The Wentworth Club, roughly an hour by road from London, is one of Britain's iconic leisure resorts. With a proud history and luxurious accommodation and facilities, this retreat from the frantic pace of life in England's largest city features some of the best golf in the UK.
Wentworth's crowning glory is the West Course, an 18 hole tournament layout that is challenging but by no means impossible to play. Designed almost 100 years ago by Harry Colt, the West Course has undergone several renovations over the years, most recently under the auspices of Ernie Els, to keep its status as one of Britain's most immaculate and exclusive courses.
At 7,308 yards, the lengthy par 72 course consists mostly of generously spaced par 4 holes which offer weekend golfers a chance to make avoid too much high scoring if shots are carefully selected. The scenic first hole is nestled just beside the clubhouse and features undulating fairways guarded by a host of bunkers. If players can negotiate their drives correctly, a par at the first hole may provide a warm welcome to the course.
Another notable hole at the West Course is the par 5 twelfth hole, which favours the accurate long hitter. The fairway makes a sharp turn to the left, but the green may be reachable in two shots by a player who is long off the tee.
The Wentworth Club operates an exclusive membership policy, but visitors to the hotel may play the three courses provided they book in advance. With green fees of between £195 -£360 depending on the season, we see this course as a rare but valuable opportunity for leisure golfers.
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