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

Guildford

31st Surrey - Best in Area

Guildford Golf Club was founded in 1886 and here on the North Downs at Merrow you’ll find the oldest golf course in Surrey. Measuring only 6,160 yards, with only three holes in excess of 400 yards, Guildford may not be long but it’s tough to play to handicap.

Addington Palace

32nd Surrey - Best in Area

Once the home of the Archbishops of Canterbury, Addington Palace Golf Club is set in mature rolling parkland and it presents an honest golfing test.

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Description: Once the home of the Archbishops of Canterbury, Addington Palace Golf Club is set in mature rolling parkland and it presents an honest golfing test. Rating: 4.3333333333333 out of 6

RAC - Royal Automobile Club (Old)

33rd Surrey - Best in Area

It’s classically British at Woodcote Park at the exclusive Royal Automobile Club. Herbert Fowler originally designed the RAC's Old golf course and it offers a lovely parkland challenge in the heart of Surrey.

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Description: It’s classically British at Woodcote Park at the exclusive Royal Automobile Club. Herbert Fowler originally designed the RAC's Old golf course and it offers a lovely parkland challenge in the heart of Surrey. Rating: 3.5555555555556 out of 6

Royal Mid-Surrey (JH Taylor)

34th Surrey - Best in Area

The Old Deer Park is a pretty spot and it's home to Royal Mid-Surrey, one of London's greatest golf clubs. With two courses, both designed by JH Taylor, the Outer (now called JH Taylor) is the premier layout.

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Description: The Old Deer Park is a pretty spot and it's home to Royal Mid-Surrey, one of London's greatest golf clubs. With two courses, both designed by JH Taylor, the Outer (now called JH Taylor) is the premier layout. Rating: 3.8 out of 6

Richmond Golf Club

35th Surrey - Best in Area

The Richmond Golf Club was originally fashioned by Tom Dunn in 1891 and 120 years later the course was renovated by the firm of Thomson, Perrett and Lobb which resulted in the layout being awarded Renovation of the Year for 2012.

Burhill (New)

36th Surrey - Best in Area

The New course at Burhill Golf Club, along with the newly renovated clubhouse, opened with a fanfare in 2001 and by the end of the decade it had established itself as a preferred annual venue for the PGA Europro Tour...

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Description: The New course at Burhill Golf Club, along with the newly renovated clubhouse, opened with a fanfare in 2001 and by the end of the decade it had established itself as a preferred annual venue for the PGA Europro Tour... Rating: 3 out of 6

Croham Hurst

37th Surrey - Best in Area

Croham Hurst Golf Club was Frederick George Hawtree’s inaugural design, which he laid out in cooperation with James Braid in 1912. Situated near Croydon, it remains a highly respected members’ course.

Banstead Downs

38th Surrey - Best in Area

Designed by James Braid, Banstead Downs Golf Club was inaugurated in 1890 and this natural, recently extended, 6,581-yard, lie-of-the-land course is routed over free draining chalk downland.

Kingswood Golf & Country Club

39th Surrey - Best in Area

Founded in 1928 and designed by James Braid, Kingswood Golf & Country Club is located a mile to the north east of Walton Heath and is a relatively unknown venue, except to those in the know.

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Description: Founded in 1928 and designed by James Braid, Kingswood Golf & Country Club is located a mile to the north east of Walton Heath and is a relatively unknown venue, except to those in the know. Rating: 5 out of 6

Bramley

40th Surrey - Best in Area

Offering wonderful views across the Surrey Hills, the beautiful parkland course at Bramley Golf Club is a James Braid remodel from 1935.