Woking Golf Club Course Review

Many regard this Tom Dunn heathland classic as an ingenious example of a course that can test the best while remaining playable for all

Woking Golf Club
(Image credit: Paul Severn)

Many regard this Tom Dunn heathland classic as an ingenious example of a course that can test the best while remaining playable for all

Woking Golf Club Course Review

Top 100 Ranking 2021/22 - 83

Previous Rankings 2019/20 - 80 2017/18 - 86 2015/16 - 95 2013/14 - 99 2011/12 - 93 2009/10 - 85

Summer Green Fees

Round: £130wd; Day: £200wd

Visitor Times: Monday to Friday, booking essential. Mainly a twoball course, with some times on Tuesday and Friday for three- and fourballs.

Medal Tee: Par 70 – 6,397 Yards

Website: www.wokinggolfclub.co.uk (opens in new tab)

Changes since previous ranking

The club has undertaken a complete overhaul of its irrigation system. Continued heathland management has seen over 100 oak trees removed and many bunkers remodelled.

Woking Golf Club Course Review

Set just a few miles apart and playing over some of Surrey’s most glorious heathland terrain, Woking, West Hill and Worplesdon make up the county’s famous ‘Three Ws’.

Woking Golf Club

Woking is older than its close neighbours at West Hill and Worplesdon
(Image credit: Paul Severn)

Woking, long regarded as significantly influential in golf course architecture circles, is the oldest of the trio dating back to 1893.

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The start at Woking is interesting, with a short, sometimes reachable par 4 sloping down to the green, then a long, demanding par 3 across a valley. It’s probably as easy to start three, four here as four, three!

Woking Golf Club

The 1st & 2nd - as likely to start birdie, bogey as par, par

Fine test throughout

There really is no let-up in the quality of the test after this, with the 3rd cambering awkwardly against the slope, the 4th set perilously close to the railway, and the elevated 6th tee providing a quite delightful vista – perhaps the most majestic on the course.

Back-to-back par 5s at 14 and 15 bring the best chances to score heading home. The green on the former butts right up to the terrace of the charming white and green clubhouse.

Woking Golf Club

The 14th green sits right beside the clubhouse (Photo: Getty Images)
(Image credit: Getty Images)

The original course was the handiwork of Tom Dunn, whose extensive design CV includes Broadstone, Hayling, Sheringham and many more.

Club members John Low and Stuart Paton then oversaw changes to the layout in the early 20th century, while architect Tim Lobb created a wonderful new 16th hole a few years ago playing across a pond to a mischievous, rollercoaster green framed by towering pines.

Woking Golf Club

An aerial view of the 2nd and 3rd holes (Photo: Getty Images)
(Image credit: Getty Images)

This visual gem of a hole features a common Woking design trait – a bunker a little way short of the green to foreshorten things visually and confuse you yet further over your club selection for the 150-yard shot in hand.

Woking is a case study in the art of strategic golf course design as well as a beautiful place to play.

Assessor Feedback

A truly lovely heathland course blessed with some of the most intriguing and thought-provoking greens around.

After a gentle opener, some of the front-nine holes that follow are among the most visually uplifting and strategically clever holes you will play anywhere.

GM Verdict

Many regard this Tom Dunn heathland classic as an ingenious example of a course that can test the best while remaining playable for all.

 

Jeremy Ellwood
Contributing Editor

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and instruction. He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, a highly regarded trade publication for golf club secretaries and managers, and has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played well over 950 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, right across the spectrum from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.

Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf


Jeremy is currently playing...

Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft

3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft

Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft

Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)

Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response