Had my annual game at Woking today. It has a couple of holes any lover of golf course architecture should play - the par four fourth with bunkers 250 yards from the tee in the middle of the fairway, which is edged by the railway line; the par four eighth with an optical illusional ditch which will challenge your choice of line off the tee, and an uphill shot over heather fringed bunkers to the green. But the eighth - possibly the best hole in Surrey - is followed by a hole which may be the worst in England - 450 yards sharp dogleg left with the last 200 steeply uphill. The fourteenth is a potentially great hole with the green adjacent to the clubhouse. But unfortunately the conditioning of the course lets it down. Awful, bumpy, slow greens including a couple of temporaries for no apparent reason in mid- April. With better green keeping this would be a five ball course without question, but the way it is presented now it has a lot to do to justify its elevated ranking.
Date: April 22, 2017