Welcome to? this attractive venue, boasting a modern, testing golf course and state-of-the-art clubhouse just a few minutes from Guildford in Surrey.

Course lowdown: This is a tough challenge for all but the lowest handicappers. Long, links-style wispy rough punishes wayward hitters and several impressive water hazards add to the enjoyment. The signature hole is the short par 4 12th, which is protected by a lake down the right and in front of the green. The sensible play is a longish iron followed by a pitch onto the putting surface. The course?s main protection is its length ? the layout measures almost 7,000 yards from the back tees. A silver medal winner in Golf Monthly?s 2007 HSBC Regional Course Rankings, Merrist Wood is the perfect venue for societies and corporate days out, boasting excellent practice facilities including a driving range and two short-game areas.

Stats: par 72, SSS 71, 6,574 yards

Green fee: £30wd per round, £35we after 12pm.

Location: Holly Lane, Worplesdon, Guildford, Surrey GU3 3PB

History: In 1941 a Halifax bomber was brought down on the course site by friendly fire. When the layout was being built, the plane?s Rolls Royce Merlin engine was discovered along with a cigarette lighter that was later presented to relatives of one of the deceased. A plaque can be found between the 14th and 15th fairways and poppies are laid here each Amistice Day.

T: Tel: 01483 238890

W: www.merristwood-golfclub.co.uk