Godstone Golf Club Course Review

There is a lot to be said for a quick nine holes, and the quick nine holes at Godstone Golf Club has a lot to be said for it

Godstone Golf Club - Hole 8 Feature
The par-3 eighth at Godstone is both testing and very attractive
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Godstone Golf Club
GF
£30-£36 (18 holes)
Par 36, 6,068 yards
GM Verdict A sporty 9-holer with plenty of risk-reward offering great value for the area
Favourite Hole The par-4 2nd with plenty of trouble but also very pretty

The charming, 9-hole but full-length course at Godstone is just a couple of minutes in the car from Junction 6 of the M25. It opened for play in 2005, and is perfectly enjoyable for golfers of all standards. Attractive ponds come into play on three holes, there are ditches to avoid, plenty of undulations and strategic bunkering all the way.

Godstone - Hole 1

The opening hole is a gentle dogleg to warm you up

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The course opens with a left-to-right dogleg to an attractive green, an ideal hole to ease you into your round.

Godstone - Hole 2

The second is an excellent par 4 with sand left, and water right and crossing

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Next comes a terrific par 4 with trouble on both sides. The ideal line is up towards the bunker on the left, and even then there is a stream to carry and a bunker eating into the green.

Godstone - Hole 3

The uphill nature of the third makes it a genuine three-shotter

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There is a gentle climb up the par-5 3rd where a fairway bunker 100 yards short of the green catches many a second shot.

Godstone - Hole 4

Stroke index 17/18, the par-3 fourth is all about carrying the bunkers

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The first of the two short holes is at the far end of the course. It is played over a shallow dip to a large green.

Godstone - Hole 5

A sharp dogleg to the right awaits at the fifth with a ditch and strong greenside bunkering

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The 5th is definitely one of the more tricky holes with a bunker guarding the corner but also the ideal line if you can carry it. The green is nestled up in the corner, over a ditch and very well protected.

Godstone - Hole 6

The sixth is a relatively gentle par 4 and a chance for par or better

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Next comes one of the easier holes where distance control on the approach is the main question to be asked.

Godstone - Hole 7

Looking back from behind the green at the par-5 seventh, the longest hole on the course

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The 7th hole is an interesting three-shotter which plays pretty much as a double dogleg; a little to the right to avoid water as you head up the slope, but then over to the left as the green is almost behind the lake.

Godstone - Hole 8

Water awaits anything short and right at the second par 3, the eighth

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The penultimate hole is a delightful short hole, almost a par-3 version of the equally attractive 2nd.

Godstone - Hole 9

The final green has a bunker running for its entire length on the left

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The closing hole is played right to left, back up the slope, and again to a well-protected green. Beyond it, the mansion that was part of the school at Streete Court dates back to the late 18th-century.

Godstone is a fun course that is well presented and very well priced. It operates from a modest, prefab style clubhouse, but there are plenty of good pubs nearby. It is also just a mile from the excellent Harry Colt design at Tandridge.

Godstone Golf Club (opens in new tab) is a part of the Altonwood Group, the flagship of which is the excellent Addington Golf Club a few miles to the north. This Next 100 Course is currently in the throes of a major upgrade which is aimed at restoring its original Abercrombie design principles and significantly boost its already impressive wow-factor.

Rob Smith
Contributing Editor

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 r.smith896@btinternet.com.