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Purley Downs Golf Club

18 Hole Par70 Course, Pro Shop & Studio

Purley Downs Golf Club was established in 1894, and the course was designed by J.H. Taylor, one of the famous triumvirate of Taylor, Vardon and Braid.  Over the years the course has been visited by many famous names, including major winners, Henry Cotton, Gary Player, Tony Jacklin and VJ Singh, and in 1933 Percy Alliss won The News of the World Professional Matchplay, played at Purley Downs.

The course, which begins with what Golf World magazine described as "perhaps the best opening par-3 in golf”, is set on free draining chalk based downland, which means it is rarely closed.  In fact even in a winter as wet as 2013-14, play was possible every day. Thanks to recent investment the greens are fast and true, but the many subtle undulations and slopes provide a challenge to golfers of every level.

As you traverse the course you will enjoy the peace and tranquility of the countryside, with a fascinating array of flora and fauna.  Then as you turn a corner you will find some of the finest views over London.  From the highest vantage points you have a wonderful panoramic view across London, taking in sights such as Wembley Stadium, the London Eye, the Shard, Gherkin, Canary Wharf, along with many other City landmarks.  Hampstead Heath. Harrow-on-the Hill and the Chilterns are also visible.

As with the growing trend within the golfing industry today, Purley Downs continues to encourage a speed of play that allows 2 ball matches to complete within 3 hours and 3/4 ball matches to complete with 4 hours.  

Following your round, our terrace, lounge bars and dining room, with picture-postcard views over the course, are perfect for a drink and some food.

The Course

Purley Downs, a 6305-yard, par 70, SSS 71 - Ladies 5587-yard  71, SSS 73, downland layout, designed by JH Taylor in 1904, is superbly situated some 500 feet above sea level with magnificent views over the whole of London.  

From the highest vantage points you can see Wembley Arch, Canary Wharf, Hampstead Heath and the City of London landmarks; some even claim to have seen Windsor Castle on a clear day. The 100-year-old clubhouse looks the other way (south). From the picture windows or the terrace, the eye is led to the 1st green (a par three), the club's signature hole and up to a symphony of wooded slopes.

Our 1st Hole has recently been described in Golf Word Magazine's Travel Section (March 2009) as "perhaps the best opening par-3 in golf"

The fine links-type turf with chalk subsoil allows play 52 weeks of the year and the course layout, with its diverse downland terrain, provides an interesting challenge for both high-and low-handicap golfers.

Come and enjoy this unique golfing experience.