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Oer is only valid on residential golf bookings booked during the promotional dates. For every 11 players booked, the 12th player will be free of charge. Rates are per person per night based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room and include dinner, bed & breakfast. Bookings must be made by one named player and separate bookings will not qualify. Each residential player aged 18 and over will receive a voucher entitling them to a complimentary pint of Beck’s or Boddingtons. Oer is valid on bookings made via 3rd parties.


One in twelve goes free on your next golf break plus every golfer receives a free pint

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Offer is available on 1 night, 2 rounds or 2 night, 3 rounds and excludes Sunday Driver. Maximum of 2 night stay and 2 people per room. Day of week availability may vary based on location. Limited number of rooms may be available. This offer applies to new bookings only at Marriott Hotel & Country Clubs and offer, courses and tee times are subject to availability. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion. Course terms and conditions apply. Advance reservations required. Book between 17th February and 29th June 2014 for stays between 4th April and 29th September 2014.


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HEAR WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING...

Thank you so much for making the day so successful for The North London Foxes. The organisation was excellent as was the course and the food was first class. Please thank the staff from all our committee. I would heartily recommend the club and course to other societies. Thank you for giving us the vouchers for the golf rounds. Best wishes. Dr John Brook (Captain of Foxes at Hampstead Golf Club)

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I would like to say we had a great day at your golf club, your staff were all very helpful in making our day a great one. Please pass on my thanks to all concerned and we shall be making your golf club one of our permanent fixtures. Adrian Berwick American Airlines

To multibook call:

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What a Perfect Golf Day, The food and staff were amazing. Sallie Lowes was a great host and looked after us with the welcome pack. We will be back in October for our 2nd golf day. See you in October. Karl Corkish

‘BOOK DAY AT A GOLF GOLF V A CROWN RECEIV ENUE AND EL DRIVE ONGEST NEARE AND S PIN PR T THE IZES’


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WELCOME FOREWORD BY NICK BAYLY, EDITOR, GOLF NEWS

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elcome to the latest, most comprehensive and interactive Ultimate Guide to Society & Company Golf that we’ve ever produced. Showcasing many of the UK’s finest clubs and courses, this indispensible handy guide provides all the information you’ll need to make your golf day a roaring success. Among details included are up-to-date prices and packages for societies and visitors, menus, clubhouse facilities, tee time restrictions, comprehensive directions and local accommodation tips, as well as detailed descriptions of all the layouts, which are brought to life with full-colour photographs. But the usefulness of The

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Ultimate Guide doesn’t stop here, in fact it’s only the starting point, as it is also available online at our brand new standalone website – www.golfdayguide.com – which provides an interactive format that reveals even more details, and has the ability to take you right through to the booking stage. It also offers live links to individual club’s websites, where you can view hole-by-hole flyovers, see the latest offers, and even follow their Twitter and Facebook sites for upto-the minute information on course conditions and weather updates. So let your fingers and mouse clicks do the walking – and hopefully your clubs do the talking – at one of the many and varied quality venues featured in the following pages. Happy golfing!


Great Golf Day Venues

QUALITY GOLF COURSES Our green keeping teams work hard to ensure that our golf courses are in the best possible condition all year round. We are confident that you will be delighted by the standard of our golf courses, whichever one you choose to play.

If you are looking for a great golf day venue, then look no further - we have 10 great golf day locations across the UK for you to choose from.

MODERN COMFORTABLE CLUBHOUSES

Each BGL Golf venue is unique, with its own style and character. What makes BGL venues so special is their individuality, combined with the group commitment to deliver consistently high levels of service, quality and value in everything we do.

At BGL Golf we continually invest in our facilities to ensure that we are providing the best for our customers.

We are confident that we provide all the elements for a successful golf day.

FRIENDLY, WELCOMING SERVICE We welcome golf day visitors to our venues and our staff are genuinely pleased to serve you. SUPERB VALUE FOR MONEY Our golf day packages offer excellent value for money.  We have a selection of packages available, or if you want something a little bit different, we can create a bespoke day to suit your requirements.

Visit our website www.bglgolf .co.uk for further details.


LONDON GOLF CLUB

CONTENTS INTRODUCTION Foreword Planning your Golf Day

7 15 & 16

SURREY Burhill Camberley Heath Chipstead Croham Hurst Epsom Farleigh Club Gatton Manor Hoebridge Kingswood Laleham Merrist Wood Milford North Downs Oak Park Pine Ridge Pyrford Selsdon Park Silvermere Sunbury

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24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42

Surrey Downs Sutton Green Traditions Windlesham Wildwood

43 44 45 46 47

KENT Austin Lodge Birchwood Park Broome Park Chart Hills Cobtree Manor Etchinghill Hever High Elms London Golf Club Lullingstone Park Lydd Prince’s Pedham Place Orpington Sweetwoods Tenterden Weald of Kent West Malling

50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 & 59 60 61 62 & 63 64 65 66 67 68 69

SUSSEX & HAMPSHIRE Cams Hall Crowbrough Beacon Dale Hill Dibden Eastbourne Downs East Sussex National Hartley Wintney Haywards Heath Hollingbury & Waterhall Mannings Heath Old Thorns Paultons Park Rookwood Sandford Springs Sherfield Oaks Slinfold Park Southampton Stoneham Weybrook Park Wickham Park

72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91

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THE VALE

CONTENTS BERKS, BUCKS, OXON & HERTS Aldwickbury Park 94 Blue Mountain 95 Brocket Hall 96 Burnham Beeches 97 Chartridge Park 98 Chestfield Downs 99 Downshire 100 Frilford Heath 101 Hartsbourne 102 The Hertfordshire 103 Mill Green 104 Moor Park 105 The Oxfordshire 106 Sand Martins 107 Redbourn 108 Thorney Park 109 Windmill 110 Wycombe Heights 111

WEST COUNTRY & WALES Ashbury & Manor House 114 Bristol 115 Celtic Manor 116 The Manor House 117 St Mellion 119

The Players Club 120 The Vale 121 Thornbury Lodge 122 Windwhistle 123 Wrag Barn 124

The Shropshire Sharpley Ramsdale Park

ESSEX & EAST ANGLIA

Society and Corporate Trips Home and Abroad

Channels 126 Stapleford Abbotts 127 South Essex 128 Stock Brook 129 Stoke By Nayland 130 Three Rivers 131

BEDS, NORTHANTS & CAMBS Abbey Hill Abbotsley Bedford & County Cambridge Meridian

134 135 136 137

MIDLANDS & THE NORTH Beeston Fields Eccelston Park Forest of Arden

140 141 142

143 144 & 145 146

GOLF BREAKS 147

Read this guide online at www.golfdayguide.com Front Cover: Oak Park (Operated by Crown Golf) Photography by Magic Hour Photography www.hiseman.com Published by: Golf News, The Studio, 14 Deanway, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 6DG. Email: info@golfnews.co.uk Website: www.golfdayguide.com Publisher: Matt Nicholson Editor: Nick Bayly Production: Kath Perry Designed by: YOTE Design.com For advertising enqueries please contact Matt Nicholson 01273 556377/07885 673258 or matt@golfnews.co.uk Printed in the UK on recycled paper. Copyright 2014/15 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced with the prior permission of the publisher.

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Great reasons to enjoy a group Golf Day at Nailcote Hall

•challenging •teambuilding •unique experience •fun “A GEM OF A SHORT COURSE, AUGUSTA DOES NOT COMPARE WITH NAILCOTE”

Brian Barnes British Seniors Open Champion 1995 & 1996

“THE COURSE IS A GREAT COURSE”

Ian Woosnam OBE Masters Tournament Winner 1991

“NAILCOTE IS A TRUE TEST OF SHORT GAME ABILITY”

Tony Jacklin CBE Open Champion 1969 & US Open Champion 1970

“THE COURSE IS MAGICALLY CRAFTED AND MAINTAINED, IT PROVES BOTH A CHALLENGE AND A JOY TO PLAY” Sam Torrance OBE Ryder Cup Europe 2002 Captain

“NAILCOTE IS THE HARDEST GAME I HAVE EVER PLAYED” Peter Schmeichel MBE International Goalkeeper

THE BRITISH PAR 3 CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE

18 Holes Pay & Play from £12.50 Per person Society Days from £19.50 Per person Corporate Golf Events from £32.50 Per person • Mark Mouland Golf Academy Golf Tuition & Group Clinics • Golf Buggies & Clubs Available for hire • Golf Membership Find out more online Pay & Play after 1pm - November 1st - March 31st, after 5pm - April 1st - August 31st and after 4pm September 1st October 31st and enjoy a free pint at the bar after play.

Stay and Play

the best par 3 in the UK

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Stay & Play including luxury accomodation Full English breakfast in the Oak Room restaurant 18 holes of golf 3 course ‘Menu of the Month’ evening meal in the Oak Room restaurant • Use of Leisure Club & Gym £99pp per night* *based on 2 people sharing

Nailcote Lane, Berkswell, Warwickshire CV7 7DE

Tel: 02476 466174 Fax: 02476 470720 info@nailcotehall.co.uk www.nailcotehall.co.uk


THE TRICK MASTER

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widely regarded as the best trick shot golf artist in the business. A former European Tour professional himself, he has now performed his amazing show in almost 60 different countries. And he has been in demand at some of the world’s top events, including the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and the 2011 Solheim Cup in Ireland. Three times too he has also been invited to perform at the European Tour’s end of season showpiece championship event in Dubai. The top players themselves marvel at his skills and some of them - including Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Luis Oosthuizen have loved the chance to take

brilliantly funny on-course video

is veteran television commentator

commentary for corporate events which is played back later on the big screen. Together with his Trick Shot Show it can add a real ‘wow’ factor to any golf day, from a big international corporate event to a special day at a local club. One of David’s biggest fans

Peter Alliss.“There is a small band of golf professionals who have the consummate ability being able to demonstrate a variety of trick shots with great skill and aplomb,” said Peter. “During my life in the world of golf I’ve seen most of them and David Edwards ranks alongside the very best.” For further information: Tel: 01724 733213 / 07887 545114 Email: info@david-edwards.co.uk Website: www.david-edwards.co.uk

part. Last year alone David travelled more than 130,000 miles with his show and helped to raise in excess of £100,000 for charity. He is hugely popular in China, making no fewer than seven trips to perform there during 2013. David has already started this year’s hectic schedule which has taken him to Turkey, Florida and Dubai and coming up soon is a trip to the 2014 Volvo China Open. David constantly updates his show, using a variety of props and clubs of all shapes and sizes. A hugely versatile entertainer from North Lincolnshire, also offers a

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Mytime Active provides a superb range of courses in the South East. l Barnehurst Golf Course | near Dartford

l Hollingbury Park Golf Course | Brighton & Hove

l Brent Valley Golf Course | near Ealing

l Horsenden Hill Golf Course | near Ealing

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Contact us now and we will build a society package to meet your specific needs. Phone the courses directly or visit our website or email and let us do the work for you.

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Advanced planning and little bit of foresight will allow you to get the most from your corporate or society golf day when it finally arrives.

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BOOKING YOUR GOLF DAY

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HE FIRST QUESTION: Do you want to play one or two rounds? What type of competition (singles, Stableford, greensomes, four ball better ball or foursomes)? Most clubs these days will restrict societies to these formats and you’ll find it difficult to arrange medal rounds. If you favour two rounds, most golfers prefer to avoid a full three-course midday meal, so to ensure the right conditions, choose golf clubs that are able and willing to provide, say, a ploughman’s lunch followed by an evening meal. Due to business commitments, some people may find it difficult to attend for a whole day, so if you adopt this suggestion, you’ll increase your potential afternoon attendance, and can round off the day with a prize giving after the evening meal. The golfing ability of your membership is another point you must take into account. If you have a high percentage of high handicap players, they won’t want PAGE 15 | THE ULTIMATE GOLF GUIDE

you to select a difficult course. Your objective should always be to offer the prospect of a good, challenging course that is within their capabilities, rather than inadvertently inflicting a demoralising experience upon the unsuspecting. And then, there’s the cost. While we all like to play the Wentworths, Sunningdales and the like, if you do your homework you’ll find plenty of

superb courses in this guide which will provide your society with all the facilities you require. A good day’s golf enjoyed by all at a reasonable price is your guarantee of success. YOU’RE HALFWAY THERE. Next decision – the attention to detail. Right, now let’s assume you’ve received confirmation of your booking from the selected club.


You’ve been allocated reserved teeoff times, and chosen the menu. Most clubs will also send you a map showing their location, together with the club rules, which should, of course, be respected and observed by all participants. Approximately three to seven days prior to your visit, the steward or secretary will want to know your exact numbers for catering purposes, so it’s advisable for you to post a written notice of your meeting to all members at least three weeks ahead. The more detailed information you can put in your notice, the better, e.g. meeting time, reserved tee-off times, format, catering arrangements, prizes, club rules and etiquette, map, and cost of the day. It’s a good idea to have a simple reply form enclosed with your notice, which will enable your members to respond quickly, and to indicate if they intend to bring a

guest. Come the big day – your having arrived at the clubhouse at 8.30am – if you’re not careful you’ll suddenly be besieged by eager golfers, asking who their playing partners are and in what order they should tee off. The easy and simple solution is to prepare a list of order of play the night before the meeting. Mind you, even that’s not foolproof, because inevitably someone is bound to be late or have some last-minute problem that prevents him or her from turning up on time. One way to deal with this situation is to ask one of the committee members – who is prepared to tee off late – to rearrange the starters’ list according to those already present. Last, but by no means least, don’t forget to appoint a match official – preferably someone who has teed off early. You’ll

need him or her to collect all the cards for the morning and afternoon rounds, and to sort out the results. People who quite voluntarily accept the responsibility of organising society days deserve tremendous admiration. It requires a great deal of hard work, and this guide will enable you to pick the right venue for your society or company day. Happy golfing! THE ULTIMATE GOLF GUIDE | PAGE 16


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Call 0871 244 0665 email golfdesk@brittanyferries.com or visit brittanyferries.com/golf Calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras. New bookings only. Terms and conditions apply. See website for full details.


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golfers with one point for every £10 spent. These points can then be redeemed against any future Teeofftimes.co.uk bookings, and also against Golfbreaks.com holidays or spa breaks through BookaSpa.com Teeofftimes.co.uk offers a dedicated society booking service, and more and more golf societies are taking advantage of their specialist knowledge. For a simple society booking, using the Teeofftimes.co.uk website to book consecutive tee times can be done in minutes, and with savings of up to 75% available, societies can save a large amount on the standard rates often

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Golf Days to remember...

IN SURREY & MIDDLESEX

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useful information Society Packages: Winter Packages: Coffee and bacon rolls, 18 holes, 3 course meal, £80.00 per person. Coffee and bacon rolls, 18 holes, soup and sandwiches, £60.00 per person. Available 2nd January – 28th March. and 28th October – 19th December. Green Fees: Monday to Friday: £90.00. Visitor Information: Burhill welcomes visitors to play the Old and New course anytime Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) and after 12 noon at weekends (excludes bank holidays, after 2pm during summer months, subject to availability). How to get there: Exit at junction 10, A3, towards Cobham. Take the first exit from the A3, the Painshill Junction. Take the first exit at the roundabout, signposted to Byfleet. Turn right at traffic lights into Seven Hills Road. Take the 3rd exit from the roundabout. Burhill Golf Club is the 3rd turn on the right. Other Facilities: Fully stocked pro shop. Buggies and trolleys available for hire. 10 bay covered driving range. Short game practice area. Putting and chipping areas. Mizuno national fitting center. Golf tuition from our PGA professionals.

BURHILL GOLF CLUB Situated in Walton on Thames, Surrey, Golf Club was established in 1907. The Club is known for the quality of its golf courses along with its award winning food. Burhill boasts two magnificent 18 hole golf courses, both offering a unique challenge to golfers of all abilities. The Old Course was first opened in 1907, originally designed by Willie Park, who was described by his peers as the first true genius of golf course architecture. The 18 hole, 6,479 yard par 70 course, enjoys an excellent reputation whatever your handicap. The course is set in magnificent parkland which boasts many mature trees and some interesting features which add to its character. Opened in 2001, the New Course is a remarkable 18 hole championship course, built to USGA specification, measuring some 6940 yards with a par of 72. A combination of breathtaking scenery, well-positioned bunkers, immaculately manicured fairways, exceptional greens and its most dramatic feature, the River Mole, the New Course is a truly demanding test of golf skills. A very warm welcome awaits members and guests alike at Burhill Golf Club. We pride ourselves on our high standards of service and hospitality, both of which you will find in plentiful supply.

Burhill is part of BGL Golf, the UK’s leading golf course owner and operator. www.bglgolf.co.uk

Burhill Golf Club, Burwood Road, Walton on Thames, Surrey, KT12 4AY. Tel: 01932 227345. Email: info@burhillgolf-club.co.uk Website: www.burhillgolf-club.co.uk

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useful information

CAMBERLEY HEATH GOLF CLUB Camberley Heath Golf Club, one of the Surrey’s finest golf courses is a Harry Colt classic that celebrated it’s centenary year in 2013. Set in 135 acres of heath land framed by towering pines, the challenging 6,400 yard, par 71 course is a true test. Renowned for its mature fairways and subtle greens, the course still remains faithful to Colt’s early vision. The natural contours of the Surrey Countryside have been used to enhance the course with demanding holes requiring accurate and thoughtful shots though avenues of pine over acres of lush heather. The fairways have matured over the years, although retains many of Colt’s original features having benefited from a sustainable programme of forestry and heath land conservation management. The sandy heath land has excellent drainage properties resulting in fantastic year-round golfing conditions. The superb course is complimented by a fantastic Clubhouse with large function rooms available for all occasions. The combination of an excellent location, outstanding course and wonderful hospitality makes Camberley Heath a venue that you will want to return over and over again. Camberley Heath Golf Club, Golf Drive, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 1JG. Tel: 01276 23258. Email: marketing@camberleyheathgolfclub.co.uk Website: www.camberleyheathgolfclub.co.uk

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Society Packages: Low Season from £55 (inclusive of bacon rolls) High Season from £65 (inclusive of bacon rolls) Further packages available Societies welcome Monday - Friday Green Fees: Weekday Green Fees £49 How to get there: The Club is 10 minutes from junction 3 and 4 of the M3. Accommodation Contact Club for details Other Facilities: Fully stocked Pro Shop. Buggies and trolleys available for hire. Function rooms available for hire. On-line booking available at www.camberleyheathgolfclub.co.uk


useful information Society Packages: Societies welcome Monday to Friday with packages starting from £19.95. For further information please visit the club’s website www.chipsteadgolf.co.uk or call Emma or Gary on 01737-555781. Green Fees: £32 weekends, £22 weekdays, £16 Thursdays. Twilight Green Fees available on request. Visitor Restrictions: None. How to get there: From the M25 leave at Junction 7 (Direction: Croydon), joining M23 to A23. Turn left into Star Lane at traffic lights adjacent to BP Garage. Proceed to T-junction at top of lane and turn right past the duckpond, continuing via right fork at the White Hart and passing through village until left fork into How Lane. Accommodation: Contact club for details. Other Facilities: Function rooms, pro shop, buggies.

CHIPSTEAD GOLF CLUB In its picturesque North Downs setting, with views across the Surrey countryside, Chipstead Golf Club’s 18-hole, par-68, 5,491-yard course provides an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all abilities. Established since 1906, the course has a maturity and history behind it that places it firmly in a league of its own, with tree-lined fairways and some of the toughest par threes in Surrey, which ensure every club in your bag will be tested. Chipstead’s purpose-built clubhouse has three private function rooms, making it an ideal venue for wedding receptions, dinner dances, private dinners and lunches, christenings, conferences, meetings and exhibitions, birthday and anniversary parties and any other special occasion. It is also the perfect choice for those who want to combine a morning business meeting with a round of golf in the afternoon. Whatever the occasion, the club’s professional catering team will be happy to tailor a solution to meet specific customer requirements. Everyone receives a warm welcome at Chipstead, and the staff pride themselves on being able to provide all clients with a friendly and highly efficient service. The club is situated close to the M25 and the M23.

Chipstead Golf Club, How Lane, Chipstead, Surrey, CR5 3LN. Tel: 01737 555781. Email: office@chipsteadgolf.co.uk Website: www.chipsteadgolf.co.uk

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CHOBHAM GOLF CLUB Chobham Golf Club is a traditional private members’ club and one of the friendliest in Surrey. The combination of a superbly-designed course and excellent clubhouse facilities will make your day one to remember. The 18-hole, par 69 course, which opened in 1994, was designed by Peter Allis and Clive Clarke, and is laid out on naturally undulating parkland set amongsmature oak woodland, giving the impression that the course has been around for many more years. The course provides an excellent challenge to the skills of low and high handicap players alike. Built to championship standards, with USGA greens and tees, the course has automatic irrigation and a drainage system designed to provide excellent year round play. Among the many attractive features of the course are the six strategically-placed lakes. There is a combination of challenging par 4s, reachable par 5s and six superb par 3s. The clubs signature hole is the 15th, a 222-yard par 3 nestling in front of the clubhouse terrace. Enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of the clubhouse, which boasts a first floor function suite overlooking the 15th hole, with a private bar capable of hosting a sitdown function for 150 guests. Chobham Golf Club makes the perfect wedding venue, being licensed for civil ceremonies.

Chobham Golf Club, Chobham Road, Knaphill, Woking, Surrey GU21 2TZ. Tel: 01276 855 584. Fax: 01276 855663. Email: info@chobhamgolfclub.co.uk Website: www.chobhamgolfclub.co.uk

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Society Packages: From £32 per person (summer) and £24 (winter). Green Fees: From £22 midweek, £25 weekends. Visitors are most welcome: Not before midday on weekends and bank holidays, all bookings via the professional’s shop. How to get there: Leave the M25 at jct 11 heading towards Woking (A317). Left at 1st roundabout and right at the second gets on to the A319 into Chobham. Turn left in the high street and go straight through the village until you see signs to the Golf Club, which is halfway between Chobham and Knaphill on your right hand side. Other Facilities: Superb function suite with separate bar. Licensed for civil ceremonies. For further information: on membership, visitor golf and functions visit www.chobhamgolfclub.co.uk


useful information Society Packages: Monday special from £13pp; Tue – Thur from £28pp; Fri-Sun on request from £33. Please call for a personalised Society quote Green Fees: £29 weekdays (Mondays after midday £10), £35 per round weekends (after 12.30). Please call or see website for available promotions throughout the year.

EPSOM GOLF CLUB Epsom Golf Club has proven to be a popular venue for golf societies for many years. The 125-year-old course offers a wide variety of holes and the renowned

How to get there: From M25, exit at junction 8 (Sutton/Reigate) and take the A217 north towards Sutton. Turn left into A240, follow the signs for the B284 to Epsom Downs. From A3, turn off at Tolworth junction and take the A240 and then the B284 to Epsom Downs. (See map on the club’s website).

undulating greens conspire to test even the smoothest of putters.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express hotel on edge of course, please contact club for preferential rates.

The clubhouse offers an intriguing mixture of the traditional – it happens to be

Other Facilities: Function room’s available, fully-stocked professional shop, restaurant and bars. The club has a dress code that must be adhered to by guests, visitors and societies.

So while Epsom is not a long course, it will test golfers of all levels. An advantage of Epsom is that the course lies on the top of the North Downs and this brings two benefits: firstly, because the subsoil is chalk, the course is seldom affected by rain, and secondly, visitors enjoy stunning views of London.

the oldest purpose-built clubhouse in Surrey – and the modern – with spacious contemporary changing facilities. The in-house catering team ensures a very high level of cuisine and Epsom can offer two alternatives for dining facilities away from the common areas. The club’s committee room is ideal for smaller parties whilst the Beamed Room can accommodate more than 60 people and offers fine views over the 18th hole. Traditions are strong at Epsom and one is to warmly welcome all visitors to this traditional members’ golf club.

Epsom Golf Club, Longdown Lane South, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 4JR. Tel: 01372 741867. Fax: 01372 817183. Email: stuartwalker@epsomgolfclub.co.uk Website: www.epsomgolfclub.co.uk

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FARLEIGH CLUB & RESTAURANT With an investment of over £5 million in our Clubhouse and course, Farleigh is rapidly becoming one of the top ‘Golfing destinations’ in Surrey. Our 350 acre estate allows you to enjoy full access to 27 stunning holes, based in the North Surrey Downs with the opportunity to experience three, 18 hole championship loops, with a guarantee that our 27 USGA spec greens, designed by John Jacobs Associates, the brains behind Wentworth’s Edinburgh course, are in play all year. Farleigh boasts a Par 72, 6568 yards with scenic views of the City on a clear day. Off the golf course, our facilities are exemplary. Our sizeable, open-air driving range exposes you to the elements and allows you to get a real feel for what conditions are like out on the course. The professional shop is fully stocked with a wide range of equipment including golf clubs and shoes to hire from the friendly staff. Our contemporary Clubhouse has a warm welcoming atmosphere with an open fireplace, bar, lounge and restaurant to relax in after you have finished you game. Looking to add something different to your golfing experience? We have that too, boasting the only widescreen HD simulator in the UK, including a club fitting service and tuition. Enjoy playing Farleigh in the morning and Pebble Beach after lunch.

Farleigh Club & Restaurant, Farleigh Common, Farleigh, Surrey CR6 9PE. Tel: 01883 62 77 11. Email: enquiries@farleighfox.co.uk Website: www.farleighfox.co.uk

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Society Packages: Available from £25.00 per person. Green Fees: Available from £15.00 per person. How to get there: • 15 minutes from junction 6 on the M25 • 5 miles from central Croydon • 5 minutes from Selsdon & Warlingham • Easily accessible from M23 Other Facilities: Modern fully equipped Golf Shop, buggies and trolleys available for hire, home to the only wide screen HD golf simulator in the UK. Online booking available at: www.farleighfox.co.uk


useful information Special Offer: Societies & Corporate groups are welcome throughout the year. Gatton Manor offers a range of seasonal packages, tailored to your needs and budget. All societies booking directly as a result of this guide are entitled to a 10% reduction on the package price. To qualify organisers must quote ‘Golf News Ultimate Guide 2014 ‘ at the time of booking. Society Packages: Societies are welcome weekdays and weekends with packages starting from £25.00 per person. Green Fees: Visitors are welcome weekdays and weekends. Prices vary depending on seasonality. For latest offers and tee time bookings please contact 01306 627555.

GATTON MANOR GOLF CLUB Set in 200 acres of tranquil and scenic Surrey countryside, Gatton Manor is a complete golf, business and leisure venue, only one hour from London, close to the West Sussex towns of Horsham and Crawley, and the Surrey towns of Dorking, Cranleigh and Guildford. The mature 18-hole woodland course was established in the late 1960s. Designed by Commander John D Harris, no two holes are alike and the Commander has made imaginative use of streams, lakes and tree lined fairways.

How to get there: Map and directions can be found on the website.

