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a warm welcome Foreword by EWEN MURRAY, Sky Sports commentator and Former European Tour Professional

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ne of the main attractions of golf, in my book at least, is the enormous variety of golf courses on which we are allowed to challenge ourselves – that and taking some money off my friends and colleagues! From parkland to heathland, links to cliff-top layouts – we are literally spoilt for choice, all over the British Isles where you can be playing almost every type of course within a few miles of each other. During my travels on following the world’s best tournaments with Sky Sports I am often faced with monstrous 7,500-yard venues that place too much emphasis on smashing a driver, so when I come back home to West Sussex it is refreshing to play more manageable courses, where you have a good chance of making birdie, providing you find the fairway with your tee shot. Bigger doesn’t have to mean better, so don’t overlook courses where the par is 69 or the yardage barely gets above 6,000 PAGE 5 | THE ULTIMATE GOLF GUIDE

yards – they are often the hardest to score well on. We are also fortunate in golf that we have a handicapping system that allows the best to play with the rest. That means that society and corporate days can accommodate any standard of golfer, from the inexperienced hacker to the touring professional, and all levels in between. That’s why golf, in my eyes, remains the ultimate leveller. The job of organising a society or corporate golf day can sometimes seem like a tough one, given the vast array of courses to choose from and the huge number of considerations, such as catering, prizes, invitations, and all the other essential items that appear on the golf day checklist, but it can also be a thrill, especially if you get to try out some of the courses in advance to see if they meet your demands. This handy guide aims to turn that job into a more pleasurable experience by listing a wide selection of venues to suit all skills levels and budgets. Clubs offering the most simple of 9-hole parkland

layouts to the most challenging 36-hole championship resorts – and a lot more in between – are all within easy reach of your fingertips and a phone call or, in these times, a click of a mouse. Organising such days can be simplified by hiring a company to do it all for you, but with the help of this guide, you can save the expense and spend more on your clients instead. All the clubs featured are here to help make your golf day a success. With detailed course descriptions, package prices, details of facilities, contacts and those allimportant directions, they’ve listed everything you need to know to get your day off to a flyer. So let your fingers do the walking – and hopefully your clubs do the talking – at one of the many and varied venues that follow. Please remember to mention this guide when booking. The only thing that can’t be arranged is the weather! All the very best, Ewen


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Contents introduction Foreword Planning your Golf Day Tee off for the future Social Golfer

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HOME OF GOLF, SCOTLAND Carnoustie The Roxburghe Kingsbarns

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Berks, Bucks Oxon & Herts

Surrey & Middlesex The Addington Woldingham Surrey National Addington Palace Camberley Heath Chipstead Chobham Crews Hill Croham Hurst Drift Gatton Manor Hoebridge

Horton Park Kingswood Laleham Lingfield Park North Downs Oak Park Redhill and Reigate Selsdon Park Shirley Park Silvermere Surrey Downs Sutton Green Tandridge Windlesham

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The Buckinghamshire Brocket Hall Chartridge Park Donnington Valley Downshire Frilford Heath The Grove Maidenhead Moor Park Mill Ride The Oxfordshire Royal Ascot

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Sand Martins The Shire Thorney Park

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Kent Westerham Austin Lodge Boughton Broke Hill Broome Park Canterbury Chart Hills Chislehurst Darenth Valley Etchinghill Hever Kings Hill Lullingstone London GC Lydd Park Wood Pedham Place Poult Wood Prince’s Sittingbourne and Milton Regis Upchurch River Valley Tenterden Weald of Kent West Malling

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Contents Sussex & Hampshire Botley Park Crowborough Beacon Dale Hill The Dyke East Sussex National Hayling Goodwood Mannings Heath Old Thorns Pyecombe Rookwood Sandford Springs Slinfold Stoneham Weybrook Park Worthing

Essex & East Anglia 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 & 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110

northants CAMBS & north home counties Abbotsley Cambridge Meridian Collingtree Park

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Channels Stoke by Nayland

France 116 117

Midlands & North Beeston Fields Breadsall Priory The Belfry Forest of Arden Nailcote Hall Welcombe House Hotel

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GOLF BREAKS Society and Corporate Trips Abroad

West Country & Wales Bristol Celtic Manor Manor House and Ashbury Players Club The Manor House The Vale Windwhistle Wrag Barn

Arras Saint Saens

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Read this guide online at www.golfnews.co.uk Front Cover: Golf at Goodwood, Downs Course Section Image: Old Thorns Manor Hotel & Country Club Published by: Golf News, The Studio, 14 Deanway, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 6DG. Email: info@golfnews.co.uk Website: www.golfnews.co.uk Publisher: Matt Nicholson Editor: Nick Bayly Production: Kath Perry Marketing Director: Andrew Martin Designed by: 71degrees Special thanks: Ewen Murray For advertising enquiries please contact: 01273 556377 or email info@golfnews.co.uk Printed in the UK on recycled paper. Copyright 2011/12 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced with the prior permission of the publisher.

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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 11 | 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 tee-off 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!

