Review by detroitgolfer of St George's Hill Golf Club

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General impression8.0
St George's Hill Golf Club Blue Course8.5
St George's Hill Golf Club Red Course8.5
Course maintenance7.5
Clubhouse7.5
Hospitality7.5
Surroundings7.5
Restaurant7.5
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Written on: 24 May 2022Played on: 24 May 2022Handicap while playing: 14.7
detroitgolfer review

St Georges Hill may best be known in history by its association with the Diggers. During the turbulent period shortly after the trial and execution of King Charles I, a group led by Gerrard Winstanley occupied the common land known as St Georges Hill with a view to cultivating it. This radical solution to rising food prices and a general feeling of disconnect with the land among the lower classes would 200 years later be labeled Communism. How ironic then that St Georges Hill should eventually become one of the wealthiest gated communities in England. In 1911 the concept of a gated community was relatively novel and appealed to the then well established middle classes made up of professionals and entrepreneurs. It is the great fortune of golfers that the developer, George Tarrant (he also developed Wentworth), decided to include a golf course on the Surrey estate. A well known figure in the Arts & Crafts movement, Tarrant is also associated with Hook Heath, the estate near Woking GC. He designed a few houses prior to the St George's Hill development. Interestingly, after a well publized 1924 match between Hagen/Smith and Duncan/Mitchell Mr Tarrant came up with idea of a providing a trophy for an annual match between between professionals from the USA and England. The St Georges committee turned the idea down thus leaving the door open for Wentworth to carry the idea forward. One of the spectators of the Wentworth Match was Samuel Ryder. Ryder thought the match should be staged again (no doubt encouraged by two English victories) and thus the Ryder Cup was born in 1927, being first played at Worcester CC in Massachusetts. After many months of arduous tree-clearing Harry Colt was able to embark on what is arguably his finest inland creation. The course covers land which is most obviously severe even when viewed from the comfort of the rather redoubtable clubhouse. However, the undulating terrain is used to great effect in offering challenge and beauty. True to Colt, many of the holes play to somewhat large uphill greens situated on plateaux and well guarded by sand. Colt is rightly famous for his par 3s, but I think the strength of St Georges Hill rests with its two-shotters. The diversity of these holes sets the standard for Colt and perhaps for all of the great architects of the Golden Age. St Georges Hill is well worth a visit simply to see the par 4s... the variety is outstanding. The great use of the topography sets off what is surely one of the best back nines in England which is kick started by the alarmingly excellent 10th. Finally, the appropriate width of the course and well maintained tree areas ensures the design can be fully enjoyed and appreciated. For those interested in history the house is worth strolling around. A standout feature is the uniquely displayed "board" winners on corner columns. Anybody going to London should seriously consider St Georges Hill as one of the first ports of call.

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detroitgolfer
detroitgolfer
4798 points
Silver
643 / 133,110
worldwide
5 / 4,732
United Kingdom
Total number of reviews:
37
Average review score:
7.7
Total number of photos added:
147
Handicap:
14.7
Member since:
8 April 2022
Home course :
8.1
About the review
Written on: 24 May 2022Played on: 24 May 2022Handicap while playing: 14.7
General impression8.0
St George's Hill Golf Club Blue Course8.5
St George's Hill Golf Club Red Course8.5
Course maintenance7.5
Clubhouse7.5
Hospitality7.5
Surroundings7.5
Restaurant7.5
detroitgolfer review

St Georges Hill may best be known in history by its association with the Diggers. During the turbulent period shortly after the trial and execution of King Charles I, a group led by Gerrard Winstanley occupied the common land known as St Georges Hill with a view to cultivating it. This radical solution to rising food prices and a general feeling of disconnect with the land among the lower classes would 200 years later be labeled Communism. How ironic then that St Georges Hill should eventually become one of the wealthiest gated communities in England. In 1911 the concept of a gated community was relatively novel and appealed to the then well established middle classes made up of professionals and entrepreneurs. It is the great fortune of golfers that the developer, George Tarrant (he also developed Wentworth), decided to include a golf course on the Surrey estate. A well known figure in the Arts & Crafts movement, Tarrant is also associated with Hook Heath, the estate near Woking GC. He designed a few houses prior to the St George's Hill development. Interestingly, after a well publized 1924 match between Hagen/Smith and Duncan/Mitchell Mr Tarrant came up with idea of a providing a trophy for an annual match between between professionals from the USA and England. The St Georges committee turned the idea down thus leaving the door open for Wentworth to carry the idea forward. One of the spectators of the Wentworth Match was Samuel Ryder. Ryder thought the match should be staged again (no doubt encouraged by two English victories) and thus the Ryder Cup was born in 1927, being first played at Worcester CC in Massachusetts. After many months of arduous tree-clearing Harry Colt was able to embark on what is arguably his finest inland creation. The course covers land which is most obviously severe even when viewed from the comfort of the rather redoubtable clubhouse. However, the undulating terrain is used to great effect in offering challenge and beauty. True to Colt, many of the holes play to somewhat large uphill greens situated on plateaux and well guarded by sand. Colt is rightly famous for his par 3s, but I think the strength of St Georges Hill rests with its two-shotters. The diversity of these holes sets the standard for Colt and perhaps for all of the great architects of the Golden Age. St Georges Hill is well worth a visit simply to see the par 4s... the variety is outstanding. The great use of the topography sets off what is surely one of the best back nines in England which is kick started by the alarmingly excellent 10th. Finally, the appropriate width of the course and well maintained tree areas ensures the design can be fully enjoyed and appreciated. For those interested in history the house is worth strolling around. A standout feature is the uniquely displayed "board" winners on corner columns. Anybody going to London should seriously consider St Georges Hill as one of the first ports of call.

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Helpful?
detroitgolfer
detroitgolfer
4798 points
Silver
643 / 133,110
worldwide
5 / 4,732
United Kingdom
Total number of reviews:
37
Average review score:
7.7
Total number of photos added:
147
Handicap:
14.7
Member since:
8 April 2022
Home course :
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