Few of us played at the very private New Zealand Golf Course on Thursday as part of the Surrey Chamber of Commerce golf rota. A fantastic bright sunny late summer day with a breeze just to keep things nice and warm. We all arrived in time, despite the traffic in and around the A3 trying to prevent myself and Brian getting there for our slot.
Its very private – no website for example, and a heap of ‘myths’ and truths about its setup. It is a ‘bogey’ golf course… not many of these around at all these days. Spurning (if that is the right word), the standard Stroke Index rating, they have a ‘bogey’ column on their card which is what you are expected to play the hole in. Bogey golf courses are not intended to be played in a stableford or medal format, rather twosomes and foursomes. The stroke index which is printed on the card anyway was pointed out by someone in our society as a result of the club management saying “we don’t want a stroke index, but if we have to take it, well we’ll just take St Andrews”. True or not, it explained some funky Stroke Indexes and seems to fit in well with the whole setup.
A couple of people were also talking about how members are not to reside in the borough (or within 15miles), as they don’t expect members to play at the weekend! Real old school setup, in fact a setup of their own of which they appear to be very proud of.
A fantastic course, but perhaps without any standout holes, just a very very nice place to play golf. Awesome condition, tree-lined, and carefully placed bunkers (complete with heather edging)…. oh and heather…. lots and lots of heather. It all made for a great round, even if many a card was ruined by landing in it.
Take anything more than a 9iron or wedge, and no matter how well it is landing, you’ll be regretting it after you poke it 5yards in front of you. None of us had played here before and the Yeti was a victim of the heather on the front nine, but kept it together on the back for 31points. I started well but had 3 holes mid round involving awful tee shots and heather but again got round in 31. Simon didn’t have his best day and the ‘auld campaigner Macve was bemoaning his swing yet still tottled round for 35points, meaning 3rd overall and went home a couple of bottles of wine and some Chromies to the good.
Food was fantastic, I did my best to eat my own body weight (which is an impressive attempt in itself). All in all a very good day and we’re all looking forward to playing here again when the society returns next year.