Famous Puttenham Oak Tree Falls Down

Puttenham's 150+ year-old oak tree in the middle of the first fairway has fallen down

Puttenham Oak Tree

Puttenham's 150+ year-old oak tree in the middle of the first fairway has fallen down

Famous Puttenham Oak Tree Falls Down

The famous oak tree that proudly sat as a Puttenham landmark in the middle of the first fairway of the Surrey course finally succumbed to father time on Tuesday 9th May when it unexpectedly split in half and slumped to the ground.

The tree stood directly in front of the first tee some 100 yards ahead and had to be played over with the tee shot before the approach to the par-4 1st hole.

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Sadly what remained standing of the tree had to be condemned and was carefully removed by greenkeepers.

puttenham oak tree

The split oak tree

The tree features in the club crest of Puttenham Golf Club and was a familiar sight to those who have played the course.

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It was believed to have dated back to when Queen Victoria visited troops at Puttenham Heath in 1858.

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Luckily a second specimen oak tree was planted behind its more illustrious partner on the 1st fairway in late 2002.

This tree, which was planted as a memorial to Keith Gordon, a long standing member of Puttenham Golf Club, now stands alone and takes on the mantle, hopefully for another 150 years, as “the Puttenham oak”.

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

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Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

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