No 92 - Ashridge
Ashridge is best summed up as a course offering a great combination of variety, fun, scenery and tranquility. In addition, the new clubhouse is excellent
Architect: Campbell, Hutchison, Hotchkin 2006 position: 76 Stats: 6,625 yds; par 72; SSS 71 GF: £62 T: 01442 842244 W: ashridgegolfclub.ltd.uk
Standing on the balcony of the excellent new clubhouse, you overlook the 1st, 10th and 13th tees.
Valleys run off to the left and right, there’s a gentle rise ahead, and all is set in a National Trust forest with herds of deer and no roads. Utopia springs to mind.
This is a course that will provide many happy memories with the holes all totally different as they meander through the valleys.
There are plenty of changes in elevation without it feeling like a tough walk. The five par 3s and five par 5s only add to the feeling of variety.
Overall, the course is in fine condition. RS
+ Great combination of variety, fun, golf, scenery and tranquility - Occasional damage to greens and bunkers by the deer
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Rob Smith has been playing golf for more than 40 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 1,170 different courses in almost 50 countries. Despite lockdowns and travel restrictions in 2021, he still managed to play 80 different courses during the 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 nine. During the 2021-22 review period, Rob has played 34 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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