Silvermere Golf Complex: The Whole Game in One

Jeremy Ellwood visits Silvermere Golf Complex in Surrey, an impressive facility that has established itself as one of Europe's most vibrant golfing hubs

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Jeremy Ellwood visits Silvermere Golf Complex in Surrey, an impressive facility that has established itself as one of Europe's most vibrant golfing hubs

Location, location, location, they say, and Silvermere Golf Complex, close to the busy A3/M25 intersection in Surrey, enjoys one of the most prime locations of all.

When you then use that location to maximum effect by doing everything not just well, but extremely well, you have one hugely impressive golf facility – somewhere that ranks among the biggest and busiest of its kind in Europe.

Silvermere's two-tier floodlit driving range has 52 bays

Let’s start with the 18-hole golf course designed by Neil Coles and Brian Huggett, which sets out through avenues of majestic trees before reaching a dramatic finale, with nerve-testing shots over water on the par-3 17th and island-green 18th.

Silvermere's par-3 17th and par-4 18th both demand tests of nerve over water

The two-tier, 52-bay driving range is then something else. Some 32 bays boast the latest ProTracer Technology, so you can see exactly where your shots are going. The range itself is no bland field, but rather a sculpted arena with various targets, plus a small copse of trees to either aim at or shape your ball around. There’s even a wedge range to help you hone your short game.

32 of the driving range bays have ProTracer technology to track your ball flight

If it’s lessons you’re looking for, there are 25 PGA professionals on hand, while Silvermere Golf’s four unique indoor/outdoor studios are fitted with the latest GCQuad. This allows the eight highly qualified custom fitters to analyse your game in the minutest detail, before making recommendations from the ranges of ten club manufacturers with Regional or Advanced Fitting Centres on site.

There are eight highly trained custom fitting experts to help you find the right clubs for your game

When it comes to golf retail outlets, Silvermere’s vast, 8,500ft2 shop is up there with the very best. It carries one of the widest selections of women’s golf apparel and is also home to Planet FJ, a unique studio showcasing FootJoy’s entire current range in every style, colour and size. Silvermere also boasts the most comprehensive golf store for left-handers anywhere, a real Aladdin’s cave that attracts lefties from far and wide.

Planet FJ at Silvermere boasts every current FootJoy shoe in every size, fit and colour!

“It’s like the weekend every day,” Silvermere Golf retail manager John Heyward tells us. Little surprise, then, that it’s been officially recognised as the busiest shop at any golf complex in Europe. Indeed, every element of Silvermere’s operation is constantly busy on the day of our dawn-to-dusk June visit.

Silvermere's shop is the busiest on-site golf retail outlet in Europe

Add in a short-game area complete with bunker and every kind of testing slope, a superb synthetic floodlit putting green, the beautiful Inn on the Lake – where the bistro is open daily from 7.30am to 11pm – and an excellent club repair workshop, and it’s clear that when it comes to all-encompassing golf facilities, nowhere does it better than Silvermere Golf Complex.

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