Played Wisley yesterday (31 January) as the guest of a member - the only way you can play as a non-member. The Garden 9 is still closed for extensive repairs; a lot of work is being done to reshape fairways and green complexes. Played Mill and Church - was stunned by the good condition of the course given the poor winter weather we have had. The (heavily sloping) greens are fast and true, even having been hollow-tined recently. I think the condition of the course makes you think the holes are better than they are, certainly the routing is good but not exceptional. Agree with a previous reviewer that the course and the club in general feels quite Americanised - I have played Queenwood and the experience is similar (both have complementary shoe cleaning, bag drop etc - the courtesy practice balls here are new Callaways, rather than new ProVs at Queenwood). Service stays just the right side of obsequious. For me the par 3 holes stand out, especially the 7th on the Church, a cracking downhill par 3 which reminded me of Royal Melbourne with open sandy scrub and heather and a huge front bunker to carry and the 7th on the Mill, which forces a long carry of a large lake to a green set at an angle. Overall a good course, one which i would like to revisit in summer, when the course is said to appear more links-like in character with high wispy rough and would present a severe challenge.
Date: February 01, 2009