81 THE GROVE

Architect: Phillips
2006 position: 88
Stats: 6,766 yds; par 72; SSS 72
GF: £105-£170
T: 01923 294266
W: thegrove.co.uk

It may be relatively close to a busy spur of the M25, but that only briefly interferes with the peaceful enjoyment of playing this excellent Kyle Phillips design.

The bunkering and contouring are superb and there are a number of highly memorable holes, including the 3rd, with its approach across a pond, and the 13th, an inviting but long par 3 played from an elevated tee.

When The Grove first opened the greens were absolutely pristine, and they have pretty much remained so, although they do have a tendency to spike up a little at the end of a busy day. RS

+ Excellent modern design; always in immaculate condition
– Expensive; quite a corporate/commercial feel; greens can get spiked up

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