Guildford Golf Club
Until 1870, the
golf coursewas actually a race course. Laid out on land that was once part of the Onslow Estate, the club was founded by Colonel W. Bannatyne, Major W. Pontifex and Mr E.L. Hooper. The 4th Earl of Onslow gave his support to the project, and so became the President of the club. Originally, the course was just six holes in length, but by the early 1900s it had expanded to eighteen and the clubhouse was built.
The modern clubhouse was officially opened in 1998 by
Peter Alliss. The clubhouse looks out over the Downs, with attractive views of the 18th hole. The club website states that the Clubhouse has been "widely acclaimed as one of the best in the South East [of England] "
The course is an 18-hole parkland golf course set on the North Downs. It measures 6090 yards off the mens competition tees and has a par of 69. Being situated on
chalk, it is seen as a good all-weather course. Often, there is a fairly strong wind across the Downs, significantly increasing the difficulty of the Course. Very low scoring is rare.
There are well-supported Mens, Ladies and Junior sections of the club, and both 7 day and 5½ day membership available. The club has many internal competitions, as well as regular competition with other Surrey clubs. Every section has an annual general meeting (AGM) at which members are invited to attend and express their opinions on Club issues
* [http://www.guildfordgolfclub.co.uk Guildford Golf Club website]
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