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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 charged. The team will also put together bespoke packages to suit each

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ith 20% of all time spent on the internet devoted to visiting social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, what is the golf industry doing to join in the fun? Enter TheSocialGolfer.com! First established in 2007, TheSocialGolfer (TSG) has over 3,000 registered users in the UK and more than 7,000 worldwide. Its aim is a simple one: to bring golfers of all levels together to meet up and play. However, as well as pairing golfers up with other players in their area, TSG also gives society organisers the opportunity to run all its competitions and golf days from one central point. No more remembering telephone numbers, emails address or handicaps – TSG tracks all this and allows organisers to update their members and their games schedule, at the touch of a button. Run by Essex-based Media Consultant Ian Mullins, TSG continues to grow from strength to strength. “There are 3.9m people playing golf in the UK, and only 1.2m belong to a golf club,” says Ian. “We believe more and more golfers are looking to extend the repertoire of courses they play, while more and more courses are welcoming visiting players and it’s our ambition to bring them together! He adds: “I joined TSG in its infancy, as I was finding it harder to rely on friends to play PAGE 17 | THE ULTIMATE GOLF GUIDE

when I wanted to. I soon found a whole new set of mates to play with and, with the danger of sounding like Victor Kiam, I loved it so much, I bought the website!” So how does it work? Firstly, members – who pay no fees to join the site – build their golfing profile by entering in their postcode and handicap. The system then recognises every time a game is posted in a member’s chosen catchment area and emails them an invitation to join other members for the game. Hit the email link on your laptop or phone and your profile image automatically appears on the game page and alerts the organiser you are attending. Turn up on the day, pay your green fee, and away you go. At the time of going to press, TSG had more than 50+ ‘live’ games available to join in London and the South East alone. In addition, every member can track their scores and keep an eye on their friends/society members’ progress too. The system allows

users to print their own TSG handicap certificate, which is widely accepted at golf clubs across the country as proof of playing ability, while the scoring system also automatically enters users into a monthly league table, where members can win the much soughtafter TSG white shirt. Running societies has never been easier with TSG. Organsiers can post the calendar of games on the site, run league tables, and limit the access to their societies members only. However, if organisers are looking to expand, then you can post ‘open events’ or you can email existing TSG members via the internal email messaging system and the forums. The site is FREE to join and only charges a £20 annual fee for the PRO account – a welcome and affordable service in these recessionary times! For more information please visit:


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useful information Society Packages: 2 rounds of golf on the Burnside and Buddon courses. Coffee and bacon roll on arrival, soup and sandwiches and evening main course £86pp. Green Fees: Championship Course £140, Burnside £38 and Buddon £33 Special 3 Course Combination Ticket which includes 1 round on each course over a 3 day period £165 subject to availability. Visitor Restrictions: Visitors are welcome 7 days a week however restrictions apply particularly at the weekends. How to get there: Carnoustie is 90 minutes from Glasgow or Edinburgh airports, 60 minutes from Aberdeen or 20 minutes from Dundee. By rail we are on the main London to Aberdeen line. Accommodation: Hotel Accommodation on siteCarnoustie Golf Hotel.

carnoustie golf links One of the World’s Best Golf Courses. The Carnoustie Championship course needs no introduction to golfers and is widely regarded as one of the finest golf courses in the world. Since 1931 it has hosted a total of seven Open Championships with Padraig Harrington winning the latest in 2007. The huge reputation of the Championship course tends to mask the fact that there are a further two fine courses in Carnoustie – the Burnside and Buddon Links. All three courses are rated in the top 50 links courses in the UK and Ireland (Golf Digest June 2011). The Burnside course has been used as an Open Qualifying venue on a number of occasions and it was there the legendary Ben Hogan began his successful quest to win the Championship back in 1953. At 6,028 yards it is not long by modern standards, but it is still a fine test for amateur golfers of all levels, not least because of a host of strategically-placed pot bunkers that are a trademark of all three of Carnoustie’s layouts. The Buddon Links is Carnoustie’s newest course. It was designed by Peter Alliss and Dave Thomas in the 1980s and has since been extensively upgraded. The opportunity to play three great courses in one location, make Carnoustie an ideal base for a visiting society.

Carnoustie Golf Links, 20 Links Parade, Carnoustie, DD7 7JF. Reservations dept: 01241 802270. Email: golf@carnoustiegolflinks.co.uk. Website: www.carnoustiegolflinks.co.uk.

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useful information

The Roxburghe Golf Course The Roxburghe Championship Golf Course was conceived by The Duke of Roxburghe, an avid golfer who commissioned Dave Thomas to design and construct this challenging Scottish Borders golf course on the Roxburghe estate. The course was opened in 1997 and Thomas’s design bears his distinct hallmark of deep challenging bunkers and large rolling greens. The wide fairways of the course follow the natural contours of the landscape and make full use of the many changes in levels. The signature hole is “Viaduct”, an elevated tee commanding superb views over the River Teviot that hugs the left of the fairway with an imposing viaduct running across the horizon. The heart of the Roxburghe course are the par threes, play these well and you will hopefully card a good score as three of them are around the 190 yards mark. Roxburghe Golf Club and Championship Golf Course has always extended a warm Scottish Borders welcome to visiting golfers, golf clubs and golf societies from the UK and around the world. Our experienced golf professionals, event organisers and clubhouse staff are here to ensure your golf day runs smoothly and successfully. We enjoy a high level of repeat business which reflects the dedication of our staff and the exciting challenge of our championship golf course here at Roxburghe Golf Club. We can cater for the needs of all group sizes from 8 to 60 plus and our golf event packages can be tailored to suit small groups, corporate golf days and private events. Roxburghe Golf Course, Kelso, Roxburgshire, TD5 8JZ. Tel: 01573 450333. Email: golf@roxburghe.net. Website: www.roxburghegolfclub.co.uk.