This is a course to be respected; a good scorecard can be suddenly ruined

Accommodation: 18-bedroom hotel with a choice of Clubhouse, Manor House and Manor House deluxe rooms.

for your longest drive challenge. At a mere 645 yards, it is the longest hole in

Other Facilities: Practice range, putting green, chipping practice area, pro shop, buggies and trolleys available for hire. Superb facilities for hosting corporate events, conferences, weddings and private functions.

if the challenges of each hole are not carefully considered. Try the 17th hole the south east! From the excellent practice facilities – driving range, putting green and chipping practice area – to the fair challenge of the course, there is no better place in which to enjoy a round of golf. Golfers of all levels and experience are welcome at Gatton Manor. We pride ourselves in our ability to work with you to create the day that you want and offer a range of packages throughout the year, which include special benefits for organisers.

Gatton Manor, Standon Lane, Ockley, Nr. Dorking, Surrey, RH5 5PQ. Tel: 01306 627555. Email: info@gattonmanor.co.uk Website: www.gattonmanor.co.uk

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HOEBRIDGE GOLF CENTRE Conveniently located only 10 minutes from the M25 and A3, Hoebridge is a true golfing sanctuary amidst the beautiful Surrey countryside. The setting encompasses 200 acres of mature parkland, and includes three golf courses consisting of 45 holes. The 6,549-yard, par-72, Hoebridge Course, with tree-lined fairways, challenging bunkers and breathtaking views; the 9-hole Shey Copse Course, which winds around the woodland, and the 18-hole, par-3 Short Course for beginners or golfers wishing to improve their short game. All courses are presented to a consistently high standard and have excellent drainage to make sure play is available all year round.

Society Packages: Winter society packages from £24. Summer packages from £28. Green Fees: Main Hoebridge Course: weekdays £29, weekends £38. (Prices correct at time of printing, but may be subject to change). Visitors Restrictions: None, though booking advisable. How to get there: Junction 11 M25 – follow signs for Old Woking then Hoebridge or junction 10 M25; A3 southbound (Guildford) – follow signs for Old Woking then Hoebridge. Other Facilities: 36-bay floodlit driving range, large pro shop, custom fitting studio, The Golfing Academy, practice areas, and health & fitness suite. Book online at: www.hoebridgegc.co.uk

Special added extras on society packages at Hoebridge are: every player receives a complimentary two-for-one golf voucher for their next round and in the winter, groups receive 18 holes on the par–3 course free of charge. Additional golf facilities on site include a large 36-bay floodlit driving range, two putting greens, a short game practice area, large pro shop and custom fitting studio. When combined with the large purpose-built clubhouse, bar, restaurant and function suite, Hoebridge has all the right ingredients to suit large corporate events, society golf days, wedding receptions and private functions.

Hoebridge Golf Centre, Old Woking Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 8JH. Tel: 01483 722611. Fax: 01483 740369. Email: sales@hoebridgegc.co.uk Website: www.hoebridgegc.co.uk

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Hoebridge is part of BGL Golf, the UK’s leading golf course owner and operator. www.bglgolf.co.uk

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useful information Society Packages: Corporate days and societies are welcome Monday to Friday with all packages tailored to meet your requirements. Prices start at £73 per person (summer) and £45.50 per person (winter) – Discounts available Mondays & Tuesdays throughout the year. Green Fees: Weekday: £70 (summer) and £50 (winter) Weekend: £80 (summer) and £60 (winter) Mid Afternoon & Twilight discounts available throughout the year!

KINGSWOOD GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB The course at Kingswood was designed in 1928 by one of the great triumvirate and Open Champion, James Braid. Recent renovations retained the classic features of Kingswood but several changes were implemented to make the course more challenging, adjusting to today’s longer hitters. The work has been hailed as a great success which has introduced the all

Visitor Restrictions: Fourteen day advance bookings. Handicap certificate not required.

important risk and reward choices on each hole, which makes Kingswood

How to get there: Leave M25 at junction 8 and follow the A217 for London. At the third roundabout take the fourth exit (A2032), turn right at the T junction, follow the road for quarter of a mile and turn right into Sandy lane.

a qualifying course for the 2011 Seniors Open and will host the Surrey

Other Facilities: 11-bay driving range (five covered), putting green, short game area, 14x electric buggies and trolley hire, PGA Professional golf tuition, well stocked pro shop, numerous function rooms, licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies, Sunday carvery.

The beauty of holding your golf day at Kingswood is our understanding that

such a joy to play. It is a true championship course and was selected as Amateur Championship and PGA Surrey Open in 2014. Also in 2014 we will see the opening of our lodge complex of 17 bedrooms and the complete refurbishment to the men’s and ladies changing room facilities.

with golf days there is no universal formula. Flexibility is paramount and whether your visit is for business or pleasure we will find a package that will suit all budgets. We guarantee your guests won’t go hungry, from bacon rolls, breakfast feasts and delicious buffet lunches to fine dining, our catering can be as simple or as stylish as you wish. The halfway hut also provides a handy stop on course to keep rumblings at bay. Kingswood’s professional and friendly staff will be on hand to ensure your day runs smoothly from start to finish. With the club being located less than 5 miles inside the M25, Kingswood is now one of the ‘Must Play’ clubs in the South East. Kingswood Golf & Country Club, Sandy Lane, Kingswood, Surrey, KT20 6NE. Tel: 01737 832188. Email: sales@kingswood-golf.co.uk Website: www.kingswood-golf.co.uk

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LALEHAM GOLF CLUB Surrey’s hidden gem is nestled on a picturesque and historic bank of the River Thames between Laleham and Chertsey. Laleham Golf Course is a challenging 18-hole parkland course that stands on 100 acres of meadowland only 15 minutes from Heathrow Airport. Jack White, Open Champion in 1904, designed the course, and at just under 6,300 yards it provides a fair but testing challenge to golfers of all standards. With five par 3s and three par 5s, the flat terrain ensures that a round – or even two – can be enjoyed with reasonable ease. The par-70 course is filled with challenging holes, by way of narrow fairways and tight shots into the undulating greens. Noted for its outstanding year-round condition, Laleham is also known locally for its excellent drainage, and for always being open when other courses close due to the weather conditions. The course is over 100 years old and many holes place a premium on the accuracy of your tee shot. While it is not a forest course, there are plenty of fully mature trees to enclose certain holes. To spice it up further, the bunkers tend to be deep and pot hole styled and wouldn’t look out of place on a links. Laleham Golf Club is proud of its reputation as a friendly and welcoming club placing great emphasis on societies feeling at home from the moment they arrive.

Laleham Golf Club, Laleham Reach, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8RP. Proshop Tel: 01932 562877. Clubhouse Tel: 01932 564211. Email: info@laleham-golf.co.uk Website: www.laleham-golf.co.uk

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Society Packages: Low season from £25 - High season from £32.50 (Inclusive of bacon rolls) - FREE COURTESY ROUNDS. Green Fees: Low season from £16 - High season from £26. Laleham operates a zonal tee time system where you can play off peak from as little as £15; please see our website for details. Visitor Restrictions: Weekends before 11am low season and 12 noon high season. How to get there: Junction 11 M25, follow signs to Thorpe Park and the access to Laleham is opposite Thorpe Park main entrance. Accommodation: Contact club for details. Other Facilities: Fully stocked pro shop. Buggies and trolleys available for hire. Online booking available at: www.laleham-golf.co.uk


useful information Society Packages: From £30pp (Mon-Fri), £35 (Sat-Sun) to include coffee & bacon roll and 18 holes, and post-round pint or soft drink. £40/£45pp for additional two-course lunch. Winter packages (Oct-Mar) from £25pp.

MERRIST WOOD GOLF CLUB

Green Fees: £30 (Mon-Thu), £35 (Fri), £40 (Sat-Sun, Bank Hols).

Located just outside Guildford, in tranquil Surrey countryside, and only five minutes

Visitor Restrictions: Groups and societies are welcome most days subject to availability. How to get there: Leave the M3 at Jctn 3, take the first exit onto A322 towards Guildford. At the roundabout take the second exit and follow the A322 for approximately seven miles. Go through Worplesdon to a roundabout and turn right into Holly Lane signposted for Aldershot. After half-a-mile there is a signpost on the right for the club (same entrance as Merrist Wood College). Other Facilities: Putting green, chipping green, practice bunker and net; buggy rental; pro shop.

from the A3, Merrist Wood is a private members club that welcomes visitors and groups on weekdays and weekends. The club has successfully entertained a range of societies, charities and corporate golfing events over the years, and was chosen as the host venue to launch the Senior Professional Golf Tour in the UK and recently staged the Surrey Club Foursomes Championship. Designed by David Williams, the 7,000-yard course is laid out over nearly 250 acres, so that even on a busy day it can feel like you are out on your own. The course is one of the longest in Surrey when played from the championship tees, but there are forward tees on all holes, with the white tees at 6,600 and the yellows at 6,300, ensuring it presents a suitable challenge for any player. Water comes into play on five holes, while strategically-placed bunkers can catch wayward shots, so there is a premium on accuracy. The playing conditions are excellent all year round, and the USGA-standard greens ensure temporary putting surfaces are never used. With superb academy facilities, and a welcoming and contemporary clubhouse, the team at Merrist Wood offers an exceptionally high standard of service and will work with you to make your golf day a complete success. Merrist Wood Golf Club, Holly Lane, Worplesdon, Guildford Surrey GU3 3PB. Tel: 01483 238890. Email: merristwood-pro@crown-golf.co.uk Website: www.merristwood-golfclub.co.uk

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MILFORD GOLF CLUB Handily located within a 15 minute drive of the Surrey and Hants towns of Guildford, Farnham and Aldershot, Milford offers a flexible approach to society golf day packages, allowing groups to choose the precise content of their day to match their requirements and budgets. Boasting an 18-hole, par 69 parkland course designed by Peter Allis and Clive Clark, Milford offers plenty of varied and interesting holes and provides a challenge for players of all abilities. Measuring 5,890 yards from the white tees, the course is not long, with only one par five, but the five par threes and a group of longer par fours place an emphasis on accurate iron play, thanks to some well positioned bunkers and tricky approaches. The 107-yard 17th is a particular delight, offering a watery grave to any ball hit short or long, with a lake bordering the front of the putting surface and a stream at the back. With USGA standard greens ensuring excellent year-round putting surfaces, Milford is an easy walking course set in naturally beautiful surroundings. The club offers a complete golf day service, with scoreboards, PGA professional clinics, competition challenges, starters and marshalls. Prizes can also be preordered from the pro shop for society days with a 10% discount. Milford Golf Club, Station Lane, Milford, Godalming, Surrey GU8 5HS. Tel: 01483 41920. Email: milford-manager@crown-golf.co.uk Website: www.milfordgolf.co.uk

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Society Packages: From £29pp for coffee, bacon roll, 18 holes (Mon-Thurs), £34 (Fri) and £40 (Sat-Sun); £61 for 27 holes with lunch and a two-course meal. Winter packages from £24. Green Fees: £35 (Mon-Thur), £40 (Fri), £42 (Sat-Sun). Twilight from £20. Visitor Restrictions: No visitors before 12pm on Saturdays and Sundays. How to get there: Leave the A3 at the Milford turn off. Go straight over the roundabout and turn left at the traffic lights. Turn right at the mini-roundabout and then immediately left into Station Lane. The club is 200 yards on the left. Other Facilities: Driving range, practice net, putting and chipping green, buggy and trolley rental, pro shop.


useful information Society Packages: Can be tailor-made to fit your requirements, including 18 holes £33, 27 holes £38, 36 Holes £43, with catering options available for breakfast, lunch and dinner – see our website for further details and a booking form. Call the Office on 01883 652057 for discounts depending on numbers and for afternoon-only rates. Weekend golf packages in conjunction with Chez Vous Hotel & Restaurant (below) are available for Friday afternoons and some Sunday mid mornings. Green Fees: Visitors £35 per round, but check with the pro shop on 01883 653004 for special rates and offers at different times of the day. Visitors Restrictions: Monday to Friday only, after 11am on Thursdays. Some Sundays are available. How to get there: Take M25 to junction 6 and then pick up A22 northbound for two miles. Take fifth exit at Wapses Lodge roundabout and carry on for two miles through Woldingham village. Entrance on left-hand side in Northdown Road. Accommodation: Chez Vous Hotel & Restaurant, 432 Limpsfield Road, Warlingham CR6 9LA. Tel: 01883 620451

NORTH DOWNS GOLF CLUB Probably the highest golf course in the south of England, North Downs is located on top of the hill just past the village of Woldingham. It was founded in 1899 and extended to 18 holes in 1971. At 5,815 yards off the back tees, it might not be the longest course you’ll ever play, but don’t underestimate the challenge of getting around without too many blemishes on your scorecard. The result is a course where accuracy, particularly on the par 4s, is a prerequisite to good scoring. With magnificent views from 850 feet up in the folds of the North Downs, the terrain is pretty gentle, although one climb is required. Fortunately, it’s on the 17th, when golfers’ thoughts are already turning to a drink and a bite to eat at the 19th. The views over the surrounding countryside are superb, and the course is always in good condition, even during the depths of winter, when only a blanket of snowhas been known to close it down. The club has a reputation for friendliness, which is extended to societies, who can choose from a variety of packages at competitive rates. Full catering is available in the dining room adds to the pleasure of visiting one of Surrey’s hidden gems.

North Downs, Northdown Road, Woldingham, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 7AA. Tel: 01883 652057. Email: secretary@northdownsgolfclub.co.uk Website: www.northdownsgolfclub.co.uk

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OAK PARK GOLF CLUB & GYM Located in the village of Crondall, and easily accessible from the A3, M3 and A31, Oak Park offers 27 holes of golf, a driving range, bar and restaurant, pro shop and gym. The club has two courses to enjoy, the 18-hole Woodland and the 9-hole Village. The former is tree-lined from start to finish and provides some stunning views over the Hampshire countryside, while the latter offers a gentler stroll around the edge of the pretty village of Crondall. The Woodland measures 6065 yards off the white tees, maybe short by modern standards, but not without its challenges. Many holes require an accurate tee shot and a precise approach to some testing greens. Surely, a very pleasant alternative to the flat, easy, spray-it-from-fairway-to-fairway golf courses. The 9 hole, par 36, 3218 yard Village course is a flatter layout with a beguiling mix of holes that make it quite probably the best 9 hole course in the area! It is extremely popular with time-pressed golfers, “9 holes, Pie and a Pint”, but is also ideal for golfing societies wishing to have a full day at Oak Park and play 27 different holes.

Oak Park Golf Club, Heath Lane, Crondall, Farnham, Surrey GU10 5PB. Tel: 01252 850850. Email: oakpark-manager@crown-golf.co.uk Website: www.oakparkgolf.co.uk

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Society Packages: 18 hole packages to include coffee & bacon roll £29.50. 9 hole packages to include coffee & bacon roll £15.00. Green Fees: Woodland Course: £35 (Mon-Fri), £40 (Sat-Sun). Village Course: £13/£15. Twilight and seasonal offers are available. Visitor Restrictions: Visitors are welcome at all times. How to get there: Leave the M3 at Junction 5 and follow the A287 towards Odiham and Farnham. After the village of Crondall turn right into Heath Lane. Oak Park is located on the right after about a mile. Other Facilities: Driving range, putting green, chipping green, practice bunker. Buggy and trolley rental, pro shop.


useful information Society Packages: From £25pp for coffee, bacon rolls and 18 holes (Mon-Thurs), rising to £51pp for the addition of a two-course meal at weekends. Up until March 31 and throughout Oct-Dec 2014 there is a £36pp special offer, to include bacon roll, 18 holes, homemade pie of the day, a hand warmer, a nip of whisky or brandy, and a special gift for the organiser. Green Fees: £27 (Mon-Fri), £37 (w/e, bank holidays), Seniors (60+) £19/£30. Visitor Restrictions: Golf societies can only tee off after 10am at weekends.

PINE RIDGE GOLF CENTRE Pine Ridge Golf Centre has always been a popular venue for golf societies, with its winning combination of on- and off-course facilities. With a superb 18-hole course, 36-bay driving range, comprehensive clubhouse facilities, and, uniquely, an on-site 10-pin blowing alley, it can cater for all sizes of golf groups, corporate events, conferences, weddings and social functions.

How to get there: Three miles from Junction 3 of the M3, off the B311 towards Frimley.

The entertaining and beautiful par 72 course measures 6,400 yards from the

Accommodation Enquire with the club for recommendations.

up to its name, the heavily tree-lined course provides slightly contrasting nines,

Other Facilities/Services: 36-bay driving range, pro shop, changing rooms, clubhouse, clubs and buggies for hire. Ten-pin bowling alley available at Pine Ridge Bowl.

Championship tees, and is ranked among the UK’s top-10 public courses. Living with the front half more open than the back. The closing stretch is particularly challenging off the back tees – including the long par-3 12th, the stunning uphill par-four 13th, the par-four 15th with blind second shot, and the short 17th over the valley – and will test every element of your game. Well maintained, an easy walk, and playable for all levels of golfer, Pine Ridge is an ideal society venue. There are a wide range of packages to suit all occasions and pockets, each one tailored to provide a great day out. Societies are offered preferential treatment in the form of advanced bookings, specially created meals, and an exclusive area within the clubhouse.

Pine Ridge Golf Club, Old Bisley Road, Frimley, Camberley, Surrey, GU16 9NX. Tel: 01276 675444 (ext 208). Email: pineridge-golfdays@crown-golf.co.uk Website: www.pineridgegolf.co.uk

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PYRFORD GOLF CLUB Ideally situated within close proximity to the M25, M3 and A3, Pyrford’s friendly hospitality and distinctive course design make it the ideal society or company day venue, where guests can be assured of a warm welcome and memorable day’s golfing. Designed by former Ryder Cup players Peter Allis and Clive Clarke, the 6,256yard course is ringed by magnificent woodland, with fairways weaving between sculptured mounds and 23 lakes, fringed with bullrushes, lilies and reeds, which give the course its unique characteristic. While the course may not be long by today’s modern designs, a good score will require careful strategy and use of every club in your bag. Handily for larger groups, the course is separated into two loops, providing a choice of starting positions. Playing conditions are excellent all year round, with no recourse to temporary greens, while bunkers are all hand-raked. We cater for golf days of eight or more players and packages can be tailored to suit personal needs, whether you require an early English breakfast or a tournament banquet. The dedicated golf team has a wealth of experience to help you personalise your day.

Pyrford Golf Club, Warren Lane, Pyrford, Surrey GU22 8XR. Tel: 01483 723555. Email: pyrford@crown-golf.co.uk Website: www.pyrfordgolf.co.uk

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Society Packages: From £40pp, including coffee & bacon roll and 18 holes, up to £73.50pp for 27 holes, breakfast, lunch and twocourse dinner. Green Fees: £45 (Mon-Thurs), £50 (Fri), £55 (Sat-Sun). Visitor Restrictions: Groups and societies are welcome most days subject to availability. How to get there: Follow sign for Wisley Gardens off the A3. Continue for two miles through Wisley village and cross the canal by The Anchor pub. Turn left at next T-‐junction and club is a ¼-‐mile on the left. Accommodation: Telephone the club for assistance. Other Facilities: Putting green, chipping green, practice bunker and net; buggy rental; pro shop.


useful information Society Packages: Available 7 days a week, coffee & bacon baps, 18 holes & light lunch from £33.00pp, groups of 12 or more organiser goes free. Green Fees: Winter £20.00 weekdays, £25.00 weekends Summer £25.00 weekdays, £40.00 weekends Visitor Restrictions: No restrictions, although it is advisable to call in advance.

SELSDON PARK HOTEL & GOLF CLUB Selsdon Park Hotel & Golf Club is a traditional, mature parkland golf course cut from the original thick forest that dominated this part of Surrey when the course was first designed by JH Taylor, five times winner of the British Open, in 1929.

How to get there: Take Junction 6 off the M25, then following the A22 Godstone/ Westerham/Caterham towards Caterham.

The elevated greens and fairways lined with countless sycamore, beech, oak,

Accommodation: 200 deluxe 4-star bedrooms

course being just one of it’s many developments. Work has included reshaping

Other Facilities: Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gym, sauna, steam rooms, Jacuzzi, squash and tennis courts, croquet lawn, beauty treatment rooms. Restaurant and bar, 26 conference rooms. Academy, warm up area, putting green, professional PGA tuition, golf shop. 350 free car parking facilities.

silver birch and cedar trees, all make Selsdon a truly memorable course to play. During the last two years, Selsdon has refocused itself at all levels, with the golf the course, designing a new bunker appearance, introducing new fauna with wild flowers and the vast woodland management project. In total the course has five par-5 holes, four of which measure over 500 yards. This need not be an intimidating experience, all but one of the nine par-4 holes are less than 400 yards and two of them are under 300 yards, so whether you are a handicapper or scratch player, Selsdon Park Hotel & Golf Club will give you the opportunity to dust down all of your clubs! The course stretches 6368 yards, a challenging par 72.

Selsdon Park Hotel and Golf Club, Addington Road, Sanderstead, Surrey, CR2 8YA. Tel: 020 8768 3113/3116. Fax: 020 8651 6171. Email: caroline.screene@principal-hayley.com Website: www.principal-hayley.com

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SILVERMERE GOLF CLUB Ideally located 5 minutes from the M25 and A3, Silvermere is the most accessible golf centre in the South East. Set amongst Surrey’s finest countryside, the 18-hole Silvermere course is a true test of golf. The Par-71 course winds through dense woodland, open parkland and finishes with two signature holes across the striking Silvermere Lake. It is undoubtedly one of the most challenging public courses in the region and is beautifully maintained all year round. The memorable course is the perfect setting for your golf day. We understand the importance of being able to offer a wide range of simply structured packages to suit every golf day. Friendly and professional staff are always on hand to ensure that all requirements are met and exceeded. The Inn on the Lake is the perfect place to relax and unwind before and after your round of golf. Enjoy the classic bacon roll, a treat from the breakfast menu or a signature dish from the bistro. Each menu has been designed to match the needs of your individual golf day, society or corporate event. Additional golf facilities include a floodlit driving range, two putting greens, a short game area and the golf superstore. Combine these with the bar, bistro and beautiful function suites and you’re sure to have an outstanding day at Silvermere. Silvermere Golf and Leisure, Redhill Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1EF. Tel: 01932 584300. Email: customerservice@silvermere-golf.co.uk Website: www.silvermere-golf.co.uk facebook.com/SilvermereGolf. twitter.com/SilvermereGC.

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Society Packages: Winter Society Packages from £20pp. Summer Society Packages from £32pp. Bespoke Golf Packages available throughout the year. Green Fees: Weekdays £27.50pp. Weekends £40.00pp. Reduced rates for winter and afternoon. Prices correct at the time of printing. Visitor Restrictions: None. Booking advisable. Available online at www.silvermere-golf.co.uk How to get there: Easy access from the A3, M3 and M25. Please see the website for a map and further directions. Other Facilities: 2 tiered state of the art driving range opening in May 2014, golf superstore, two putting greens (one all-weather), short game area, electric buggy and trolley hire, PGA coaches, Golf Superstore, Logo service, Inn on the Lake Bar & restaurant, function rooms, licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies.


useful information Society Packages: From £23 with bespoke packages available on request. Green Fees: Midweek 18 Holes - £23, senior £15. Midweek 9 Holes - £12.50, senior £10.50. Weekend 18 Holes - £27, senior £20 after 12pm Weekend 9 Holes - £14.50, senior £12.50. How to get there: Leave the M25 at Junction 12 and turn onto the M3 towards London. Leave the M3 at Junction 1, then take the first exit at the roundabout towards Staines on the A308. At the fourth set of lights on the A308, turn left into Littleton Road. Follow the road for a mile through Charlton Village and then take the first left into Charlton Lane. Cross over the bridge and Sunbury Golf Centre is on the right. Other Facilities: 18 Hole course, 9 Holes Course, Putting green, 32 Bay floodlit driving range, Teaching Academy, Bar area with Sky Sports, Function room.

SUNBURY GOLF CENTRE Sunbury Golf Centre comprises an 18-hole course, a 9-hole course, a 32bay floodlit driving range, Crown Golf Academy, a fully stocked golf shop, a fully licensed bar with bar menu and a large function room bookable 7 nights a week. The 18 hole course is a testing par 68 measuring 5153 yards with the 6th and 8th holes being particularly challenging as they run parallel to a large lake. The 9 hole course is perfect for those new to golf or for those who don’t have time for a full 18 holes. The course measures 2444 yards and is made up of six par 4’s and three par 3’s providing a good challenge in its own right.

Sunbury Golf Club, Charlton Lane, Shepperton, Middlesex, TW17 8QA. Tel: 01932 771 414 Email: sunbury@crown-golf.co.uk Website: www.sunburygolf.co.uk

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SURREY DOWNS GOLF CLUB Set in the rolling Surrey Hills with spectacular views across the North Downs, this Peter Alliss designed course is beautifully maintained, and its superb USGA specification greens ensure all year round playability. At 6,324 yards, there are certainly longer courses out there, but the layout is a challenging and thoughtprovoking one. Standout holes include the sharp dog-leg 8th, the tempting par-4 17th, and the finishing hole with water and a massive, undulating double green shared with the 9th hole. Surrey Downs offers an excellent range of facilities, with its contemporary clubhouse, a superb all-grass driving range, Golf Academy, function rooms and society packages to suit everyone. The atmosphere in the clubhouse is both friendly and relaxed and offers great food, service and facilities: a perfect place to start and end your visit, with space to cater for the smallest groups and bigger days up to 80 people. The club is operated under the simple philosophy of ‘your enjoyment, our inspiration’. From initial enquiry to the operation of the day itself, this means that we are as flexible and helpful as we can be in ensuring that everything goes off exactly as you want it to. Surrey Downs will not disappoint. The course is one that will never stop you thinking, and for that reason alone, it should represent a club that warrants a visit. Surrey Downs Golf Club, Outwood Lane, Kingswood, Surrey, KT20 6JS. Tel: 01737 839090. Email: booking@surreydownsgc.co.uk Website: www.surreydownsgc.co.uk

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Society Packages: Prices from £25 (winter), £30 (summer), but completely flexible to suit your requirements. Green Fees: From £30 (weekdays) and £40 (weekend afternoons). Twilight from £15, with early start times. See also www.onlineteetimes.co.uk for monthly deals. How to get Here: Located just 10 minutes from Junction 8 of the M25. Take the A217 London bound and turn onto the B2032 at the 3rd roundabout. After a right turn opposite the Kingswood Arms, Surrey Downs will be found on the right hand side. Other Facilities: Full grass tee practice range, Golf Academy, modern clubhouse with excellent bar and dining facilities, function rooms, internet access, golf reception and shop, hire equipment, full changing facilities with sauna.


useful information Society Packages: Summer and winter packages available; 18, 27 or 36 holes; breakfast, lunch and evening dining facilities. Sutton Green has four Summer Packages and six winter golf packages. Prices start from £25 per head in the winter and £30 including food for the summer packages. Golf can be played over 18, 27 or 36 holes, complimented by varied menu choices. Green Fees: For the best rates book via our website www.suttongreengc.co.uk How to get there: Located between Guildford & Woking minutes from the A3 and just off the A320. Located just 5 minutes from both Woking and Guildford, allowing fast access from both the M25 & M3 motorways.

