West Hill Golf Club

It is one of the famous three W's alongside Worplesdon and Woking.

West Hill Golf Club

Surrey, England

Overview

Tom Simpson and Bernard Darwin named 15 as perhaps the best one-shot hole of its length on any golf course, being called the best long-shot hole in golf.

Frank Pennink wrote the quintet of short holes is as good as can be found on any course anywhere.

It is thought by some the changes to Woking's famed greens by Paton and Low were due to Butchart's inspired greens at West Hill.

The railway which runs along Woking's 4th and 7th runs by West Hill's 3rd.

Sir Guy Campbell suggests that both Jack White and Willie Park had involvement in course design in his book, History of Golf in Britain.

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West Hill Golf Club in Brookwood, Surrey, England is one-third of the 3 W's, the other two being Woking and Worplesdon. West Hill is considered the most difficult and most heathery of the three by many.

The course was funding by keen women golfer, Marguerite Lubbock. There are competing theories as to why the club was founded... The first is she had been denied access and membership to other clubs. The second is West Hill GC was a wedding present for her husband. Either way, Cuthbert Butchart was hired to lay out a course of her near Woking. The Carnoustie professional laid out West Byfleet Golf Club just down the road a couple of years previous before turning his attention to West Hill GC. The course opened for play on July 9, 1910. A match was played in by James Braid, Samuel Mure Ferguson (New Zealand GC), and CK Hutchison.

Of interest, the club has in its possession a receipt for services rendered from James Braid. In it, he refers to the implementation of some bunkers and the raising of the tees on a short hole.

One of Surrey's oldest clubs, the par 69 course has remained largely unaltered since Sir Guy Campbell's input. Known for its towering Scotch pines and the meandering brook of Brookwood, which comes into play on six of the holes. The course can be stretched to just over 6400 yards. With only two Par 5's and five Par 3's, the eleven Par 4's, which vary in length from 288 yards to 473 yards, ensure the course is no pushover.

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Surrey, GU24 0BH, England

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