Foxhills Golf Resort is fortunate to have two great courses that wind through the beautiful Surrey landscape; if you want to score well here you need to negotiate fairways lined by Scots pine, beech and silver birch trees.
I was offered a round at Sutton Green by an old work colleague, well I couldn’t resist, it was raining on the way to the club but the clouds cleared a little when I got there and we had patchy sunshine for most of our round. The course is carved out of the wooded landscape that sits between Guildford and Woking providing some spectacular views of the Surrey countryside.
The approach road to the clubhouse runs along the left of the first hole so the tendency is to aim a little right, I didn’t get any height on my tee shot but at least it went straight. My playing partner was trying out a new driver and managed a low hook across the road, into the bushes bounding the course.
The course was in very good condition when we played it. I think it was because there was a vets competition in the morning but this resulted in the pin positions being quite difficult.
The fairways are tree-lined and a few have undulating bumps and hills across them. The rough along the fairways was not too long but there are some areas that if you end up in, it could take several shots to get out of. The greens are definitely not flat but the ball runs well on them. Tony thought all the holes were too straight as there are only 2 doglegs on the course, also the organisation of people playing on the course could be a little better. While we were playing our round we passed at least two groups of children (aged about 10-12) that seemed to be just playing any holes they wished and in any order.
The facilities here are quite good for a 9 hole course, there is a range with a separate chipping area & the clubhouse is quite nice too. The course has a couple of sub 300 yard par 4’s but part from that it’s alright in length. The greens here run smoothly but are quite small so will test your approach shots, one thing we did notice though was that there were no signs for hole numbers making it difficult to see where the next hole is if you have not played here before.
We only played the East course as we were never going to review all three courses in one visit so we will have to go back for a review of the West & Edinburgh courses.
The first thing we noticed were the staff at Wentworth, ‘Can I help you Gentleman’, ‘Sir’, ‘Mr Wilton’, all these phrases and more were spoken by the staff who made us feel very welcome and were very helpful.
Excellent course and facilities, it can be a testing one for golfers who like to take a chance but will be fair to you if you are careful.
The greens, fairways and tees are all in great condition and we must mention the size of the greens, they are huge, which means they are slightly easier to hit but can also leave massive putts.
The course is littered with ditches and there is a good quantity of water around too, making club selection vital. Our only gripe with this course is that they say they accept the 2 fore 1 (GreenFree) vouchers, well they do, but they charge you for a days golf when they take the voucher instead of the 18 hole green fee, so we made a massive saving of £2.50 each when we used the vouchers to play here, hardly worth it really.
Blackwater Valley is a small nine hole course with one decent par 5 and a few tricky par 3’s, the par 4’s however are a little dissappointing and could do with being a little longer.
The fairways and tees looked alright but not quite normal standard and the greens need some attention. Some of the holes are very nice to play, the 5th is a very testing par 3, the 7th’s approach shot into a green by the lake looks great and the 8th is all about hitting the right club straight as there is no room for error on either side.
There is a driving range which is a nice extra for a small 9 hole course and a very small practice putting green, the changing rooms were on the small side with only one shower but at least it is not a push button one.
The girl in the Pro Shop was very welcoming and provided us with the information we were after, the only down point to the clubhouse and the staff there was that the bar was not open as they did not have enough visitors that day to justify opening it.
A very nice course with a good mixture of holes, we do like courses where you just can’t stand on the tee of every par 4 and whack your favourite wood down the fairway. On this course you have to choose your club wisely.
The course starts with a nice par 4 dogleg but then you get to the 2nd and find you need a good clean strike to reach the green. The 3rd will have you deciding if it’s worth trying to cut the corner and risk the O.O.B. and the 5th is the first hole where you simply cannot just stand on the tee and blast your wood.
Nice tree-lined 9 hole course.
This course is a little short but is great for beginners as the greens are quite big for a small course. The greens were in excellent condition and very well maintained for the time of year.
There are a few water hazards on some holes, just in front of the 1st tee and to the right of the 4th are two that spring to mind with the ditch on the 3rd also coming into play, the wind does become a factor at times. On hole 7, 166 yards, we were reaching the green with a 9 iron!