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:

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
Contributing Editor

Rob Smith has been playing golf for over 45 years and been a contributing editor for Golf Monthly since 2012. He specialises in course reviews and travel, and has played more than 1,200 courses in almost 50 countries. In 2021, he played all 21 courses in East Lothian in 13 days. Last year, his tally was 81, 32 of them for the first time. 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! Of those missing, some are already booked for 2024. He has been a member of Tandridge in Surrey for 30 years where his handicap hovers around 16. You can contact him at