Review's of Pyrford Golf Club
Pyrford revival -
Ignore all preview reviews/comments on TSG or Golfshake or Trip advisor, etc. This is the latest update on Pyrford GC.
Pyrford was on my list for a very long time, but I never managed to play the course till last Thursday (1.4.2021). Not far from home, easily accessible via M3/M25 or "A"/"B" roads. The course went downhill under Crown Golf, but with the recent new ownership & management (July 2020/Get Golfing) this beautiful Peter Allis/Clive Clark's design course is coming back to its prime, and soon will be another Top course in that leafy part of Surrey. Since the lockdowns, the Membership has double in size, and is still growing !!!!! One can understand why, a huge renovation programme is in place, lots of money being invested: all bunkers are being rebuilt from scratch, some are added, some are removed, rubber crumbs base, drainage, lovely new fluffy white sand, Hooray ! Renovation still in progress, so most bunkers are GUR for the time being.
The fairways have irrigation, Greens are fantastic. A new pond has been created on the 6th Hole, Par 3, instead of the large sand waste area, the new owner must have taken TSG member Michael H.'s comments into account!!!!! The large lake in front of the Clubhouse's terrace is being rebuilt with strong maintaining edges, at the moment it looks like huge Lego bricks all around, there will be stone facia on their front.
Pyrford is a beautiful woodland, famous for all its water surrounding every hole: 23 acres of water, lakes, ponds, streams, ditches. Apparently, every 3 months, divers recover a certain amount of Pro V1, Srixon, Taylor Made etc. Lots of wildlife to be seen, a real immersion in nature. Some holes have the River Wey Canal in the background or alongside There are gentle mounds, a certain links feel in places. Every hole is different, there are definitely no "samey" as someone else did suggest. Not a long course (so you wont see BDC 's presence), but it is all strategy, flair, careful selection of club. Pure enjoyment, so looking forward when all renovation work is completed on the course, around it and inside the Clubhouse too.
There is a Marshall on the 1st Tee, a drinks/refreshments buggy driving round, which you will probably see twice in your 18 holes round. A nice idea, One can do a "Loo" stop back at the Clubhouse between 9th & 10th hole......
A big Car Park, can be quite full due to everyone rushing back to golf, but one is allowed, as far I can see, to park on the green verges/banks....
Warm welcome in the Clubhouse/Proshop/Reception area. Coffee and take away food available. Next week one will be allowed to sit on the terrace overlooking the large lake with views of the 12th & 18th greens. Only the basic necessaries will be available in new Proshop, all the rest will be done on line with a 10% discount for members.
Lots of different membership options, a very good programme of competitions etc. and one certainly caught my interest: "THE RACE TO LE TOUQUET". More about in another review maybe.
Grass practice area, behind the large lake, 2 nets, a Chipping & Putting green too. Not too sure which is the signature hole, several suggestions were made to me: the 6th Par 3, the 9th Par 5 (index 2) or maybe the 18th, Par 5 (index 9). Will confirm that in an update.
Pyrford GC is on the way to a very special course that everyone should play. Make sure you have spare balls though.
Very highly recommended.
(My very own views and reflection of the day)
So beautiful, played great, I didn't lose too many balls
Such a lovely course. The bunkers need a bit of work
I think it's £25 to play. But it's part of the Crown Golf group, I just swiped my membership card.
Personally, I'd rate it in the top five courses on Crown Golf.
Well worth a visit. In fact, I'm thinking of advertising a TSG game there in mid May.
I'd give it 10 outta 10.
The changing room is also of a high standard with about 6 showers.
Great Course - Poor Condition
This is a great course with a great layout, and having played here last year I was expecting the course to be in good condition this time of year, however I'm sad to say this was not the case.
The greens had recently been hollow tined, and therefore I would not expect the greens to be perfect after this work, however the overall condition of the greens is awful and way below par for this course. Putting on the greens was a bit of a lottery, these are bumpiest greens I've played on for some time and the bunkers also lack sand.
The teeing areas also need work, and you can see some of that work taking place now. To top off the round, the bridge on the 18th hole is broken, and this means that after playing you second shot you have to walk back towards the T to use an alternative bridge, this very confusing when your standing on the T as you cannot understand why players are walking towards you until you play the hole.
I paid a green fee of £35 for this course on a Saturday after 1pm, this was poor value;the course was at best worth £20. Pyrford celebrates its 25th Anniversary this September, I think Peter Aliss would be appalled at its current condition.
Pyrford is a Peter Alliss & Clive Clark parkland design in/near West Byfleet/Woking Surrey.
The most notable feature of the course is that water features in 17 of the 18 holes. The one hole that doesn't is the par 3 119 yard 6th hole, which happens to have a bunker between tee and green that is at least three times the size of the green. Me thinks this was originally intended to be a long carry over water but there was a change of mind. Personally I would like to see a 'small 'water feature at the front of the green with the remainder of the bunker filled in but hey!
While there is such a preponderance of water there is ample landing areas from the tee to make the course very playable with good club selection/course management. Approaches over water up to the well bunkered greens poses the greater dangers to a good score.
