Swinley Forest Golf Club

4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   Swinley Forest Golf Club Est. 1909

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Swinley Forest Golf Club: In an area with more than its fair share of Harry Colt designed heathland golf courses, there are few more picturesque than Swinley Forest.

Whereas some of its neighbours have added to their reputation through hosting top-level tournaments, the more diminutive Swinley Forest stands out from the crowd on the basis of its wonderfully natural habitat, course design and overall aesthetics. Don't however be fooled into thinking that its 6,000 yards from the tips and par of 68 will not challenge your game to the full.

Amongst Swinley Forest's excellently crafted long and short holes, you'll find a superb collection of five par-3s. Few courses can boast such an enviable array of one-shot holes, linked as they are by some equally attractive par-4s. The splendid backdrop of tall pines, rhododendrons and heather, together with the layout's excellent heather-trimmed bunkers, ensures Swinley Forest will always enjoy star billing.

Reputed to be one of Colt's 'favourite' designs, every hole is a picture, whether you're looking out from the tee or backwards from the green. Very much a members' club, Swinley Forest is not the easiest Surrey-Berkshire heathland gem on which to secure a tee-time as an unaccompanied outside visitor. If the Secretary is able to offer any availability, this is not an opportunity to let go.

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Making Contact

Swinley Forest Golf Club
Bodens Ride, Coronation Rd,
Ascot, Berks SL5 9LE
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Office   +44 (0)1344 874 979
Pro Shop   +44 (0)1344 874 811

  +44 (0)1344 874 733

Email   swinleyfgc@aol.com
Website   n/a
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Heathland course.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Woodland.
Designer: Harry Colt
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6062 5384 4945
Par 69 68 69
SSS or Slope 70 68 70
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How2Get There?

32 miles W of central London
Leave M3 at Jtn 3. Follow A322 direction Bracknell / Legoland. After 1.2 miles turn L onto A30 direction London / Staines / Sunningdale. After a further mile turn L at The Windmill pub onto B3020. After o.6 mls turn L into Coronation Road. After o.5 mls (at red post-box) turn L (small green sign to golf).

Essential information

Green Fees:
Contact club for information on green fees. Cash or UK cheque only.
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Who can play and When?
Swinley Forest is a private club. Outside visitor play is restricted. Contact the Secretary to determine playing possibilities.   Handicap required
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Other Information
Players generally walk this course.

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

The counties of Berkshire and Surrey are home to the UK's largest concentration of heathland golf courses. Between 1890 and 1910, as the game of golf rapidly developed throughout Britain, land was sought for the creation of many new golf courses. The fast-draining, gently undulating, open heathland, found in Surrey and Berkshire, was felt to be ideal terrain for the creation of golf courses to serve the nation's capital and its surrounds. The likes of Sunningdale, Woking, West Hill, Worplesdon, Swinley Forest, New Zealand, St George's Hill and Walton Heath, were all established in these early days.

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Published Ranking
2016 Golf World rating: 38th best course in Britain & Ireland.
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Latitude: (51.390142)
Longitude: (-0.680224)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

The Royal Berkshire 4-star
London Road, Sunninghill SL5 0PP
+44 (0)1344 623 322

Built for the Churchill family, the fountain and sweeping 15-acre landscaped grounds flank a spectacular red brick Queen Anne mansion - the centrepiece of the hotel. You can choose between old-world charm and traditional décor in the Queen Anne mansion or the contemporary design of the modern wing.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Sunningdale; Swinley Forest; Wentworth; The Berkshire; Royal Ascot.
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Golf within 20 miles Woking; West Hill; Worplesden; New Zealand; Foxhills; St George's Hill; Pyrford; North Hants; Stoke Poges; The Buckinghamshire; Temple; West Berks; Camberley Heath.
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The Berystede Hotel 4-star
Bagshot Road, Sunninghill SL5 9JH
+44 (0)870 400 8111

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles The Berkshire; Sunningdale; Swinley Forest; Wentworth.
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Golf within 20 miles Stoke Poges; The Buckinghamshire; St George's Hill; New Zealand; Pyrford; Woking; Worplesdon; West Hill; North Hants.
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