SUTTON GREEN GOLF CLUB Sutton Green Golf Club is set in the gently undulating and tranquil Surrey countryside between Woking and Guildford and conveniently located just a few minutes from the M25 and A3. The par 71 6450yd parkland course stands up to the best Surrey golf has to offer. Carefully positioned lakes add to the excellent design of the Laura Davies course. Fairway watering ensures perfect fairways all year round, and the tees and greens are presented to the very highest of standards. Sutton Green provides an opportunity for golfing excellence at an affordable price! Here at Sutton Green, we have expertise in holding society and corporate golf days. We have various options available and we are happy to tailor the day to suit your specific requirements. The club can facilitate groups from 12-100 golfers, with casual or more formal dining. Our well stocked golf shop also supplies a fleet of golf buggies for hire for players. The clubhouse is fully air conditioned and the large bar is complimented by a fine dining room and terrace with additional seating overlooking the 18th green. New for 2014 an extended 9th hole and water feature, and a state of the art short game area to warm up prior to your round. Sutton Green is the perfect venue for society and company golf days! Sutton Green Golf Club, New Lane, Sutton Green, Nr Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7QF. Tel: 01483 747898. Email: admin@suttongreengc.co.uk Website: www.suttongreengc.co.uk

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TRADITIONS GOLF COURSE Designed by Peter Allis and opened in 1999, Traditions is an attractive, challenging and enjoyable course. Surprisingly mature for its age, it provides the ideal layout for any standard of golfer, from novice to professional. Measuring 6,300 yards from the white tees, the parkland layout is cleverly designed, with winding fairways and several water hazards ensuring golfers

Society Packages: From £20pp for coffee, bacon roll and 18 holes. Green Fees: £24 (Mon-Thurs), £25 (Fri), £30 (Sat-Sun). Visitor Restrictions: Groups and societies are welcome most days subject to availability. How to get there: Follow sign for Wisley Gardens off the A3. Continue for two miles through Wisley village and cross the canal by The Anchor pub. Turn right at next T-junction and club is a ¼-mile on the left.

have to maintain their concentration to score well.

Accommodation: Telephone the club for assistance.

Each hole offers an interesting challenge, with the first six being played through

Other Facilities: Putting green and practice net; buggy rental; pro shop.

woodland and all demanding accuracy from the tee. Several holes through the middle of the round are slightly more forgiving from the tee, with carefullypositioned mounds providing added definition, until the course once again tightens up for the home stretch of 16, 17 and 18. At Traditions we understand how important your golf day is to you. This is why we constantly strive to ensure every aspect of the day is just want you want, from a warm welcome when you arrive, to a beautifully-presented course and a hearty meal to complete your day in our friendly and relaxed bar. Whatever your group size or requirements, our aim is to ensure that you, as the organiser, can have as much fun as all your guests by taking the stress out of the day for you.

Traditions Golf Course, Pyrford Road, Pyrford, Woking, Surrey GU22 8UX. Tel: 01932 350355. Email: traditions@crown-golf.co.uk Website: www.traditionsgolf.co.uk

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useful information Society Packages: Tailored packages to suit individual requirements – please visit the website for details www.windleshamgolf.com  Green Fees: Book online for our best price – www.windleshamgolf.com Visitors Restrictions: Visitors welcome – see website for details www.windleshamgolf.com How to get there: M3, Junction 3 towards Bracknell, turn off A322 onto A30 (London), then into Grove End (Less than 1 mile from M3).   Other Facilities: Bistro menu and bar available daily from 7am, golf range and academy, pro shop, buggy hire, private dining and function facilities. For more information see website: www.windleshamgolf.com

WINDLESHAM GOLF CLUB The facilities at Windlesham Golf Club offer unrivalled excellence for your golf day, and our dedicated team of professionals are always on hand to cater for your every need. From your initial enquiry, right up to the last guest leaving the club on the day of your event, we aim to excel in every area, providing you with the peace of mind that your day will be a truly memorable occasion. We recognise that every golf day requires personal attention, and we will work with you to ensure that we deliver a day that reflects your desired image. From a small intimate gathering to a large corporate event you can rest assured that we provide attention to detail and first class service. Our stunning 18-hole golf course is complemented by our luxurious clubhouse, offering style and elegance in a relaxed atmosphere. The terrace provides panoramic views overlooking the course with alfresco dining in the summer months and is a perfect place to relax and reflect on a great days golf. The bar area provides elegant comfort and our function suites and restaurant offer privacy and exclusive fine dining for your group, overseen by our award winning executive head chef.

Windlesham Golf Club, Grove End, Bagshot, Surrey, GU19 5HY. Tel: 01276 452220. Email: golfdays@windleshamgolf.com Website: www.windleshamgolf.com

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WILDWOOD GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Opened in 1992 and designed by renowned golf course architects Hawtree Ltd, Wildwood Country Club is located in the heart of the Surrey countryside, yet only 45 minutes outside central London. At 6,655 yards, and a par of 72 with USGA specification creeping bent grass tees and greens (which ensure no temporary tees or greens in the winter )and numerous water hazards, the course offers a challenging test of golf. With three nine-hole loops, which offer varying degrees of challenges, the Parkland, Woodland and Lakes courses can be played as three different 18hole courses, or you can play all 27 holes, making it ideal for society golf. Wildwood also has to offer a wonderfully designed short par-3 course for warming up your game, or simply to hone those short irons and chip shots. The short course has its own scorecard and is ideal for juniors or as an addition to your society day. Facilities include the wonderful new 10,000-square feet clubhouse, which boasts a terrace with panoramic views over the golf course and the finishing holes, two bar areas, new fully-equipped changing rooms, gym and indoor academy with state-of-the art-video analysis systems. Tuition is available from European Tour coach Clive Tucker, alongside Head professional Simon Mantell and YMG training for youngsters with Junior Organiser Mark Sweetland. Wildwood Golf & Country Club, Horsham Road, Alfold, Surrey, GU6 8JE. Tel: 01403 753255. Email: info@wildwoodgolf.co.uk Website: www.wildwoodgolf.co.uk

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Society Packages: Spring From 1st March – 31st May 2014 Coffee & Bacon Rolls, 18 holes, one course meal £32pp – Weekdays £38pp – Weekends Summer From 1st June – 31st October 2014 *Same as above £35pp – Weekdays £45pp – Weekends Winter From 1st November – 31st March 2015 *Same as above £28pp – Weekdays £35pp – Weekends How to get there: Horsham A281 towards Guildfordthrough Bucks green Village. For about 3 miles after BP Garage on left-Wildwood is on right. From Guildford take the A281 towards Horsham, stay on this road for eight miles. Wildwood is on the left after the Alfold crossways. For more information call Louise or Lisa on 01403 753255 or visit our website: www.wildwoodgolf.co.uk


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useful information Society Packages: Available seven days per week. Pentland Golf offers all societies greater discounts the more players brought. Free green fees on your fourth booking within the same year. Visitor Restrictions: Visitors welcome every day, weekends after 12 noon (11am in winter). How to get there: Leave M25 at Junction 3, take A20 to Brands Hatch and then A225 through Eynsford. Turn left at station for Austin Lodge. Accommodation: Telephone club for assistance. Other Information: See Pentland Golf’s other clubs on pages 86 and 87. Phone: 0800 258 5018 for details of society packages.

AUSTIN LODGE GOLF CLUB Set in three tranquil valleys on the edge of the ancient village of Eynsford, Austin Lodge offers a challenging par-73 course, which measures a hefty 7,026 yards from the championship tees. The fairways may be generously wide, but the undulating nature of the valley terrain means that you will need stamina, good course management and an imaginative touch around the greens to truly prosper on this excellent golfing test. Natural drainage and a chalk base ensure year-round play, while the large greens ensure a safe landing for even the most errant of shots. The well-appointed Georgian clubhouse overlooking the 9th and 18th greens, offers excellent facilities and a distinctive contemporary interior, the signature of Pentland Golf, making it an ideal environment for relaxing both before and after your game. The service available and the quality of the golf, makes Austin Lodge an ideal venue for societies throughout the year. Pentland Golf offers all societies: retail discounts, an adverse weather guarantee and one central booking point. Book today and experience Pentland Golf’s unique contemporary approach to your game.

Austin Lodge, Upper Austin, Lodge Road, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0HU. Tel: 01322 863000. Fax: 01322 862406. Website: www.pentlandgolf.co.uk

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BIRCHWOOD PARK GOLF CENTRE Birchwood Park is the leading pay-and-play golf centre in the South East, welcoming both members and non-members to make use of the excellent facilities on offer. Set in lush Kent countryside, the complex offers something for everyone, no matter what your playing ability. Head out on our challenging 18 hole course which is beautifully designed, stands at 6364 yards and will test every part of your game. We also have our 9 hole Orchard course on site, perfect for those new to the game or for those who want to improve their short game. Our team of green keepers work all year round to ensure the condition of the course is maintained to the highest level and remains open all year round. We are proud of the service we deliver, especially when looking after our numerous societies that walk through the doors as we always strive to offer great value for money with a friendly service. Please contact us as soon as possible to book in and use the fantastic facilities on offer here at Birchwood Park Golf Centre.

Birchwood Park Golf Centre, Birchwood Road, Wilmington, Dartford, Kent, DA2 7HJ. Tel: 01322 662038. Fax: 01322 667283. Email: info@birchwoodparkgc.co.uk Website: www.birchwoodparkgc.co.uk

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Society Packages: Hold your society golf day with us from just £22 per person. Green Fees: Before 8am From £16.00. After 8am From £23.00. Off Peak Golf from £9.90. Please contact us about prices for your specific needs. How to get there: Leave the M25 at junction 3 sign posted Swanley. At round about take exit, again sign posted Swanley, on to London Road. At next round about take 2nd exit (High Street). At round about take 4th exit (Swanley Lane). At roundabout take the 1st exit (Bartholomew Way). At next round about take 3rd exit (London Road). Turn right at Beefeater traffic lights on to Birchwood road. Birchwood Park Golf Centre can be found on the left hand side after approx 0.2miles. Other Facilities: Café Bar & Grill Restaurant. Kelvedon Suite. Lake View Room. Changing Facilities. Buggies and Trolleys for Hire. Fully Stocked Pro Shop. Horizones Gym. Function Suit.

Birchwood Park is part of BGL Golf, the UK’s leading golf course owner and operator. www.bglgolf.co.uk


useful information Society Packages: Winter from £25.50pp, summer from £36.50pp - prices include coffee and bacon roll on arrival. Minimum 12 players. Green Fees: Weekdays £40, weekends and bank holidays £50. Visitor Restrictions: Saturday and Sunday mornings only. How to get there: Leave A2 at A260 Folkestone turn off, heading for Folkestone. Broome Park is 0.5 mile on the right after the crematorium, or leave A20 at A260 Canterbury turn off, heading for Canterbury. Broome Park is 0.5 mile on your left after leaving Denton. Accommodation: Club can recommend. Other Facilities: Tennis, driving range, snooker, gym, swimming pool.

BROOME PARK GOLF CLUB Broome Park Golf Club was established during the reign of Charles I. The magnificent mansion, recently refurbished to its former glory, boasts as one of its many owners, Lord Kitchener. The 6,624-yard parkland course is set within an 268-acre estate on undulating countryside with beautiful views of the surrounding valleys. The course is a good test for golfers of all ages and skill levels and has a particularly interesting 18th hole. There is an open eight-bay driving range with separate practice ground, where your game can be fine-tuned. Other facilities available at Broome Park include tennis and snooker; small deposits are required to secure these other facilities. In addition, the halfway house is very popular with golfers, who can enjoy a variety of hot and cold food and drink, before, during, and after their round.

Broome Park Golf Club, The Broome Park Estate, Barham, Nr Canterbury, Kent, CT4 6QX. Tel: 01227 830728. Email: society@broomepark.co.uk Website: www.broomepark.co.uk

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CHART HILLS GOLF CLUB The spectacular Nick Faldo-designed golf course sits in the northern reaches of the Weald of Kent in more than 200 acres of historic Kent countryside, and is just 20 miles from the M25. With outstanding facilities on all fronts Chart Hills Golf Club is the perfect venue for all occasions. Destroyed by fire in 2005 the club house has been rebuilt to the highest standard and offers everything that guests could need including; conferencing facilities; dining and wedding facilities and of course a championship golf course, all of which make Chart Hills the ideal venue for your special occasion. Being blessed with professional, efficient, knowledgeable and courteous staff is a tremendous asset that allows the club to run smoothly, giving guests the maximum comfort and discretion during their stay. Add to that the fantastic 18-hole golf course recently recognised as one of the top courses in Europe by the prestigious Peugeot Golf Guide 20082009 and ranked in the Top 100 by Top 100 Golf Courses and by Golf World Magazine and you have the recipe for success and a quality golfing experience on and off the course. Whether you visit for business of pleasure, you’re guaranteed to find whatever you want at Chart Hills.

Chart Hills Golf Club, Weeks Lane, Biddenden. Kent, TN27 8JX. Tel: 01580 292222. Website: www.charthills.co.uk

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Society Packages: From. £49.99 pp, min. of 12 people. Green Fees: Summer 2014 (April 1st to Oct 31st) £75 weekday, £95 weekend. Fourball offers available. Winter (Nov 1st- March 31st) From £45pp. Visitors Restrictions: Winter months: Visitors welcome every day bar Wednesdays. After 12 noon on Monday,Saturday and Sunday. All day on Friday, Tuesday and Thursday. Summer months as above, but after 1pm. Societies welcome Tues-Thurs and Friday. How to get there: From the M20 in Kent: Take junction 8, signposted to Lenham and Leeds Castle & follow the signs to Leeds Castle. Once on the B2163 pass the Castle entrance on your left and continue to the first major crossroads. Turn left towards Tenterden (the A274), passing through Sutton Valence. After Headcorn you will pass a garage on your right. Take the next left and left again into Chart Hills. From Ashford: Take the A28 to Tenterden, turning right onto the A262 for Biddenden. Once in Biddenden, carry on towards Headcorn (you are now on the A274). Turn right into Smarden Road, then left into Weeks Lane and first right into Chart Hills. Other Facilities: Short game area, range and 9-hole putting green. Function suite, boardrooms, restaurant and spike bar. The Leaderboard Golf Academy, PGA lessons, buggies and electric trolleys available to hire. Included in Rolex world top 1000 golf courses.


useful information Society Packages: Society packages start from £25, including coffee and bacon rolls and 18 holes of golf. Packages can be tailor-made to suit any society’s requirements, including one, two and three-course meals, buggy hire and prizes. Green Fees: Visitors are welcome seven days a week and greenfees are among the most competitive in Kent. How to get there: Minutes from Jct 6 of the M20.

COBTREE MANOR PARK GOLF COURSE Cobtree Manor Park Golf Course is located on the outskirts of Maidstone, just seconds off the M20 exit to Chatham. It’s easy to see why this venue is one of the most visited courses in Kent, with a stunning 18-hole layout, USGA-specification greens, and welcoming clubhouse with a large decking area adjacent to the 18th green. This par-70 course was built in the 1960s among rolling parkland, with several water features integrated into the design of the holes. It offers a great challenge to golfers of all abilities and the clubhouse has a friendly atmosphere, making it a perfect place to relax following your round. Why not try a delicious meal from our clubhouse menu while you’re here? With our vast experience of organising golf days, we have a good understanding of what makes a society outing successful. We make sure your golfers are welcomed with fresh coffee and piping-hot breakfasts served in the

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clubhouse, followed by a round of golf. When you return, our friendly bar staff will be on hand to serve your thirsty golfers with refreshing drinks, leaving you to enjoy a delicious meal and to compare scores.

Cobtree Manor Park Golf Course, Chatham Road, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AZ. Tel: 01622 753276. Email: cobtree@mytimegolf.co.uk Website: www.mytimegolf.co.uk.

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ETCHINGHILL GOLF CLUB Opened in May 1995, the 18-hole, par-70 course at Etchinghill soon gained a popular reputation among both members and visiting golfers. Carved into the hillside overlooking the Elham Valley, the original 18-hole course is distinctly different to the additional nine holes added more recently, which extend over stunning parkland. The extensive facilities at Etchinghill include a floodlit, 11-bay covered driving range, nine-hole academy course, practice putting and chipping areas, boules and croquet. With excellent tuition available for both adults and children, Etchinghill provides a pleasant and relaxed setting in which to learn and practise the game. Off the course, the extensive clubhouse offers a large dining room, bistro, spike bar and lounge, and facilities for both corporate and private hire. Pentland Golf offers all societies retail discounts, an adverse weather guarantee and one central booking point. Book today and experience Pentland Golf’s unique contemporary approach to your game.

Etchinghill Golf, Canterbury Road, Etchinghill, Folkestone, Kent, CT18 8FA. Tel: 01303 863863. Fax: 01303 863210. Website: www.pentlandgolf.co.uk

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Society Packages: Available seven days per week. Pentland Golf offers all societies greater discounts the more players brought. Free green fees on your fourth booking within the same year. Visitor Restrictions: Visitors welcome every day, weekends after 11am (winter 10.30am). How to get there: Leave the M20 at junction 12 and take the first exit at the roundabout (A20). At next roundabout take B2065 towards Etchinghill and Canterbury. Drive through Etchinghill and the course entrance is on your right as you leave the village. Accommodation: Telephone club for assistance. Other Information: See Pentland Golf’s other clubs on pages 85 and 86. Phone: 0800 258 5018 for details of society packages.


useful information Society and Visitor Golf: Flexible packages: Winter from £33 and Summer from £46. Organiser goes free* Green fee prices: Winter from £23 and Summer from £25. How to get there: J6 M25 (anti-clockwise), take A22 to Godstone, turn left on A25 Sevenoaks. After three miles take Edenbridge road, follow signs to Hever Castle and the club is 0.5 miles on the right. Other Facilities: Driving range and practice area, putting green, trolley and buggy hire, Castle Golf School, well stocked Pro Shop and newly refurbished Princes Suite for Corporate and Private Functions. Additional services: Fleet of 16 buggies, teaching clinics, putting and on-course competitions, registration, scorecard management, gift packs and personalised prizes. Visits to Hever Castle can be incorporated. Accommodation: Luxury accommodation available in Hever Castle. Please phone for further details on our packages and prices. Telephone Claire on 01732 701003.

HEVER CASTLE GOLF CLUB Set within 250 acres of truly beautiful Kentish Countryside, as part of the Historic Hever Castle Estate, you will find Hever Castle Golf Club, bordering the counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. The Club’s 27 Holes reside in an inspirational setting and are played on the 7,002-yard Championship Course, comprising of the Kings (Front 9) and Queens (Back 9). This course is complimented by the additional Nine Hole Prince’s Course, which together provide all the variety, challenge and refinement today’s golfer has come to appreciate and enjoy. Awaiting your return, The Astor Lounge & Restaurant and The 19th bar opened in November 2011 after a full refurbishment and along with our Terrace offers golfers a welcoming, historic, and inspiring setting.

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A friendly and welcoming club to golfers of all levels. Come and experience your own memorable day, facilities open to non-members. Hever Castle Golf Club, Hever, Kent, TN8 7NP. Contact Claire: 01732 701003. Fax: 01732 700775. Email: golfdays@hever.co.uk Website: www.hever.co.uk

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HIGH ELMS GOLF COURSE With its historic connections with the Lubbock family and Charles Darwin, High Elms is a public course of outstanding character and quality, presenting an enjoyable challenge to players of all standards. Set in attractive country park woodlands, with mature trees and well-established greens, it is hard to believe you are just 10 minutes from the M25 (Junction 4). Overlooking the first fairway, the welcoming and warm clubhouse is open all day, offering refreshments together with a varied selection of food. Societies are welcome during the week and at weekends, and the emphasis is on ensuring you receive friendly service throughout the day. There are extensive society packages provided, and a first-rate meal is guaranteed. If you wish to receive our latest society offers by email, send an email to golf.manager@mytimeactive.org.uk to register. The function room can seat 60 people comfortably and, while you are waiting for the rest of your party to reach the clubhouse, you can enjoy the benefits that the 19th hole brings. High Elms offers ‘pay and play’ golf throughout the year, plus money-saving memberships with no joining fee, plus: • Restaurant and bar • Changing facilities • Putting green, practice area, driving nets • Trolley and buggy hire • Free parking • Golf shop and resident golf professional • Lessons including holiday coaching for children • Exclusive society changing facilities now available. High Elms Golf Course, High Elms Road, Downe, Kent, BR6 7JL. Tel: 01689 858175. Societies: 01689 85326. Email: highelms@mytimegolf.co.uk Website: www.mytimegolf.co.uk

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Society Packages: Available seven days a week tailored to suit all requirements call 01689 856326 for further information. Green Fees: Adults from £20.00, Concessions from £12.75, tee times can be booked seven days in advance by calling 01689 858175. How to get there: 10 minutes from Jct 4 of the M25. Other Facilities: 5 hole Par 3 Mytime Academy course, well-stocked golf shop with buggy/trolley hire, restaurant/function room and bar. Sister Course: 9-hole course and driving range a five-minute drive away - Bromley Golf Centre, Magpie Hall Lane, Bromley BR2 8JF, 0208 462 7014. For more information please visit our website: www.mytimegolf.co.uk.


LONDON GOLF CLUB The International course - Home of the 2014 Volvo World Match Play championship

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esigned by Jack Nicklaus and home to the European Open, London Golf Club is a venue of distinction. Being the only golf club to have a joint-venture partnership with the European Tour and first European Tour Destination of the European Tour Properties network, you and your guests will receive the finest care and attention both on and off the course.

Society Packages: Corporate groups and societies are welcome and packages are tailored to meet requirements. Prices start at ÂŁ75 per person including breakfast, 18 holes, meal, range balls and use of practice facilities.

We invite you to come and explore a destination that is constantly innovating and improving in the pursuit of perfection. Conveniently located just off the M25 and M20, it’s easily accessible from London and only 20 miles from Canary Wharf.

Green Fees: Prices vary depending on the season.

The International course is pure downland. Long grasses sway in an ever-changing breeze. The course is naturally firmer and the quick undulating fairways force a linksstyle approach, while short holes over water provide dramatic respite. Home of the 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship and having hosted both Regional Open Qualifying and European Tour Qualifying School, this course proves a tough test for the most talented of golfers while providing the opportunity to shoot some great scores with a number of risk-reward holes. The International is serviced by a halfway house serving a variety of hot, cold and alcoholic beverages, as well as confectionary and snacks. Off the course, the 330 yard turf practice range is stocked with Tour quality golf balls, guaranteeing that your practice experience is as true and rewarding as it is on the course. The award-winning Clubhouse equally caters for all requirements. Players can grab a snack in the Spike Bar, have a more leisurely meal in the Long Bar, or enjoy formal dining in The Restaurant. Understated and unassuming, London Golf Club prides itself on its professional, polite and efficient staff who are inspired to assist you delivering the best possible experience. Make London Golf Club your Destination. London Golf Club, Stansted Lane, Ash, Nr Brands Hatch, Kent TN15 7EH. Tel: 01474 879899. Fax: 01474 879912. Website: www.londongolf.co.uk

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How to get there: Leave M25 (Junction 3). Follow A20 signs to Brands Hatch. Pass Brands Hatch, go through West Kingsdown and pass under motorway bridge. Turn immediately left into Stansted Lane. Club entrance is on left. Accommodation: There are a number of hotels and bed & breakfasts within a five-minute drive. For more details please call 01474 879 899 or visit www.londongolf.co.uk


useful information Society Packages A range of Society packages are available and can be tailored to your needs. Prices from £22pp, the organiser goes free on bookings over 12 people. Green Fees: From £20.50 weekdays and £27.50 weekends & bank holidays on the 18-hole course. Plus 20% off for Privilege Members. Visitors Restrictions: N/A. How to get there: LPGC is situated just 5 minutes from junction 4 of the M25. Take the A21 towards Orpington, at the first roundabout take the last exit towards Well Hill. The course is then signposted. Accommodation: N/A. Other Facilities: 9-hole pitch and putt course, driving range, putting green, golf buggies, and trolley hire.

LULLINGSTONE PARK GOLF COURSE Lullingstone Park Golf Course nestles in the heart of the stunning Lullingstone Country Park, located just 5 minutes from Jnt 4 of the M25. The course frequently attracts a broad cross-section of visitors and returning societies. Its beautiful setting amid mixed character woodland, parkland and open grassland, presents one of the most exciting playing experiences in some of the most spectacular surroundings in Kent. Lullingstone offers a fantastic day’s golf for the seasoned player and beginner alike. Completing the playing experience available on the 18-hole Castle Course and the 9-hole Valley Course, Lullingstone also offers a Family Pitch & Putt, putting green, chipping area, pro shop, driving range, golf buggies for hire, golf lessons with P.G.A. Golf Professional and full catering facilities at the Lodge. The Lullingstone team offer outstanding opportunities for individuals, groups and societies to experience a course that is frequently considered to be one of the most rewarding, picturesque and great value destinations in the region. The Lullingstone Privilege club offers regular returning players a great range of discounts and offers throughout the year, and a full range of membership packages are also available, please call our Lullingstone team on 01959 533793 who will be happy to give you the latest information on all our membership offers.

Lullingstone Park Golf Course, Parkgate Road, Chelsfield, Nr Orpington, Kent BR6 7PX. Tel: 01959 533793. Email: lpgc@sencio.org.uk. Website: www.lullingstonegolfcourse.co.uk

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LYDD GOLF CLUB & DRIVING RANGE Wide fairways and semi-rough means you needn’t expect to be kept waiting at Lydd Golf Club. The 18-hole, par-71 course measures 6,529 yards and offers some interesting challenges, including a number of eye-catching hazards. Water is a feature on 13 of the holes. Wind can be a factor in club selection and course strategy, and this is no more evident than at the 429-yard 13th, which is as often as not played into the prevailing south-westerly. It has a broad dyke down the left, a large lake cutting into the dogleg and another lake and bunkers around the green. The clubhouse purveys a warm and friendly atmosphere. A six-hole academy course introduces beginners and juniors to golf. The Garden Room Restaurant is open every day for breakfast, lunch and social functions. The 20-bay floodlit driving range is open from 7.30am until well into the evenings. Societies are welcome seven days a week.

Lydd Golf Club and Driving Range, Romney Road, Lydd, Romney Marsh, Kent, TN29 9LS. Tel: 01797 320808. Email: golf@lyddgolfclub.co.uk Website: www.lyddgolfclub.co.uk

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Society Packages: Various on application. Green Fees: Offers always available, please phone. Visitor Restrictions: None. How to get there: Take A259 to New Romney and then B2075 to Lydd. Course is adjacent to Lydd International Airport. Accommodation: Club can provide details. Other Facilities: Pro shop, driving range, putting green, golf buggies and trollies.


