Last Updated: Thu 22 Feb
Course open but very wet Greens patchy, slow & bobbly. Length of grass in fairways & 1st Cut long. All bunkers out of play
With the practice facilities at Merrist Wood, members have every opportunity to improve their game. Unleash your driver in our 14-bay grass range, with 280 yards of distance and full flight balls to recreate the real thing. Refine your short game in our chipping area, complete with bunkers and green maintained to top quality playing standards, and perfect your touch on the pristine putting green. We also have buggies and trolleys available for hire from the pro shop.
Laid out over 250 acres and measuring nearly 7,000 yards off the blue tees, Merrist Wood is a long and brilliantly designed parkland course, where every hole presents a different challenge. With water on five holes and some 80 bunkers, you need to keep your wits about you and be accurate off the tee, so it’s not all about big hitting. It’s a course that will challenge and delight golfers of all abilities.
The par 5 6th will tempt the big hitters, at 549 yards off the white tees, but this is a hole you need to plot your way through. With a lake on the left and bunkers down the right, you can’t afford to be wayward off the tee. Your second shot has to carry a row of three bunkers and then there are further bunkers protecting the green front left. Accuracy is key and once you make it to the green, the undulating contours present their own challenge.
Another hole requiring sound tactics and precision is the 12th, a 336 yard par 4. Your line off the tee is left of the green. Drift right and you might find the lake, which begins at around 200 yards. A good tee shot will leave you with a shortish iron over the lake to the green but distance is crucial as the target is small. Too short and you’re in the water, too long and you’ll drop off the back.
The 16th is an enticing par 3 with genuine hole in one potential, thanks to the pot in the middle of the green. A good tee shot and you might just find the contours give you the dream finish. Of course, there’s a degree of jeopardy. Miss the green and you’re likely to be playing for birdie out of a bunker or rough. It’s a death or glory sort of hole. You’ll love it.
“Nice club house, well-kept course and a fairly long course which makes it a good test of golf for a lot mid and high handicap players.” – AB
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