No 81 - The Grove

Architect Kyle Phillips is responsible for an excellent modern design in The Grove, which features fairways and greens that are superbly conditioned

The Grove

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 more than 40 years and been a contributing editor for Golf Monthly since 2012 specialising in course reviews and travel. He has now played 1,150 different courses in almost 50 countries. Despite lockdowns and travel restrictions last year, he still managed to play 80 different courses during 2021, 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 nine. Rob is a member of Tandridge Golf Club in Surrey where his handicap hovers around 16. You can contact him at r.smith896@btinternet.com.