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Society Packages: From £65 per person for groups of 12 or more including breakfast, 18 holes, 2 course Golfers’ Meal, Nearest The Pin and Longest Drive markers and a souvenir guide. Green Fees: £50 April 2012, £80 May-Oct 2012. Four Balls (inc. Soup & Sandwiches) £180 April 2012 and £240 May-Oct 2012. Visitor Restrictions: None. Hotel Accommodation: Roxburghe Country House Hotel. Owned by the Duke of Roxburghe, the hotel nestles amongst well-tended woodlands on the banks of the delightful River Teviot. All of the 22 bedrooms have been individually designed, many by the Duchess of Roxburghe herself. Some have fourposter beds and log fires. All have a unique and charming character. Other Facilities: The Roxburghe Estate is not just the perfect place for golfers, there are also fishing, shooting, mountainbiking, riding and beauty treatments on offer. The Roxburghe Hotel also has a Beauty Suite with professionally qualified staff offering a wide range of indulgent treatments or, for visitors with an interest in history, we can organise visits to the Duke of Roxburghe’s splendid family home - Floors Castle.


kingsbarns golf links The moment you arrive at Kingsbarns, you know you’re somewhere special.

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useful information

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ust 7 miles south-east of St Andrews Kingsbarns is a links course which

regularly features in top 100 golf courses rankings in the world. The

course is set in an amphitheatre along the coast line, so nearly every

hole boasts spectacular views of the sea. At 7,181 yards from the

championship tees, Kingsbarns is a formidable enough test to be included in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship rota each autumn. Kingsbarns prides itself on excellent customer service and great accessibility of tee times. Visiting golfers are treated like members for the day with staff on hand ensure that they each enjoy the golfing experience which the team at Kingsbarns are so proud of. The Kingsbarns ‘Experience’ encompasses the following elements; • Personal meet and greet on arrival. • Enviable, complimentary full practice facilities. • 1st tee starter. • An intimate, clubhouse, which can accommodate up to 52. The clubhouse is spike friendly and operates a smart/casual dress code. During September a large marquee offers the option of seating up to 100 golfers at once, which has proved popular for large corporate events. • Full locker room and changing facilities. • A large, professional team of experienced caddies. • Well stocked Golf Shop offering an extensive range of golf clothing and gifts with a dual logo option offered. Kingsbarns Golf Links offers an unforgettable golfing experience, which is proving increasingly popular with the corporate market. Companies are using it as a venue for both large and small groups when they really want to make a favourable impression with clients or show their appreciation to valued members of staff. Kingsbarns Golf Links, St Andrews, Scotland, KY16 8QD. Tel: 01334 460860 Email: info@kingsbarns.com. Website: www.kingsbarns.com.

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Society Packages: Tailor made packages available on request. Green Fees: Course Open from 1 April-18 November 2012. Green fees from £175 per person per round. How to get there: Located 7 miles South of St. Andrews on the A917 to Crail. There is an extensive range of flight options from London to Edinburgh (1hr 20 minutes from St Andrews) and CityJet fly from London City to Dundee (20 minutes from St. Andrews) offering a no charge for your clubs option. Other Facilities: Complimentary full practice facilities. Full locker room and changing facilities. Bar/Restaurant serving golfers fayre all day.


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Early rounds have flexible dates while the finals will Your golf society may be great fun, but is it good be played on Sunday 14th September 2012, followed enough to reach the finals, or even, be the first society to have it’s name engraved on the Society by a three course meal and presentation of prizes. Championship Cup? As well a prestigious trophy for the winning team, The only way to find out is to enter the Golf there are a host of prizes to be won. For more Society Championship. A new competition specially details just register your interest by 14th February structured for golf societies, it will be played 2012. Entry forms must be received by HOSTED BY at Tenterden Golf Club, where the course 1st March 2012. Don’t miss out, book your place in the is challenging, but not too intimidating and golf society event of the year. is always a joy to play. ENJOY THE CHALLENGE

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useful information Society Packages: Societies are welcome and packages are tailored to meet requirements. Green Fees: Summer £45 per round, £50 per day winter. See website for special packages. How to get there: Leave M25 at junction 6, take A22 towards Croydon, then the A2022 towards Selsdon/Addington, take A212 then come back on yourself to pedestrian lights on Gravel Hill.

Addington Palace golf club Addington Palace Golf Club was founded in 1930, and the 6,404 yard, par 71 course, was designed by Hawtree & Taylor Ltd and is situated two miles outside of Croydon.

Accommodation: Details of local hotels available on request.

The course, set in the grounds of Addington Palace, the previous home of

Other Facilities: Pro-shop, two practice areas, putting green, and golf buggies.

parkland, which has excellent drainage properties, thus providing quality year

Archbishops of Canterbury, is a mixture of mature woodland and picturesque round golfing conditions. We are proud of the layout and condition of our course, which presents a very good test of golf, and received great acclaim when we hosted the Surrey Amateur Foursomes Championships in 2008. The clubhouse, which in former times was the stableyard for the Palace, is set around an attractive courtyard, and provides full bar and catering facilities. It is an ideal environment in which to relax after your round of golf. The club welcomes visitors and societies, and caters for business functions, private functions and wedding parties. Please quote ‘UG 32’ when contacting the club.

Addington Palace Golf Club, Gravel Hill, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 5BB. Tel: 020 8654 3061. Email: info@addingtonpalacegolf.co.uk. Website: www.addingtonpalacegolf.co.uk.

