Users Comments (3)

Played Pyrford on Saturday and loved the course. Excellent condition with some outstanding holes that really challenged my golf. However, reception in the club shop was rude and unhelpful! Given tee-off of 7.08am. It was pitch black and waited until 7.25 to start.

On the 7th Course marshall caught up with us and told us to keep playing quickly and to maintain our pace. Laughed at our tee-off time and told us we should have started in the dark and if we held play up we should miss out two holes so members can maintain their pace!!!

I've never heard such a ridiculous statement. Leaves something of a bad taste! But the course is worth a visit if you don't mind being treated like a second class citizen.

October 29th 2006
NAME: Greg Sadler
HOME CLUB: Colne Valley GC

If you like American style golf courses then you will probably enjoy Pyford, I however have a rather different view of this course.

Having played it a number of times and, like most people, I have had both good and bad games in both good and bad weather and whilst it is relatively easy to score on I cannot work up any interest in playing on this flat and boring American style so called inland links.

As you enter the course the landscaping is very inviting and picturesque with a very nice modern clubhouse with a well stocked pro shop and all of the staff are very friendly and helpful, the food is good with a good outlook onto probably the best hole on the course, which is the eighteenth, I regard this as the best because it is the only hole which blends in with the surrounding country side.

The front nine is made up of mostly short par 4s and two par fives one of which is very long for the normal club player and would hold no interest if it wasn't for the lake between the fairway and green, the back nine is a bit more of a challenge with two reasonable par fives.

There is plenty of water on the course but this only comes into play on five holes unless you are really short or really wild off the tee, the greens are of a good size but all of different speeds.

I would however urge you to try it as it is a different type of golf to the normal woodland or parkland that is indigenous to this area and who knows, you may just enjoy it.
March 15th 2002
NAME: Dave Matthews
HOME CLUB: Richmond Park

Having played this course for only the 2nd time this week, I came away more impressed than I would have imagined. The first time I played it, it was a calm day, sun shining and cool, and I was astounded at how good a condition the course was in. It is also very beautiful, water on 15 of the 18 holes and one has to think all the way round.

This week, it was blowing at almost gale force, after 3 days of heavy rain. Tough ? - yes. However, it is essential to get your tee shot away no matter what club you are using. I was in a fourball with 5, 9 and 11 handicappers - and hitting 5 irons on a 135 yard par 3 hardly seemed fair - but the wind was howling! Conversely, downwind one could run out of fairway, particularly if the tee shot was not right on the money!

This is one of the most enjoyable courses I have played in 35 years around the world, and I have no hesitatiion in recommending it to anyone who wants to put their game to a real test. It is not cheap - 35 mid week in the winter, but comparing it to say Wentworth West course, I would prefer this any day. I did enquire, and one can get a day ticket in the spring for 50 - I doubt a better 36 hole ticket is available for that price within 25 miles of London.
January 22nd 2002
NAME: Noel Sharman
HOME CLUB: Richmond Park Dukes/Princes

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