Tandridge Golf Club
Tandridge sits just south of the M25 in an affluent corner of Surrey. It is a delightful golf course, a great layout and a wonderful place to visit. For those fortunate enough to be a member, happy days are assured at this traditional, yet forward thinking golf club.
Celebrated golf architect Harry Colt created the delightful course at Tandridge in 1924. There are spectacular views of the Surrey North Downs and the High Weald, with the front nine running along relatively gentle land and the back nine sited in more rolling and dramatic terrain. With a length of 6,509 yards and a par of 71, the course provides an excellent test of golf.
Food and drink are very important to any visiting golfer and the bar at Tandridge is charming and welcoming with its wood panelling and traditional feel, the clubhouse exudes old world charm. The clubhouse flows perfectly onto the stone flagged patio, which wraps around the putting green. The views across the course and access to the clubhouse make this and it an idyllic setting for any golfer.
Then there is the catering - wow.
“The Tandridge Lunch” is served under the expert eye of William Virley, the House Manager and Head Chef. The four courses of traditional British fare are acknowledged as being amongst the very best golf club lunches across the country.
Regardless of how you have played, lunch is a delight. Perhaps not at the top of the list for those wishing to reduce calories, there is an exceptional choice and the whole lunching experience is both traditional and magnificent.
Green fee prices are competitive for the area and quality of the club. Visitors, with handicaps, are welcomed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and can even be purchased at the weekend in the afternoon. They reduce substantially in the early spring and autumn and even more so in January and February when you can enjoy 18 holes at Tandridge for just £30. The summer rate also reduces as the day progresses, which correctly recognises the changing value of golf rounds. Many clubs would do well to introduce a similar system if they want to maximise their green fee income at times when their membership are less keen to play. The club professional, Chris Evans, takes all visitor bookings via his shop, which is full of elegant clothing clubs and accessories. He has been at Tandridge for over two decades and is very busy with expert tuition as well as running the day-to-day operations in the golf shop.
Ian Dye is the course manager and does a fabulous job in presenting Tandridge in the best possible light throughout the year. Many courses can pick their condition for a special event or a few weeks in the summer months, but Tandridge is in genuinely great condition all the year round. The greens are glassy and without any visible imperfection. They are firm too, so being the right side of the hole is the only way to score well.
David Barnes was appointed Chairman last year on a five-year term. David, whose background is in banking, is bringing excellent forward planning to the club. Previously, when Chairmen were appointed for a shorter period, it was difficult to implement any long-term projects, as the leadership changed too frequently. David and the committee he heads have appointed Tim Lobb, the renowned course architect, to advise and consult on keeping the course’s character, conditioning and quality at the highest order over the coming years.
Lobb & Partners will oversee the removal of some bunkers and the refurbishment of the rest, including drainage, liners and new sand. Run-off surrounds around the greens will also be improved – changes will also include some new irrigation.
Under David Barnes’ guidance, the club have approved a ‘Course Design Policy’ document – the blueprint for all future work on the course. It covers objectives for daily presentation, routine maintenance and the more significant improvement work. Eventually, an updated woodland management policy will also be included.
Colt’s original course dates from 1924 and Lobb has been engaged by the club to carry out a course-evolution programme, while retaining its natural and historic character. Lobb has been gathering extensive historical data on the course, including aerial photography, from English Heritage, from the 1940s, ’60s and ’90s, as his team looks to assess possible changes in a systematic way.
Tandridge is a classic and well worth visiting. Every aspect has been carefully thought out and it is beautifully run and maintained, with solid planning for the future, it will remain so for many years to come. For more information, please visit the website: tandridgegolfclub.com