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Camberley Heath golf club Camberley Heath Golf Club is a challenging and traditional golf course featuring an abundance of pine and heather that is regarded as a true classic amongst heathland golf courses in Surrey. Designed by the legendary Harry Colt, the natural contours of our picturesque, tree-lined layout have been used to create a magnificent golfing experience that has been enjoyed by our Members for almost a century. The excellence of the course is coupled with the magnificent Clubhouse and friendly Members. The course benefits from a sustained programme of conservation and management. The original features have been preserved and enhanced, using modern greenkeeping methods and machinery. A forestry and heathland conservation programme is in place, and the club’s policy is to ensure the long-term future of its outstanding asset. The sandy heathland has excellent drainage properties, resulting in fine yearround golfing conditions. Our own natural resource, a bore hole, provides a comprehensive irrigation system serving tees, fairways and greens. There are no weak holes, but one of the most memorable is the last, which requires an accurate drive over a mountain of heather to a hidden landing point. Ball found, the second is to an elevated green in front of the Clubhouse where distance judgement is paramount so as not to upset the Members enjoying a post-round drink! Camberley Heath Golf Club, Golf Drive, Camberley, Surrey GU15 1JG. Tel: 01276 23258. Fax: 01276 692505. Email: jmoreau@camberleyheathgolfclub.co.uk. Website: www.camberleyheathgolfclub.co.uk.

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Society Packages: Societies welcome Monday to Thursday with flexible packages. Captain Away Days: Very preferential rates with the Captain or Lady Captain’s place completely free. Green Fees: Discounted green fee voucher available at www.camberleyheathgolfclub.co.uk. How to get there: The club is 10 minutes from junction 3 and 4 from the M3. Full details can be found on our website. Newsletter: To find out first about any offers and discounted green fees please log on to our website and sign up for our newsletter – we promise you will not be inundated with emails just very good, seasonal offers. 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 £30 per person (summer) and £23 (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: Societies welcome by prior arrangement. 18-hole packages start from £34pp. Green Fees: £30 (Tues-Fri), £35 (w/e) and £15 (Mon). How to get there: From M25 Jct 24, take A1005 to Enfield. Turn left after three miles (Botany Bay) East Lodge Lane. Turn right at end. Club entrance is 300 yards on the right. The club is located 200 yards from Crews Hill BR station. Accommodation: Contact the club for details of local accommodation. Other Facilities: Function room that can seat up to 140 people; private meeting room for up to 14 people; well-stocked pro shop staffed by PGA professionals.

Crews Hill golf CLUB Situated on the outskirts of North London, just 15 miles from the City, yet surrounded by peaceful rolling countryside and farmland, Crews Hill Golf Club is a friendly and welcoming members’ club that is also hugely popular with visiting golfers and societies. The club’s mature 18-hole parkland course, which was designed by legendary architect Harry Colt, measures 6,281 yards and is characterised by gently undulating fairways, well-placed bunkers and excellent putting surfaces. Although not long by modern standards, every shot on this magnificent par 70 layout requires careful consideration, with fairways lined with mature oaks and silver birches ensuring that accuracy and course management are as important as power off the tee. The back nine features a winding brook that comes into play on several holes, including the testing par-three 10th, where the green is located on the other side of the water, with the 170-yard shot played from an elevated tee, making correct club selection paramount. The par fives are tantalisingly reachable in two for the biggest hitters, while the par fours, including the first and 18th, often provide the most difficulty. The recently-refurbished clubhouse provides all the facilities required by visiting societies, including modern changing rooms and a comfortable bar and restaurant. A spacious balcony overlooks the 18th green and first tee, providing a grandstand finish to any golf day, while the beautifully re-decorated lounge provides a perfect setting for post-match functions. The club offers a wide range of society and corporate packages, from golf-only days, up to a full catering service, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please contact the club for tailor-made packages to suit your requirements. Crews Hill Golf Club, Cattlegate Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 8AZ. Tel: 020 8363 6674. Email: manager@crewshillgolfclub.com. Website: www.crewshillgolfclub.com.

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Croham Hurst golf club Croham Hurst is a traditional member’s club that offers a warm and friendly welcome to all who come to visit. Whether out on the fabulous 18-hole parkland course or in the relaxing clubhouse, which overlooks the first and 10th tees, there is a sense of history and a wonderfully warm sensation of being completely at home. Situated in gently rolling countryside just two miles from central Croydon, the club feels like it’s in the middle of rural England, with mature tree-lined fairways and dense woodland, creating a natural amphitheatre on virtually every hole. The par-70, 6,293-yard parkland course, which was designed by Fred Hawtree and James Braid, extends up a valley in a series of gently-undulating loops. The course rewards accurate driving, and the well-placed bunkers and undulating greens provide an interesting challenge to golfers of all standards. Built on chalk soil, the course drains well, offering the opportunity of all year round golf, while it also offers an easy and enjoyable walk, and is seldom deemed unplayable, even in the harshest conditions. The comfortable clubhouse has a south-facing terrace, and the restaurant is renowned for serving high quality, home-cooked food. As Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie said on a recent visit: “Croham Hurst is one of the nicest courses in the South East of England.” There’s no better endorsement than that. For details of all group, society and corporate packages call the Club Manager on 020 8657 5581. Croham Hurst Golf Club, Croham Road, South Croydon, Surrey CR2 7HJ. Tel: 020 8657 5581. Email: office@chgc.co.uk. Website: www.chgc.co.uk.