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PRINCE’S GOLF CLUB Prince’s offers all that is best in modern golf: with its 27 holes of Championship links golf, practice facilities to match and a centrally located clubhouse Since its opening in 2012, Prince’s can now offer visiting golfers overnight accommodation in its 38 bedroom facility – The Lodge. Prince’s boasts 3 loops of 9 holes: The Shore, The Dunes and the Himalayas, all of which have their own unique characteristics and signature holes and have benefited from significant investment and redevelopment over recent years. Players of all standards will enjoy the challenge of this links and the outstanding views. The Lodge at Prince’s, situated at the entrance to the course has 12 bedrooms and two luxurious suites and the adjacent Lodge apartments have 12 two bedroom apartments. All bedrooms have ensuite facilities, club storage and battery charging points and wonderful views across the golf course or Sandwich Bay. The apartments are particularly well suited to golfing groups with a comfortable lounge in each apartment. In addition the Lodge offers a quality dining experience in the Brasserie on the Bay which was awarded 2 AA Rosettes in 2013 and golfers can also enjoy the Lodge bar menu in front of the warming log burning stove or in the Summer months on the Terrace. Prince’s prides itself on helpful, attentive staff who understand your needs from your first enquiry to service during your golf day itself. Fourballs are welcome seven days a week and groups of any size can be accommodated. Princes Golf Club, Sandwich Bay, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9QB. Tel: 01304 611118 (Golf Office), 01304 695569 (Pro Shop). Email: office@princesgolfclub.co.uk Website: www.princesgolfclub.co.uk

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Society Packages: Packages start from £65,including coffee on arrival and a bacon roll (April & October). For further details please see our website. Green Fees: Winter golf starts from £50 for a day’s golf, including lunch. Summer rates start from £80, including coffee and bacon roll, a warm up basket of range balls and unlimited golf. How to get there: From London – M25, M2, A2, A256. Please see our Website for further maps and directions. Accommodation: The Lodge at Prince’s, Sandwich Bay. Golf and Accommodation packages available from £ 130, please contact the Golf Office for all our latest offers and prices www.thelodgeatprinces.co.uk


useful information Society Packages: Available seven days a week, email or phone for details. Green Fees: Special offers always available – please phone for details. Visitors Restrictions: Normal dress code, soft spikes preferred. How to get there: Leave the M25 at junction 3. Take the A20 and follow signs towards Brands Hatch. At the first roundabout take the third exit. You have now arrived at Pedham Place Golf Centre. Other Facilities: Par-3 Academy course, 40-bay floodlit driving range with Power Tees. Full catering facilities. 14 buggies available for hire.

PEDHAM PLACE GOLF CENTRE Pedham Place Golf Centre is the place to be, offering excellent facilities and friendly service throughout the complex, to societies, companies and corporate organisations wishing to host golf days, charity days, competitions and tournaments. The 18-hole, par-72 Championship course was designed by John Fortune and has been constructed to the highest specifications. The links-style layout features an abundance of wildlife, a carp-filled lake and has excellent drainage, making the course playable all year round. It provides an exciting challenge to both low- and high-handicap players, while enjoying the magnificent views across the Darenth Valley. It also has a par-three Academy course, which is ideal for a warm-up round or just a fun competition. A warm welcome always awaits in the new clubhouse, where friendly staff will greet and welcome your guests on the day, ensuring all their needs are catered for. Packages can be arranged to suit your specific requirements. The 40 bay covered driving range is an ideal place to warm up for your round or work on your game with our coaching team led by Kent County 1st team coach, Tim Milford. Lessons are available 7 days a week at a very competitive rate. Come along in Happy Hour and receive 50% more balls.

Pedham Place, London Road, Swanley, Kent, BR8 8PP. Tel: 01322 867000. Email: info@ppgc.co.uk Website: www.ppgc.co.uk

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ORPINGTON GOLF CENTRE With 53 holes, two golf shops, a fleet of buggies and a 28-bay floodlit driving range Orpington Golf Centre has everything you need for your golf game. All you have to do is choose which course to play in these fantastic surroundings. The Orpington Golf Centre is one of the largest golf facilities in England and located close to the M25 and M20 motorways. The centre encompasses two 18 hole courses - Ruxley Park and Cray Valley - complemented by a par 32, 9-hole challenge, as well as a short par 3 circuit, both great for practising your short game. All of the courses wind their way through the scenic Kent countryside and incorporate many a hazard along the way to provide a series of distinctly different golfing experiences.

Orpington Golf Centre, Cray Ruxley, Sandy Lane, Orpington, Kent, BR5 3HY Tel: 01689 839 677. E-mail: orpington@mytimegolf.co.uk Website: www.mytimegolf.co.uk

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Society Packages: Available seven days a week tailored to suit all requirements call 01689 839 677 for further information. Green Fees: Standard green fee at Cray Valley for Adults ÂŁ23.00, Ruxley Park from ÂŁ17. Off peak promotions also available. How to get there: Located just off the A20, close to Orpington, Bromley and Dartford. Other facilities: 28-bay floodlit Driving Range, Golf Lessons, Golf Shop, Function venue.


useful information Society Packages: Winter packages start from £29.50pp. Summer packages start from £39.50pp. One green fee deducted for every 12 players. Repeat booking loyalty discounts are offered with 5% off the package price per person. Certain restrictions apply for when society / corporate bookings can be taken: Summer - not before 8.30am on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday. Not before 10.30am on a Thursday and not before 12 noon on a Saturday and Sunday. Winter - not before 8.30am on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday. Not before 10.30am on a Thursday and not before 11am on a Saturday and Sunday. Green Fees: Weekday normal rate £25 for 18 holes. Weekday twilight rate £18 for 18 holes. Weekend normal rate £30 for 18 holes. Weekend twilight rate £20 for 18 holes. Visitors are not permitted to play before 10am at weekends. Please note prices do increase in the summer months. Prices correct at time of printing. How to get there: Use TN8 7AY post code for sat nav. Sweetwoods Park is located directly on the A264 in between Tunbridge Wells, Kent and East Grinstead, West Sussex. Nearby villages include Cowden, Edenbridge, Lingfield, Ashurst, Hartfield.

SWEETWOODS PARK GOLF SOCIETY Sweetwoods Park, a course that once played and enjoyed, will bring you back again and again. Our stunning golf club has a Par 72, 18 hole parkland course, set in ‘The Wealden Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ which offers the ultimate golfing experience. Sweetwoods Park Golf Club opened in 1994 and can count tremendous views across the course of lakes, streams, mature woodland and the old village of Cowden with its imposing Church spire watching over the 4th green, as some of its features. You are even playing on a piece of history: a roman road under the 1st and 2nd fairways, a wartime airstrip, towering beeches and swathes of oak and birch. The wealth of small lakes and tumbling streams all help to make the course unique in its beauty. Sweetwoods Park offers competitive packages for societies and corporate days and this includes some availability on weekends. Conveniently situated along the A264 between Tunbridge Wells, Kent and East Grinstead, West Sussex. Visit www.sweetwoodspark.com for a hole by hole guide written and narrated by Jamie Spence. Sweetwoods Park Golf Club, Colestock Road, Cowden, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7AY. Tel: 01342 850 729 Ext 1 for tee bookings or Ext 2 for society / corporate day bookings. Email: golf@sweetwoodspark.com Website: www.sweetwoodspark.com

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TENTERDEN GOLF CLUB Set in mature parkland, Tenterden Golf Club’s course has spectacular views over the Weald of Kent and it offers an enjoyable challenge to players of all abilities. The club has a policy of continuously improving the course, and play is a pleasure whatever the season. A number of holes are particularly exacting. The 8th is a dog-leg par 4 where the tee shot must be straight and of the correct length if the elevated green is to be reached with the second shot. The 12th is one of the longest par 4 holes in Kent, and distance and accuracy is required from its hilltop tee positions. The comfortable clubhouse has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and players can enjoy a drink on the balcony while overlooking play on the 1st and 18th holes. Light refreshments are available from the bar, and group dining is organised by the club’s versatile catering service. Golf societies are always warmly welcomed and excellent packages are available to meet societies’ varying needs.

Tenterden Golf Club, Woodchurch Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 7DR. Tel: 01580 763987. Email: enquiries@tenterdengolfclub.co.uk Website: www.tenterdengolfclub.co.uk

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Society Packages: Slice: from £35 pp for bacon roll, tea/ coffee, 18 holes and light lunch. Fade: from £42 pp for bacon roll, tea/ coffee, 18 holes and two-course meal. Additionally, a Build-Your-Own Society Package concept offers a high degree of planning flexibility. Green Fees: Green fees vary according to time, day and season but always represent tremendous value. How to get there: Five minutes by car from Tenterden town centre. Maidstone 22 miles, Ashford 14 miles, Hastings 20 miles, Rye 12 miles. Accommodation: Local accommodation can be recommended. Other Facilities: The club has a PGA Golf Professional, a Golf Academy with advanced training equipment, an excellent practice area incorporating a par 3 course, a putting green, and a pro shop. Buggy and trolley hire is available.


useful information Society Packages: Societies welcome seven days a week. Book your summer society for as little as £25pp, which includes coffee and bacon baps on arrival. Winter societies from £19.50pp, including coffee and bacon baps. Green Fees: 18 hole adult weekday fee between 7-10am £24, after 10am £20. Senior weekday fee £16. Twilight fee from £10.

THE WEALD OF KENT GOLF COURSE & HOTEL

18 hole adult weekend fee between 7-11am £31, after 11am £25. Senior fee £25. Twilight fee from £10.

The Weald of Kent Golf Course is a picturesque par-70 parkland course

Golf Breaks: From £55pp, including 2 course evening meal, overnight stay, breakfast and 1 round of golf.

19-bedroom lodge that overlooks the ninth green and full catering facilities

Visitors Restrictions: Visitors may book tee times seven days in advance by calling 01622 890866, societies may book as far in advance as they wish. See our website for other promotions. Dress code applies on the course and within the clubhouse building. How to get there: The Weald of Kent is located on the A274, exit the M20 at junction 8, through Leeds Village on the B2163 and turn left on the A274, the Weald is located 2 miles on the left-hand side. Accommodation: 19 room lodge style hotel on site. Golf breaks from £55pp.

situated on the outskirts of Maidstone, Kent. Onsite facilities include a are available in the main clubhouse building located just 150 yards away. The course features many water hazards to challenge players of all levels and is maintained year round to the very highest standard, being recognised as one of the best quality venues for golf societies in the county. Main tees and main greens are used year round (we do not have temporary greens or synthetic teeing areas) and electric golf buggies are available year round in all but the most severe of weather conditions. We have seven full time chefs onsite preparing freshly made hearty dishes to make your day extra special, and our staff in the proshop and bar areas will offer a friendly welcome. For further information log on to www.weald-of-kent.co.uk

Other Facilities: Restaurant, hotel, conference centre, function room and golf tuition facilities.

The Weald of Kent, Maidstone Road, Headcorn, Kent, TN27 9PT. Tel: 01622-890866. Email: proshop@weald-of-kent.co.uk Website: www.weald-of-kent.co.uk

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WEST MALLING GOLF CLUB Family run since 1995, West Malling Golf Club offers two excellent 18 hole courses, a well appointed club house, driving range and golf shop for members and visitors. Established in 1974 and designed by the legendary former Open Champion and 5 times Ryder Cup player, Max Faulkner, West Malling Golf Club sits in the heart of the Kent countryside at the foot of the North Downs. The two courses, Spitfire and Hurricane, named in honour of the iconic fighter planes that flew out of the nearby airfield at West Malling during the Second World War, will be a challenge for all standards of golfer and are complemented by two putting greens, a covered eleven bay driving range, practice chipping and bunker. With a well stocked shop and an experienced team our resident professional can provide a wide selection of quality merchandise at competitive prices and personal services to supplement the golfing requirements. Our clubhouse, staffed by a dedicated and friendly team, offers a varied range of services designed to enhance any society, company or general golf day and allow you to relax from the moment of arrival through to departure.The club offers dining facilities serving quality food and wines catering for all dietary requirements and a banqueting facilities with seating for up to 120. Come and visit us here at West Malling for an unforgettable day.

West Malling Golf Club, Trottiscliffe Road, Addington, West Malling, Kent, ME19 5AR. Tel: 01732 844785. Email: greg@westmallinggolf.com Website: www.westmallinggolf.com

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Society Packages: Available to suit all budgets. Winter packages starting from ÂŁ20.00pp, Summer Packages starting from ÂŁ32.00pp. Please call 01732 844785 for more information. Green Fees: Prices vary depending on season. More information and special offers available through our website at www.westmallinggolf.com How to get there: At junction 4, take the A228 exit to West Malling/New Hythe/Rochester. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A228 Bypass Road. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit continuing on the A228 Bypass Road. At traffic lights turn left and then at next set of traffic lights turn left onto A20 London Road. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit continuing on the A20 London Road. Continue forward passing a large car garage on the right side. At cross roads turn right into Trottiscliffe Road. Other Facilities: Golf Buggies & Trolleys available for hire, 10 Bay Driving Range, 2 Indoor Golf Simulators, Restaurant & Bar.


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useful information Society Packages: Corporate groups and Societies are welcome and guaranteed a great experience here at Cams Hall. Packages start from only £30 per person. Our 27 hole packages offer particularly good value. For details of packages and tee availability please see our website www.camshallgolf. co.uk Green Fees: Visitors are welcome 7 days a week on either of our courses with current Green Fees from £35 for 18 holes on our Creek Course, and £14 for 9 holes on our Park Course. How to get there: Head south on the M3 or A3 until you reach the M27. Take exit 9 from the M27 towards Fareham and leave the Dual carriage at the first exit towards the A27. Take the first exit from the roundabout and shortly after on the right hand side you will see the entrance to Cams Hall Estate. Follow the drive all the way round to the right to locate the Golf Club.

CAMS HALL ESTATE GOLF CLUB Set in the stunning Fareham estuary, within easy reach of Portsmouth and Southampton, Cams Hall Estate Golf Club is a 27 hole, Peter Alliss designed facility open to members & visitors since 1993. The Creek Course is an 18 hole Championship layout measuring up to 6200 yards which, in order to tame, you must be able to control your ball in the wind. Offering stunning views across the estuary and towards Portsmouth Harbour, the course runs along the waterside in many places. Our signature hole is the Par Three 4th hole measuring over 200 yards over water – a frightening prospect for any golfer! The Park Course is a full length 9 hole course measuring up to 3200 yards,

Accommodation: Although no facilities on site, please contact the club for local recommendations.

which winds its way around the original Cams Hall located on the estate, much

Other Facilities: Practice ground, practice nets and chipping & putting greens.

Our biggest asset is that the free draining courses allow for great year round

Premier venue for conferences, parties and wedding receptions.

The relatively flat peninsula that the courses are laid out on ensures that getting

more sheltered and parkland style in its features.

playability, presented to the highest standard with no temporary greens in play. round isn’t too physically challenging, but you will still have worked up enough of a thirst to call in to our friendly bar/restaurant after your game!

Cams Hall Estate Golf Club, Fareham, Hampshire PO16 8UP. Tel: 01329 827222. Email: camshall@crown-golf.co.uk Website: www.camshallgolf.co.uk

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CROWBOROUGH BEACON GOLF CLUB Recently voted by Golf World as England’s 68th Best Course, Crowborough Beacon is a very special place that entices visitors to return time after time. Established in 1895, the course’s rugged beauty has been enhanced by famed architects, including Augusta’s Dr Alister MacKenzie, to become one of the South’s premier heathland layouts. The 18-hole course stands 800ft above sea level, which offers spectacular views over the Weald to the South Downs and the English Channel. The course, at 6,319 yards, has many great holes and is considered challenging. For those who require an easier option, there is the 5,039-yard Conan Doyle course – named after Sir Arthur, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, who was a former captain of the club. Visiting societies and corporate guests enjoy the personal attention given by the club’s team of meeters and greeters, who are there to ensure that your day runs smoothly from beginning to end. They will provide scorecards and nearest the pin and longest drive markers, as well as acting as a starter on the first tee. The club also enjoys an enviable reputation for the quality of its catering. Your visit will be complete when, with a glass of local ale or a wine in hand, you sit on the terrace and look out on one of the finest panoramic views in England. Crowborough Beacon Golf Club, Beacon Road, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 1UJ. Tel: 01892 661511. Email: office@cbgc.co.uk Website: www.cbgc.co.uk

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Society Packages: Seasonal for winter (Nov – Feb) and spring (March – April): coffee, bacon roll, 18 holes, meal – from £40 and £45. Summer: afternoon 18 holes and meal available from £40.00. Details from the office. Call 01892 661511 Option 2 Green Fees: Midweek £45.00, all-day £60.00, weekend £50.00. Bookings through Pro Shop on 01892 661511 Option 1. Other Facilities: Electric buggies, practice facilities, All-day catering. How to get there: Nine miles south of Tunbridge Wells on A26, one mile south of Crowborough Cross.


useful information Society Packages: Winter from £35. Summer from £49. Green Fees: Winter (Nov-Mar) From £40, 4-ball from £100 Summer (Apr – Oct) From £55, 4-ball from £140 Other Facilities: Leisure club, four conference rooms. How to get there: Take A21 from Hastings or from Tonbridge to Flimwell. Move onto B2087 (left from Hastings, right from Tonbridge). Hotel and golf club one mile on the left. Accommodation: 35-bedroom hotel on site.Leisure club

DALE HILL HOTEL AND GOLF CLUB Situated high on the Kentish Weald, in over 350 acres, Dale Hill is the perfect setting for an enjoyable golf and leisure break. Every amenity and comfort is provided, with 35 luxurious en suite bedrooms, indoor swimming pool, fully-equipped health club, panoramic restaurant and excellent conference and banqueting facilities. And that’s without the golf – and what a treat the two courses offer. The Dale Hill course (5,856 yards, par 70) lulls the unsuspecting golfer into a false sense of security over the front nine, before presenting a more demanding test on the back nine. Then there is the par-71 Ian Woosnam-designed Championship Course, which is the first course designed by the former US Masters champion and former Ryder Cup captain. It is 6,512 yards long and represents a tough, but rewarding examination. The course opens with a 602-yard monster, reduced by only 20 yards by the forward markers. Dale Hill offers competitive packages for societies and corporate days and this includes weekends. Dale Hill is ideally located to enjoy the delights of the surrounding area, including shopping in nearby Tunbridge Wells. Dale Hill Hotel and Golf Club,Ticehurst,Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5 7DQ. Tel: 01580 200112 (club and hotel), 01580 201090 (Golf office). Fax: 01580 201249 Email: golf@dalehill.co.uk, Website: www.dalehill.co.uk

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DIBDEN GOLF CENTRE Situated on the eastern edge of the New Forest, Dibden Golf Centre overlooks Southampton Water and presents golfers with stunning coastal views. Opened 42 years ago, Dibden offers 27 holes of golf that will appeal with a wide range of abilities. Since April 2012, the centre has been under the management of MyTime Active, an experienced golf course operator which manages 18 pay-and-play venues throughout the country. The mature 5,935-yard 18-hole course is a delight to play, with generous fairways offering the opportunity for good scoring. Key holes include the par-5 third, which is reachable in two if you’re brave enough to go for it over the water, while the par-4 12th hole offers stunning sea views from the elevated tee, and at 307 yards is driveable with a following wind. The course is undulating without being too hilly, although buggies can be hired from the pro shop if required. The par 29 nine-hole layout, which measures 1,520 yards, was added in 1991. Among the highlights is the signature 6th, which is particularly challenging, with trees protecting inaccurate approaches to the green. Additional facilities include a 9 hole course, an extensive short game practice area, a floodlit 18-bay covered driving range and a well-stocked pro shop.

Dibden Golf Centre, Main Road, Dibden, Hampshire, Southampton, SO45 5TB. Tel: 023 8084 5060. E-mail: dibden@mytimegolf.co.uk Website: www.mytimeactive.co.uk/golf

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Society Packages: From £25.00 pp. Green Fees From £22 for Mon to Sat. How to get there Access from the M27, Dibden is handily located for visitors from all over the south of England. Other facilities 9 hole golf course. Extensive short game practice area, floodlit 18-bay covered driving range. Well-stocked pro shop. For further information www.mytimeactive.co.uk/golf


useful information Society Packages: Great value golf day packages available from just £28 per person or bespoke days to suit your requirements. Contact our golf professional Terry Marshall to book your day. Green Fees: Weekdays £30, Weekends £35 Please check our website for the latest offers, promotions and packages. How to find us: On the A259 East Dean Road just west of Eastbourne. Other Facilities: Practice Facilities, Electric Buggies, Electric & Pull Trolley Hire.

EASTBOURNE DOWNS GOLF CLUB We pride ourselves on our hospitality and welcoming Club. Our 18 hole (par 72) downland course overlooks Eastbourne with fantastic views across the English Channel, the South Downs National Park and the Sussex country side. Playing like an inland links, our course is set up to challenge but be fair to all levels of golfer – so whether you are a single figure player or a novice you’ll enjoy yourselves on our course. With no two rounds playing the same you’ll be wanting to come back for more. Our feature hole, the par five seventh is waiting to test your skills. Lengthy, narrow on the drive, Kerwin’s hollow as a target, trees and rough snatching the over cautious, no bunkers, postage stamp green – take it on? Play safe? You decide. Pars are hard won on this hole. Why not come along and enjoy the traditional hospitality from our friendly team in the clubhouse. Stop for a meal a drink or just some of their homemade cake and see for yourself what makes us a favourite destination for golfers and nongolfers for more than 100 years. We want to ensure golf remains accessible and always welcome visiting golfers with groups of all sizes returning year after year. With low cost start membership and great value visitors rates combined with a quality natural course – make us your golfing home. Eastbourne Downs Golf Club: East Dean Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN20 8ES. Tel: 01323 720827. Email: secretary@ebdownsgolf.co.uk Website: www.ebdownsgolf.co.uk

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EAST SUSSEX NATIONAL GOLF RESORT & SPA Set in 1300 acres of Sussex countryside, The East Sussex National Golf Resort and Spa is recognised as one of the premier golfing venues in Europe. Having hosted countless tournaments, as well as the European Open and been selected as a Qualifying Course for The Open Championship, this resort is truly a centre of excellence enjoyed by enthusiasts the world over. With two Championship courses, a 3-hole academy course, extensive driving range, chipping and putting areas, as well as an award-winning golf shop, combined with the highest levels of player care with bag drop and marshalling services, you can be sure East Sussex National will provide the ultimate golfing experience. The resort also offers a 104-bedroom 4-star hotel, all luxuriously appointed for your comfort with breathtaking views across the South Downs, three restaurants offering a wide selection of fine cuisine and wine, bars, a health club with indoor pool, and a spa with nine treatment rooms for the ultimate in relaxation. Play, or stay and play, it’s a MUST visit venue! East Sussex National Golf Resort & Spa, Little Horsted, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 5ES. Tel: 01825 880088. Fax: 01825 880066. Website: www.eastsussexnational.co.uk.

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Society Packages: Corporate, Society and Stay & Learn packages available. Call 01825 880234. Green Fees: For green fee bookings call 01825 880256. Accommodation: Hotel reception call 01825 880088. Other Facilities: Health Club call 01825 880195 or Spa call 01825 880185.


useful information Green Fees: £38 (Mon-Fri), £45 (Sat-Sun). Visitor Restrictions: Visitors welcome on weekdays and after 2pm at weekends. How to get there: Exit the M3 at junction 4a or 5. The club is situated in Hartley Wintney, adjacent to the A30. Other Facilities: Indoor teaching studio; pro shop

HARTLEY WINTNEY GOLF CLUB Hartley Wintney is a friendly members club situated in the beautiful North East Hampshire countryside, easily reached from the M3 and M4, and close to the borders of Berkshire and Surrey. The club has been providing enjoyable golf for over 100 years and is the ideal location for a relaxing game in tranquil surroundings. Hartley Wintney offers an 18-hole, par 71 course that is part-parkland, partwoodland, with many mature trees and water hazards. Extended from nine holes to 18 in 2000, the course measures 6,240 yards from the white tees, with the layout carefully designed to provide a challenge for all standards. The back nine is 500 yards longer than the front, so it’s best to get your score in early. The challenge ramps up on the closing stretch, with the 13th and the 16th being particularly strong tests. The former is the stroke index one, a 424yard par four, which invites a tee shot up the left side towards a lake in order to have a pop at the shallow green, while the latter is a classic three-shot par five that requires precise yardage management to avoid two ditches that run at right angles to the fairway. The modern and comfortable clubhouse overlooking the 18th caters for groups small or large throughout the week. We are keen to provide your exact requirements. Hartley Wintney Golf Club, Park Corner Rd, Hartley Wintney, Hook RG27 8PT Tel: 01252 844211 Email: msmithgolfpro@btinternet.com Website: www.hartleywintneygolfclub.com

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HAYWARDS HEATH GOLF CLUB Haywards Heath is a traditional members club with a cosy exclusivity and an exceptional range of facilities for the visiting golfer. Our course is always maintained in the best possible condition, our catering is outstanding and yet the prices we charge are light on the pocket. Originally designed by the great James Braid, we have a classic 18 holes layout around attractive parkland with short walks between greens and tees. Easily playable by the occasional golfer, it can give great pleasure to the high handicapper and provides a variety of challenges to the very best players. After the game players can relax in our casual bar or lounge, before sitting down to a meal in ‘The Barn’, our historic dining room. Here you will sample the best of modern, home-made food prepared with skill and imagination by our in-house chefs. Haywards Heath can accommodate larger groups of 100 or more, as well as small, eight to twelve person societies. With our first and tenth tees beside each other and a dining area capable of seating 100 we are the leading choice for corporate and charity golf days. We look forward to welcoming more groups this year and working with Organisers to make days at Haywards Heath both enjoyable and memorable.

Haywards Heath Golf Club, High Beech Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1SL. Tel: 01444 414457. Email: info@haywardsheathgolfclub.co.uk Website: www.haywardsheathgolfclub.co.uk

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Society Packages: Seasonal for winter (Nov – Feb) and spring (Mar – Apr): coffee and bacon baguette, 18 holes and meal from £28 and £32. Summer: coffee and bacon baguette, 18 holes and meal from £40 – afternoon rate from £30. Details from the office: 01444 414457 Option 5. Green Fees: Weekday & Weekend: £35, Twilight £25 and £20, All day £50. No bookings, just turn up and play (check with Pro Shop on 01444 414457 Option 1). Directions: From Haywards Heath follow signs for Lindfield and Ardingly. From the Oathall Road/West Common roundabout follow the direction signs for Haywards Heath Golf Club along Summerhill Lane and then Portsmouth Lane which becomes High Beech Lane. Other Facilities: Covered driving range, extended short game practice area, half way kitchen, buggies, electric trolleys, WiFi, BBQ, in-house event and party catering.


useful information Society Packages: Waterhall: Mon-Fri – From £17, Sat-Sun – From £22. Hollingbury: Mon-Fri – From £20, Sat-Sun – From £27. Prices quoted are standard bronze package, bacon roll/coffee etc. See www.mytimegolf.co.uk for more information. Green Fees: Standard green fee at Hollingbury from £18. Standard green fee at Waterhall from £15. Off-peak promotions available. Accommodation: A number of hotels in Brighton and Hove from only two miles away. Other Facilities: Practice areas, golf shops, bars and clubhouse restaurants.

