81 THE GROVE
Architect: Phillips 2006 position: 88 Stats: 6,766 yds; par 72; SSS 72 GF: £105-£170 T: 01923 294266 W: thegrove.co.uk
It may be relatively close to a busy spur of the M25, but that only briefly interferes with the peaceful enjoyment of playing this excellent Kyle Phillips design.
The bunkering and contouring are superb and there are a number of highly memorable holes, including the 3rd, with its approach across a pond, and the 13th, an inviting but long par 3 played from an elevated tee.
When The Grove first opened the greens were absolutely pristine, and they have pretty much remained so, although they do have a tendency to spike up a little at the end of a busy day. RS
+ Excellent modern design; always in immaculate condition - Expensive; quite a corporate/commercial feel; greens can get spiked up
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Rob Smith has been playing golf for 45 years and been a contributing editor for Golf Monthly for over ten years, specialising in course reviews and travel. He has now played more than 1,200 different courses in almost 50 countries. Despite lockdowns and travel restrictions in 2021, he still managed to play 80 different courses during that year, 43 of them for the first time. This included 21 in 13 days on a trip to East Lothian in October. One of Rob's primary roles is helping to prepare the Top 100 and Next 100 Courses of the UK&I, of which he has played all but seven and a half... i.e. not the new 9 at Carne! During the 2021-22 review period, Rob played 36 of the Golf Monthly Top 200. He is a member of Tandridge Golf Club in Surrey where his handicap hovers around 16. You can contact him at email@example.com.
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