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Society Packages: From £37 for 18 holes and full English breakfast. Green Fees: £40 w/days (after 12pm), £55 w/ends (after 12pm). Visitors Restrictions: Societies welcome Thurs-Fri. How to get there: At Purley Cross gyratory take the second exit onto the A235 South Croydon; turn right onto Upland Road, then left onto Selsdon Road. At mini-roundabout turn right onto Croham Road (B243), where you will find the club entrance. Other Facilities: Buggies available to hire; clubhouse can accommodate up to 140 guests for buffets; committee room available to hire for private dining. Well-stocked pro shop, with two PGA professionals available to offer tuition.


useful information Society Packages: Start from £25.50 per person. Green Fees: £40 weekdays, £45 weekends. Twilight rounds from £20. Visitors Restrictions: Not before midday at weekends. How to get there: From Junction 10 on the M25, head south on the A3 towards Guildford for approx 1 mile. Take the slip road off the A3 signed Ockham and Ripley (B2039). Take the first exit off the roundabout signed Ockham and East Horsley. After approx. 2 miles turn left onto The Drift, immediately before the village sign for East Horsley. Other Facilities: Practice facilities, function room, buggy hire, fully-stocked bar and pro shop. Book on line at: www.driftgolfclub.com.

the Drift golf club Originally part of the Lord Lovelace Estate, the Drift Golf Club nestles at the foot of the North Surrey Hills, just 20 miles from the centre of London. Peace and tranquillity are the order of the day at the Drift, and you will often be accompanied on your round by deer, foxes and pheasants. Sympathetically created in the mid-70s by Sir Henry Cotton and architect Robert Sandow, and recently updated by Ken Brown and Ken Moody, the par-73, 18-hole course is 6,425 yards long and makes use of the mature oak woodlands that it rests in. Strategically-placed water hazards and additional new bunkers, along with tree-lined fairways make accuracy a premium, and the course rewarding for all standards of play. The Drift is the perfect choice for membership and societies alike, with a variety of tailor-made packages. With a reputation for one of the friendliest memberships in Surrey, a warm welcome awaits all.

The Drift Golf Club, The Drift, East Horsley, Surrey KT24 5HD. Tel: 01483 284641. Fax: 01483 284642. Email: info@driftgolfclub.com. Website: www.driftgolfclub.com.

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GATTON MANOR golf club Home of the PGA Surrey Open Championship 2010–2012. 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. This is a course to be respected; a good scorecard can be suddenly ruined if the challenges of each hole are not carefully considered. Try the 17th hole for your longest drive challenge. At a mere 645 yards, it is the longest hole in 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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Special Offer: All societies booking directly as a result of this guide are entitled to a 10% reduction on listed package prices. Organisers must quote ‘Golf News Ultimate Guide 2012’ when booking to take advantage of this offer. Terms and conditions apply. Society Packages: Welcome weekdays and weekends from £32.95pp. Green Fees: £36 weekdays, £48 weekends, £22 Twilight. How to get there: Map and directions can be found on the website. Accommodation: 18-bedroom hotel with a choice of Clubhouse, Manor House and Manor House deluxe rooms. Other Facilities: Practice range, putting green, chipping practice area, pro shop, buggy hire (£25 per round / £40 full day), clubhouse/bar and restaurant. Superb facilities for hosting corporate events, conferences, weddings and private functions.


useful information Society Packages: Winter society packages from £22. Summer packages from £26. Green Fees: Main Hoebridge Course: weekdays £27, weekends £36. (Prices correct at time of printing, but may be subject to change).

Hoebridge Golf Centre

Visitors Restrictions: None, though booking advisable.

Conveniently located only 10 minutes from the M25 and A3, Hoebridge is a

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.

The setting encompasses 200 acres of mature parkland, and includes three

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.

true golfing sanctuary amidst the beautiful Surrey countryside.

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 Maybury 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. 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: info@hoebridgegc.co.uk. Website: www.hoebridgegc.co.uk.

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Horton Park golf club Horton Park Golf Club was established in 1987, and in 2009 was taken over by Maple Leaf Golf, owner of Chichester and Hillbarn Golf Clubs. Ideally situated less than five miles from the M25, Horton Park provides an excellent test of golf for all ages and standards. The Millennium course of approximately 6,000 yards in length, offers fantastic views of the country park nearby. This traditional parkland course is a gentle walk due to its terrain. The signature hole is the par-3 10th. Teeing off from an elevated tee to an island green, this is risk and reward at its best! The par-3 nine-hole Academy course is perfect for beginners and anyone wanting to hone their short game skills. The complex has a 24-bay floodlit driving range, open all year round, with onsite custom club-fitting and repair centre services. There are five fully-qualified PGA Professionals headed up by John Terrell and Brendan Howell, directors of the Golf School, who are on hand to offer expert tuition on all aspects of the game. The Golf School also offers video swing analysis to improve golfers of every level. In addition, Horton Park provides excellent function facilities. Whether it is a golf society, private party, wedding reception or business meeting, the events team will ensure that everything is handled in an expedient and professional manner.

Horton Park Golf Club, Hook Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8QG. Tel: 0208 393 8400. Email: info@hortonparkgolf.com. Website: www.hortonparkgolf.com.

