Addington Palace, England
 
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Addington Palace Golf Club
Addington Park
Gravel Hill
Croydon
Surrey
CR0 5BB
England
ArchitectJ.H.Taylor
Head Professional/Director of GolfJon Good
Telephone+44 (0) 20 8654 3061
LocationM25 J6 then A22 towards Croydon
Websites Golf Club Website
VisitorsWelcome midweek
Club Secretary/ ManagerSarah Burton
 

The residence for six Archbishops of Canterbury between 1805 and 1883, the grand old manor house at Addington Palace is now a wedding venue, corporate function centre and extensive health club, complete with a number of accommodation units. Within the grounds of the Palace’s large estate, a golf course was laid out by J.H. Taylor and Fred Hawtree for the newly formed golf club back in 1931.

Today, the course extends to just over 6,400 yards, playing to a par of 71, with fairways laid out over a rolling landscape.  The front nine appears a little tighter as many of the holes are lined with birch, oak and fir trees whilst the back nine has more of an open parkland feel to it.

The 439-yard uphill 2nd (“Gladings Folly”) is deemed the most difficult hole on the front nine, doglegging uphill right to the green, whilst the 438-yard 10th (“Lime Tree”) attracts the lowest stroke index on the back nine, again playing uphill to a green that’s heavily bunkered on the right.

Signature hole status on the course is accorded to “Cedar Tree,” the 388-yard 14th, which doglegs right to the target. An accurate drive is required to find the flat portion of the fairway on this hole before playing an approach to the heavily contoured green.

Hole 3 is named after four time-Open winner Bobby Locke, who often based himself here when he was competing in the British Isles. A renowned brilliant putter in his day, the South African would surely have approved the excellent greens that are in play today at Addington Palace. 
 
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Whilst the centre of greens putt true and fairly fast, there were clear signs of disease particularly on the edges of greens. The greens do not hold well struck shots from anyone who plays off more than 6. Of 132 rounds, only one was below handicap! It might be a good track, but it is not somewhere to be recommended.
28 May 2015 See other reviews from this reviewer
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Ron Christie03 July 2015
I feel I have to respond to this post to give a factually accurate account of the day referred to. Firstly it is our aim to have firm fast putting surfaces at APGC. Secondly Of the 132 rounds 14 were below handicap and not 1 as stated. Included in this was a very impressive gross 65 eight under the CSS. 
Played the course today with 3 guests, there was also a society playing today. The course was so well managed we had a 3 1/2 hour 4 ball. The front 9 holes are tighter than the back nine, with some stunning views. The course is so well presented, the greens are amazing, and its only March. Friendly clubhouse with fairly priced food and drinks. The chefs special was fantastic, and the breakfast really well presented. Definitely a must for a GOLF lover.
27 March 2015 See other reviews from this reviewer
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Addington Palace is a brilliant course in beautiful condition with a contrasting front and back 9. The front 9 is tight and tree lined whereas the back 9 is more open but still in great condition and requires a strategic approach to score well. The greens here are the best I've ever played on. Very fast and true. I think it's a travesty that the likss of Surrey National, Selsdon and Shirley Park are ranked ahead of this gem - play it all you'll see why.
07 August 2012 See other reviews from this reviewer
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kevin parfitt21 December 2012
I agree with those comments having played all of those mentioned.A course with character,good layout,great conditioning and fantastic views.
Played this course 19th April 2012. The course was fantastic and the greens the finest I have putted on. Lots of interesting holes through mature woodland. By far the best course in the area and if you get the chance to play it don't turn it down!
21 May 2012 See other reviews from this reviewer
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Played in March 2012 and the course was in great condition and the greens true and fast. The first 12 holes are a treat to play, carving their way through some heavy trees and challenging undulations, probably as good as any 12 holes anywhere in the south east. 13 onwards is a bit more like a public course and does not provide anywhere near the excitement of the first 12. In saying this I had a really good day out at Addington Palace and would recommend the course o anyone.
26 March 2012 See other reviews from this reviewer
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A fantastic layout which requires all your shot making skills with the best greens for miles around. The clubhouse and members are extremely friendly. A must play course!
27 August 2010 See other reviews from this reviewer
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Carl17 June 2011
Addington Palace is a tough mixture of heathland and parkland in the grounds of the ex palace for the Bishop of London, in fact the clubhouse was once the old stables. It is tight, difficult and undulating. A great course next door to the great Addington.
Very nice course. Very inclosed with trees front nine Back nine more open 2nd hole very hard par 4. All holes named by the board of directors. The old stables for the palace is the clubhouse but still very nice. The course has got be in the top 100 courses in the country
23 November 2008 See other reviews from this reviewer
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Played the front 9 only but liked what I saw. Pretty non-descript 1st hole (180 yard par 3) (managed a tee shot shot to 7 inches though) but the next 8 holes are varied, interesting and great design. I have been lucky enough to have played many Surrey courses and this is a decent track that is well worth a visit. Of the holes I played, the 3rd and the 4th are cracking short par 4’s and the 9th is a lovely sweeping arc of a par 5. I will return in the Spring to get the full 18 under my belt and have high expectations.
01 December 2005 See other reviews from this reviewer
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