Wentworth Golf Club
Location: Virginia Water, Surrey
Designer: Colt, Player, Jacobs and Gallacher
A timeless experience awaits your arrival at Wentworth Golf Club all year round. Although only an hour from South West London and 20 minutes from Heathrow airport, the club is set in a beautiful 700-hectare estate and offers a peaceful and serene escape from city life.
In 1805, ‘Wentworths' was a private residence for the family of the Duke of Wellington. However, in 1922 George Tarrant established the house and grounds as the home of Wentworth Club. Almost 100 years later, the most prestigious professional golf tournament in Europe – the BMW PGA Championship – now resides here. Despite this, Wentworth has remained an exclusive home to its members.
Wentworth East Course
Wentworth East Course ranks number 76 in the Golf World Top 100 golf courses in the UK and Ireland and number 33 in the Golf World Top 100 golf courses in England.
Often considered the best golf course on the estate, the East course is more playable that the West with one hole of genius in the 462-yard par-4 11th. This course does not require length to protect it, and relies on subtlety instead.
The East Course is widely thought of as the hidden gem of Wentworth Golf Club and is a class act in its own right. It is shorter with a cluster of shortish par 4s, so mid to high handicappers will not only find it more manageable but almost certainly more enjoyable too. Even when Golf World Top 100 visited in late winter, the fairways were superb, though a few of the greens were a little soggy.
Wentworth Edinburgh Course
The Edinburgh course was opened in 1990 and was designed by John Jacobs. The course features four teeing areas on each hole, ensuring golfers of all abilities will be able to enjoy the routing.
The course is built on gently undulating terrain with tree-lined fairways which provide a challenging game for all levels of golfer. Wildlife is abundant on the grounds due to the deliberate design of the course.
Former Strictly Come Dancing judge, Len Goodman said, “I like going to courses where you walk in the footsteps of the legends. Mind you, the Edinburgh is my favourite course – it’s not so harsh as the West which is too tough for the likes of me.”
Wentworth West Course
Wentworth West Course ranks number 52 in the Golf World Top 100 golf courses in the UK and Ireland and number 23 in the Golf World Top 100 golf courses in England.
The West course was opened in 1926 and winds like a great coiling snake through Wentworth's heavily wooded estate. It is also affectionately known as the “Burma Road course” and is arguably one of the world's most famous layouts.
It is the home of the prestigious BMW Championship, the European Tour's flagship tournament and of course the World Match Play Championship. Commenting on the West Course in the build up to the 2018 BMW PGA Championship, Rory Mcllroy said, “For it to look as good as it does is great, and I'm looking forward to playing it."
The West course has been the scene of so many golfing trials and tribulations. For example, Gary Player's amazing World Match Play victory when he fought back from seven down with 17 holes to play to defeat the late Tony Lema.