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Society Packages: Tailor-made to suit individual requirements. Please call 0208 393 8400 for further information. Green Fees: ÂŁ21pp Monday to Friday, ÂŁ27 at weekends. Bookings can be made up to seven days in advance by calling 0208 393 8400. Please call for winter rates. How to get there: From the M25 junction 9, take the B284 Chessington Road. At the first roundabout go straight across, at the second roundabout take the second exit. From Kingston and the A3, turn right onto the B28 Ruxley Lane, then turn left onto the B284 Chessington Road. At the first roundabout take the second exit.


useful information Society Packages: Corporate days and societies are welcome Monday to Friday with all packages tailored to meet your requirements. Prices start at £69.00 per person (summer) and £43.50 per person (winter) – Discounts available Mondays & Tuesdays throughout the year.

Kingswood Golf & Country Club

Green Fees: Weekday - £62.50 (summer) and £37.50 (winter). Weekend - £70.00 (summer) and £45.00 (winter). Mid Afternoon and Twilight discounts available throughout the year!

The course at Kingswood was designed in 1928 by one of the great

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

participants with a new tee introduced on the par 5, 14th extending the hole

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.

who qualified and the day was typified with one of the competitors remarking

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

that with golf days there is no universal formula, and one size doesn’t

triumvirate, James Braid. With vast renovations made during 2008/09 by Howard Swan, the course has recently been described as ‘Braid’s finest parkland course in England.’ Kingswood hosted The Senior British Open Qualifier in 2011 and a challenge was laid down for the 99 a further 38 yards. The day was clearly enjoyed by everyone, especially those “Before this weekend I had never heard of Kingswood, but what a golf course........ I just can’t wait to come back and play it again!” The beauty of holding your golf day at Kingswood is our understanding fit all. 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 with Kingswood’s ‘food with flair.’ 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 any rumblings at bay. Kingswood’s efficient and professional staff will be on hand to ensure that your day runs smoothly from start to end. 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: Available 7 days a week from £35 in low season. Golf and Racing packages are available. Green Fees: From £15 per person in low season How to get there: From the M25 take Junction 6 and join the A22 heading South for 8 miles. Turn left to join the B2029 towards Lingfield. Turn left at both mini roundabouts in Lingfield village, and the Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club is then located on the right hand side. Hotel Accommodation: The Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club offers 116 bedrooms, spa and restaurant.

Lingfield Park Golf club Established in 1987, Lingfield Park Golf Club is set amongst 200 acres of breathtaking Surrey Parkland at Lingfield Park Racecourse. The Course is a challenging 18 hole, 72 standard scratch course that is 6511 yards in length and offers bunkers, wind funnels, streams, ponds and a variety of mature trees which all make for a great day’s sport for golfers of all abilities. The course was the home of the PGA Europro in 2011. The Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club opened in May 2010 and incorporates a new club house, pro-shop, changing facilities and golf lounge. In addition there have been many enhancements to the course, including a new state of the art academy area including putting greens, bunkers, chip and run green, driving range and covered teaching bay area. Different tee positions allow for all standards of golfer and with the new academy Lingfield Park has become the venue of choice for experienced and amateur golfers alike. Offering a unique location at Lingfield Park Racecourse, Golf and Racing packages are available.

Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Racecourse Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6PQ. Tel: 01342 830917. Email: golf-shop@lingfieldpark.co.uk. Website: www.lingfieldpark.co.uk.

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North Downs golf club Probably the highest golf course in the south of England, North Downs is located on top of the hill in the pretty village of Woldingham. It was founded in 1899 as a nine-hole course and extended to 18 holes in 1971, allowing the layout to be substantially altered. 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 pre-requisite to good scoring. Despite being 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 snow has 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, and a well-stocked pro shop 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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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. Green Fees: Visitors £35 per round, but check with the pro shop on 01883 653004 for special rates at different times of the day. Visitors Restrictions: Monday to Friday only, after 11am on Thursdays. 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: Travelodge Caterham Whyteleafe, 431 Godstone Road, Whyteleafe, CR3 0BF (0871 984 6317). Other Facilities: Pro shop, full catering, practice facilities.


useful information Society Packages: Low season available from £21.00. High Season available from £30.50. All packages are available seven days a week. (Woodland course only available after 12pm on weekends). Green Fees: Woodland Course from £22.00. Village Course from: £11.00. Other Facilities: Buggy hire, Covered Driving Range, short game practise area, changing rooms with showers and lockers. Bar, restaurant and function room.

OAk Park Golf club Would you like to take your society to the most beautiful 27 hole facility in the area, offering peaceful surroundings and an experience you’ll never forget? Oak Park is a proprietary Golf Club that has been providing golf to the local community since 1984. The club is situated on the outskirts of the village of Crondall and the courses have many views of the stunning countryside. The Woodland Course is tree lined from start to finish and provides some stunning views over the Hampshire countryside and the Village course offers a gentler stroll around the edge of Crondall. The Club is easily reached from the M3, A3, A31 and M4 and is close to the borders of Berkshire, Surrey and Hampshire. The 18 Hole Woodland course measures 6065, and is a par 70 and the 9 Hole Village course measures 3218 and is a par 36. The layout has been carefully designed to provide a challenge for golfers of all standards. The courses will test the regular golfer and yet still be sympathetic to those new to society golfing. When it comes to visiting golfers or societies, nothing is too much trouble, and your day will be customised to suit you not us.

Oak Park Golf Club, Heath Lane, Crondall, Nr Fanham, Surrey, GU10 5PB. Proshop: 01252 850 850 ext 1 or to book a golf day Tel: 01252 850 850 ext 3. Email: oakpark-events@crown-golf.co.uk. Website: www.oakparkgolf.co.uk.

