Celebrating 25 years of Sutton Green Golf Club
This year Sutton Green Golf Club celebrates its 25th Anniversary. We take a look back charting the Clubs history and celebrating all things golf at Sutton Green.
The land we are on was originally home to two key historic buildings in the local area, White House Farm and Loampits Farm, which were formerly hunting lodges built for Henry VIII’s use. Situated in the beautiful Surrey countryside, White House Farm is now a large residential property renamed Lee Place and Loampits Farm was replaced with Mayford Grange Care home.
With the landscape and property uses changing the expanse of land surrounding these buildings was identified for development as a golf course and the site was granted planning permission in June 1992. With permissions in place it was David Walker, John Buchanan and Harry Hislop who joined forces in February 1993 to purchase the land and set about creating a new stand-out golf club for the area.
Aiming to deliver prestige golf on a private and secluded space the partners instructed renowned golf course designer David Walker and former Women’s World Number 1 golfer, the now Dame Laura Davies as co-designers.
Together they created an impeccable Par 71, 6433 yard countryside golf course, designed to championship standards.
Four long par 5's are complemented with five exciting par 3's and 9 par 4's. Gentle slopes and lakes were introduced offering an exciting challenge to golfers of all standards. The course would take golfers through lush green fairways and well protected greens, designed with two loops of nine holes which see golfers return to the 18th green nestled in front of the clubhouse terrace.
With designs well progressed work began on the course in May 1993. As ever British weather bought construction challenges, but the dedicated team transformed the land and the course was completed in November 1994.
As the course and clubhouse neared completion the next challenge was securing interest and subsequent membership from across the local area. Luckily word was already spreading about the eagerly anticipated new course, and with Laura keen to continue to work with the club and make regular personal appearances and play in competitions she brought extra gravitas to raise awareness.
As we opened our doors a healthy list of new members was already established, but with most not knowing each other what was always key to our ambitions was creating a real sense of being a Club for all, where new friendships would be formed, people of all levels and ages can participate and enjoy more golf and a camaraderie and social scene would be at the heart of the Club.
We quickly established a programme of golf competitions and social events which have grown from strength to strength over the last 25 years.
Every month mid-week and weekend competitions take place featuring men’s, ladies and mixed events, and our summer Club Championships and Captain’s Day tournaments are established major highlights in our golf event calendar.
Our members can also up the competitive stakes with the Club taking part in County and League competitions and plenty of friendlies with other clubs across the South East area.
Celebrities have often graced the course during Charity Golf Days; Gary Lineker, Alan Ball, Eddie the Eagle, Shakin’ Stevens, Peter Snow, Gladstone Small and Jason Leonard to name a few.
Every year our Club Captains choose a charity to support with some of the great causes we’ve supported over the years including Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, McMillan Nurses, Woking Hospice, Roy Castle Foundation, White Lodge, Kent, Sussex, Surrey Air Ambulance and Shooting Star Chase, raising in the region of over £250,000 though this initiative so far.
Laura continues to follow the Club’s development and play the course, a club highlight was her exhibition match with Karen Lunn in the summer of 1995. Laura also donated the Trophy and sponsors the annual Mixed Pairs Competition, which bears her name.
Since opening in 1994, extensive investment has been made on the course and in the clubhouse to ensure we maintain the highest standards and provide facilities all of our members and guests can benefit from. A state of the art computer controlled irrigation system ensures the tees, greens and fairways remain in excellent condition. Our 2014 Captains created our halfway house concept, which is a welcome retreat for refreshments at the half way point on the course, and various Captains over the years have left their mark introducing various benches, a drinking fountain and our starters hut.
Other course improvements include large drainage projects to both fairways and bunkers as well as upgrades to bunkers, hole lengths and fairway surfaces and tree and hedge alterations, working with our members feedback to keep the course playing in top form.
More than just golf our social scene is also thriving. From our Christmas Party to Summer Ball, BBQ’s to Beaujolais Day and regular quiz nights and family days – there is always something happening at the Club.
On a daily basis the course offers a friendly bar serving food and drinks, which also benefits from a sunny outside terrace where you can relax and watch other golfers complete the 18th hole. Our pro-shop is also a welcoming place to pick up the latest golf wear and equipment, hire a golf buggy and book your next round of golf. Club pro, Bernie White and Alex McDonald are always a friendly face and nothing is too much trouble.
We certainly like to think we have created a golf club that was true to our ambitions. A Championship standard course where the doors are always open for members and visitors to come and enjoy wonderful golf, good times and great friendships. We’ll be putting the good times to the test at our big 25th Anniversary Party.