|Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 2006
|Puttenham Golf Club lies in a lovely setting beneath the Hog's Back near Guildford, Surrey, England, and was founded in 1894. It has a mixture of heath and woodland, and was originally a nine-hole course. It was extended to 18 holes in 1937, and then totally redesigned with five brand new holes under the auspices of architect Donald Steel and officially opened in 1990. Although not long by today's standards, it provides a tricky test and positional shots are called for.
Outstanding from this version:-
- Flags - number and positioning
CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)
Please remember that Clipnote reviews are the opinion of one person and do not constitute an 'Official' Links Corner review of the course.
Real, woodland course
Some dodgy greens along the back nine suggest M*/M* is enough
One of those slightly shorter ‘executive’-length courses that retains a curious appeal when you can wallop it to bits with a computer ani,
Puttenham has some very short and tasty holes – including possibly some of the shortest Par 4s seen on the game – and is presented
very straight, true to its designer’s style. You can always rely on a certain intimacy in a John Brooks creation, and this one is certainly no
exception. With crystal clear presentation, including some excellent hole previews, this is as honest as they come.
The planting has been toughened up here, and the elevations are bang on the money, but there are traces of hurriedness in some slightly
odd, angular bunker construction and occasional patches where the textures and planting just don’t meld together. But there has been
effort applied to create suitable course buildings and suchlike, and the flavour of the course is all the richer for it.
While undoubtedly it’s not the experience you’d get in real life, it’s a blast to wallop your opening drive clean over the tree in the centre
of the fairway and then continue to shape around the doglegs that make for some very reachable Par 4s. You’d never want to include
this set-up in serious competition, but from the seriously shot middle tees, it’s terrific to slog around in many, many strokes under par.
Tellingly, the variety of hole designs is enough to stop this becoming monotonous.
Unsurprisingly, it’s not difficult to shoot very low scores here, particularly from middle tees which have been very generously placed.
With most of the major pin-positioning problems taken out of play, much of your approach play is reduced to chip-and-tap-in. Very low
scores are almost inevitable.
A lot of visuals are nice, although there are points where discernably less attention has been lavished than we might hope. John is
rapidly cornering the market in public courses around the South of England, and his creations for the large part are turning out very
||Cute and fun, but very very easy. Going for grandstand shots is the only way to
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