Worplesdon Golf Club

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At A Glance

According to Tom Simpson in the book, The Game of Golf, the original layout and routing at Worplesdon Golf Club were fashioned by Willie Park Jr. with green complexes and bunkering by J.F Abercromby.

Tom Simpson calls the par 5 11th unbeaten when compared to other 3-shot holes at Sunningdale, Swinley Forest, Worplesdon and Coombe Hill!

Further Reading

Sean Arble's tour of Worplesdon Golf Club can be found by clicking here.


Full Course Review

In 1908, Herbert Fowler applauded JF Abercromby's work at Worplesdon Golf Club. In particular, he noted the raised greens with beautiful slopes and abrupt banks. He described them as 'full of slopes and waves.' He revered the 5th and especially it's green. The 7th was called one of the best long short holes he had ever seen. The 8th was known as a template taken from Pandy at Musselburgh. The 11th was considered to be a fine three-shot hole and the 12th an extra-fine two-shot hole. The 15th and 17th greens were also considered highlights. (Sheffield Daily Telegraph 14 December 1908)

The course put the golf world on notice and JF Abercromby into the spotlight. Worplesdon Golf Club was called the lastest word on golf course architecture and the appearance of more than two short holes was considered to be revolutionary. (Newcastle Dialy Chronicle 10 March 1909)

In 1920, Arthur Croome called it the first and one of JF Abercromby's golf architectural masterpieces. It is one of his proudest moments of architectural genius and one of the best courses in the British Isles. (Graphic 21 February 1920)


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The Essentials

Everything you need to know before you go!