Bletchingley Golf Club

Surrey

  • Par 72
  • 6513 Yds

While it may be overshadowed by nearby Walton Heath – 1981 host of the Ryder Cup and home to two of England’s finest heathland courses – Bletchingley should never be overlooked by golfers in Surrey.

Found just off junction six of the M25, between Croydon and Crawley, Bletchingley offers more than just 18 holes of parkland golf.

Opened in 1993, it is the perfect Surrey venue for golf, weddings, functions, business meetings and Sunday lunches.

On the course, the 6,600-yard par 72 layout plays over an interesting and undulating topography, with panoramic views overlooking the North Downs and Weald.

There is also a variety of mixed and mature trees that provide essential course definition and a stream that creates several interesting water features ensuring that every hole provides a very different challenge.

Your round opens with a generous fairway that kicks in to the right. Your second shot into the 429-yard par 4, although with a mid iron, is a visually deceptive one that appears shorter than it actually plays.

The 2nd offers an early test of your long irons. The 173 yards finish at a green surrounded by bunkers, with short a better option than long.

The short par-5 3rd provides you with an opportunity to pick-up a shot, however, accuracy is at a premium with a fairway bunker right and out of bounds left. Once on the fairway you can decide to lay-up or go for the green in two.

A long straight drive up the right side of this par 4 will leave you in perfect position to attack a small green. Beware though, anything short will be eaten up by the green-side bunker.

The 5th is one of Bletchingley’s best holes. The risk-reward par 4 offers the longer hitter the choice to hit their tee shot across the trees leaving a short pitch onto into the green.

If the safer route is chosen, a carefully placed effort must avoid the trees on the left and the out of bounds on the right.

This leaves a second shot of around 200 yards, which has to be threaded between the trees to leave a simple pitch up to the green.

The 6th hole requires an accurate tee shot up the left side which will bounce round to the right. The bigger hitters must be aware of the fairway bunker in the middle. If avoided, the second shot must be aimed up the left side to avoid the heavy rough and numerous green-side bunkers.

The long par-3 7th looks out over the Surrey hills, but don’t let that take your mind away from your game. The premium is on accuracy, with out of bounds lurking if you go long.

The 491-yard 9th heads uphill with out of bounds left. Bunkers guard the right side to punish anyone who bails out from the tee.

The line for the second shot is just to the left of the right hand fairway bunker on the hill. This will leave you a simple pitch to a relatively flat green.

The last of the short holes, and the penultimate of your round, the 17th has tall trees on both flanks, creating a natural theatre.

The back nine starts with a reasonably simple par 4. Your second shot is slightly downhill so be careful with your club selection, or face a tricky up-and-down on an undulating green.

The 533-yard 11th hole is another good par 5. The line off the tee for long hitters is over the trees on the right side, this will give you an opportunity to reach in two but be aware of the water that lurks to the right of the green.

Sand and water combine on the short picturesque 12th. An overly safe shot played too far right from the tee will be caught by one of the bunkers, which will then leave you with a frightening shot with the the green running away from you and water waiting to gather your ball.

While short, the 300-yard 13th has the most severe slopes of any green on the course and so birdies are very hard to come by. Your pitch shot must find the same level as the flag or a dreaded three putt is all too easy.

Another hole with a spectacular view, the downhill par 3 14th puts a premium on club selection.

The par 5 15th requires a straight tee shot that will automatically bounce to the left. A well-placed fairway bunker may stop the longer hitter in his tracks.

The second shot doglegs slightly right and is very much uphill. For the average golfer this is a three shot par 5 onto a green that is heavily guarded by bunkers.

The 16th can be played in two ways, the long and brave take the tee shot over the crest of the hill and leave themselves a tricky downhill lie for their second shot.

But the majority will leave a blind second shot, hitting over the hill and down towards the green, so the right line is needed to stop your ball running into any trouble.

The last of the short holes, and the penultimate of your round, the 17th has tall trees on both flanks, creating a natural theatre.

Selecting the right club is crucial because this small green has out of bounds on the left and a water hazard on the right.

The 18th is a testing par 4 that needs a solid tee shot just left of the bunkers to leave you a mid to short iron into a green that is well protected by water.

Address

Church Lane
Bletchingley
Surrey
RH1 4LP

Telephone

01883 744 848
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