Banstead Downs - Downland golf at its finest


Situated on the Surrey and South London border Banstead Downs Golf Club has recently invested over £1.4million to both extend, improve and modernise the clubhouse and course.

The Golf Course

Opened in 1890 the course was originally designed by James Braid and is one of the UK’s finest downland courses.

The course is a par 71 measuring nearly 6,600 yards. Fast draining downland fairways ensure that the course stays playable throughout the year when many other courses are closed.

With four sets of tee's, golfers of all abilities will find the course challenging but fair. The natural topography provides ideal golfing terrain as nature intended, rarely giving a flat stance, and challenging golfers of every level to use their full repertoire of shots. The greens are fast and true but the subtle undulations and slopes provide surfaces that will test even the best of putters.

The Club House

Whether it's a hearty breakfast, a tasty sandwich or a mouth-watering three course meal the fantastic food at Banstead Downs is acclaimed by both members and visitors alike.

Relax in the sumptuous lounge of the Conservatory Bar or sit in the sun on the deck and enjoy a coffee. The display counters at the bar are filled with an assortment of hot and cold treats and the All-Day menu includes not only sandwiches, paninis and jacket potatoes, but also burgers, salads, full English breakfast and other hot meals.

The Sunday Lunches at Banstead Downs are always very popular and well-attended so booking is essential. The traditional carvery lunch provides plenty of choice and is extremely good value for money.

The facilities are all available for private dining and parties. Specialising in providing a quality of service and cuisine that is second to none, there is a range of hospitality packages to suit all member’s corporate and private needs.

Membership

The Club offers a variety of Membership options, with the majority of Members being in either the Full or 5-day Playing Categories. Other categories include those for younger Adults, Juniors, Country and Social Memberships.

All playing Members are entitled to play either 5 or 7 days a week as determined by their membership category, both in general Play and in the wide range of Competitions open to the various sections of the Club. Many members also enjoy representing the Club in matches, which range from very competitive events through to the more social and traditional fixtures against other local clubs.

All Playing and Social members are entitled to full use of the Clubhouse facilities, and to enjoy their choice of the Club’s social events which range from Candlelit Dinners to Elvis Evenings, and from Abba Nights to Quiz Evenings.

There are no reserved tee-times (except for matches and competitions) and visitors and prospective new members are extended a very warm welcome. Banstead also operates the Surrey County Card scheme which provides discounted green fees for members of other clubs.

The Academy

The Academy is open To all adults over 18 years old and offers the following benefits:

• Group lessons on the basics

• 9 individual lessons on a monthly basis

• A 9 hole playing lesson (in a group of 3)

• A lesson in golf etiquette

• Use of Practice facilities

• Play on the course (at selected times only)

• Dedicated competitions

Juniors

The Junior Section at Banstead Downs has a strong history in developing their Junior members. The Club’s most notable success is Ross McGowan who is a winner on the European Tour winning the Spanish Masters in 2009. In addition the club currently has 3 previous junior members who are developing their skills through scholarships in America. The Junior Section is open to boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 18, and they are actively recruiting new Members including less experienced players.

"During my weeks off from playing on the European Tour I love coming back to play at Banstead Downs GC. The course offers a great test with numerous natural features, which when combined, make it an enjoyable place to play. On a clear day, the raised elevation provides stunning views towards the north with The Shard and Canary Wharf in full splendour from the 13th and 14th tees.

In the summer months the course plays similar to a very fast, bouncy, tight, links style course with the added bonus of long hay lining the fairways. But it is in the winter that this special course comes to life and provides a much more challenging and very different test of golf.

The gusting winter winds and slightly softer ground (offering much less roll) make the tight fairways play a little more generous. However, every hole plays much longer forcing a driver off many tees, followed by long irons, hybrids and occasionally fairway woods in to the greens. For me, this is my favourite time to play at Banstead Downs GC and with several festive roll ups in December this provides some much-needed competition to test my game against the members, ahead of the upcoming winter schedule.

Why not come and try Banstead GC this winter?"

Ross McGowan

European Tour Player

For more information, please phone Rebecca on 0208 642 2284 (option 1) or email rebecca@bansteaddowns.co.uk

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