Last Updated: Tue 13 Nov
Pyrford is not the longest of courses but it is blessed with 18 distinctive and beautiful holes, thanks to the design skills of Peter Alliss and Clive Clark. Every hole is different. Every hole is picturesque. So while it may lure the big hitter into taking on the carries (and coming the occasional cropper), steady Eddies can plot their way round for a very satisfying score. As such it’s a course that delights the beginner and the experienced golfer alike.
We have buggies and trolleys for hire and our pro shop staff can fit you out with new clubs, clothing and all the other gear you need to be comfortable during your round. We have a grass-tee range for practising irons and a putting green, short game practice area and two nets by the first tee for fine-tuning your game before you go out. There are well-appointed locker rooms with complementary towels for that little extra touch of comfort.
The 6th is a par 3, only 119 yards from the yellow tee, but remarkable for its sand shelf – a vast, flat bunker, which runs from tee to green. Unlike a normal bunker, you are allowed to ground your club in there, but you ideally want to avoid it altogether. Overshoot the green and you’re flirting with shrubs and trees, with a tricky chip back down the green to redeem yourself. Simple par 3? This one’s harder than it looks.
The 9th is our signature hole, a 557 yard par 5 with water all the way up the right-hand side and out of bounds up the left. You need to keep it nice and straight for the first 450 yards and then it’s a hop off to the right to find the green. You’ll need a good shot here because it’s across water and there’s a fiendishly placed bunker at the front edge. Concentration, accuracy and courage… if you can muster all three, you might just conquer this hole.
The 456 yard 12th is memorable for its views across the lake, as it brings you back to the clubhouse. Your first, second and third shots are all over streams and big hitters will be tempted to clear the first two in one from the tee. The crucial shot is the one to the green, which has water at the front, back and side. It’s a decent sized target, if you can just put that water out of your mind.
“This course excites me every time I turn up to play it. Yes I am a member but I joined because I love it. 17 holes with water and the other with nearly all sand. A real thinking man’s course with lots of risk and reward. It is in great condition nearly all year round, the staff are friendly and the members are very welcoming to new guys like me. It really is a hidden gem.” – FD
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