- Kidd, David McLay
Holes of Merit:1, 3, 12, 18
Queenwood Golf Club is an 18 hole private golf club with superb practice facilities which counts movie stars and European Touring pros as members.
Golf Course Review
Queenwood Golf Club is perhaps the most exclusive club in all of England. The course is opposite Foxhills Golf Club in Ottershaw, Surrey, England. Opened in 2001, the course was designed by David McLay Kidd and has matured into one of the premier heathlands in Surrey, west of London.
The course is spectacular with the bold green complexes and heather-clad bunkers being highlights. The routing is made up of two loops of nine beginning and ending at the clubhouse. The front nine is a clockwise loop and the back nine, counterclockwise. Of interest was the amount of gorse which was planted between holes. Many of the holes sport mounding on either side of the fairway topped with gorse which gives each hole on the course a feeling of seclusion. Perhaps that's exactly what the membership is looking for?
The takeaway point for me from the design was the clever use of elevation. The first two holes take you downhill from the clubhouse back near the entrance. The next two holes are slightly uphill. There is a somewhat arduous walk between holes 4 and 5 but once on this plateau, you stay on the higher ground until the 8th tee. You then you play two parallel holes, down and back up to the rear of the clubhouse.
Three holes on the back nine feature man-made lakes greenside, coming on the 10th, 11th and 16th. The closing hole is superb with incredibly contoured green and bunker in front which obscures the bottom of the pin and green surface perfectly. The elevation changes are just as pronounced on the back nine but do not come as abruptly as the transition on the front.
The bunkers are very clever. They look fantastic and appear, at first glance, to be both deep and steep. However, upon inspection, they are quite playable and as deceiving as they are beautiful.
Queenwood's allure is in its' exclusivity. It is deserving of all its accolades and praise - it is simply stunning. It is pristine and manicured but somehow not artificial nor contrived - a delicate balance to achieve. The greens sites are bold and the green on the 12th is as unique as you'll see anywhere. If you have a chance to peer behind the gates, take it!
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Address:Surrey, KT16 0AQ, England