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The Wisley

Enjoy a taste of the US at The Wisley

The Surrey classic is the first UK course to be designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr
 

The back story

Opened in 1991, The Wisley was the first course in the UK to be designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.

It comprises 27 parkland holes, with the three nines interchangeable in terms of quality if not in exact style.

The Church, Mill and Garden loops are currently in the process of being refreshed and upgraded on a phased basis. This is a private club open only to its members and their guests.

What to expect

On the course, its presentation sets The Wisley apart. And so it should do given that there are more greens staff than holes here.

Off the course, the practice facilities are, quite frankly, stupendous while the vibe in the clubhouse is elegant, contemporary and relaxed.

The Wisley

Memorable holes

There are several water hazards at The Wisley, in the shape of both the River Wey and lakes and they tend to flank the most eye-catching holes.

The last hole onThe Wisley’s Mill is dramatic, stylish and strategic, a long par 4 with water to the right threatening both the drive and approach. To cap it all, the green is severely sloping in places. It’s The Wisley at its best.

In summary

The Wisley presents a welcome point of difference as a golf club. Certainly, it is not for everyone but why should it be?

The members here are cash-rich and time-poor and this club allows them to indulge in their favourite hobby on their own terms.

Once you enter the property, you are in a world of calm. And with three nines, there is always a twoball-only course where the pace of play is sub-three hours. There is zero corporate or society play.

Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy

Dan loves links golf, which doesn't mean he is very good at it. He is a four-handicapper at Alwoodley. A qualified journalist and senior editor with 25 years’ experience, he was the long-time editor of NCG. His passion is golf courses and he is the founding editor of NCG Top 100s course rankings. He loves nothing more than discovering and highlighting courses that are worthy of greater recognition.

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