HOLLINGBURY PARK & WATERHALL GOLF COURSE’S Hollingbury Park is a beautiful 18-hole former Southern Championship Downland Golf Course which is a must play for any Golfer. Situated on one of the highest points in Brighton, Hollingbury Park boasts the best views over the City and across the English Channel. The course is based on chalk and therefore is the perfect for all year round golf and helps us provide some of the best greens in the county. After your round you may choose to sit down and have a bite to eat in the newly-developed spike bar or the recently-refurbished function room, with panoramic views across the South Downs and the City of Brighton and Hove. Waterhall Golf course is situated in the heart of the South Downs and close to the historical Devil’s Dyke, in the most picturesque area in Brighton and Hove, with spectacular views across the South Downs and the historical Jack and Jill and Patcham Windmills. This 18-hole Downland Course is a fantastic course for players of all abilities, but with a bit of a breeze can pose a test to even the most accomplished golfers. Due to the chalk base, we are happy to advertise golf all year round at the best value in the county. After your round enjoy something to eat and drink in our clubhouse and sit back and take in the view. Hollingbury Park Golf Course, Ditchling Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 7HS. Tel: 01273 500086. Email: hollingbury@mytimegolf.co.uk. Waterhall Golf Course, Saddlescombe Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 8YN. Tel: 01273 508658. Email: waterhall@mytimegolf.co.uk. Website: www.mytimegolf.co.uk.

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MANNINGS HEATH, AN EXCLUSIVE GOLF CLUB Magnificently situated in 500 acres of Sussex downland near Horsham, Mannings Heath boasts two outstanding 18-hole golf courses, and a striking clubhouse that dates back to the 17th century. The quality of the courses, and the superiority of the ancillary facilities, make it a much admired choice for first-rate golf days. Opened in 1996, the par-70, 6,217-yard Kingfisher Course is set in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and offers USGA specification bent grass greens, carefully shaped, lush fairways, and fine panoramic views over the tree tops and across the South Downs. The second course at Mannings, the par-72, 6,683-yard Harry Colt influenced Waterfall Course was established in 1905 and is a member’s only course – also available for corporate golf days and residential golf breaks – please ask for details. Our 19th century cottage has been beautifully restored offering character filled accommodation just a short putt away from the clubhouse for up to 11 guests. It is perfect for golf breaks and society golf groups.

Mannings Heath, an Exclusive Golf Club, Hammerpond Road, Hammerpond Road, Mannings Heath, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 6PG. Tel: 01403 210228. Fax: 01403 270974. Email: enquiries@manningsheath.com Website: www.manningsheath.com

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Society Packages: Available Mon-Sun from £19.35, for custom packages and seasonal offers call us on 01403 220348. Green Fees: Kingfisher from £22.50/£29 - twilight rates available, online booking facility on website. Corporate Day Prices: Corporate Golf Days from £100 plus vat and charity golf days from £60 plus vat. Accommodation: Cottage available on site for up to 11, golf breaks available from £99 per person, tuition packages available. Other Facilities: Two putting greens, driving range, chipping and bunker practice area, indoor teaching facility, private dining and conference facilities. How to get there: M23 Junction 11, take A281 from Horsham to Brighton. The club is on the north side of the village, clearly signposted from A281.


useful information Society Packages: From as little as £37.50 per person, including coffee, bacon roll and 18 holes. Tailored made packages available upon request. Green Fees: Midweek £50, weekend £60. Seasonal rates and discounts also available for societies. Visitor Restrictions: Visitors and societies welcome all year. How to get there: Old Thorns is less than one minute drive from the Griggs Green exit off the A3. For detailed directions please visit our website. Accommodation: The on-site hotel has 86 bedrooms, with a further 70 to be completed by June 2014 which are made up of: apartments, suites, superior, four poster and executive rooms. Other Facilities: Modern hotel, champagne and cocktail bar, sports bar, restaurant, health club, four function suites able to cater for 230 guests, conference rooms able to cater for 300 delegates and a modern spa with 16 spa treatment rooms.

OLD THORNS MANOR HOTEL, GOLF & COUNTRY ESTATE The Old Thorns championship layout occupies a stunning spot on the rolling hills of the North Hampshire countryside and offers fantastic views on both nines. Mature trees, natural springs, lakes and testing bunkers give real character to the course which, while kind to the less experienced golfer, holds some surprises for the player who enjoys a challenging round in a classic English landscape. The superbly maintained par 72 course was designed by Peter Alliss, Honorary President of the club, who completed the construction of the course in 1981.   A year later its official inauguration saw Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus, Isao Aoki and 1981 Open Champion, Bill Rogers, play a four-ball match. As well as a large fleet of golf buggies, golfers can take advantage of a spacious well stocked professionals’ shop run by a team of professionals offering lessons and clinics. Practice facilities include a putting green and driving range. The resort has recently undergone a major redevelopment programme, which has resulted in an 86 bedroom hotel, sports bar and restaurant, spa, health club and golf facilities to rival any other facility in the south of England. The resort welcomes all society and corporate days, with a professional, personal and friendly welcome guaranteed both on and off the course. Old Thorns Manor Hotel Golf & Country Estate, Griggs Green, Liphook, Hampshire GU30 7PE. Tel: 01428 725 883. Email: golfcoordinator@oldthorns.com Website: www.oldthorns.com

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PAULTONS GOLF CENTRE Part of the Crown Golf group, Paultons Golf Centre is a friendly and accessible venue located on the edge of the New Forest National Park near Romsey, with easy access from the M27. Boasting an 18-hole championship course, a stunning clubhouse, a nine-hole academy course, and excellent practice and hospitality facilities, Paultons is an ideal venue for societies of all sizes. The golf courses have been built within the original Paultons Estate, which was laid out by Capability Brown, and all 27 holes offer a spectacular backdrop of woodland and classic parkland. The main course measures 6,238 yards, which makes it very manageable for all levels of golfer. There are five par-threes and three par-fives, with the longest, the second, measuring 536 yards. The signature hole is the 161-yard 15th, a short hole that is made to seem longer by the presence of a lake that separates the tee from the green.The adjacent nine-hole academy course is just 1,324 yards long, but provides an excellent venue to hone short game skills, and introduce beginners to the game. All 27 holes are always presented in great condition, with no use of temporary greens, even in the winter. The comfortable clubhouse is capable of catering for up to 80 people for formal dining and 150 people with a buffet-style service, with the function suite benefitting from panoramic views over the course and countryside. Paultons Golf Centre, Old Salisbury Road, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 6AN. Tel: 02380 811212. Email: paultons@crown-golf.co.uk Website: www.paultonsgolf.co.uk

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Society Packages: Winter packages from £23pp for coffee & bacon roll and 18 holes (Mon-Thurs). Summer packages start from £28pp. Green Fees: £25 Monday to Thursday, £27 Friday and £29 Saturday and Sunday. How to get there: Situated only a few minutes from junction 2 of the M27. Other Facilities: 9-hole, par 3 academy course; 24-bay driving range and practice putting and chipping greens; coaching academy; restaurant and bar; function suite.


useful information Society Packages: Great value golf day packages available, from just £19.95 per person, or bespoke days to suit your exact requirements. Green Fees: Weekend fees from £26 to just £13.50. Midweek fees from £21 to just £10. Great online savings available when booked online at www.rookwoodgolf.com Visitor Restrictions: None – everyone welcome. How to get there: Located off the A24 Robin Hood roundabout, between North Horsham and Broadbridge Heath, Rookwood is within walking distance of Horsham town centre. Other Facilities: 9-hole short course, locker rooms, practice putting green & pitching area, bar & lounge, golf shop, buggy & trolley hire.

ROOKWOOD GOLF CLUB It’s a bold statement to say Rookwood Golf Course has one of the best-kept courses in Sussex, but it’s only a reflection of what golf society organisers have been telling us throughout 2012. With a mix of gently undulating parkland and mature woodland the par 72 course measures 6,261 yards. Strategically positioning bunkers and a number of large lakes creates a course that presents an enjoyable challenge to both experienced player and novice alike. The clubhouse seats up to 60 people and offers a wide-ranging menu for your golf day. A feature of the Sussex barn conversion is the large mezzanine floor overlooking the bar. This spectacular dining area, with it’s own veranda overlooking the course, can seat up to 40 people for a private awards dinner or post-match meal. And our highly experienced golf team at the club ensures your day will always run smoothly. Furthermore, the golf day booking process minimises the pressures on the organiser – there are no laborious booking forms to complete and, if you’re on email, no paperwork whatsoever. All participants are given the opportunity to experience the course prior to the golf day itself with the Privilege Player Card. Issued through the organizer, the voucher entitles the bearer to a reduced green fee round – perfect for a preevent practice game. Rookwood Golf Course, Robin Hood Lane, Warnham, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 3RR. Tel: 01402 252123. Email: info@rookwoodgolf.co.uk Website: www.rookwoodgolf.co.uk

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SANDFORD SPRINGS GOLF CLUB Its three loops of nine holes give Sandford Springs Golf Club a unique feel. The charming club, nestled in the north Hampshire countryside, emanates an air of quiet contentment, and yet such a calm façade belies a passionate heartbeat that exists beneath. There is a real sense of character about the place, from the moment you first set eyes on the pretty white clubhouse with its ornate ironwork and neat touches. Even the 27 holes – set out as three distinct loops of nine in the form of the aptlynamed Wood, Park and Lakes courses – are serene and meander through the rolling countryside overlooking Watership Down. But don’t be fooled by appearances. The three courses can prove a challenge for all levels of golfer, while the staff and the club have achieved their aim of being recognised as one of the finest golf venues in the region. Professionalism, efficiency, drive and friendliness are packaged together in a way that makes you want to come back and enjoy the unique golfing experience at Sandford Springs again and again. Off course, Sandford Springs is blessed with extensive facilities, enabling it to host everything from conferences and business meetings, to Christmas parties, christenings, weddings and summer balls. Sandford Springs Golf Club, Kingsclere, RG26 5RT. General Tel: 01635 296800/Pro shop. Tel: 01635 296808. Fax: 01635 296801. Email: info@sandfordsprings.co.uk Website: www.sandfordsprings.co.uk

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Society Packages: Winter from £25. Summer from £35. Green Fees: Winter (Nov-Mar) From £35, 4-ball from £100 Summer (Apr-Oct) From £40, 4-ball from £120 How to get there: Located halfway between Newbury and Basingstoke on the A339 at the foot of the Kingsclere bypass. Accommodation: 40-bedroom hotel on site. Other Facilities: Driving range, short game area and 9 hole putting green. Buggies and electric trolleys available.


useful information Society Packages: A choice of five packages from £25pp for coffee, bacon roll and 18 holes, up to £54 for 36 holes, lunch and three course dinner. Green Fees: Waterloo: £23 (Mon-Fri), £29 (Sat-Sun), Wellington: £25/£30

SHERFIELD OAKS GOLF CLUB

Visitor Restrictions: Welcome seven days a week subject to availability.

Set in 400 acres of ancient Hampshire woodland and landscaped parkland,

How to get there: Exit M3 at junction 6 and follow A33 into Sherfield on Loddon until you see the brown sign for Sherfield Oaks.

fantastic experiences for golfers of all levels.

Accommodation: Call club for recommendations.

6,000 yards, where accuracy is the key to scoring well, with water hazards,

Other Facilities: Two large function suits; putting green, practice net and driving range; buggy, trolley and club hire; pro shop.

Sherfield Oaks offers two entertaining 18-hole courses, both of which offer

The Waterloo Course is a picturesque par 69 layout measuring just under than ditches and tree-lined fairways in plentiful supply. The signature hole is the 10th, a magnificent par four with trees lining both sides of the fairway from tee to green, and out of bounds coming into play on the left. The Wellington Course is the longer of the two layouts, measuring 6,400 yards and with a par of 72. Consequently this offers a different challenge to the Waterloo, giving more of an opportunity to open the shoulders, especially at the four lengthy par fives – the 5th, 7th, 11th and 15th – which weigh in at 565, 501, 542 and 561 yards respectively. Both courses are set up for an enjoyable experience for the casual golfer, while still providing a challenge for the more accomplished player. There are plenty of practice facilities to warm up, while a well-stocked pro shop can help with prizes and any other requirements on the day. A private function room can be made available for meals and prize presentations.

Sherfield Oaks Golf Club, Wildmoor Lane, Sherfield on Loddon, Hook, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG27 0HB. Tel: 01256 884100. Email: sherfieldoaks@crown-golf.co.uk Website: www.sherfieldoaksgolf.co.uk

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SLINFOLD GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Slinfold Golf & Country Club lies just west of the historic village of Horsham in beautiful Sussex parkland. Designed and opened in 1992, the Club has recently undergone a £4m clubhouse development, making it one of the most popular Membership and Golf Day destinations in the area. The Club has played host to the Southern Professional Championship on two separate occasions, whilst also having the privilege of hosting a number of County matches. The course itself is set amongst mature oak trees and strategically placed water hazards, and is the ideal society venue at just under 6,500 yards, with four Par 3s and four Par 5s. The 16th hole requires a testing iron shot over water, whilst the signature 10th hole requires a knee-knocking drive from the island tee in front of the clubhouse! The greens are built to ‘sand based USGA spec’, and so along with the tees are designed for all round use, whilst there is a driving range, a putting green and a ‘warm up area’ to help get you started on your golf day. Clubhouse improvements boast a new state-of-the-art Gym, Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi Spa and Steam Room which visitors are welcome to use. The welcoming Bar has ‘spike bar’ facilities, whilst catering is available through into the evening.

Slinfold Golf & Country Club, Stane Street, Slinfold, West Sussex, RH13 0RE. Tel: 01403 792630. Email: events.slinfold@ccgclubs.com Website: www.ccgslinfold.com

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Society Packages: Summer: Coffee & Bacon Rolls + 18-Holes of Golf - from £25 per player Winter: Coffee & Bacon Rolls + 18-Holes of Golf + Steak & Ale Pie from just £22 per player Green Fees: Weekday - 25 p/p, Weekend - £30 p/p, Twilight Weekday - £15.00 p/p, Twilight Weekend - £20.00 p/p. Visitor Restrictions: Before 12.04pm at the Weekends. How to get there: 5 miles from Horsham and 3 miles north of Billingshurst in West Sussex, on the A29 road. Other Facilities: 13-bay driving range, putting green, warm up area and health & fitness facilities (swimming pool, steam room, gym, retreat spa, crèche).


useful information Society Packages: From £17.50 per person during the week and £22.50 per person at weekends, based on groups of four people playing together. For a great summer package 18 holes of golf followed by a BBQ on the patio is a really fun experience and brilliant value at only £24 during the week and £29 at the weekend. Greens Fees: Despite the quality of the course, the green fees remain among the lowest in Hampshire. Please call the booking office for prices and special offers. Visitor Restrictions: There are no restrictions on visitors at all, although we do now operate a dress code on our 18 hole course.  How to get there: Southampton City Golf Course is ideally situated close to the city of Southampton, and also close to the two major motorways that operate on the south coast.  Accommodation: Southampton City Centre hotels are 2 miles from the Golf Course. Other Facilities: The golf course has both an 18-hole and 9-hole course, large practice area, two putting greens and a practice net. As part of our bar and restaurant, there is also a private committee room that can be used for a private function or for a more private society experience.

SOUTHAMPTON CITY GOLF COURSE Southampton City Golf Course recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, two years ago and is re-establishing its reputation as one of the top pay-and-play facilities in the south of England. Designed by the five-time Open Champion J.H Taylor, the course is set in acres of mature parkland. Despite being over 75 years old, the course still offers a great test of golf to players of all abilities, with an interesting range of holes, each with tree-lined fairways and many with large, challenging greens.  In fact, despite hosting the Southampton Open each year, which attracts a number of the best golfers from the region, the course record has stood for over 20 years. Having recently been taken over by new management in the form of Mytime Active, the course is also benefitting from new investment which has helped to improve the overall and, in particular, winter playability.  The golf course has also introduced a dress code on the 18-hole course, which we hope will help us to combine the best elements of friendly unpretentious pay-and-play golf with the ethos of fair play and good etiquette that you come to expect from private clubs.

Southampton City Golf Course, Golf Course Road | Bassett, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 7LE. Tel: 02380 760546. Website: www.mytimegolf.co.uk.

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STONEHAM GOLF CLUB Stoneham provides a beautiful, yet challenging, setting in which to play golf. One of the South’s gems, it is a particular favourite of Peter Alliss, and it continues to attract high profile professional and amateur events to this day. The course offers a combination of heathland and parkland, with the rolling landscape testing every aspect of the golfer’s armoury from the tee to subtle, quality greens. Its unique set up, including five par 5’s and five par 3’s, creates a wonderfully varied experience. The standards always remain high and the course never uses temporary greens. When it comes to visiting golfers, whether a small gathering or large corporate event, nothing is too much trouble, and your day will be customised to suit you. Anything is possible: all you have to do is ask. The refurbished clubhouse is the perfect place to relax, whilst enjoying a drink from the bar and sampling the excellent produce provided by our caterers. The views over the course and beyond from the patio provide the perfect backdrop to enjoy your post golf refreshments and muse over what might have been during your round. Our excellent Golf Professional team can also help raise the profile of your day providing prizes and coaching/clinic’s. A wide choice of personalised/logo items are also available, if arranged in advance. Stoneham Golf Club, Monks Wood Close, Bassett, Southampton, SO16 3TT. Tel: 02380 769272. Email: ali@stonehamgolfclub.org.uk Website: www.stonehamgolfclub.org.uk

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Society Packages: Tailored to individual requirements with summer prices from £44. Winter packages (min 12) also available. 2013/14 price is £39 to include coffee & food. Green Fees: £52 per round/ £59 per day midweek. £59 per round/ £69 per day weekends and bank holidays. Visitor Restrictions: Tuesday and Saturday mornings before 11am and Sundays before 10am. Small societies at weekends by arrangement & subject to the restrictions above. How to get there: From M3 follow A33 Southampton, turn left at first roundabout into Bassett Green Road and the club is 1/2 mile on the left. From M27 take Junction 5 and head in to Southampton. At the first lights turn right and continue up the hill for one mile and club is on the right.


useful information Society Packages: Available seven days per week. Weekends after 11am. From ÂŁ26.50 for coffee and bacon rolls and 18 holes. Packages can be tailored to suit requirements Visitor Information Green fees welcome seven days a week. Offers available. How to get there: Leave the M3 at junction 6 and follow the ring road towards Newbury A339. From junction 7 off of the M3 follow the A30 Winchester road towards Basingstoke at the Winchester Road roundabout take the A340 ringway west then take the A339 Newbury Road. The entrance to the course is off of the A339 Newbury road. Other Facilities: Buggy Hire, electric trolley hire, driving range, short game practice area, practice bunker, changing facilities, fully stocked professional shop, golf academy, private function rooms. Online booking available at www.weybrookpark.co.uk

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WEYBROOK PARK GOLF CLUB Weybrook Park was opened in May 1997 by 2 time US Open champion Retief Goosen, and European Tour Players, Howard Clark, Peter Hedblom, Paul Broadhurst and has quickly established itself as one of the premier golf courses in the area. Situated only 2 miles from the centre of Basingstoke with excellent transport links and a short 5 minute drive from junctions 6 and 7 of the M3. The course is set overlooking the stunning Hampshire downs in an idyllic location unspoilt by roads and houses with views as far as the eye can see. Once you are strolling the fairways you will feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The course is a challenging layout but playable for all standards of players from occasional golfers to single figure handicapper’s with generous fairways and small fast greens. The course has good length and from the front tees measures 6433 yards whilst from the white tees a healthy 6746 yards. The course is always maintained to a high standard by our experienced Course Manager who has previously managed top quality courses such as Bearwood Lakes and Queenwood. Set on free draining chalk ensures play all year round with no need for temporary tees or greens, feel free to bring your trolley or hire Weybrook Park Golf Club, Rooksdown Lane, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 9NT. Tel: 01256 320347. Email: info@weybrookpark.co.uk. Website: www.weybrookpark.co.uk www.facebook .com/weybrookparkgolf

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WICKHAM PARK GOLF CLUB Set against a backdrop of the picturesque Meon Valley, Wickham Park boasts an attractive 18-hole parkland golf course that offers quality year-round play. First opened in 1991, the par 69, 5,868-yard course is a delightful place to enjoy a challenging and exciting round, although it requires excellent course

Society Packages: From £25pp, with packages tailored to suit requirements. Green Fees: £22 (Mon-Fri), £30 (Sat-Sun). Visitor Restrictions: Groups and societies are welcome everyday apart from Thursday, Saturday and Sunday before 11am. How to get there: From the West,
leave M27 Jtn 9 and head towards Fareham on the A27. Turn left into Mill Lane just before the Titchfield Mill Pub, and the course is three miles on the right-hand side.

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Accommodation: Telephone the club for assistance.

Among the many highlights include the second, a 404-yard par four with a tricky

Other Facilities: Putting green, 12-bay driving range, three practice chipping greens and bunkers. Buggy rental, pro shop.

left-hand dogleg, which requires a long and accurate drive to leave a short shot into a well-protected green. The 425-yard sixth also rewards accuracy off the tee, followed by a well-struck approach into the narrow mouth of a long green. Elsewhere, visitors will find forgiving, wide fairways and inviting putting surfaces. Of the five short holes, the 10th and 17th place a particular premium on accuracy, and it is no coincidence that most societies choose the par-four 18th for their long drive competition – the elevated tee and generous fairway demands that players pull out the driver and attempt to launch the ball at the flag some 380 yards into the distance. The course is kept in magnificent condition throughout the year by the dedicated team of greenkeepers, and the setting could barely be more idyllic, with fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding area to enjoy. Wickham Park Golf Club, Titchfield Lane, Fareham, Hampshire PO17 5PJ. Tel: 01329 833342. Email: wickhampark-manager@crown-golf.co.uk Website: www.wickhamparkgolf.co.uk

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useful information Society Packages: Winter Packages from November til March – from £22pp. Summer Packages from £38pp. Green Fees: From £20pp with a Player Card. Off peak from £12.50. Visitor Information: Visitors are welcome to play all day Monday to Friday and after 12 at weekends. How to get there: From the M1, exit the M1 at junction 9 for St Albans. Take the A5183 towards Redbourn. At the roundabout turn left towards Harpenden along the B487. Go straight on at the next roundabout into Walkers Road. Turn right at the next roundabout. Turn left at the next roundabout into Piggottshill Lane. At the top of the hill go straight over the roundabout into Aldwickbury Park Golf Club. Satellite Navigation: Please use the postcode AL5 1AB. Other facilities: Practice ground and shortgame area, trolley, buggy and club hire, function rooms and bars, meetings rooms, fully stocked golf shop, halfway house.

ALDWICKBURY PARK GOLF CLUB One of the finest golf courses in Hertfordshire Designed by former Ryder Cup player Ken Brown and Essex based course architect Martin Gillett, the Park Course is a well laid out 6352-yard par 71. The combination of mature woodland, undulating parkland, and lakes provides an array of challenges, enhanced by stunning views over the Lea Valley making it one of the finest golf courses in Hertfordshire. Its ‘signature hole’ the 18th requires a good drive, leaving a short iron over a lake to a bunker protected green overlooked by the clubhouse terrace – what a finish! This honest Herts course steers clear of blind holes and unfair random penalties, thus rewarding players for the well-played shot. Players of all abilities will enjoy a round on the Park Course. The Park Course boasts some of the fastest greens in Hertfordshire Often acclaimed as having some of the fastest greens around this Hertfordshire golf course has played host to numerous professional golf tournaments and county events.

Aldwickbury Park is part of BGL Golf, the UK’s leading golf course owner and operator. www.bglgolf.co.uk

Aldwickbury Park Golf Club, Piggottshill Lane, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 1AB. Tel: 01582 760112. Email: info@aldwickburyparkgc.co.uk Website: www.aldwickburyparkgolfclub.co.uk facebook.com/aldwickburygolf. twitter.com/aldwickburygolf.

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BLUE MOUNTAIN GOLF CENTRE Nestling in 200 acres of beautiful Berkshire countryside, Blue Mountain Golf and Conference Centre is the ideal venue for a society or corporate golf day. The challenging and undulating 18-hole parkland course is not long by any standards, being just over 6,000 yards, but don’t be fooled by the yardage book, or the gentle opening par four, with its wide fairway and large green. Things start to get a whole lot tougher at the fourth, a 223-yard par three where a pond protects the left-hand approach, while the 15th, a 473-yard par four, will be hard to reach in regulation for even the big hitters. The closing stretch is no less demanding, with the par-three 16th also asking for a well struck shot over water to find the putting surface. The course is always maintained to a high standard; the greens are smooth and evenly-paced, the fairways well defined, and the bunkers kept in good shape. With a 33-bay floodlit driving range, visitors can warming up before play, while a fleet of buggies is available for those who prefer not to walk. For corporate days and events, the centre offers seven fully air-conditioned conference and banqueting suites for up to 650 delegates, or 400 dining guests, while smaller group and societies are equally well catered for. Each room offers stunning views of the golf course surrounded by beautiful lakes and landscaped gardens, making it a perfect location for corporate dinners and seasonal balls. Blue Mountain Golf Centre, Wood Lane, Binfield RG42 4EX. Tel: 01344 300200 Email: bluemountain@crown-golf.co.uk Website: www.bluemountaingolf.co.uk

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Society Packages: Summer Packages could include coffee & bacon rolls, 18 holes or 27 holes, light lunches and BBQs. Please call 01344 300200 for more information How to get there: Leave the M4 at Jctn 10 and follow the A329(M) towards Bracknell. Take the first exit onto the A329 and turn left towards the ski centre. Go over the next roundabout and then turn left into Wood Lane and into the club. Other Facilities: 33-bay driving range; function and conference facilities, bar and restaurant, putting and chipping green.


useful information Society Packages: Packages from £99 per person low season and £149 peak season Green Fees: Prices from £75 per person low season and £105 peak season. Prices include complimentary usage of the Palmerston Golf Academy. How to get there: Situated just off the A1 (Junction 4) outside Welwyn, see website for details. Accommodation: 16 bedrooms available in the Melbourne Lodge (12 double and 4 single rooms). Other Facilities: The Palmerston Golf Academy with long game practice area, with Titleist golf balls, chipping and bunker zone, putting green and 7 hole par 3 course. 50 Golf buggies available for hire from £40 per 18 holes. Live scoring provided by Gamebook Full Professional services, including beat the Pro and Clinics. Brocket Ambassadors – Why not choose from Jodie Kidd, Joe Miller, Simon Khan or Ian Wright to join your golf day. Full details can be obtain from contacting the Golf Events team.

