Day Two: Woking, Private, Subtle

Back to town: Woking's closing hole

Back to town: Woking's closing hole

On my second day of playing golf out of London by train I went to Woking, in the suburbs. The club was where writer Bernard Darwin belonged for many years. Created by Tom Dunn in 1893, the course is a real throwback, or as the pro at Sunningdale said: “It is like the evolution of the game stopped.”

That said, it was quite intriguing — and they have lengthened several holes over time. I’ll write up a full review upcoming.

Tough Two: After opening up with a 280 yard par-4, Woking hits you with this 220 yard par-3.

Tough Two: After opening up with a 280 yard par-4, Woking hits you with this 220 yard par-3.Heathland Wonder: The sixth hole, from a tee deck set on a hillside, is dramatic on a course that is typically low profile.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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  • i love woking. did you happen to see the photo of Darwin climbing a ladder to play a ball off the clubhouse (which is IN BOUNDS) on 14?

    RT: I’d be interested in hearing your opinion of holes 1, 17, 18.

    too bad your photo is of 18… were you drawn in by the pond?? so many other great (pondless) shots around that course.


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