Bodens Ride, Coronation Rd,
Ascot, Berks SL5 9LE
18 holes. Heathland course. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
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).
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.
Swinley Forest is a private club. Outside visitor play is restricted. Contact the Secretary to determine playing possibilities.
Players generally walk this course.
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.
2019 Golf World rating: 33rd best course in Britain & Ireland; 11th best in England.
London Road, Sunninghill SL5 0PP
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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.
Sunningdale; Swinley Forest; Wentworth; The Berkshire; Royal Ascot.
Woking; West Hill; Worplesden; New Zealand; Foxhills; St George's Hill; Pyrford; North Hants; Stoke Poges; The Buckinghamshire; Temple; West Berks; Camberley Heath.
Bagshot Road, Sunninghill SL5 9JH
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The Berkshire; Sunningdale; Swinley Forest; Wentworth.
Stoke Poges; The Buckinghamshire; St George's Hill; New Zealand; Pyrford; Woking; Worplesdon; West Hill; North Hants.
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