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Chipstead Golf Club
In its picturesque North Downs setting with views across the Surrey countryside, Chipstead Golf Club's 18 hole, Par 68, 5504 yard course provides an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all abilities.
Established since 1906 the course has a maturity and history behind it that places it firmly in a league of its own.
Although the course is only 5504 yards long it provides stunning views and a stiff challenge to golfers of all abilities. Small undulating greens and six extremely good par threes will always provide a test for those that have a good score card on the go.
Perhaps one of the most important qualities of Chipstead Golf Club is that it is a warm and friendly family club, which welcomes golfers of all abilities, including those who are new to the game.
The 17th hole is one of the most difficult tee shots on the course especially if you move your ball from left to right. With out of bounds running the whole length of the hole to the right and a sloping left to right fairway this tee shot requires a soft draw to avoid danger. Although not the longest hole even after a good drive you are faced with a tricky pitch shot to a slightly elevated green that slopes from front to back.
The 8th hole requires a left to right tee shot which will leave you with a fairly simple second shot to the green from the right side of the fairway. However, once on the green your putting skills will be tested to the full. A green that slopes from back to front which always runs very fast if you get the wrong side of the hole. You will never have a straight putt on this green.
With six par three’s on the course and all of them very challenging it’s difficult to pick a single hole that will test you to the full. But the 15th hole probably provides you with the ultimate test. The green slopes front to back so the ball is always running away from you and it is very difficult to see your target from the tee. A ball that is pitching around the front of the green is ideal but once again like a lot of the greens at Chipstead your job is far from finished once you have found the green.
During the Club’s 106 year existence committee Members together with members and staff have worked hard to create an atmosphere that makes Chipstead one of the most popular clubs in Surrey.
The Course drains well in winter and is only ever closed in extreme weather conditions.
The current Clubhouse was opened in 1994 and provides the members and guests with all the necessary facilities for the enjoyment of golf and related social activities. We have a practice ground and a putting and chipping area, which can be accessed at all times.
The current Clubhouse opened in 1994
Members relaxing in warm sunshine on the Clubhouse terrace
Clubhouse main entrance from the extensive car park
We currently have vacancies in most membership categories and you do not need to be sponsored by an existing member. All membership categories and prices can be found on our website at www.chipsteadgolf.co.uk
Gary Torbett, the club professional and Director of Golf
Chipstead Golf Club has three private function rooms in its superb modern clubhouse. Whatever the occasion, our professional catering team will be happy to provide tailored solutions to meet specific customer requirements.
For functions such as weddings, christenings, private parties, etc, the Club has the facilities to cater for up to 150 people.
The extensive dining room set out for a wedding reception
Chipstead Golf Club has a friendly professional team who are experienced in the planning and running of every type of social event.
Our function co-ordinators and catering team add that personal touch which is so important when arranging any occasion.
Your function will include exclusive use of the main lounge with custom made wooden dance floor, the John Nash dining room and the terrace overlooking the beautiful panoramic views of the course.
As you would expect, we have a fully stocked bar with a choice of real ales obtained from one of Britain’s oldest independent breweries.
Please contact our Function Co-ordinators, Jo or Sue for any further information on 01737 555781 or email [email protected]
Chipstead Golf Club has four private function rooms, making it an ideal venue for Conferences, Meetings and Exhibitions of all sizes along with any other special occasion.
Wifi is available in all rooms.
One of our smaller conference rooms
Chipstead provides the perfect choice for those who want to combine a day of two halves, a morning business meeting followed by lunch and 18 holes of golf. Whatever the occasion, the Club's professional catering will provide tailored solutions to meet specific customer requirements.
The Rawling Room which is fitted out with comprehensive audio/visual equpment
The rooms available at Chipstead provide great value for groups of all sizes. We hold seminars and conferences for groups as small as 6-8 or as large as 70 in a sit down arena.
To find out the cost of room hire to suit your function please call Sue or Jo on 01737 555781 alternatively you can email [email protected]
With lovely views across the course, the clubhouse at Chipstead provides an idyllic spot for social members to enjoy regular activities that take place at the Club throughout the year.
Event’s such as St. George’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Race Nights, Quiz Nights, Bistro Evenings and Sunday Lunches to name but a few are always on the Club’s social calendar.
The annual fee for social membership is now much reduced and since it provides access to all the clubhouse facilities throughout the year, it represents outstanding value.
So if you want to drop in for a cup of coffee, or perhaps entertain your friends for dinner, the welcoming atmosphere of Chipstead clubhouse is a delight.
