St George's Hill GC
It was 26 degrees, blue skies, with the lightest of breezes as we set out on the next stage of our pilgrimage to Harry Shapland Colt.
We played St George's Hill and very much enjoyed the experience.
We had the course to ourselves as all of England was watching a game using a rather larger round ball- it stopped the nation.
Whilst other heathland courses have deliberately stayed low key, and old world- St George's Hill appears to have moved with the times.
And the presentation of the course reflected this.
The mowing lines, hard and fast fairways, slick true greens, and the general look of the bunkers and surrounds- all showed off the Colt Design at it's best.
St George's Hill has 27 holes- all designed by Colt.
They are known as the Red, Blue & Green courses.
The Red & Blue nines comprise the championship course.
The bunker lines were classic and crisp with heather softening the look and adding colour- it all looked really good!
The terrain has quite significant elevation change, which Colt has used to advantage throughout the course.
The combination of colourful banks of heather framed by Birch & Pine makes St George's Hill one of the most attractive courses I know.
There are many outstanding individual holes, and some of the short par 4's and par 3's are absolutely world class.
Notable holes include:
- hole 1, a strong uphill par 4- welcome to St George's Hill!
- hole 2, a long par with burn and bunkers adding to the challenge (see pic above)
- hole 4 is a driveable short par 4 from an elevated tee to a wonderful triangular shaped green.
The front sides of the triangle were heavily bunkered with a small gap if you could carry a front bunker.
I couldn't resist having a go, came out of my socks, flushed it, and hit the face of the bunker a few feet short- par was the end result.
Heather drove short, pitched and made the putt for an easy birdie.
What a great hole!
- hole 8, a longish par 3 to a green on a hill surrounded by bunkers and heather.
- hole 11, a delightful short par 3
- hole 12, another attractive short par 4
- hole 13, a challenging longer par 4 defended stoutly by a row of bunkers in front of the green
It is a seriously good golf course, and now a personal favourite...
We regard St George's Hill GC as a Travelling Golfer must play!
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