Superb heathland course with Ryder Cup heritage
Staight at the pin with a rescue club at the first, a long par 3. If only I'd stayed with that club all round. Trouble is it's 6786 off the whites so you feel you have to knock it up there, or else play them all as par 5s. You can play out of the heather if you find your ball, but there's a big premium for finding the fairway.
Bathed in tradition with princes and parliamentarians as past presidents, the club offers oak-pannelled dining rooms and unassuming, traditional service. The putting green is like the benign back lawn of some country house but the heath can be brutal if the wind blows. You are playing a course where Europe lost the Ryder Cup to a superb American team in 1981. Play like Tom Watson here and you'll be OK. If not, just enjoy the views and try not to hear the thunder of the M25 around the turn.