BROCKET HALL GOLF CLUB Situated in the magnificent parkland of the 543-acre estate, just 22 miles from London, Brocket Hall is the perfect venue for entertaining. With two championship golf courses, a state-of-the-art golf academy and accommodation on site, Brocket Hall is in a class of its own. The Melbourne course, designed by Peter Alliss and Clive Clark, follows the natural undulations and contours of the 18th century parkland. All truly great courses finish with a memorable closing hole, and the 18th is certainly no exception. It includes a 90-yard carry over water, before stepping onto a small ferry that transports you to the green beyond. The Palmerston course was designed by Donald Steel, and might be the finest course created by the architect. It wends its way through mature woodland and provides a great test of golf on some of the most beautiful holes in Southern England. Overlooking the Broadwater Lake, with superb views of Brocket Hall stately home, the clubhouse offers a wide range of bespoke hospitality options that can be accommodated in one of the beautifully-appointed private rooms. Brocket Hall Golf Club also offers residential golf breaks which make full use of the Palmerston Golf Academy – its unrivalled amenities and teaching programmes. The dedicated Golf Events Team is on hand every step of the way to guarantee every golf day is a success. Brocket Hall Golf Club, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL8 7XG. Tel: +44 (0)1707 335241. Fax: +44 (0)1707 390052. Email: golfreservations@brocket-hall.co.uk Website: www.brocket-hall.co.uk

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BURNHAM BEECHES GOLF CLUB Established in 1891 Burnham Beeches provides the perfect match of a mature established course combined with a forward thinking progressive Club which welcomes societies to enjoy the splendid facilities both on and off the course. The Club is ideally situated just 10 minutes off both the M4 ( jct 7 ) and the M40 ( jct 2 )but being part of the ancient Burnham Beeches woodland offers a beautiful tranquil setting. Societies are catered for on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with groups ranging from 12 – 80 players. The course was originally designed by JH Taylor but has been adapted over the years to cater for the modern game and player and at 6,500 yards is the perfect length for the society golfer. With over 100 years of history the course benefits from having a large number of mature trees which perfectly frame the holes. Although slightly undulating it is not a hard walking course and the short distances from greens to tees adds to the enjoyment of playing the course. With the course being two loops of nine and the 10th tee only a short distance from the club house Burnham Beeches is ideal for 27 hole packages though of course 18 or 36 holes are also available. In addition the Club has excellent short game facilities and a full length driving range for warming up prior to play. For a golfing venue providing both quality and charm try Burnham Beeches Golf Club. Burnham Beeches Golf Club, Green Lane, Burnham, Buckinghamshire, England SL1 8EG. Tel: 01628 661448. Email: enquiries@bbgc.co.uk Website: www.bbgc.co.uk

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Society Packages: Full Catering from £66.00 per person. 18, 27 or 36 hole packages available with differing levels of food provided Green Fees: £55.00 per round Mon – Fri (£32.00 County card) Other Facilities: Buggy’s, electric and pull trolleys available.


useful information Society Packages: Create your own Package. For example: Coffee, Bacon Roll, 18-hole, 2-Course Dinner from only £37 April to October, £32 November to March. 27 or 36-hole possible, subject to availability, 2-tee start possible for groups over 40 players, subject to availability. Green Fees: From £20 week days and from £25 Weekends (Special Readers Offer Bookable 5 days in advance for weekends). How to get there: Easy access from M40 (Direction Amersham then Chesham) & M25 (A41 Aylesbury, then Chesham). Please contact us for more details. Watch out SAT NAV Directions! Other Facilities: Pro-Shop, PGA Pro for tuitions, New Changing Rooms, Putting Green & Chipping Area, Buggies and Trolley Hire.

CHARTRIDGE PARK GOLF CLUB Chartridge Park Golf Club is set in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Mainly flat, our 18-hole Course offers fantastic views over the Pednor Valley. Over the past 5 years, it has enjoyed significant developments including bunker refurbishment, drainage works, new greens and tees built... Our experienced Team always maintains the Course to a very high standard and our Club was awarded the latest HSBC Silver Medal for its quality. Don’t be fooled by the length: Chartridge Park will test players of all abilities. Be complacent and you will pay the price! We recognise that Corporate & Society Events are also about enjoying all aspects of the day. From the initial enquiry, you will experience our warm welcome and we will make sure that your day is as pleasurable as it can be. Our Executive Chef will prepare your meal to a fine standard. Your Guests’ scorecards will be printed to give the event an extra professional feel. We will always do our utmost to make your day special. Hold your event at Chartridge Park in 2014 and we are confident we will be welcoming you again in 2015!

Chartridge Park Golf Club, Chartridge, Chesham, HP5 2TF. Tel: 01494 791772. Email: info@cpgc.co.uk Website: www.cpgc.co.uk

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CHESFIELD DOWNS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Situated close to Stevenage, and easily accessible from the A1(M), Chesfield Downs offers excellent facilities and a quality service to groups, societies and corporate organisations wishing to host a golf day, competitions and tournaments. Set in the splendid Hertfordshire countryside, the club offers 27 holes of golf, including superb Jonathan Gaunt-designed 18-hole championship course, which has the feel of a links course, providing a challenging test of golf for the low handicapper and an enjoyable game for the less experienced player. Measuring 6, 646 yards off the white tees, and playing to a par of 71, the course is entertaining from start to finish, with no two holes the same. The well-drained fairways and undulating sand-based greens, together with natural hazards and water features, ensure enviable year-round playing conditions. In addition to the 18-hole layout, there is also a Par 3 course, the Lannocks Links, which is maintained to the same exacting standards as the main course, and provides an excellent environment in which to practice your short game or introduce youngsters and beginners to the game, as well as offering a great 27-hole package for a society day.

Chesfield Downs Golf & Country Club, Jack’s Hill, Graveley, Nr. Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG4 7EQ. Tel: 01462 482929. Email: chesfielddowns-golfdays@crown-golf.co.uk Website: www.chesfielddownsgolf.co.uk

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Society Packages: £26.50pp (Mon-Fri), £29.50 (Fri) and £33.50 (Sat-Sun) to include coffee, bacon roll and 18 holes. Other packages are available. Green Fees: £24 (Mon-Thurs), £26 (Fri), £29.50 (Sat-Sun). Visitor Restrictions: Visitors welcome every day. How to get there: Leave the A1M at Jctn 8. Take the B197 through Graveley, passing The Waggon & Horses PH. The club is at the top of the hill on the right. Accommodation: Contact club for advice. Other Facilities: Health club with fitness suite, spa pool, steam room and sauna.


useful information Society Packages: Welcome seven days a week for groups of 12 people or more. Various Packages are available in the region of £27 for breakfast and golf – packages can be tailored to your needs. Greens Fees: Vary depending on the day of the week and time of year, but you can expect prices in the region of £21 to £27 (Reductions are also offered to seniors over the age of 60). Current prices can be found on our website: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/ downshiregolfomplex. Visitor Restrictions: None. How to get there: 3.7 miles from M3 Junction 3. Four miles from M4 Junction 10. Turn left onto South Road off the A3430 (Nine Mile Ride). Accommodation: Contact club for details.

DOWNSHIRE GOLF COMPLEX With a reputation as one of the finest pay-and-play courses in the country, the Downshire Golf Complex in Wokingham offers a range of top quality facilities in a delightful setting. Rated in the top ten municipal courses in the country, the superb 18-hole course is well established with its firm, tree-lined fairways and lush, even greens. The Downshire’s parkland setting also makes good use of water features, offering interesting and varied challenges to golfers of all standards. The course is 6,371 yards long, with a par of 72, with water hazards on 13 out of 18 holes. The club was recently awarded Clubmark/Golfmark accreditation. In addition, to the championship course there is also a 9-hole pitch & putt facility, which can be enjoyed by all the family or used to sharpen up short game skills. The complex also features one of the best driving ranges in the area, offering 30 covered and floodlit bays, 60 60 Golf and PowerTee system installed in 15 bays. Open to the public seven days per week, individual tee time bookings are available online 10 days in advance, and society bookings taken up to 18 months in advance. A welcoming bar and restaurant is available for functions and business meetings. Downshire Golf Complex, Easthampstead Park, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3DH. Tel: 01344 302030. Fax: 01344 301020. Email: downshiregc@bracknell-forest.gov.uk. Website: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/downshiregolf.

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FRILFORD HEATH GOLF CLUB Frilford Heath is one of the South’s finest golf clubs and one of very few clubs with three championship standard golf courses – 54 holes of top quality golf, all located within an hour of London! Formed in 1908, Frilford is situated on 600 acres of glorious undulating heathland, just seven miles south of Oxford, although legendary golf writer Bernard Darwin once described that the club ‘might be a hundred miles from anywhere’ such is the peacefulness of its sublime rural setting. All three layouts are built on sandy subsoil, and this, combined with the latest equipment and modern maintenance schedules, enables the club to present the courses to the finest playing standards all year round.

Society Packages: Societies welcome. Group Rates from £85 (Weekdays) and £100(Weekends). Green Fees: Individual from £55 to £100. How to get there: Five minutes from A34(Abingdon), 15 mins from M4 Junction 13, 20 Mins from M40 Junction J7. Accommodation: We have arranged a number of accommodation offers with local hotels, please call the Events team for more information. Other Facilities: Three practice areas, putting green, driving range, meeting rooms, buggies, trolleys, club hire, full restaurant facility, drinks buggy, 300 parking spaces, group coaching sessions, starters, spike bar, Free WiFi.

Frilford’s Red course was designed by five-times Open champion JH Taylor, the Blue Course by Simon Gidman, and the Green Course by JH Turner. The club continues to attract major amateur events organised by the R&A, England Golf, and continues to host the first stage of the European Tour’s Qualifying School. The Club has recently staged the English Amateur Championships for the first time in 26 years and is pleased to announce its addition to the Regional open Qualifying schedule from2016 onwards. The only decision visitors have difficulty with is simply deciding which course to play – which perhaps explains why so many golfers come back each year to try their hand at a different challenge.

Frilford Heath Golf Club, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5NW. Tel: 01865 390864. Fax: 01865 390823. Email: events@frilfordheath.co.uk Website: www.frilfordheath.co.uk

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useful information Society Packages: Individually tailored to meet your requirements, call 020 8421 7272 and speak to our Functions Co-ordinator.

HARTSBOURNE COUNTRY CLUB Situated in Bushey Heath, on the county borders of Hertfordshire and Middlesex, the beautifully manicured 180 acres of Hartsbourne Country Club must be considered one of the hidden gems of Home Counties golf. First laid out in 1922 by F. G. Hawtree, with 5-time Open Champion J. H. Taylor, using their interest in the new science of green keeping to design 27 characteristically individual holes that nestle effortlessly into the mature parkland. To meet the demands and expectations of today’s golfer thoughtful improvements have taken place over the years, so we can now boast a par 71, 6,331 yard 18 hole championship course supported by a challenging par 35, 2,911 yard 9 hole course. The ample practice facilities including covered driving bays, large chipping and putting greens all mean we are fortunate to be able to welcome societies of any size. We take a pride in our friendly professional service with a policy of ensuring all visitors are treated like members. It is because we understand that every event is unique that we offer an extensive range of custom-built packages designed to make your day with us very special. The catering is of the highest standard, as demanded by modern day discerning societies and we take care that we fully discuss your requirements including menu planning but also branded promotional gifts, buggy hire, practice clinics and on-course competitions.

Hartsbourne Country Club, Hartsbourne Avenue, Bushey Heath, Herts. WD23 1JW. Tel: 020 8421 7272. Fax: 020 8950 5357. Email: amanda@hartsbournecountryclub.co.uk

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THE HERTFORDSHIRE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Set in the stunning grounds of Broxbournebury Mansion, Hertfordshire Golf and Country Club is the ideal venue for society and corporate golf days. It features a par 70, 18-hole course, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus II, and is spread over 6,276 yards of mature parkland. The course winds its way through woods, interspersed with lakes, which makes for challenging natural hazards that will test all levels of golfer, yet still be sympathetic to those new to society golf. With views of the majestic mansion from many of the holes, a round here makes for a memorable day’s golf. The well-proportioned clubhouse offers comfortable changing rooms, a wellstocked bar and has three excellent function suites to ensure privacy for golf groups, while experienced staff are on hand to offer high levels of personal and professional service. Other facilities include a 27-bay floodlit driving range, a fully-equipped gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, as well as a spike bar. Function, conference and wedding facilities are also available.

The Hertfordshire Golf & Country Club, Broxbournebury Mansion, White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire EN10 7PY. Tel: 01992 466666. Email: hertfordshire-golfdays@crown-golf.co.uk Website: www.thehertfordshiregolf.co.uk twitter.com/HertsGCC facebook.com/hertsgcc

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Society Packages: For groups of 8 or more in summer (May 1 - Oct 30), summer packages start from £37.50 for coffee & bacon roll and 18 holes (£5 supp at weekends). Green Fees: Winter Fees from £20 (Mon-Thu), £25 (Fri-Sun). Summer Fees from £30 (Mon-Thu), £35 (Fri-Sun). Visitor Restrictions: After midday at weekends. How to get there: Leave the M25 at Jtn 25 and take the A10 north. Take the turning to Broxbourne/Hoddesdon and follow signs to Paradise Wildlife Park. Turn into Bell Lane and carry on until you find the club on the right. Other facilities: 27-bay driving range, swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room. Conference and weddings catered for.


useful information Society Packages: From £18 (Oct-Mar) and from £29 (Apr-Sept) for coffee, bacon roll and 18 holes. Packages can be tailored to meet individual requirements. Green Fees: £34 (Mon-Fri, and after 12 noon SatSun). Twilight rounds from only £15. Visitor Restrictions: Visitors welcome any time Mon-Fri and after 12pm Sat-Sun and bank holidays. How to get there: Leave the A1(M) at Jtn 4 and take the A414 to Hertford. Take the first exit off the dual carriageway and at the traffic lights, turn left toward Welwyn Garden City. Take the second right in to Ascot Lane. At the mini roundabout turn right into Gypsy Lane and then turn right into Mill Green. Accommodation: Contact the club for assistance. Other Facilities: Pro shop; buggy and trolley rental; day lockers; golf academy; practice net; self-contained function room.

MILL GREEN GOLF CLUB Set in over 200 acres of Hertfordshire’s finest countryside, Mill Green offers golfers of all abilities a truly memorable round. Featuring an 18-hole course designed by Peter Alliss and Clive Clark, the 6,615-yard layout offers water hazards, large bunkers, trees and expansive greens, which combine to offer a challenging, as well as a most enjoyable experience. The front nine, which plays towards the village of Mill Green, is both open and undulating, while the back nine plays directly towards Hertford and is noted for its narrow fairways, which work their way through ancient woodland and large lakes. The closing stretch is particularly demanding, with the par-five 14th and the dogleg par-four 17th among the highlights, while the round finishes off with a 188-yard par three, where the green is protected by two front bunkers and one back bunker. The course, which is easy for walking, is renowned for its excellent drainage and USGA sand-based greens allow year-round play to an excellent standard. The practice facilities also stand out, with a grass tee driving range, a par three 9-hole course, and a practice putting green. The clubhouse was rebuilt in 2004 to a modern open-plan design, creating a friendly and vibrant atmosphere, combined with luxury and comfort. Golf groups and societies can be assured of an enjoyable and welcoming visit to Mill Green. Mill Green Golf Club, Gypsy Lane, Welwyn Garden City AL7 4TY. Tel: 01707 276900. Email: millgreen@crown-golf.co.uk Website: www.millgreengolf.co.uk

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MOOR PARK GOLF CLUB Set amidst 300 acres of mature woodland and beautiful Hertfordshire parkland, Moor Park boasts two magnificent golf courses, the High and West, designed by Harry Colt in 1923 to blend in with the grounds of the estate. Both courses offer a unique challenge to golfers of all abilities, together with excellent practice facilities and a well-stocked golf shop. The Grade One listed Palladian Mansion, set in the heart of the grounds, offers the perfect first impression and a lasting memory of a very special day. From a small, intimate gathering to a large corporate event, our dedicated and experienced staff can provide tailor-made packages to ensure that your day is perfect from start to finish. Moor Park is conveniently located near to London, and only five minutes from the M25 and Moor Park Underground Station (Metropolitan Line). The combination of idyllic surroundings, together with our attention to detail and knowledge of the game of golf, guarantee a day that will be beyond expectations.

Moor Park Golf Club, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 1QN. Tel: 01923 773146. Fax: 01923 777109. Email: enquiries@moorparkgc.co.uk Website: www.moorparkgc.co.uk

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Society and Corporate packages: Winter Packages: November to March from £65.00. Summer Packages: From £87.50, see website for further details or contact us to receive a personalised quote. Visitors Information: Visitors are welcome to play at Moor Park on weekdays all day and weekends after 2:30pm. Weekdays: 18 Holes £90/person on the High Course, and £55/person on the West Course. Weekends: 18 Holes £125/person on the High Course, and £80/person on the West Course. How to get there: From M25 Junction 17: Exit M25 at Junction 17 onto the A412 to Rickmansworth, turn left at roundabout on to A412 to Rickmansworth and then right at the next roundabout onto A404 to Northwood. Another right at the next roundabout on to the A404 to Northwood. In 400m turn left at the roundabout then immediately right into driveway to the golf club. Go past Rickmansworth Golf Club and continue along the driveway to the Mansion House. From M25 Junction 18: EXIT M25 at Junction 18 onto A404 to Rickmansworth, go straight ahead at roundabout on to A404 to Northwood. At the next roundabout turn right A404 to Northwood. In 400m turn left at the roundabout then immediately right into driveway to the golf club. Go past Rickmansworth Golf Club and continue along the driveway to the Mansion House. If using SAT NAV use postcode WD3 1QL. Other Facilities: Practice ground and shortgame area, indoor video swing studio, trolley, buggy and club hire, function rooms and bars, fully stocked golf shop, halfway houses.


useful information Society Packages: Winter from £49, summer from £89. Green Fees: Winter: November to March: weekdays £50, weekends £65 (4-ball from £150). Summer: weekdays £100, weekends £120 (4-ball from £280). How to get there: From London, leave the M40 at J7 and take A329 towards Thame. The Oxfordshire is on right-hand side of the A329, just 1.5 miles from the motorway. From Oxford, follow signs for A418 then A329 to Thame. Accommodation: 4* 50-bedroom hotel. Other Facilities: Bar and restaurant, practice facilities, two putting greens, halfway house, six conference rooms, spa, swimming pool and fitness centre.

THE OXFORDSHIRE GOLF, HOTEL & SPA Designed by Rees Jones, The Oxfordshire is considered to be one of the most exciting courses in the country – a pristine American-style parkland course that offers the ultimate tactical challenge across water. The strategically-contoured holes blend naturally into the surrounding countryside to provide a challenging game of golf. With four lakes and 135 bunkers, the course makes full use of the terrain and the natural elements to provide characteristics similar to those of a links course. Since opening, The Oxfordshire has been host to major tournaments such as the Benson & Hedges International, the Andersen Consulting World Championships and the Ladies’ English Open, with an enviable list of winners such as Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer. The Oxfordshire offers one of the finest clubhouses in the country and with a 4* hotel offering 50 luxurious bedrooms, spa and leisure complex, makes an ideal destination for a challenging game of golf and leisure break. Voted into the Top 50 places to Stay & Play in Golf Monthly Magazine 2011, as well as regularly featuring in the Top 100 courses in England. Regional finalist 2012 and 2013 in the Good Spa Awards.

The Oxfordshire Golf, Hotel & Spa, Rycote Lane, Milton Common, Thame, Oxon. OX9 2PU. Tel: 01844 278300. Email: golfdays@theoxfordshire.com Website: www.theoxfordshire.com

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SAND MARTINS GOLF CLUB Opened in 1993 by Sir Henry Cooper, Sand Martins has earned the distinction of being one of the premier golf facilities in the South of England. The friendly, helpful staff are proud of their reputation with golf societies and corporate guests, who return time and time again. The 18-hole, par 70 course has been constructed to the highest standards, with both tees and greens built to USGA specifications. Two distinctively contrasting halves make up the course, the front nine set in wooded parkland, with extensive use of lakes and water hazards; while the back nine takes the form of a seaside links-type course, with mounding and natural hazards. Our clubhouse features a full stocked ProShop, bar, changing facilities and private function room. We also have a superb halfway house and great practice facilities. We welcome small groups of golfers as well as large corporate events and can customise your day to suit your individual requirements. Golf clinics and coaching packages are also available using the latest Trackman launch monitor technology.

Sand Martins Golf Club, Finchampstead Road, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3RQ. Tel: 0118 902 9967. Email: golf@sandmartins.com Website: www.sandmartins.com

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Society Packages: Golf Days are welcome Monday Friday throughout the year. Our packages are tailored to your needs and we encourage you to contact our golf team on 0118 902 9967 or email golf@sandmartins.com Green Fees: Weekdays from ÂŁ35 per person, Weekends from ÂŁ40 per person. Twilight and fourball rates available please call for our latest offers. Online booking available for visitors please visit our website for more information. Visitor Restrictions: Can book a tee-time up to 7 days in advance and after 12.00pm on weekends. How to get there: Junction 10 M4/Junction 3 M3, A321, B3016. Accommodation: Nearby De Vere Warbrook House, Eversley 0118 973 2174. Other Facilities: Driving range with grass teeing area, pitching green and two putting greens, six electric buggies and trolleys available for hire.


useful information Society Packages: Winter Society Packages from £20pp. Summer Society Packages from £32pp. Golf societies welcome any day of the week, after 12 at weekends. Green Fees: From £9.99 per person, able to book up to 7 days in advance any day of the week, after 12 at weekends. How to get there: Exit the M1 at junction 9. Take the A5183 towards Redbourn. After approximately 1km take a left turning into Kinsbourne Green Lane. Follow the road for 800m. The golf course is situated on the right hand side. When using satellite navigation use the postcode AL3 7QA. How to reach Redbourn by train: 25 minutes from London St Pancras to Harpenden train station. Transfer by road from Harpenden station to Redbourn is approximately 10 minutes. Other Facilities: The 20-bay driving range and short game practice facilities provide a great place to warm up before a round or a place to improve your game with the help of three full time PGA teaching professionals. Custom fitting is also available by appointment. The large golf shop offers a great selection of clothing and equipment for male, female and junior golfers. The in-house catering facilities are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all served up by a highlytrained team of chefs. A fleet of 10 electric buggies is available to hire from £20 between April and November.

Redbourn is part of BGL Golf, the UK’s leading golf course owner and operator. www.bglgolf.co.uk

REDBOURN GOLF CLUB Redbourn Golf Club has been described as one of the best golf day venues in Hertfordshire. Both the 18-hole Ver Course and par-3 Kinsbourne Course are maintained to the highest standard all year, and offer golfers an enjoyable round regardless of ability. There are also great practice facilities available to warm up before your game. But a golf day is not just about the golf. We know that the food and the service are just as important, and we pride ourselves on the warm welcome and delicious food that you will receive at Redbourn Golf Club. A variety of golf day packages are available to suit groups of eight or more. Please give us a call on 01582 793493 to find out more. We guarantee play on regular tees and greens all year round and offer function rooms, meetings, parties and free wi-fi.

Redbourn Golf Club, Kinsbourne Green Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 7QA Tel: 01582 793493. Fax: 01582 794362. Email: info@redbourngc.co.uk Website: www.redbourngolfclub.co.uk facebook.com/RedbournGolf. twitter.com/RedbournGolf.

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THORNEY PARK GOLF CLUB Thorney Park Golf Club, praised locally for its design and layout, is a challenging 18-hole parkland course with water features on numerous holes. The course’s fully-automated irrigation and extensive drainage systems ensure lush fairways throughout the year, even in the driest weather. The course also boasts full specification USGA Greens, which means they both drain and roll incredibly well throughout the year, while the USGA drainage system also ensures no temporary greens or tees in the winter months. It commands the respect of both beginner and expert golfers, with a variety of different challenges as you approach every hole. A popular society venue, Thorney Park is proud of its reputation as a friendly and welcoming club, placing great emphasis on guests feeling at home from the moment they arrive.

Thorney Park Golf Club, Thorney Mill Lane, Iver, Bucks, SL0 9AL. Tel: 01895 422095. Email: info@thorneypark.com Website: www.thorneypark.com

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Society Packages: Low season from £20 – High season from £25 (inclusive of bacon rolls). Green Fees: Weekdays and weekends low season from £16 – high season from £20. Thorney Park operates a zonal tee time system where you can play off peak from as little as £13. Please see our website for details. Visitor Restrictions: Weekends before 11am low season and 12 noon high season. How to get there: Only 10 minutes from Heathrow airport and located close to the M4, M40 and M25. Map available on www.thorneypark.com Accommodation: Contact club for details. Other Facilities: Fully stocked pro shop. Buggies and trolleys available for hire. Online Booking available at www.thorneypark.com


useful information Society Packages: A variety of Society Packages are available Monday to Sunday from ÂŁ17.00 per head for groups of 12 or more. Please contact the club for further details. How to get there: Leave the M1 at junction 14, then at roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A509. At Northfield Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A4146. At Fox Milne roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A4146. At Monkston roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A4146. At Brinklow roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A421. At Kents Hill roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A421. At Netherfield roundabout take the 2nd exit, then at Marina roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A421. At roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A421. At Coffee Hall roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A421. At Bleak Hall roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A421. At Elfield Park roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A421. At Emerson roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A421. At Windmill Hill roundabout take the 1st exit onto Tattenhoe Lane. Take 2nd right.

WINDMILL HILL GOLF CENTRE Windmill Hill Golf Centre is a friendly pay & play course situated on the edge of Milton Keynes along the A421 Standing, between the junctions with V1 Snelshall Way and V2 - Tattenhoe Lane with access from the V2. Windmill Hill Golf Centre and Course, opened in 1972, was designed by Sir Henry Cotton (winner of the Open Golf Championship in 1934) and is owned and managed by Milton Keynes Council. The course has no steep hills to climb (good for the heart) and only short walks between greens and tees. It measures 6,385 yards from the yellow tees (par 73 and SSS 70) and measures 6,720 yards from the white tees (par 73 SSS 72). The course is picturesque and it has become a very good test for golf, with care being required from some tees. The Centre has a floodlit driving range with covered bays for warming up or regular practice. In addition there are practice putting greens and a chipping area. The clubhouse is a two storey building with lift access leading to the Pro Shop, reception, bar, function and catering facilities. The Spike Bar & Sir Henry Cotton Lounge are served by a well stocked and very reasonably priced bar and also have large TVs showing a range of sports. You will be made very welcome to use all facilities here at Windmill Hill Golf Centre. Windmill Hill Golf Centre, Bletchley Golf Club, Tattenhoe Lane, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK3 7RB. Tel: 01908 631113. Email: whgolf@milton-keynes.gov.uk Website: www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/leisure-tourism-and-culture/windmill-hill-golf-centre

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WYCOMBE HEIGHTS GOLF CENTRE Wycombe Heights Golf Centre is one of the best pay and play golf facilities in the Home Counties Area. Whether you are a regular golfer looking for great value membership, a visitor, group or society in search of a fun day out, our

Society Packages: A range of golf packages and food options available to suit your requirement are available starting from just £22 per person. Green Fees: Main Course: From £9.99 off Peak. £20 Mon – Fri. £27 Weekends. Par 3 Course: 18 Holes from £10.50. 9 Holes from £8.50.

