St Georges Hill
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 today. We played St Georges Hill and very much enjoyed what we saw. 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 Swinley Forest has deliberately stayed very low key, and old world - St Georges Hill appears to have moved with the times. And the presentation of the course from the mowing lines, the hard and fast fairways, the true and quick greens, and the general look of the bunkers and surrounds - all in my opinion manage to show the Colt Design off at it's best.
There was none of the linear heather covered hazards we saw at Sunningdale and Swinley Forest - the bunker lines were classic and crisp with the heather in clumps rather than continuous - it all looked really good!
The land had quite significant elevation change, and many outstanding individual holes starting with the opener, a quite unique short par 4. And I just love good short 4's.
Hole 4 was a reachable short 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. Heather drove short, pitched and made the putt for an easy birdie - what a great hole!
This is a seriously good golf course , and now a personal favourite...
I have never been completely fooled by mow lines as I was today on the 7th - but that's a story for another day!