Surrey

Surrey is the premier county in English golf with more golf courses in the Top 100 than any other county. It’s also one of the biggest counties in English golf with 115 golf clubs affiliated to the Surrey Golf Union. The Surrey Ladies’ County Golf Association was founded in 1929, six years after the men formed their golf Union. Nowadays, the women’s governing body looks after the interests of around 7,500 female golfers in 99 clubs.

One of the Home Counties to the west of London, Surrey is fortunate from a golfing perspective to have a swathe of sand running through the county, which was first exploited by Woking Golf Club. This sandy heathland provided free-draining ground for those London golfers who didn’t fancy travelling to the coast or the downs to play golf. These early “stars of sand and heather”, as described by Bernard Darwin, included Woking (1893), New Zealand (1895) and Hankley Common (1896), but golf was played in Surrey much earlier than this.

Golf was probably played on Wimbledon Common in the early 19th century. Records go back to 1864, suggesting that some of the London Scottish Rifle Volunteer Corps, who were posted nearby, met on Wimbledon Common to form the London Scottish Golf Club. Golf then spread to the chalky North Downs of Guildford in 1886 and then to Epsom and then Banstead when heathland golf was still a twinkle in the eye.

Some golfers will wonder why Sunningdale, which has a Berkshire postal address, is listed in Surrey. The reason is simple, Sunningdale Golf Club is affiliated to the Surrey Golf Union and therefore features at the top of the Surrey County rankings.

Our Surrey Best in County rankings were updated in November 2017. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Surrey

Wentworth (Edinburgh)

21st Surrey - Best in Area

Arguably the Wentworth Club is the best 54-hole inland golfing destination in the whole of Britain and the Edinburgh course is an unsung gem.

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Description: Arguably the Wentworth Club is the best 54-hole inland golfing destination in the whole of Britain and the Edinburgh course is an unsung gem. Rating: 4.7 out of 6

West Surrey

22nd Surrey - Best in Area

West Surrey Golf Club is one of Surrey’s quintessential gems, shaped by Herbert Fowler. It's set in rolling, well wooded and park-like surroundings with the added bonus of charming rural views.

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Description: West Surrey Golf Club is one of Surrey’s quintessential gems, shaped by Herbert Fowler. It's set in rolling, well wooded and park-like surroundings with the added bonus of charming rural views. Rating: 4.4 out of 6

Farnham

23rd Surrey - Best in Area

The course at Farnham Golf Club is a smooth blend of parkland and heathland with fine views towards the Hog’s Back. With smallish greens and a healthy 6,608 yards from the back tees, Farnham rewards accurate approach play.

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Description: The course at Farnham Golf Club is a smooth blend of parkland and heathland with fine views towards the Hog’s Back. With smallish greens and a healthy 6,608 yards from the back tees, Farnham rewards accurate approach play. Rating: 5 out of 6

Effingham

24th Surrey - Best in Area

Laid across free-draining downland, Effingham Golf Club is an undiscovered Harry Colt-designed course that occupies a generous 264-acre site from where there are panoramic views of the London skyline…

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Description: Laid across free-draining downland, Effingham Golf Club is an undiscovered Harry Colt-designed course that occupies a generous 264-acre site from where there are panoramic views of the London skyline… Rating: 4.6666666666667 out of 6

Cuddington

25th Surrey - Best in Area

Established in 1929 and designed by Harry Colt, Cuddington Golf Club is set on fast-running and free-draining downland. Located inside the M25, it’s one of Surrey’s best-kept secrets.

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Description: Established in 1929 and designed by Harry Colt, Cuddington Golf Club is set on fast-running and free-draining downland. Located inside the M25, it’s one of Surrey’s best-kept secrets. Rating: 4 out of 6

Burhill (Old)

26th Surrey - Best in Area

Burhill Golf Club, set in rolling Surrey parkland, was once the home of the Duchess of Wellington and has been restored to its former Georgian splendour.

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Description: Burhill Golf Club, set in rolling Surrey parkland, was once the home of the Duchess of Wellington and has been restored to its former Georgian splendour. Rating: 4.2142857142857 out of 6

Reigate Heath

27th Surrey - Best in Area

Established in 1895, 9-hole Reigate Heath Golf Club was described by Peter Alliss as “a little gem” when he featured the course for his 80s BBC TV show ‘Around with Alliss'.

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Description: Established in 1895, 9-hole Reigate Heath Golf Club was described by Peter Alliss as “a little gem” when he featured the course for his 80s BBC TV show ‘Around with Alliss'. Rating: 4.8888888888889 out of 6

Foxhills (Longcross)

28th Surrey - Best in Area

Likened by some to the Old course at Sunningdale, the Longcross golf course at the 45-hole Foxhills Resort partners the club’s Bernard Hunt course. The Longcross is a lovely tree-lined layout that requires accuracy and should not be underestimated.

West Byfleet

29th Surrey - Best in Area

Originally named Bleakdown, the course at West Byfleet Golf Club was designed by the Scottish professional Cuthbert Butchart in the early 1900s. Although it only stretches to 6,197 yards, it’s still a wonderful test for proficient golfers.

Foxhills (Bernard Hunt)

30th Surrey - Best in Area

The Bernard Hunt golf course at the Foxhills Resort plays across a delightful, undulating and densely forested parcel of land.

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Description: The Bernard Hunt golf course at the Foxhills Resort plays across a delightful, undulating and densely forested parcel of land. Rating: 3.5 out of 6