16, in a matter of a year. West Hill is always guaranteed to be in superb condition during the summer months. The greens are very quick and undulating. However, during the winter months the greens slow down and are harder to putt on. The greens are never good all year around but are still in good nick during the winter. I find it , as a junior of the mens tees a very hard course, mainly because of the greens and the heather found around the course.I believe out of the three w's (West Hill, Worplesdon and Woking) it is the best, i have played all these three courses and believe that West Hill should be a much higher ranked course than these other two, maybe around 80th. If anyone ever gets a chance to play at this wonderful course then take the chance and play it and but a course planner to give you a helping hand to conquer this course.
December 21, 2005
8 / 10
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This is a great course – it is only slightly let down by holes 12-14 which, due to a house and a road to the house in the middle, are easily the weakest holes on the course but they don’t, however, ruin the enjoyment of the course. The standard of the other 15 are on a par with pretty much anything else. It is not the hardest course in the world, but really nice design and very enjoyable. · I had a great welcome over the phone from head pro Guy and in person from his assistant Matthew – both of them have just arrived at the club from Basingstoke. The pro shop had just been renovated and was nicely stocked and the bar was open even though it was getting dark and almost deserted when we finished. Overall, I would rate the course as slightly weaker than Worplesdon, but I think the course should be ranked nearer 50 than 100 in anyones list. If holes 12-14 were up to the standard of the rest of the course it would push Worplesdon very close and as it is, it is not far behind and should be on anyones must play list. Two of England’s finest courses are almost next to each other – I now need to pay Woking, again next door, to see if it is in the same league. A high standard has been set.
September 10, 2005
10 / 10
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Leigh
I had a thoroughly enjoyable round at West Hill last weekend. It's in excellent condition and provided a true test of golfing ability. I've played Woking a good deal over the last ten years or so, but found West Hill to be superior in almost every aspect.
March 24, 2005
10 / 10
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