Malcolm Day, Regional Manager, Forester Life
Chipstead Golf Club is an ideal cost effective venue for business meetings. The Club is situated within easy reach of the M25 and has ample free parking. I have used the venue for my Area Manager meetings as well as for larger training days. The staff are very accommodating and the food is excellent. I would recommend Chipstead Golf Club to anyone who is looking for an alternative to an expensive hotel venue.
Steve Gooch, Assistant Principal, Coulsdon Sixth Form College
When we need an "off site" venue for meetings we use the conference facilities at Chipstead Golf Club. The accommodation is comfortable and very reasonably priced. The staff are always more than helpful and if you want a meal, the food is excellent.
Chipstead Links was laid out in 1905 and opened for play in 1906 in the heyday of Edwardian enthusiasm for 'manly' sport. The completion of the Purley to Tattenham Corner railway line in 1897 with nearby Chipstead station opening in 1899 signalled the beginning of a rapid rise in housing development in the area. Many of those who took advantage of the opportunity to move out of smoky and insanitary London were men of means and their desire for a local golf course reflected their search for healthy exercise, social status and protected property values.
Looking down the hill into Chipstead valley in 1910 with the former Edwardian clubhouse on the left
The oldest item of memorabilia owned by the club is a manuscript list of the first one hundred members set out over the names of the first joint secretaries. The list includes doctors, military men, bankers and journalists. Frank Goad, the captain from 1907 to 1910 was the principal fur auctioneer for the Hudson Bay Company. Several of these gentlemen were also members of the shooting club in Coulsdon Lane, also started in 1906 and many had close connections with Chipstead's cricket club.
The former clubhouse in 1920
Country Life magazine reviewed the course at Chipstead in 1907. "One of the inseparable needs of the time seems to be a local golf course in the neighbourhood of every spreading community", the article explained. The holes ran along the chalky ridge of the Downs overlooking "the valley at Chipstead (which) is one of the most picturesque strips of scenery in the whole county". Of particular note were apparently "the absence of monotony" and "an admirable opportunity to exercise the art of generous and deep breathing". James Braid, who won the Open five times and was professional for many years at Walton Heath, is known to have completed design work for the course. In September 1911 he played in a 36 hole exhibition match at Chipstead.
View from the course in 1920 showing the early development of Chipstead village. Note the lack of trees compared with today
Charles Mayo was one of the early professionals to play at the club. He partnered George Duncan in challenge matches at nearby Walton Heath against James Braid, Harry Vardon and J.H.Taylor. In 1908 W.G.Grace, the sporting giant of Edwardian England, played at Chipstead in a team of prominent cricketers, needless to say winning his singles and foursomes matches.
During the Great War activity at the club was much restricted and records for the immediate post-war years are fragmentary. However, membership must have slowly recovered and by 1923 the course was busy enough for the group of caddies serving the club to be separated into two categories - 1st class earning 1s 6d and 2nd class earning 1s 3d per round. In the 1930s Jack Hobbs, the county and Test cricketer, played several times and a club trophy celebrates this association.
Play was again interrupted by the Second World War. Craters on the course to the left of the 10th and 16th greens were made by bombs dropped from German aircraft returning from raids on Croydon or Kenley. Special exhibition matches were however held at the course to support the Spitfire Fund. Leading golfers of the period came to play at Chipstead - Percy Alliss, Charles Denny, Dick Burton, Alf Padgham and Reg Whitcombe. In the amateur ranks Ian Caldwell learnt the game here as a schoolboy and student. He won the Carris Trophy twice and the Boyd Quaich for students in 1954. He played Walker Cup golf in 1951 and 1955 and won the English amateur title in 1961.
In 1964 the layout of the course was changed and in 1977 the holes were each given names on the scorecard - 'Sheer Drop' and 'Damnation' being self-explanatory but 'Cleopatra' requiring a visit to the course to be fully appreciated.
In 1984 a Board of Management was introduced to supervise the administration of the club. This restructuring helped the club to withstand some of the competitive pressures of the time and also consider proposals to build a new clubhouse. Much hard work ensued and the new premises was opened in 1994 with the club acquiring the freehold of the land taken up by the course in 1996. Shelton drainage was introduced in 2001.
The amateur course record stands at 61, achieved by Daniel Kitteridge in 1999. Among its illustrious and friendly membership the club is pleased to have Josh White who in 2009 became the youngest ever winner of the Surrey amateur title. He has gone on to become an England International player.
The trophy cabinet in the club lounge matches any of those in the district and includes the magnificent Pine Coffin Shield, presented in 1907 by the first lady captain who was also the wife of one of the first joint secretaries.