Worplesdon Golf Club

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

Joyce Wethered (Lady Heathcoat Amory) was Lady Captain in 1922 and President from 1963 to 1997!

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Worplesdon Golf Club is a classic Surrey heathland which sits as one-third of the famous 3W triumvirate. The club was founded in 1908, 15 years after Woking and a year before West Hill. 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 JF Abercromby.

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) Of interest, Herbert Fowler left out the 10th, known as The Pond Hole, which has become the club's 'signature hole' - a short par 3 over Bridley Pond.

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) The course has five Par 3's, nine Par 4's and four Par 5's. Three of the Par 5's are played in the span of 5 holes on the back nine with two, back to back in 11 and 12.

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)

Recently, Tim Lobb will head a restoration of the course. The work started off with a bang in 2021 with the horseshoe bunker on the famous 13th restored to its proper place! We look forward in earnest to seeing this JF Abercromby restored to its former glory.


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