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Not far from Wembley Stadium, Sudbury Golf Club has a Harry Colt course and an extremely friendly membership…
Sudbury Golf Club Course Review
In February last year, while preparing a Golfer's Guide to Middlesex (opens in new tab) I spent a very enjoyable morning at Sudbury Golf Club (opens in new tab). The club itself dates back to 1896 and it moved to its current location alongside the Grand Union Canal in 1920, employing the great Harry Colt as architect. Incidentally, if some of the photos looks as though they are missing something, there had been a heavy frost and we were on a number of temporaries which is why some of the main greens had no flags!
There is a testing opening with three long par 4s that mean you can, and indeed must, open your shoulders from the off.
The 2nd eases its way from left to right and up the hill back to the clubhouse. If you’ve had a bad couple of holes, you may want to start again!
The 4th is the first short hole before the only par 5 on the course which dogs its way from right to left and is only separated from the canal by trees and out-of-bounds.
Three more two-shotters work their way back round towards the clubhouse which is then reached via the attractive par 3 9th played up the slope to a well-protected green.
I think that the back nine is probably the more attractive and varied of the two, and it opens with two long par 4s with the 11th played to a beautifully-sited green.
There is some relief at the shorter par 4s at twelve and fifteen which bookend another strong par 4 that borders the canal, and the tough par-3 14th.
The 16th is the final par 3 and it’s played down a slope to a must-hit green with views towards the centre of London beyond.
The closing pair of long par 4s, the first of which is uphill all the way, provide a strong finish to an entertaining course where a number of such holes are the greatest challenge.
Sudbury is a club that understands that it is about more than just the golf, and that in today’s economic climate, it’s vital to make the most of its assets such as its comfortable and roomy clubhouse with fine views out over the course. The members are also proud to have popular Thai Thongchai Jaidee (opens in new tab) as an honorary member.
This is a very friendly and social place to be, and with the benefit of an interesting and challenging Colt course, it really is enjoyable by all.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.