The course, played in April 2017, was generally in good condition, greens were firm, undulating and tricky to read. The greenside bunkers were deep but in very good condition. Approaches to the greens from the centre fairways were accessible but approaches from the sides/rough areas generally involved tricky carries over the greenside bunkers. Straight from the tee is king here! Be mindful of water filled ditches across the course.
The course is a very level walking experience.
Pyrford is a members club.
Weekday visitor green fees are £45 (am) or £33 (pm), and £27.50 as a members guest. This level of green fee is too much for this quality of course! Even the member's guest rate is high!
The above said, I entered their annual Seniors Open Stableford Competition, with the entry fee including coffee/bacon roll, 18 holes, a two course meal/coffee and prizes. An excellent VFM way to play the course.
The competition organisation wasn't as polished as I have experienced elsewhere, ie a new organisor took over shortly before the event, however, the catering service was excellent.
The above said I thoroughly enjoyed playing the course for the first time, learned from the experience, and look forward to having another go at some point in the near future.
This is a course well known to fellow TSGers as it is on the TSG/SES Saturday calendar of events.
Perhaps its reminiscent of Pebble Beach!!!
17 holes over water , great if your a duck!!
lovely looking course, you have to plot your way around, greens were fantastic
paid £43 for a society game, so not really good value on top of puting 6 brand new pro v's in the drink
If you have a problem with water, this is not the place for you
Awesome Course, lots of water !!
An awesome golf course with flat tees, lush, tight fairways and true greens, all mixed up with tons of water on nearly every hole. A thinking man's golf course; not something you could just rip the driver off every tee. Although this was a freebie, courtesy of Damian Benstead, Thank You, Damian, the weekend green fee of £55.00 would be out of my price range. Saying that, if money isn't an issue, then get down there and play it; you won't be disappointed. I would definitely play here again but only when Pyrford have a special offer on.
I seem to recall this being a much nicer course when I played it c3 years ago. Due to the amount of water on it, it requires you to be on your game and accurate, so from a challenge point of view it is good, but considering the cost, it was in poor condition. The fairways were too long in lot's of places, reducing run on a good shot, a number of key bunkers were ground under repair and looked terrible, and the greens were wooly. On a positive note, the clubhouse is nice, and the practice facilities are reasonable. Won't be rushing back anytime soon.
Water, water every where! Bring your "A" game!
well worth a visit
very nice course with plenty of water, one of my favorites
Great welcome at the pro shop, so certainly no complaints there.
There are some nice holes, but there are a large number that just look a bit "samey". Too many of the fairways are bordered by mounds with long grass, although on the back nine a lot of the mounds get replaced by lots of water.
While the fairways aren't generous on the front, they appear to tighten up on the back. A lot of the holes are short enough to take a long iron off the tee though.
The greens were probably the slowest I've played all summer, and not exactly in great condition.
This is a decent enough course, but if you're paying full price then I can imagine that you'll feel that you haven't had value for money by the time you finish your round.
Soggy day, but great course!
Played in very, very wet conditions, but still had a really enjoyable round. Staff in the pro shop v.friendly, clubhouse looked good, and the course itself (considering the weather) possibly the best I've played in my few months of golfing. The greens had just been sanded/spiked, so not perfect, hence only a 4 for the quality of course, but will certainly go back and play again in a couple of weeks. A tough course for a high-handicapper as there are plenty of bunkers and also water hazards on most holes, but really would recommend a visit as it's a great-looking and varied course.
AN INTERESTING CHALLENGE
Part of the Crown Group, and from my experience one of the better courses that they own/run. There is plenty of water in the shape of lakes and ditches although from the yellow tees it doesn't come into play that much. I could see that the course would usually be very attractive but due to the exceptionally dry summer it didn't look at its best this time - I will return for another round when it has greened up a bit. Some quite long walks between tees. Nice clubhouse/patio.
Very good course.
Played here for the first time on Thursday 24th of June. Course is in fantastic condition, greens are very big and were very fast.
As a golfer with a high h/c I had a really good time, you have to think about each shot as the water catches you out a lot.
Looking forward to going back and playing again.
with all the wet weather course held up really well. cant wait to play again.
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an excellent well kept course lots of water hazards,a little bit short but very good none the less,putting green driving and hipping practice areas
i paid £34.00 as a visitor
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played this course twice now. I understand it is the most expensive of all Crown golf venues (£40 non members)
There appears to be water on most holes wether it is streams or lakes, the course was very well maintained with the greens in lovely condition considering we have had so much rain recently. there were no trolly bans, no temporary mats & no barriers or walking restrictions.
All the holes seem to present a different challenge to suit the thinking golfer! The 9th is a par 5 curved dog-leg right with the only access to the green over a large lake. The green is raised with bunkers protecting the front & sloping banks to the rear, calling for pinpoint accuracy on your approach. Watch out for one of the biggest bunkers ever from the tee to the green on a 135 yard par 3.
Great course playing again soon.
I highly recommend this course
Great Course, so far for 2008
What more can i say other than, the green keepers are doing a FANTASTIC job and so far this is the best course i've played in 2008. Some holes may seem straight forward, but you still have to plot your way through and between the bunkers.