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REDHILL & Reigate golf club Our course was established in 1887 making it the second oldest in Surrey. In the 1920s it was redesigned by James Braid, a Scotsman who won the Open Championship five times before becoming an equally successful golf course architect. Visitors should not be misled by the par 68 on the scorecard. The 18 holes meander through the picturesque tree-lined countryside to provide an interesting test of golf for even golf professionals. It may only say 5,272 yards on the scorecard, but it plays much longer. An accurate long game and sharp short game will earn their reward. There are some tricky par threes and a range of par fours which are accessible only to the longest hitters. Among the features are exacting dog-legs and the tantalising 464-yard par 4 which few can reach in two. All holes benefit from excellent greens reckoned to be some of the best in the country. We are keen to showcase our wonderfully picturesque course and to encourage sport we offer a scale of fees.

Redhill & Reigate Golf Club, Clarence Lodge, Pendleton Road, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 6LB. Administration: 01737 240777. Pro Shop: 01737 244433. Clubhouse Bar 01737 244626. Email: mail@rrgc.net. Website: www.rrgc.net.

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Society Packages: From £24 including full English breakfast. Visitors: 7 day £20, £15 after noon. Special offers Mon and Wed see website for details. How to get there: For satellite navigation our postcode is RH1 6LB. Directions from the M25 1. Leave the M25 at junction 8 and follow the A217 south to Reigate 2. At start of Reigate one-way system bear right at traffic lights. 3. Take first available road on left towards Gatwick. 4. At traffic lights turn left into Bell Street towards Gatwick. 5. Turn left at traffic lights into the A2044 Woodhatch Rd, adjacent to The Angel Pub. 6. Take first exit at roundabout into Pendleton Road. 7. The clubhouse is situated 400 yards on the left. From Redhill 1. Head south towards Gatwick A23. 2. At top of hill bear right into Pendleton Road. 3. The clubhouse is situated approx. 0.75 miles on the right. Professional Shop: Fully stocked with trolleys available for hire.


useful information Society Packages: Please contact Caroline Screene, Golf Manager, on 0208 768 3116 for further information. Green Fees: Weekdays from £20, weekends from £25. Rates applicable for 2012. Visitor Restrictions: No restrictions, although it is advisable to call in advance. How to get there: Take Junction 6 off the M25, then following the A22 Godstone/ Westerham/Caterham towards Caterham. Accommodation: 200 deluxe 4-star bedrooms 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.

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. The elevated greens and fairways lined with countless sycamore, beech, oak, 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 course being just one of it’s many developments. Work has included reshaping 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 6,473 yards, a challenging par 73, and takes around four hours to complete.

Selsdon Park Hotel and Golf Club, Addington Road, Sanderstead, Surrey, CR2 8YA. Tel: 020 8657 8811. Fax: 020 8651 6171. Email: caroline.screene@principal-hayley.com. Website: www.principal-hayley.com.

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Shirley Park golf club When you walk down the fairways of Shirley Park Golf Club it’s hard to believe you are only one mile from East Croydon station. This is because an open park area on one side and the wooded Shirley Hills on the other flank our Surrey countryside golf course. Our generous fairways accommodate all levels of handicap golfer and our undulating greens are commented on very favourably by amateur and professional alike, as being amongst the best maintained in Surrey. For the society golfer there is the promise of 18 holes of challenging golf, followed by a professionally prepared meal in our spacious dining room. Our players’ bar has a large plasma TV showing top golf and other sporting events while you wind down. As a privately-owned club, it won’t surprise you to know we have a very modern, recently-refurbished lounge, with a bar that provides a full range of wines, lagers and selected fine ales from Fullers, who are our resident brewers.

Shirley Park Golf Club, 194 Addiscombe Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 7LB. Tel: 020 8654 1143. Email: societies@shirleyparkgolfclub.co.uk. Website: www.shirleyparkgolfclub.co.uk.

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Society Packages: From £35pp in winter and £51pp during the summer months. Society days available: Tuesday and Friday all day, plus Monday and Thursday afternoons. Green Fees: From £25 to £40 per round. How to get there: 11/2 miles from Croydon town centre on the A232. Other Facilities: Golf buggies available, indoor tuition and simulator facility, practise area and practise putting green and an unrivalled friendly clubhouse. View course hole-by-hole on www.shirleyparkgolfclub.co.uk.


useful information 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 £38.00pp. Reduced rates for winter. Prices correct at the time of printing.

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

Visitor Restrictions: None. Booking advisable. Available online at www.silvermere-golf.co.uk.

countryside, the 18-hole Silvermere course is a true test of golf.

How to get there: Easy access from the A3, M3 and M25. Please see the website for a map and further directions.

The Par-71 course winds through dense woodland, open parkland and finishes

Other Facilities: 32-bay floodlit driving range, two putting greens (one all-weather), short game area, electric buggy and trolley hire, PGA Coaches, Golf Superstore, logo service, Inn on the Lake Bistro, function rooms, licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies.

maintained all year round.

