Royal Wimbledon Golf Club


4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   Royal Wimbledon Golf Club Est. 1865

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Royal Wimbledon Golf Club: Keeping a low profile on the edge of Wimbledon Common, this very traditional and private golf club, thankfully permits a limited amount of outside visitor play on weekdays. Its one of London's real "hidden" gems and well worth a visit, if you can secure a tee-time.

Thanks to recent renovation work, this historic 125-year-old course is now back to its best. The tree-lined fairways, trimmed with heather and gorse, meander through a peaceful woodland setting. The layout's gently undulating terrain leads you to magnificent greens on which your putting skills will be soundly tested. Some of the course's undulations, especially at the 6th, 7th, 10th and 11th, are created by a large rampart that runs through these holes. It was originally dug by ancient Britons, and later used by the army of Julius Caesar.

Each hole testifies to the craftsmanship of Willie Park Jr and Harry Colt, both of whom had a hand in the course's design. Getting off to a good start on the four opening holes, all par-4s, is an important step from which to build a good round; you'll have got the long par-4 4th (S.I. 1) behind you, with the well-bunkered par-3 5th to follow. Further excellently bunkered and very attractive par-3s, also played to raised greens, await at the 8th, 13th and 17th holes.

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Royal Wimbledon Golf Club
29 Camp Road,
Wimbledon, London SW19 4UW
England
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Office   +44 (0)208 946 2125
Pro Shop   +44 (0)208 946 2125
Fax

  +44 (0)208 944 8652

Email   secretary@rwgc.co.uk
Website   www.rwgc.co.uk
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined parkland.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
 
Surroundings: Woodland.
 
Designer: Harry Colt made significant modifications to the course, which had previously been developed by Willie Park Jr (1907).
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6366 5785 5581
Par 70 70 72
SSS or Slope 71 69 72
 
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How2Get There?

8 miles SW of central London
Leave the A3 south of Putney and Wandsworth at the Tibbet's Corner roundabout and follow the A219 direction Wimbledon and Merton. After 1.4 mi turn right into Cannizaro Rd (B281). After 200 yds turn right into The Causeway, which then becomes Camp Rd. Go past the Fox & Grapes pub on your right, and pass Wimbledon Common Golf Club on your left. Continue on for 200 yds and bear left into Royal Wimbledon GC.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee for 18-holes: weekdays £120. No charge for a same-day replay round. [Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc]. Cash or UK cheque only.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome to apply to the Club (by letter or e-mail) for a weekday tee-time; no outside visitors on weekends.  Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 18; women 36. Proof of handicap required.
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Other Information
Players generally walk this course.

Practice facilities
Good
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Did you know?

Royal Wimbledon traces its history back to 1865, making it the third oldest golf club in England, behind Royal Blackheath (1608) and Royal North Devon (1864). The Club was originally part of the London Scottish Golf Club (est 1865), whose early members (London Scottish Rifle Volunteers) laid out a course on Wimbledon Common. The course was extended to 18-holes in 1871 by designer Tom Dunn. From 1869 London Scottish GC allowed civilian golfers to join, although around 1881 the club split into separate civilian and military factions. The two factions continued to share the course. In 1882 Royal Wimbledon GC was created by the civilian faction, and subsequently moved to a new 18-hole course, just south of the London Scottish course. [London Scottish GC still thrives today, using the Wimbledon Common course, which it shares with Wimbledon Common GC (est 1908)].

Long before golf was played on the Common, ancient Britons constructed a fortification hereabouts, the outline of which is shown on Royal Wimbledon's scorecard. Julius Caesar's army used this fortification as their base camp in 54 BC; the Club is located in Camp Road. (Look out for the marker stone on your right as you head to the 7th tee). | From the 10th hole you can clearly see Coombe Hill GC across the valley.

Queen Victoria conferred the Royal prefix on the club in 1882, based on the patronage of her son, Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VII). By royal prerogative, 19 English golf clubs use the "Royal" title, namely: Ascot, Ashdown Forest, Birkdale, Blackheath, Cinque Ports, Cromer, Eastbourne, Epping Forest, Household (Windsor Castle), Liverpool (Hoylake), Lytham & St Annes, Mid-Surrey, North Devon (Westward Ho!), Norwich, St George's, West Norfolk (Brancaster), Wimbledon, Winchester, Worlington & Newmarket.

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Location

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Latitude: (51.426061)
Longitude: (-0.234591)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

Cannizaro House Hotel 4-star
West Side, Wimbledon Common, London SW19 4UE
+44 (0)208 879 1464
www.cannizarohouse.com

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Golf within 5 miles Royal Wimbledon
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Golf within 20 miles Royal Mid-Surrey; Hampton Court Palace; The Addington; Selsdon Park; Kingswood; Walton Heath; Royal Blackheath.
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Richmond Hill Hotel 4-star
144-150 Richmond Hill, Richmond upon Thames TW10 6RW
+44 (0)208 940 2247
www.richmondhill-hotel.co.uk

This classic Georgian hotel, located on Richmond Hill, is steeped in history, character and charm. The oldest part of the hotel dates back to 1726, and now hosts Pembrokes Bar and Restaurant. Opposite the hotel are views across Petersham Meadows down to the Thames, and to the left lies 2500 acres of Royal Richmond Park. The 149-room hotel boasts excellent fitness and Spa facilities.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Royal Mid-Surrey; Coombe Hill.
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Golf within 20 miles Royal Mid-Surrey; Coombe Hill.
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