The beauty of The Addington is in its ability to make you forget you are just 10 miles from central London, with Canary Wharf just viewable on some holes.
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FOREST ROW, EAST SUSSEX
Accuracy off the tee is essential, while narrow streams feature on some holes and sloping fairways ask you to shape your ball both ways.
WEST BYFLEET, SURREY
It is under 6,000 yards, but its par of 68 ensures a round here isn’t necessarily littered with birdie – the course has six par 4s over 400 yards.
It was laid out by Cuthbert Butchart from Carnoustie, who was engaged by Marguerite Lubbock, a passionate golfer who was unable to become a member of any of the established clubs in the area.
Designed by legendary teacher and former Ryder Cup captain John Jacobs, it is much more accessible to visitors than it once was.
After Wentworth’s West and the Old Course, this is probably the most recognised in the country having staged the Ryder Cup on four occasions.
Nicklaus’ first European design underwent major work on every bunker and tee and improved its drainage two years ago – and returned to Golf World’s Top 100 as a result.
A former Ryder Cup venue which has recently been updated. The 2nd and the 16th holes have both been changed by MacKenzie & Ebert.
West Lancs was founded in 1873 by members of Royal Liverpool on the nearby Wirral. It has never quite gained the recognition it deserved, but a beautifully-conditioned course and a new clubhouse are starting to reap rewards.
Liphook doesn’t reach 6,300 off the tips but the heather, gorse and pine trees which line its relatively narrow fairways ensure it is still a test today, just as it was when it was established in 1922.
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