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Main Course, designed by John Jacobs with a par of 69 and fabulous views, a well maintained and challenging Par 3 course, and a wide range of practice facilities encompassing a floodlit driving range, short game area, and a practice putting green. When you are ready for some well earned refreshments, our friendly team

Other Facilities: Welcoming lounge bar and coffee bar in the club house, fully stocked pro shop, practice facilities, buggies and trolleys available for hire. Please visit www.wycombeheightsgc.co.uk to book online and for further information.

are ready to serve you in our lounge bar or coffee bar with a variety of delicious food and drink from our menu. We also have a well stocked pro shop with a team of experts who can guide you to the perfect purchase, choose from a wide range of brands including, Nike, Ping, Taylor Made, Puma and Cobra. At Wycombe Heights we work tirelessly to ensure our courses are in great condition all year round as well as promising a warm welcome and outstanding value for money.

Wycombe Heights Golf Centre, Rayners Avenue, Loudwater, High Wycombe, HP10 9SZ. Tel: 01494 816686. Email: info@wycombeheightsgc.co.uk Website: www.wycombeheightsgc.co.uk

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useful information Society Packages: There are 5 society packages available; please phone for more details. Prices from £27.50pp. Green Fees: Midweek - £25pp Weekend - £30pp How to get there: Leave the A30 at Sourton Cross, turn right onto the A386 towards Holsworthy and Bude. At roundabout take first left onto A3079, follow for a couple of miles, turn right, signposted Ashbury and the golf course entrance is ½ mile on the right. Accommodation: There is accommodation available at the golf course – see tariff. Other Facilities: Hydro Spa, swimming pool, exercise room, bowls, ten-pin bowling, fishing, snooker, archery & air pistol/rifle ranges, table tennis, multi-purpose sports hall & craft centre.

MANOR HOUSE & ASHBURY HOTELS The Manor House and Ashbury Hotels are set in the foothills of Dartmoor National Park and form one of the largest golf complexes in the UK. There is an unrivalled choice of seven 18 hole course options all on one site. With courses ranging from Kigbeare at 6528 yards through to Oakwood at 5502 yards, plus an 18 hole par 3. With golf included FREE OF CHARGE to all residents you are guaranteed great value. The courses occupy a lightly wooded parkland setting, in rolling countryside. Extra hazards have been added to the ones already present, with dozens of bunkers and eighteen lakes making play even more of a challenge. Our courses are open all year round and thanks to our extensive ‘drill and fill’ programme you will enjoy grass tees, fast draining fairways – with limited ball plugging and no temporary greens. As well as the par 3 18-hole course, the complex also boasts extensive practice facilities and one of the largest buggy fleets in Europe. There is a fantastic range of sports and leisure facilities to accompany the golf, which include a NEW Hydro Spa with saunas, steam room and hydro pool, swimming pool, exercise room, sports hall (for badminton, five-a-side, etc), archery and air pistol/rifle ranges, tenpin bowling, bowls, table tennis and 15 snooker tables. All these are available for all residents to use FREE OF CHARGE. Plus NEW for 2014 - a unique craft centre featuring 13 tutored crafts (minimal charges apply).

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The Ashbury Golf Hotel, Higher Maddaford, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 4NL. Tel: 01837 55453. Website: www.ashburygolfhotel.co.uk / www.ashburygolfdays.co.uk

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THE BRISTOL GOLF CLUB Situated just off junction 17 of the M5, the Bristol Golf Club has the reputation as being one of the friendliest and most enjoyable clubs to visit

Society Packages: From £20pp (Mon-Fri), £25 after midday Sat-Sun to include coffee, bacon roll and 18 holes. Green Fees: £20 (Mon-Thurs), £25 (Fri), £30 (Sat-Sun) after 11.30am. Visitor Restrictions: Visitors are welcome all day Mon-Fri and after 12pm Sat-Sun.

in the South West.

Directions: Exit Junction 17 of M5, and follow signs for B4055/ Cribbs Causeaway.

Opened in 2000, the club is set in a 200-year-old historic parkland, with

Accommodation: Contact club for advice.

stunning views across the Severn Estuary and a superbly-designed course providing the recipe for a truly memorable golf day. The course, which measures 6,124 yards and plays to a par of 70, provides a challenging yet extremely fair test of golf, with generous fairways and receptive greens. The short holes are a real test, with four of the five par threes requiring carries over water, with the 151-yard 16th being a test of nerve. Always presented in excellent condition, and with evenly-paced greens The Bristol is the ideal venue for societies and corporate outings. In addition to the 18-hole course, the club also boasts a 9-hole par 3 course, which makes a great additional challenge to any society day, or as a place to play for those new to the game, while an eight-bay driving range is ideal for warming up before a game. The well-appointed clubhouse can cater for groups of all sizes, with attentive and friendly staff ensuring guests always receive a warm welcome. The Bristol Golf Club, St Swithins Park, Blackhorse Hill, Bristol BS10 7TP. Tel: 01454 620000. Email: bristol@crown-golf.co.uk Website: www.bristolgolfclub.co.uk

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Other Facilities: 8-bay driving range, 9-hole par 3 course, club and buggy rental, pro shop.


useful information Society Packages: All inclusive golf day with tea, coffee and bacon roll on arrival followed by 18 holes of championship golf and a two course clubhouse lunch. Roman Road & The Montgomerie from £50 per person, The Twenty Ten from £122 per person (off-peak reductions available). Terms & conditions apply.

THE CELTIC MANOR RESORT As venue of The 2010 Ryder Cup and home of the ISPS Handa Wales Open, a

How to get there: Set within 2,000 acres of panoramic parkland in the beautiful Usk Valley, South Wales, the Resort is conveniently located just off Junction 24 of the M4, only five minutes from the Severn Bridge.

leading European Tour event, the five star Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales

Accommodation: Stay overnight at the five star Resort Hotel, four star Manor House, Newbridge country inn, or luxurious new Hunter Lodges. Please call 01633 410262 for more details and room rates.

clubhouses, a state of the art Golf Academy and excellent on-course catering

offers a prestigious location for your society golf day. Take your pick from three world-class championship golf courses, The Twenty Ten, Roman Road and The Montgomerie, complemented by two luxurious facilities. Holding your society golf day at The Celtic Manor Resort offers the chance to follow in the footsteps of the stars of The 2010 Ryder Cup and recreate all the excitement of this sensational golf tournament, plus with three hotels, luxury lodges, six restaurants, two health spas and much more, Celtic Manor really does offer endless possibilities for your event. Planning your golf day at Celtic Manor couldn’t be simpler. Whatever the size of your group there is a format that will suit your needs, with a choice of upgrade options available on request. Exclusive use and bespoke packages are also available, allowing you the flexibility of a shotgun start or up to 54 holes of championship golf. Find out more at celtic-manor.com or call our Events Team on 01633 410252 quoting ‘GOLF GUIDE’ The Celtic Manor Resort, Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley, Newport, NP18 1HQ. Tel: 01633 410263. Fax: 01633 410269. Email: bookings@celtic-manor.com Website: www.celtic-manor.com

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MANOR HOUSE, AN EXCLUSIVE GOLF CLUB Magnificently situated in 365 acres of beautiful Cotswold countryside near Bath, The Manor House, an Exclusive Golf Club boasts 18 holes of the best golf in the South West, an enchantingly located clubhouse and luxurious accommodation. Located in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and designed by the renowned BBC commentator Peter Alliss and Clive Clarke, it is widely regarded as one of the finest courses in the South-West of England and was recently awarded Number 1 golf course in Wiltshire. With dramatic undulating landscape, manicured fairways lined by mature oak trees, immaculate tees and greens encircled by the meandering River Bybrook and a 17th hole rated as one of the most picturesque and challenging par-threes in the country, golf at The Manor House is an experience you will want to repeat. The course boasts a choice of four tees making it an exciting course for all ages and abilities. A drop of 120 feet on the 17th, some magnificent water hazards and nearly 80 bunkers makes practising on the USGA spec practice facilities essential if wanting to return a good score. Close to the 18th green you will find the Waterfall Lodge comfortably accommodating a party of 8 golfers, alternatively the luxurious Manor House Hotel lies within the same grounds with 48 individually designed bedrooms and the Michelin starred Bybrook restaurant. The Manor House, an Exclusive Golf Club, Castle Combe, Nr Bath, Wiltshire, SN14 7JW. Tel: 01249 782206. Email: enquiries@manorhousegolf.co.uk Website: www.manorhousegolf.co.uk

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Society Packages: Societies (minimum of 8) are welcome at all times for full or half day packages and start from £35pp (dependant on time of year). Golf News Booking Offer: Mention the Golf News Ultimate Guide 2013 and the organiser will go free on groups of 20+. Corporate Day prices: From £75pp. Green Fees: Monday to Sunday, from £30pp. (dependant on time of year). Visitor Restrictions: Visitors may book up to 1 month in advance. How to get there: Exit the M4 at Junction 17 and follow brown tourist signs to ‘Castle Combe Race Circuit’ for approx 15 minutes. Pass the circuit on your left and continue for 500 metres until the Golf Club entrance appears on your left hand side. Accommodation: Available at the 14th Century Manor House Hotel – special rates available for golf days. Alternatively, Waterfall Lodge: With four twin bedrooms, two showers and a lounge complete with television and DVD player, the concept essentially follows the dormy house principle in that it allows players to reside close enough to the course and play as much golf as possible during their stay. Rates from £99pp inclusive of dinner in the clubhouse, bed and breakfast and 36 holes, based on a minimum of four sharing (valid Monday to Thursdays only). Other Facilities: USGA spec Putting green, chipping green and practice bunker, tennis court, USGA spec driving range, fleet of 46 EZ-GO electric buggies, clubhouse with full menu, Sky Sports and social events, private dining and conference facilities.


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ST MELLION GOLF RESORT The Resort boasts a stunning AA 4* 80-bedroom hotel, Health Club & Spa, and a variety of dining experiences from the simple to the elegant in our award winning Restaurants. For golfers, St Mellion is renowned as one of the finest golf venues, being a regular in the Top 100 and having hosted 12 European Tour events. The Nicklaus Signature Course is amongst the finest golf courses anywhere and was the first European course personally designed by Jack Nicklaus, who was quoted saying “I knew it was going to be good, but not this good…It’s everything I hoped for and more”. Even for Nicklaus the course is unique, at 6,300 yards it is not a long course but inspired by Augusta, he created a UK version of Amen Corner. Holes 10 through to 13 are quite brilliant, both to play and to look at. St Mellion also has a “hidden gem”, the Kernow Course. Opened in 2010, it was a favourite with golfers straight away and a perfect compliment to the Nicklaus Course, offering wide fairways, big greens and as Today’s Golfer reviewed in 2012 “an outstanding course with a great blend of holes.” For the golfer St Mellion should be on everyone’s “Bucket List”.

St Mellion Golf Resort, St Mellion, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6SD. Tel: 01579 352001. Email: stmellion-golfsales@crown-golf.co.uk Website: www.st-mellion.co.uk

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Society Packages: Low Season: Groups of 8+ from £18 (Kernow Course) & £30 (Nicklaus Course) including coffee & bacon roll. High Season: Groups of 8+ from £40 (Kernow Course) & £60 (Nicklaus Course) including coffee & bacon roll and a 1-course meal Green Fees: Low Season: Kernow Course rates from £13 & Nicklaus Course from £20. High Season: Kernow Course rates from £20 to £50 & Nicklaus Course from £30 to £95. Off Peak tee times available before 8am and after 2pm. How to get there: Located just of the A388 on the Devon / Cornwall border just 20-minutes from Plymouth. Golf Breaks: Stay at St Mellion from £99 for a 1-night stay including dinner, bed & breakfast and a round of golf on each course. For 2-nights including dinner, bed & breakfast and 3-rounds of golf from £169. For groups of 16+ there is a Free Organiser Place! PLUS book direct and in advance and receive 10% of your booking to spend at the Resort. Other Facilities: Pro Shop, Range, Academy, Short Course, 60 Buggies, Electric & Pull Trolleys, Health Club & Spa – Near to St Mellion you can visit the Eden Project, Padstow or the local beaches.


useful information Society Packages: STRANAHAN COURSE; Mon-Sun £25 to include coffee on arrival, 18 holes, one-course lunch or dinner. CODRINGTON COURSE; Mon-Thur £39 Fri-Sun £44 to include: coffee on arrival, range balls, 9 holes on The Water Garden Course, 18 holes, one-course lunch or dinner. All Day Package £69 - Full English breakfast on arrival, range balls, buggies all day, 18 holes on the Stranahan Course. 18 holes on the Codrington Course, one-course lunch or dinner. Two nights accommodation, three rounds of golf from £149. 36-hole package from £49. Fleet of 26 buggies available. (see website for details).

THE PLAYERS CLUB The Players Club opened in 2002 yet, despite its young age, has staged The Europro Tour nine times and West Region PGA championships four times. From the championship tees it can be stretched to 7,663 yards, making it one of the longest courses in Europe, although members and guests normally play the par 72 Codrington layout at around 6,300 yards. A mixture of links and heath with a touch of Americana, it’s quite hard to

Green Fees: STRANAHAN COURSE Weekdays £20, weekends £25. CODRINGTON COURSE - Summer £48 per round, winter £35 per round.

pigeon-hole. With two returning nines, superb short game area and practice

Visitor Restrictions: None.

Augusta par three course and it is a great inclusion in your golf day, taking

How to get there: Situated on the B4465 just 1 mile from Junction 18 of the M4.

area, the club boasts two other courses with the delightful par 3 Watergarden course set across picturesque ponds and lakes, many have likened it to the about 45 minutes to play. A second 18-hole layout has been recently added, The Stranahan, designed like its bigger brother by Adrian Stiff, is a quirky 5,500-yarder that gets golf back to a three-hour round. The course is dominated by interesting greens that defend themselves with humps and hollows. All the courses have USGA greens and irrigation on fairways. Also part of the clubs portfolio are seven country cottages some 20 minutes away in Wootton-Under-Edge. Three-day, two-night packages at The Players Club, Kendleshire, Stinchcombe Hill and Cumberwell Park start from just £149. The Players Club, Codrington, Chipping Sodbury, Bristol, BS37 6RZ. Tel: 01454 313029. Website: www.theplayersgolfclub.com

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THE VALE RESORT There are few places in Wales that can offer golfing groups the range of facilities and some of the most memorable and inspiring golf holes in the country as comprehensively as the Vale Resort. Nestled away in over 650 acres of beautiful Welsh Countryside the Resort with its 143-bedroom hotel also encompasses two championship golf courses, Wales’ largest spa, exceptional sporting facilities and award-winning dining. Established as one of UK’s leading golf destinations, the two championship courses live up to their reputation as being challenging, picturesque and memorable for golfers of all abilities, both having staged Sky-televised European Tour events. Add to this a friendly and welcoming clubhouse and changing areas, excellent golf shop, experienced staff and a professional service, and you have a recipe for a successful and unforgettable golf day. Ideally located just three minutes off junction 34 of the M4, 45-minute drive from Bristol, 90 minutes from Birmingham and only two hours from central London making the Vale Resort one of the UK’s most desirable golf and leisure destinations.

Vale Resort, Hensol Park, Hensol, Vale of Glamorgan, CF72 8JY. Hotel reception: 01443 667800. Golf club: 01443 665899. Email: r.williams@vale-hotel.com Website: www.vale-hotel.com

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Society & Corporate Packages: Includes coffee & bacon roll on arrival and golf and on course competitions from £25pp. Optional extras include; event management, private dinning, light lunch, two or three course meals. Green Fees: £30pp Lake course, £40pp Wales National course, special offers may be available throughout the year via our website. Visitor Restrictions: Lake course available for societies Monday to Friday, Wales National Mon to Sun. How to get there: Leave the M4 at junction 34 and follow the hotel signs (only 3 minutes away). Accommodation: On site 143-bedroom 4* hotel. Other Facilities: 16-bay driving range, well stocked pro-shop, putting greens, large fleet of buggies, 143-bedroom hotel, Wales’ largest spa, leisure club, bars & restaurants, multiple conference facilities for up to 700, free car parking.


useful information Society Packages: From £24.50 - £37 per person Monday to Friday and £30.50 - £42 per person Saturday and Sunday. Green Fees: From £18 per person with a Player Card. Off-peak from £12.50. How to get there: Please use BS35 3XL for sat nav. Situated only 10 minutes from junction 16 of the M5, Thornbury Golf Centre has excellent access off the A38 and is situated on the B4061 (Bristol Rd). Other Facilities: 25-bay covered and floodlit driving range. Thornbury Lodge boasts11 stunning bedrooms in a beautifully converted farmhouse, overlooking the beauty of the Gloucestershire countryside. Conference facilities and meeting rooms also on site. Please contact us for more information.

THORNBURY GOLF CENTRE Thornbury Golf Centre is a venue where you’ll always be greeted with a warm welcome whether you’re playing a game of golf, staying in the 4 star guest lodge or dining in the restaurant. The Centre has two courses and fantastic conference and meeting facilities. Perfectly situated just North of Bristol close to the major road network and easily accessible from all over the South West. The beautifully designed Marlwood Course surrounded by breathtaking views of the Cotswold hills, offers a challenging and exciting round for golfers of all abilities to enjoy. At 6308 yards the Marlwood Course will test every part of your game. Standout holes include the picturesque 17th where a wayward tee shot is likely to find one of the lakes either side of the fairway. Not got time for a full 18 hole round? Tee it up on the excellent Severn View Course, where you will experience magnificent views of the Severn Estuary. This challenging and fun short course can be played in under 2 hours and is a great way to improve your short game. A variety of group golf day packages are available for groups of 8 or more. For more information or to book your day please call us on 01454 281144 Option 2 “Thornbury Golf Centre The Perfect Golf Venue in the Perfect Location”

Thornbury is part of BGL Golf, the UK’s leading golf course owner and operator. www.bglgolf.co.uk

Thornbury Golf Centre, Bristol Road, Thornbury, Bristol, BS35 3XL. Tel: 01454 281144. Email: info@thornburygc.co.uk

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WINDWHISTLE GOLF CLUB Windwhistle Golf course started as a 9 hole course originally designed in 1932 by J.H Taylor, 5 times Open Champion. In 1955 Leonard Fisher took over the course and extended it to 18 holes after acquiring additional land. There are some outstanding views over the surrounding countryside while you play golf so be sure to take a look around you while you play. The course is a tough par 70 off the white tees with a fantastic drainage system making it a joy to play all year round, with its fantastic views across Somerset our golf course is a delight to play any time. Our friendly Pro Shop staff and Bar staff will go that extra mile to cater for any of your needs to make your day at our golf course as remember able and enjoyable as a day at any golf course should be we maintain high standards from our course marshalling to our cutting of the greens our professionalism shines throughout the golf club. Please come and try our golf course out for yourself.

Windwhistle Golf Club, Cricket St Thomas, Chard, Somerset, TA20 4DG. Clubhouse Tel: 0146030231. Email Address: info@windwhistlegolfclub.co.uk Website: www.windwhistlegolfclub.co.uk

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Society Packages: Starting from £20 per person including golfers’ breakfast and coffee. Please call for more details. Green Fees: Midweek, visitor £25, members guest £15, second round £10. twilight (roughly four hours before sunset), visitor £15, members guest £10. Weekend, visitor £30, members guest £20. Weekend twilight, visitor £20, members guest £15. Visitor Restrictions: No green fees or societies before 10.30am on a Saturday or Sunday. How to get there: We are located off the A30 just 15 miles from junction 25 of the M5 motorway near Taunton in Somerset or if you are coming from the East you can get to us from the A303 near Ilminster where we are about 7 and a half miles away. Other Facilities: Driving range open to anybody and a putting green open to green fees and members. Bar and food available all day.


useful information Society Packages: Winter packages from £25 and Summer packages from £32. Green Fees: £30 weekday and £40 weekend throughout the year. Other Facilities: 11 bay driving range, practise putting green and 6 hole Academy Course. Buggy and Trolley hire available. Well stocked Pro Shop. A variety of tuition packages available.

WRAG BARN GOLF CLUB Deep in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside and just outside the historic town of Highworth is the exceptional Wrag Barn Golf & Country Club. With outstanding views of the Downs and the Vale of White Horse, Wrag Barn boasts one of the region’s outstanding venues for golf, weddings, business meetings and casual dining. Once part of the Lord Banbury’s Estate, Wrag Barn now offers the area’s premier golfing landmark. After testing their skill against the inspiring course, players will relax in the mellow and welcoming Clubhouse. A variety of drinks and a carefully planned range of lunchtime and evening menus are available for players and guests alike. Recognised for its friendly hospitality throughout, Wrag Barn looks forward to extending a warm welcome and being the perfect partner for golf and so much more. The Simon Gidman designed Golf Course, a challenging par 72 6622 yards - is a perfect example of effective course planning which balances the natural contours of 205 acres of delightful Wiltshire countryside with features to excite and test players of all skills and ambitions. Developing and maturing as years go by, Wrag Barn is of course ever improving and definately worth a visit! Wrag Barn Golf Club, Shrivenham Road, Highworth, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN6 7QQ. Telephone: 01793 861327. Facsimilie: 01793 861325. Pro Shop: 01793 766027. Email: info@wragbarn.com Website: www.wragbarn.com

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useful information Society Packages: Contact club for tailor-made packages. Green Fees: From £45. Visitor Restrictions: Monday–Friday only. How to get there: Follow the signs to Little Waltham. The course is on the right-hand side on the 6th roundabout after leaving the A12. Accommodation: Channels Lodge in the grounds, tel: 01245 441547.

CHANNELS GOLF CLUB Set in over 300 acres of undulating parkland just north of Chelmsford, Channels boasts stunning views of the Essex countryside and is the perfect venue for a society or corporate golf day. Established back in 1974, when the original nine holes were opened, the club now boasts a 18-hole complex. The well-maintained and challenging par-71, 6,402-yard Channels course is a lightly-bunkered, undulating layout, which starts out on flat meadowlands for the first four holes, before moving onto the challenge of holes built over an award-winning quarry restoration project, where water provides a stern defence. Few holes typify the ‘Channels challenge’ more than the 17th, which has water between tee and green. The excellent facilities are further enhanced by the 14th century farmhouse, which is home to the relaxing clubhouse, and houses two meeting rooms and the renowned brasserie restaurant. Alongside the clubhouse is the main function suite, the 18th-century thatched Essex barn. Capable of seating 120 people for dinner, it is an ideal venue for corporate functions and weddings. A large fully-stocked pro shop offers all the top-named brands, as well as providing professional tuition from the club’s resident PGA professional.

Channels Golf Club, Belsteads Farm Lane, Little Waltham, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 3PT. Tel: 01245 440005. Fax: 01245 442032. Email: info@channelsgolf.co.uk. Website: www.channelsgolf.co.uk.

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STAPLEFORD ABBOTTS GOLF CLUB

Society Packages: From £25 for coffee & bacon rolls, 18 holes on the Priors Course, onecourse chef’s special lunch and a pint of beer. Abbotts packages start from £35. Add £5 for Friday rates, and £10 for weekends.

Stapleford Abbotts Golf Club, which is rich in character and located in a

Green Fees: Priors/Abbotts £16/£34 (Mon-Thurs), £18/£38 (Fri), £25/£42 (Sat-Sun).

picturesque setting in rural Essex, boasts two excellent 18-hole courses – the Abbotts and the Priors – and the newly-opened 9-hole Monastery Course, taking the golf offering to 45 holes. The jewel in the club’s crown is the par 72, 6,501-yard Abbotts Course, which was designed to exacting USGA specifications by locally-based course architect Howard Swann. He has used of all use talents to create a championship layout that will test every facet of your game. The course features 11 separate water hazards, which place on emphasis on smart course management, while there are plenty of risk/reward holes for the big hitters. The Priors Course is a par 70, 5,871-yard, 18-hole parkland course that offers an alternative set of challenges, sculpted with manicured fairways and generous greens. And if that isn’t enough, the newly-opened Monastery Course is made up of nine par threes, and is ideal for sharpening up your short game, as well as introducing youngsters and beginners to the game. Before or after a round, the club’s traditional, barn-style clubhouse, which was constructed in the 17th century, offers panoramic views over the 18th green, as well as stunning hospitality and tasty home-cooked food. Stapleford Abbotts Golf Club, Horseman Side, Tysea Hill, Essex RM4 1JU. Tel: 01708 381108. Email: staplefordabbotts@crown-golf.co.uk Website: www.staplefordabbottsgolf.co.uk

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Visitor Restrictions: Societies welcome any time on the Priors Course and after midday on the Abbotts Course in the summer. How to get there: Fives miles north of Romford, just off the M25 and M11. Other Facilities: Practice range and short game area; putting greens; buggy and trolley rental; half-way hut; function room; pro shop.


useful information Society Packages: From £20pp for coffee, bacon roll and 18 holes. From £34pp with two-course meal (Mon-Fri), £40pp (Sat-Sun) Green Fees: £24 (Mon-Thurs), £26 (Fri), £30 (Sat-Sun, Bank Holidays) How to get there: Leave the M25 at Junction 29, take A127 towards Southend, then A128 towards Brentwood. The centre is 300 yards on the right. Accommodation: Contact club for recommendations. Other Facilities: 14-bay floodlit driving range; practice putting green and chipping area; pro shop; buggy, trolley and club rental.

SOUTH ESSEX GOLF CENTRE Situated just outside Brentwood, only five minutes from Junction 29 of the M25, the 27-hole South Essex Golf Centre is the ideal venue for a society or corporate golf day, with its three loops of nine holes catering for large groups. Ranked amongst the best layouts in the county, the Heron, Hawk and Vixen provide a variety of interesting course combinations. Amongst the many highlights are the 3rd on the Heron, a 462-yard par four, whose two-tiered green is protected by a large oak tree and a ditch across the front, while the par-three 8th is a favourite with many visitors, as it offers fantastic views over the entire course from its elevated tee. The Hawk Course is arguably the toughest of the three loops, with 7, 8 and 9 providing a stern closing stretch, whilst the Vixen, which is the shortest nine, still provides a fantastic challenge. The 565-yard par-five ninth, with its gently sloping fairway to a distant green, provides a suitable climax to any round, with the chance of an eagle in the offering if you find the green in two. Offering great value society packages seven days a week, guests and visitors are always treated to a warm welcome and service to match.

