Back in 1998, when Foxhills last appeared on a ranking list, the club's two courses were called the Chertsey and the Longcross. We’ve played both courses on several occasions and we certainly think the Bernard Hunt (nee Chertsey) course has the edge. However, both courses have real character and are certainly intriguing tracks.
Foxhills is marketed as “good enough to be mentioned as forming one point of a triangle of Surrey courses with Sunningdale and Wentworth”. Geographically this is indeed true, but Foxhills is not laid out on the sand belt, so don’t go there expecting to play golf on the heath. However, you can expect to play golf on a delightful, undulating and densely forested parcel of land.
The Bernard Hunt course is a good test, measuring 6,883 yards from the back tees. The layout is delightfully undulating and this certainly creates entertainment. The Longcross meanders through the forest and it’s no shorty either, measuring 6,743 yards from the tips.
Foxhills – named in Georgian times after one of England’s Foreign Secretaries – was the brainchild of the cousin of Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli. It remained a family home for more than a century before being transformed into a sporting and most impressive club and resort.
Finally, a word about the Manor course... an excellent nine-hole par three course, which is the perfect place to hone your short game. If it was good enough for 2006 World Match Play Champion Paul Casey to develop his skills as a junior, then it's good enough for us too.
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If I was writing this review having not played that many courses, I would probably give it a 4-ball ranking but as I have played and posted reviews for so many, the Bernhard Hunt can only get to a 3-ball based on my comparisons. Currently #22 in the great golf county of Surrey is probably a little high, certainly Camberley Heath should be in front of it. Even with a number of decent holes, the course struggles to give the wow factor seen on plenty of the others in the county. The 5th is a very good hole; a par-5 and SI-1, water to cross at about half-way and a tough uphill approach to the green and the 10th is a great driving par-4 and having an elevated tee is an obvious contributing factor. I think the course loses its way a little after the 12th hole, this is the furthest point from the clubhouse and the holes to the 16th are a little un-inspiring if truthful. The 18th though is fantastic, an uphill par-4 around 450 yards with a slight dog-leg to the left. Foxhills as a venue is difficult to fault, with great accommodation and facilities that you would expect to see at high-end clubs – and this is always popular with the corporate market. In summary, Foxhills as a resort is certainly successful but the Bernard Hunt course lacks a little for me.
I am a member here, I have been for 2 years now and it just keeps getting better and better. new Green keeper and director of Golf doing wonders with the greens. The fairways are lush, the challenge and variety of the holes is something to savor (spell check are you sure its not savour?). You will not be disappointed by playing here. A chance to play strategically, a chance to bomb it and if you have a card going then there is a great finish from 16, 17, 18 that if negotiated well into the prevailing breeze will make the beer taste even better in the cosmopolitan country club Bar XIX. Some very pretty holes here. A strong test of golf that was the home of the Q school back in the early eighties and late seventies. The other course is a beauty too. every time I come here I feel like I have arrived. Best holes? 1,2,6,8,10,16,17,18 but thats subjective! P.S. great hotel and other facilities if you are looking for a break. No, I dont work here!!! I just love it! JCB LAY
Played this course yesterday in a 4 ball - all of whom have played most of the top courses in the UK. We had heard nothing but good things about it recently and to a man we were not dissapointed. It was the most enjoyable new (to me) course ive played in many years. The whole complex is very classy and the course itself was in excellent condition.
It is an undulating course with many rasied tees and sweeping fairways, all surrounded by beautiful tress, bushes and fauna. Some terriffic driving holes , with genorous fairways - made for opening those shoulders and giving it your best shot!.
We all played well, which i know makes a big diffference when evaluating a course, but make no mistake, this is a high quality golf course, which will make you feel pleased to be alive!
And whats more i hit my second shot to the 18th - 440 yard par 4 hole - to 2 foot for a birdie!! Just a shame we'd already lost all the bets by then!
A decent course rather a really great one. The mention of Surrey and golf gets most people weak at the knees as the quality is high and the list on this site has sixteen of Surrey's courses in the Top 100 of England. For me Foxhills as a course is not quite with them to be honest - the Bernard Hunt course has a few really nice holes; my favourites were the very tough par-3 4th (tip - if putting from the back to the front, take it easy otherwise you may need your wedge for your next shot - really, really fast) and also the tough par-4 10th, an elevated tee and then an uphill approach - probably the best hole on the course. Just not enough stand out holes to get the pulse racing. On a side note the Foxhills complex (another 18 holes, a nine hole course, hotel, bars, spa etc.) is impressive and as an overall product I would recommend it. To compare Foxhills with nearby famous courses beginning with W or S is a little unfair - a different product all together and I am sure Foxhills can be seen as very successful business.
Overall I must admit that I was pretty disappointed with this course. Admittedly, it is currently winter and there was a fair bit of rain the previous night before I played. However, the course seems to have a very poor drainage system, uneven tees, and greens that were pretty slow and soft. The greenkeeping is also a little bit strange, on one par 5, the fairway finished within 100 yards of the green, so I had to hit my third shot from the rough.
The course does have a number of nice holes though, the par 3's on the 8th and the 11th are particularly notable.
Another word of warning - there are currently one or two temporary greens in play (which the starter provided no warning of) and all the greens on the front 9 are being repaired and are out of play.
I wouldn't recommend anyone playing this course until say May or June 2009 once the repairs are finished and the course firms up. This course has a lot of potential, it just needs a lot of tlc and money spent on it to be brought up to standard.
Played here in the winter so the course wasn't in great condition. Some fine golf holes here though with a number of long par 4's. Its up against some nearby famous courses and only matches these on price not quality i'm afraid, also received a frosty reception in the pro shop, good course but won't be rushing back.
I played Longcross in July and was dissapointed. They asked for a premium £92(!) weekend fee so we were expecting something special, however the course condition did not match up to it by any means. There looks to be drainage problems as it was wet in patches and had unsightly drainage ditch marks still showing. Most disappointing was the frequency that our balls found bare earth patches on both the fairways and the first cut of rough. The greens were reasonable on the whole but a few were "furry" and hence slow. Without the "conditioning" problems we encouthe course was tight and treelined with some interesting level changes, but I will not be rushing back
Potentially excellent (but difficult) courses. However, the state of the course when we played in May 2006 was awful. On Longcross, the narrow fairways were made all the more difficult by the rough state of the fairways. The rough is another story. Incredibly thick on the verge of the fairway, and then gradually thinning out the further away from the fairway... The Bernard Hunt course was easier, but the greens were also awful. Many, many large holes made putting a nightmare. The tee boxes on both courses were also very uneven.