South Essex Golf Centre, Herongate, Brentwood Essex CM13 3LW. Tel: 01277 811 289. Email: southessex-manager@crown-golf.co.uk Website: www.southessexgolf.co.uk

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STOCK BROOK GOLF CLUB Established in 1992, Stock Brook Golf Club has gained a solid reputation as one of the premier golfing venues in Essex. The club has hosted numerous PGA and County Events as well as being featured on Sky Sports. Set in the beautiful Essex countryside, Stock Brook consists of three loops on nine holes aptly named The Stock, The Brook and The Manor. Designed by the esteemed course architect Martin Gillet, the golf course is a great test of golf with stunning landscape, undulating greens and some beautiful water features to test your golfing skill. Signatures holes include the picturesque par three 4th Hole, only 160 yards long but with water surrounding the island green a perfect club selection is required and the 9th Hole, 350 yards long and a great risk and reward hole; the brave longer hitters can attempt to cut the corner over the water, but be aware, take off too much water or take too straight a line and there are two lakes to punish you. After your round, relax on our clubhouse patio overlooking the 9th and 18th greens. Within the clubhouse the fantastic facilities include a restaurant, members lounge, golf shop, locker rooms, private suites, steam and sauna facilities and much more. Stock Brook Golf and Country Club, Queens Park Avenue, Stock, Nr Billericay, Essex, CM12 0SP. Tel: 01277 650400. Proshop Tel: 01277 658181. Email: andy.wilson@stockbrook.com Website: www.stockbrook.com

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Society Packages: Society and Corporate packages are available from £35 per person. Packages can be tailored to suit your requirements. Green Fees: Available Monday to Friday at £30 per person and weekends at £35 per person. Please visit the website or contact Andy on 01277 650400 for regular fourball monthly offers. How to get there: From the A12- At junction 16 take the B1007 exit to Galleywood/Billericay. Take the exit onto Stock Road/B1007 heading for Billericay. Continue on the B1007, at the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Queens Park Avenue, Stock Brook will be on your right. From the A127- Take the A176 exit towards Basildon/Billericay. At the first, second, third and fourth roundabout take the first exit, continuing onto Southen Road/A129. Continue to follow the A129, trun right onto Mountnessing Road. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Perry Street. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Queens Park Avenue. Continue along this road then turn left onto Stock Brook. Other Facilities: Grass driving range with undercover bays, two putting greens, a par three course, buggies and trolley hire.


useful information Society Packages: From £29.95 pp (Nov-Mar). Summer society rates on application. Golf breaks from £89pp. Green Fees: Various rates during the day - winter & summer. Please call for details. The 18-hole Gainsborough Course has permanent winter buggy paths and all golf buggies have GPS systems. Visitor Restrictions: After 12 noon at weekends (summer). Luxurious Spa Days from just £79. Various Spa & Golf Break packages - call 01206 265820 for Spa bookings and 01206 265827/262836 for Golf bookings. See our website for more details and special offers. How to get there: Please see website for directions and map. Accommodation: 80 spacious ensuite bedrooms with satellite flatscreen TV, in-room safes, power showers & free WiFi. 5 self-catered luxury Country Lodges. Other Facilities: 20-bay covered driving range, short game practice area, PGA Professional golf tuition, Lee Westwood Golf School, well-stocked golf shop, a sports bar, a two AA Rosette restaurant, state-of-the art Technogym, excellent spa with 13 treatment rooms, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room. Pippin hotel gift and delicatessen shop. Also squash and coarse fishing.

STOKE BY NAYLAND HOTEL, GOLF & SPA Set amidst 300 acres of stunning Constable Country on the Suffolk/Essex border and offering superb facilities, Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf Club and Spa is an idyllic and highly sought-after venue for golf and leisure breaks. It enjoys secluded tranquillity yet is just 45 minutes from both Stansted Airport and the M25. The Club regularly hosts pro ams and prestigious worldwide televised European Challenge and Senior Tour events, during which professionals such as Torrance and Rocca have praised the excellent quality of the courses. Created in the early 70s, the two renowned championship courses, the Gainsborough and Constable, are both well-established with picturesque water features, undulating fairways, lakes and mature woodland. The Gainsborough’s 10th hole was voted the best in East Anglia by the PGA. The outstanding facilities include 80 contemporary-style air-conditioned bedrooms, five self-catered, luxury Country Lodges (for minimum 2 night stays) a glass-fronted clubhouse overlooking the 1st tee and both 18th greens, a state-of-the-art Spa with pool and Technogym, stylish two AA Rosette Lakes Restaurant, hotel lounge with welcoming log fire, golf shop and Pippin hotel shop. More facilities are listed below. There are also extensive conference and banqueting suites, free high speed broadband throughout, and a selection of dining areas, all offering excellent cuisine and stunning views over the lake and fairways. Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex CO6 4PZ. Tel: 01206 262836. Fax: 01206 265840. Email: sales@stokebynayland.com Website: www.stokebynayland.com and www.stokebynaylandlodges.com

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THREE RIVERS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Set in the scenic East Anglian countryside, Three Rivers Golf Club boasts two 18 hole golf courses offering great variety and a challenge to golfers of all standards. The Kings Course is a 6586 yard, par 72 mature parkland course, designed by Fred Hawtree and built in 1972. The course features an array of water hazards, set in gently rolling parkland, offering all golfing abilities a challenging but most enjoyable round. The Par 64, 4501 yard Jubilee Course completes the 36 hole complex. This course has been constructed to exacting USGA specifications, offering a unique and alternative test of golf, with elaborately undulating greens, and some very challenging short holes. This course will require alternative thinking in order to conquer its inviting challenge. After your round, enjoy a refreshing drink or snack in our relaxing clubhouse or on our patio overlooking the 1st tee and 18th green. The club also offers luxury changing facilities, lockers, showers and steam rooms plus much more. We look forward to welcoming you to the club soon.

Three Rivers Golf & Country Club, Stow Road, Purleigh, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 6RR. Golf/Corporate Days Tel: 01621 826959. Pro Shop Tel: 01621 829781. Email: sally.roberts@threeriversclub.com Website: www.threeriversclub.com

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Society Packages: Society and Corporate Groups are welcome with packages available from £28.00 per person. Packages can be tailored to suit your requirements. Green Fees: Available Monday to Friday from £11.50 per person. Weekends from £13.50 per person. Twilight Green fees available 7 days per week, please contact the club for more details. Please visit the website or contact Sally on 01621 826959 for regular four ball monthly offers. How to get there: From A12 (North): leave the A12 at Junction 18 signposted to Danbury/ Maldon (A414). Follow the slip-road up to the roundabout and take the second exit (Maldon Road, A414). Follow this road through Danbury town straight across the double mini roundabout. Once you get to a main roundabout, go straight over onto the Burnham Road (B1010). Take the first road on your right hand side (Marlpits Road) signposted to Cock Clarks. Continue on this road for approx 3 ½ miles going through the village of Cock Clarks. Once you get to the end of the road turn right and you will see us immediately on your left hand side. Other Facilities: Grass practice area, putting green, practice nets, buggies and trolley hire. On site Pro Shop and PGA Professionals.


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useful information Society Packages: From £20 low season and £23.50 high season inclusive of Tea and Coffee and Bacon Rolls. Green fees: Mon- Fri off peak from £9.99 and weekend 14.50. Visitors weekday £21.95 and weekend 28.95

ABBEY HILL GOLF CENTRE

Accommodation: We can offer special rates at the nearby Mercure Abbey Hotel.

Welcome to Abbey Hill Golf Centre, the best quality pay-and-play facility in

How to get there: From the M1: Take junction 14 signposted for Milton Keynes. Take the A509 west until it joins the A5. Take the A5 North for one junction, exit on slip road and at the roundabout take the 2nd exit, Monks Way. Abbey Hill Golf Centre is located 200 meters along on the left.

and Pirate Island Adventure Golf.

From the M40: Exit motorway at junction 9, taking the A421 towards Buckingham. Follow the Buckingham ring road until it joins the A442 towards Stony Stratford & Milton Keynes. At the roundabout where the A422 joins the A5, follow the A5 south (dual carriageway for 2.5 miles). Take the first exit (slip road) and turn right at the roundabout, taking the fifth exit onto Monks way. Abbey Hill Golf Centre is located 300 meters on the left. Other facilities: Fully stocked Pro Shop, 18 Hole Pirate Adventure Golf, Coffee Bar and Restaurant in clubhouse.

Abbey Hill is part of BGL Golf, the UK’s leading golf course owner and operator. www.bglgolf.co.uk

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. Home to two superb courses, driving range,

Following significant investment in 1996, renowned British golf course architect Howard Swan renovated the outstanding 18-hole golf course introducing 11 new tees, six new greens and a number of water hazards, to create one of the best quality Pay & Play courses in the region. Our superb Par 3 Short Course is a great place for regular golfers to sharpen up their scoring skills and from just £18 for a family of three is an ideal, relaxed environment for families and new golfers to gain confidence while learning to play the game. There’s a floodlit driving range open into the evenings, golf lessons delivered to you by our PGA qualified professionals and a well-stocked golf shop with all the latest golf equipment and fashions. You’re also welcome to come and relax in the Clubhouse and enjoy the fine hospitality of our restaurant bar and coffee shop.

Abbey Hill Golf Centre, Monks Way, Two Mile Ash, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK8 8AA. General Enquiries Tel: 01908 562566. Tee Reservations Tel: 01908 563845. Email: events@abbeyhillgc.co.uk

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ABBOTSLEY GOLF HOTEL Owned by former British Women’s Open Champion, Vivien Saunders, OBE, Abbotsley Golf Hotel is home to two outstanding golf courses. The Abbotsley Course, a 6,300-yard, par 71 championship golf course and the Cromwell Course, also over 6,000 yards, with a par of 70, and slightly more forgiving than its big sister – but equally well presented. A range of Society packages, available on both courses, include breakfast with 18 holes from £20 to the full Monty with an overnight stay in the hotel and all the trimmings. For ladies we offer our great ABB FAB day out – a glass of bubbly to start the day, of course – boys can come too! At Abbotsley we take pride in our customer care, a dedicated hostess will be with you every step of the way to ensure that all of your guests and members enjoy their day out. The Abbotsley Golf Academy is run by former LET professional Christine Langford, and offers a range of residential and day schools, clinics and tuition packages. The practice facilities at the hotel include a 21 bay floodlit driving range with automated power tees, a grass practice tee, distance control and short game area and two putting greens. If you have enough energy left our mind and body gurus can put you through your paces at the gym and fitness centre or you can enjoy a gentle game of squash! Real ale is served in our bars, which feature Sky Sports TV. Freshly prepared local produce and friendly service await you in our restaurants. Abbotsley Golf Hotel, Potton Road, St Neots, Cambridgeshire PE19 6XN. Tel: 01480 474000. Fax: 01480 471018. Email: sales@abbotsley.com Websites: www.abbotsley.com

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Society Packages: Cromwell course from £20, Abbotsley from £35 mid week. Weekend and bank holiday availability. Call 01480 474000 to book. Green Fees: Cromwell course from £20. Abbotsley course from £35. Visitor Restrictions: After 12pm on weekends for the Abbotsley Course. No restrictions on the Cromwell. How to get there: Abbotsley Golf Hotel is located near the market town of St Neots, near Cambridge, just off the A1. Accommodation: 42 bedroom AA3 star hotel. Other Facilities: 21 floodlit driving range with automatic power tees buggy, trolley and electric trolley rental.


useful information Society Packages: From £34 per head (18 holes + 2 course meal) Green Fees: Mon-Fri from £20 (with member); visitor - £30 Sat/Sun pm only from £25 (with member); visitor - £35 Visitor information: Visitors are welcome on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons after 1.00pm How to get there: From M1 Junction 13 Take A421 sign posted Bedford. Follow signposts to A6, Kettering on approaching Bedford. On leaving Bedford (still following A6 and Kettering), pass a Sainsbury’s superstore on the left, move into the right hand lane and take the second exit at the next roundabout into Clapham (do not join the bypass). After about 1 mile, take the first right into Green Lane which has a brown tourist sign to Bedford & County Golf Club. The club is at the top of Green Lane on the right.

BEDFORD AND COUNTY GOLF CLUB Widely acknowledged as one of Bedfordshire’s finest courses, Bedford and County Golf Club is set in glorious countryside and is a testing and supremely well-presented course with superbly paced greens. The Club was established in 1912 and is a classic parkland design. Measuring 6,420 yards off the white tees (par 70) and 5,641 yards off the Ladies tees (par 73) it is both an absorbing challenge and a relaxing retreat for golfers of all standards. Over the years, the focus has been on enhancing the course and facilities for members and visitors alike, with improved drainage, especially to the greens, extending the tees to enable year-round usage, a new clubhouse and raising still further the overall standard of the course. This has meant that we have played, and continue to play, host to many County competitions. In 2013, we opened the Indoor Performance Centre, a unique facility in Bedfordshire, where players use FlightScope Technology to improve their game. This facility can also be booked to play a simulated round at world famous courses such as Pebble Beach. Bedford and County Golf Club prides itself on the warmth of its welcome to visitors and, once you have played here, we are certain that you will want to return. Bedford and County Golf Club, Green Lane, Clapham, Bedford, MK41 6ET. Tel: 01234 352617. Email: manager@bandcgc.co.uk Website: www.bandcgc.co.uk

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CAMBRIDGE MERIDIAN GOLF CLUB Cambridge Meridian Golf Club is so called because it straddles the Greenwich Meridian Line - just one of 10 courses in the world to do so. Golfers cross the line seven times during a round on this stunning 18-hole championship course. The course sits in a glorious 210-acre site between the villages of Toft and Comberton, just five miles west of Cambridge. Designed by the legendary Peter Alliss and Clive Clark - and widely regarded as their best UK project – the 6,700-

Society Packages: From £29.55 for 18 holes, full English breakfast and unlimited coffee. Green Fees: £22/£28 (w/d, w/e) for 18 holes. How to get there: Exit J12 M11. 3 miles SW of Cambridge on B1046. Accommodation: Abbotsley Golf Hotel, St. Neots. 01480 474000. www.abbotsley.com Other Facilities: Pro shop, bar and restaurant, half-way house, club and buggy hire. We serve REAL ALE... and are dog friendly!

yard, par 73 layout offers a stern scoring test for the lowest of handicaps, but its generous fairways make it pleasantly playable for all. Reminiscent of a links course in places, it combines classic golf with modern golfing challenges. The USGA-standard greens offer true putting surfaces all year round; the triple-tiered fifth green is one you’ll never forget! The club offers a warm welcome to societies and corporate groups, large and small. There is a wide range of society packages available midweek and at weekends after 10am. Packages can be tailored to suit all your needs. You choose, 18 to 36 holes, golf-only deals or full-service options from breakfast through to a three course evening meal. Our successful “THE BIG SOCIETY” returns in 2013, offering large corporations exclusive use of the entire course on a Monday, with a shotgun start for 72 players. From start to finish our dedicated team will make you feel at home at Cambridge Meridian. Cambridge Meridian Golf Club, Comberton Road, Toft, Cambridge CB23 2RY. Tel: 01223 264 700. Fax: 01223 264 701. Pro Shop: 01223 264 702. Email: meridian@golfsocieties.com Website: www.golfsocieties.com

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useful information Society Packages: See website or phone for information. Green Fees: Weekdays £30 per round, £40 per day and weekends and bank holidays £45 per round. Visitors Restrictions: Must book in advance.

BEESTON FIELDS GOLF CLUB

How to get there: Leave M1 at J25, follow signs for A52 Nottingham, continue through next two junctions towards Nottingham. Turn right at traffic lights at Nurseryman pub onto Wollaton Road and the club is on the right at the top of the hill.

With its southerly aspect and traditional English country estate feel, Beeston Fields

Please enter post code NG9 3DA into your Sat Nav to find us.

who have played the course include Henry Cotton, Roberto de Vicenzo and Lee

Accommodation: Priory Toby Hotel, Derby Road, Wollaton Vale, Nottingham, NG8 2NR. Situated within 1/2 a mile. Other Facilities: Wedding venue in Victorian walled garden, large function rooms, three conference rooms, pro shop, buggy hire, putting/chipping green. Phone: 0115 925 7062 for details of society packages.

is a beautiful oasis in an area easily accessible from the M1, A52 and A50. Designed by Tom Williamson, the course opened in 1923 with a match which included Arthur Havers, the Open champion. Since then other famous golfers Westwood. The course measures 6430 yards and is always an excellent parkland test, thanks to the sculpted tree-lined fairways and undulating greens. Beeston Fields enjoys an informal, friendly, relaxed atmosphere and a warm welcome in the clubhouse. This reputation is extended to societies, who can choose from a variety of packages at competitive rates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Full catering is available in the oak-panelled dining room, or in the sun lounge which has great views of the course. Group clinics or a ‘beat the pro’ hole are available to large societies through our PGA club professional. In addition to being the perfect golfing venue, the Club also offers the Victorian walled garden as a wedding venue and up-to-date facilities for seminars with free Wi Fi also available. Visitors must book in advance, go to www.beestonfields.co.uk to book on-line. Please mention ‘Golf News’ when booking. Beeston Fields Golf Club, Old Drive, Wollaton Road, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 3DD. Tel: 0115 925 7062. Fax: 0115 925 4280. Email: info@beestonfields.co.uk Website: www.beestonfields.co.uk

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ECCLESTON PARK GOLF CLUB Situated on the outskirts of Rainhill, less than two miles from Junction 7 of the M62, Eccleston Park’s convenient location within the north west’s motorway network means it is within easy reach of Liverpool, St Helens, Warrington and beyond. While not exceptionally long – it plays to 6,477 yards off the back tees – the course is far from easy, with water coming into play on several holes, so position off the tee is often more important than distance. The first, a 420-yard dog-leg par four, is a prime example of the examination on offer, with a pond in play on the corner of the dogleg, and a mid/long iron to a two-tiered green. The 190-yard eighth is a great short hole, with a stream snaking from the tee and widening out to a pond as it approaches the green, which causes a few nerves off the tee. Among the best holes on the back nine is the 560-yard par-five 14th, which features a large lake that must be carried by your approach to the green. Even long hitters will struggle to reach in two, so a lay up is often the best route to secure a birdie. The 18th century clubhouse offers the ideal place to sit back and unwind in comfort while watching others tackle the 18th. A number of different catering options are available for both before and after your round, including the ever-popular chef’s specials. Whichever option you choose, you are sure to be made to feel at home.

Eccleston Park Golf Club, Rainhill Rd, Rainhill, Prescot, Merseyside L35 4PG. Tel: 0151 4930033. Email: ecclestonpark@crown-golf.co.uk Website: www.ecclestonparkgolf.co.uk

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Society Packages: £25/£32 for coffee & bacon roll and 18 holes of golf on weekdays and weekends. £30/£36 to include Chef’s Special of the Day. Winter packages from £24/£28 (weekday/weekends). Green Fees: £25 (Mon-Fri), £30 (Sat-Sun). Visitor Restrictions: Groups and societies are welcome on all non-competition days. How to get there: Leave M62 at Junction 7. Drive through Rainhill and turn right at the lights onto Rainhill Road. Follow for 1 mile, the entrance to the club is on the left, just past the Black Horse pub. Other Facilities: Practice area with putting green, short game area and practice nets; buggy rental; Pro shop.


useful information Society Packages: Arden Course from £55. Aylesford Course from £35, to include coffee and bacon rolls, and 18 holes of golf. Green Fees: Arden Course from £50 Monday through to Sunday. Aylesford Course from £20 Monday - Sunday. Visitor Restrictions: All of the above is subject to availability. How to get there: Follow A45 - Coventry, continue on over Stonebridge & after 3/4 mile turn left into Shepherds Lane. Follow lane for approximately 0.5 miles & turn left onto Maxstoke Lane for approx. 1 mile. Hotel is situated on the left hand side. Accommodation: Retreat to one of our comfortable and stylish bedrooms, featuring flat screen televisions, a huge choice of movies, spacious work areas and 24 hour room service. Other Facilities: Putting area, pro shop and golf academy.

FOREST OF ARDEN A MARRIOTT HOTEL & COUNTRY CLUB Ideally located in the heart of the midlands, just minutes from the NEC, the national motorway network, Birmingham International airport and its railway station, the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club is one of the UK’s top golf venues. The hotel offers two of the finest courses and a wide range of top-class golf facilities. In recent years it has played host to some of the game’s biggest tournaments in both the professional and amateur game, including the English Open and the British Masters and in 2007 was home to the Brabazon Trophy. Shorter, but equally enjoyable, the Aylesford Course is maintained to the same high standard as its celebrated sister. Whether you’re an enthusiastic novice or you play the game like a pro, a round of golf with colleagues and friends is one of life’s great pleasures. At the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, we make the golfing experience work for you, your company or organisation. Whichever course you play, you’ll have a good chance of catching a glimpse of the friendly local deer that are an integral part of this majestic countryside setting. Course details: Championship Arden Course: 7,213 yards, par 72, 18 holes. Aylesford Course: 5,801 yards, par 69, 18 holes. The Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, Maxstoke Lane, Meriden, Warwickshire, CV7 7HR. Tel: 01676 522 335. Email: mhrs.cvtgs.golfevents@marriotthotels.com Website: www.marriottgolf.co.uk

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SHROPSHIRE GOLF CENTRE The Shropshire Golf Centre is one of the most popular golf day venues in the midlands. For the past twenty years many companies, associations, and private groups have already chosen to host their events with us and return year after year. The Silver to Gold combination is the most popular choice for golfers and is the one we use for all our championship tournaments. The Shropshire has hosted numerous amateur and professional events due to its challenging golf courses, on site facilities and geographical location cementing our reputation as one of the finest venues in the Midlands. The Shropshire also provides “Winter Proof Golf Days” guaranteeing golfers premium playing conditions all year round. We guarantee NO temporary greens, NO temporary tees and NO trolley bans all year round. A great golf course, guaranteed playing conditions, easy to find location, a welcoming relaxed clubhouse, delicious home - cooked food and outstanding value for your money make us the number one choice in the area.

The Shropshire Golf Centre, Granville Park, Muxton, Telford , Shropshire, TF28PQ. Tel: 01952 677800. Email: sales@theshropshire.co.uk Website: www.theshropshire.co.uk

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Society Packages: Society Champion of Champions Golf Day Every year we extend an invite for two representatives from each visiting golf society to compete in our annual Champion of Champions Tournament. Here we lay on for you a free golf day with prizes whereby the winners are crowned our “Champion of Champions”, custodians of the trophy for 12 months and names added to the honours board for eternity. Society packages start from just £22 off peak and are welcomed 7 days per week. Green Fees: From £18 midweek, £22.50 weekends, £9.99 off peak. How to get there: Located just 5 minutes from junction 4 M54, Telford. Take 4th exit off the roundabout (B5060). Continue across next roundabout (Limekiln Bank) and then down the hill to Granville Roundabout. Golf centre entrance 4th exit Other Facilities/Services: 30 bay floodlit driving range, practice area and putting greens, Par 3 course, 27 holes of golf, fully stocked golfshop, clubhouse with food served all day, buggy and trolley hire available.

Shropshire is part of BGL Golf, the UK’s leading golf course owner and operator. www.bglgolf.co.uk


SHARPLEY GOLF COURSE “Whatever your ability and whatever the weather this golf layout will enthral you.” Most Reviewed

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et in beautiful rolling Durham countryside and boasting panoramic sea views, Sharpley’s par-71 course is an absolute pleasure to play, with its challenging and undulating layout featuring many unusual hazards and a stunning mix of holes that are sure to excite and challenge players of all abilities.

The 5,902-yard course, only opened in 2010, already shows maturity far beyond its years, with the architects and greenkeeping staff creating a course that feels and plays like an established layout. This is in part due to the natural topography of the course, along with the care and attention taken when shaping the fairways and contoured USGA greens. Each hole offers a unique experience with water features often coming into play. The par threes are particularly interesting, with the fifth being a fine example, offering a shot from an elevated tee to a sloping green, with lateral water just over the back and two bunkers waiting short of the green. The course’s signature hole is arguably the 8th, a tricky par-four with a fairway that slopes left towards a lake. Keep the ball right and you’ll be in good shape, hit it left, and you’ve got water and trees obstructing your line to the two-tier green. A state-of-the-art drainage network ensures the course remains not only open for play in all weathers, but creates superb year-round playing surfaces, with the greens being fast and true and the fairways in great condition. After golf, guests can relax in the comfortable log cabin-style clubhouse, which has balconies overlooking 18th and 9th greens, and offers a wide range of drinks, light snacks and hot food. The club welcomes visiting golfers, golf societies and corporate golf days, and a team of dedicated staff is happy to create a bespoke golf day – whatever the size and experience of your group – that will be both enjoyable and memorable. Sharpley Golf Course, Seaton Seaham, Co. Durham SR7 0NP. Tel: 0191 581 4821. Email: info@sharpleygolf.co.uk Website: www.sharpleygolf.co.uk facebook.com/sharpleygolf. twitter.com/sharpleygolf.

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Society Packages: Contact the club for packages: 0191 581 4821. For tee times: 0191 513 1100. Society bookings are always welcome - call 0191 581 4821. Green Fees: £16 (Mon), £18 (Tues-Fri), £23 (Sat-Sun). Clubhouse/available tee times: Book your tee slots on 0191 513 1100. Visitor Restrictions: Visitors welcome seven days a week. How to get there: 3 minutes from A19, 10 minutes from A1 near Sunderland, Durham, Newcastle and Hartlepool. Accommodation: Contact club for recommendations. Other Facilities: 14-bay driving range with Power Tees. Grass bays. Conference facilities and conference room. Tuition available: Simon Robinson, PGA David Howden, PGA


useful information Society Packages: Summer packages from £24.50 (inc bacon rolls). Winter packages from £18.00 (inc bacon rolls). Visitor Restrictions: Societies welcome 7 days a week. Accommodation: Recommended hotels available. Please contact the centre for details. Other Facilities/Services: Fully stocked pro shop, golf buggies, driving range, Par 3 course, teaching academy, putting green and practice area, clubs and trolleys available for hire.

RAMSDALE PARK GOLF CENTRE Ramsdale Park Golf Centre is a friendly and inviting golf and leisure facility located in the picturesque Nottinghamshire countryside. Boasting both the outstanding Hawtree-designed 18-hole Seely Course and the 18-hole Lee Course (Par 3). Celebrating its 21st anniversary in 2013, Ramsdale Park provides a challenge for golfers of all abilities whether tackling the 71-par, 6,674-yard Seely Course or the exhilarating Lee Course, one of the county’s finest Par 3 courses. Ramsdale Park Golf Centre welcomes groups, societies and corporate golf days throughout the year, seven days a week with a full range of facilities designed to suit all abilities of golfer. However you fare out on the golf courses you will be guaranteed a warm welcome and excellent food on your return to the Bistro Bar. Our commitment to Customer Service is evident every step of the way and our events team and club professional will be on hand to assist you in any way they can to ensure that your visit runs smoothly and that everyone has a memorable day. We have several popular packages available but we are always happy to create a bespoke package to suit your requirements and budget.

Ramsdale Park is part of BGL Golf, the UK’s leading golf course owner and operator. www.bglgolf.co.uk

Ramsdale Park Golf Centre, Oxton Road, Calverton, Nottingham, NG14 6NU. Tel: 01159 655 600. Email: info@ramsdaleparkgc.co.uk Website: www.ramsdaleparkgc.co.uk

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