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

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 32-bay 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: customer.service@silvermere-golf.co.uk. Website: www.silvermere-golf.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 6303 yards, there are certainly longer courses out there, but the layout is a challenging and thought-provoking 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, the Steve Blacklee 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, Steve Blacklee 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 ÂŁ22.50 per head in the winter and ÂŁ37.50 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 6400yd 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. 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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Tandridge Golf club Tandridge Golf Club in Surrey is a very friendly members’ club with a first-class Harry Colt course and catering to match. The quality of this fine and varied parkland design is recognised by its inclusion in the 2010 listings of Golf Monthly’s Top 200 courses in the UK & Ireland, and there are two quite distinct loops of nine which offer the golfer a complete contrast with something new on offer from every tee. The holes on the front nine are strategic with some demanding dog-legs whilst the more undulating back nine offers thrilling twists and turns along with views that are spectacular and panoramic. Quite recently, the front nine has also benefitted from a major upgrade designed to align Colt’s principles with today’s technology, whilst at the same time making it even more attractive and enjoyable. The results have met with universal praise from members and visitors alike. When Olympic silver medallist Steve Cram held his charity event at the club in 2010, he said, “Put the most positive quote that you can and put my name against it!” Just five minutes from the M25, the traditional, cosy and beautifully-appointed clubhouse is home to mouth-watering catering that keeps visitors coming back for more. Tandridge Golf Club, Godstone Road, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 9NQ. Tel: 01883 712274. Email: asst.sec@tandridgegolfclub.com. Website:www.tandridgegolfclub.com.

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Society Packages: Summer Packages: 36 holes, coffee and bacon roll on arrival, four course carvery lunch and coffee, sandwiches on completion of pm round £105. PM golf preceded by carvery lunch £85. Winter Package (during GMT): 18 holes, coffee and bacon roll on arrival, four course carvery lunch £74. Societies are welcome on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. We also have availability on selected Tuesday afternoons and Fridays (subject to minimum numbers). Green Fees: Summer £71 all day before noon and £55 after noon. Winter green fee is £45 for 18 holes or £50 all day. How to get there: Tandridge Golf Club lies to the west of Oxted on the A25, close to the border between Surrey and Kent. Only 2 miles from Junction 6 on the M25, it is conveniently situated for those travelling from London, the Dartford Crossing, Heathrow and the West (M4), the South (M3), Gatwick Airport (M23) and the Channel Ports and Channel Tunnel (M20 and M26). How to find the course: Leave the M25 at exit 6. Turn south on A22 (East Grinstead and Eastbourne) and then left at the first roundabout onto A25 signposted “Oxted”. Keep straight on at the next roundabout. The entrance to the Club is 550 yards on the right hand side. Other Facilities: Buggy hire, full practice facilities, excellent pro shop.


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: sales@windleshamgolf.com. Website: www.windleshamgolf.com.

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useful information Society Packages: Packages start from £68.00pp. Green Fees: Monday - Thursday £90.00pp. Friday - Sunday £100.00pp. How to get there: Off A40 (M). M25 junction 16, M40 Junction 1. (See website for more details). Accommodation: Details on our recommended local hotels are available on request.

Buckinghamshire golf club Buckinghamshire Golf Club’s magnificent John Jacobs-designed parkland course offers one of the finest venues for a corporate or society golf day.  Bounded and crossed by the Rivers Colne and Misbourne, the enjoyable

Other Facilities: Practice ground, putting green, short game area, driving range, professional tuition, custom fitting centre with Flightscope facility. Full professional service from our professionals for your golf day, including personalised scorecards, scoring, ‘Beat the Pro’, video analysis and much more.

6,882-yard layout offers a challenge to every standard of golfer.

Overlooking a beautiful stretch of the River Colne, our Heron Restaurant is open to members and non members every Sunday lunchtime.

the highest quality, with menus to suit all budgets, and a variety of private

Function rooms available for weddings, conferences and private functions.

Buckinghamshire Golf Club features large and varied teeing areas and large

The club has hosted numerous major events sanctioned by the European Tour. The clubhouse is contained within the elegant surroundings of the historic Grade-II listed Denham Court Mansion, which offers the perfect environment for corporate days and large societies. The catering is of function rooms and dining options.

greens, which offer both easy and difficult pin positions. Hole lengths vary to make golfers use every club in their bag and every shot in their repertoire. Water hazards and bunkers have been sited to place a premium on accuracy. In creating its superb fairways, great attention was given to drainage, beginning with a specifically compounded sand base, which provides great tees and greens all year around.

Buckinghamshire Golf Club, Denham Court Drive, Denham, Buckinghamshire UB9 5PG. Tel: 01895 835 777. Fax: 01895 835 210. Email: info@buckinghamshiregc.co.uk Wesbite: www.buckinghamshiregc.com.

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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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Society Packages: Packages from £75 per person. Green Fees: Prices from £75 per person. How to get there: Situated just off the A1 (Junction 4) outside Welwyn, see website for details. Accommodation: 16 bedrooms in Melbourne Lodge. Other Facilities: Brocket Hall – stately home with 30 bedrooms available for private hire. Palmerston Golf Academy – state-of-the-art practice facilities. Auberge du Lac – the only Michelin starred restaurant in Hertfordshire.


useful information Society Packages: Create your own Package. For example: Coffee, Bacon Roll, 18-hole, 2-Course Dinner from only £36 April to October, £31.50 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 2012 and we are confident we will be welcoming you again in 2013!.

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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donnington valley golf CLUB Donnington Valley is a privately owned country retreat situated in the very heart of the Berkshire countryside, yet located just one hour from central London. The parkland course in beautiful rolling countryside is a challenging 6353 yard, 18 hole, par 71 from the back tees. The undulating and fast greens will certainly test your putting skills whilst the closing four holes, regarded as one of the toughest finishes in the country, will test your driving and iron play accuracy with water featuring prominently on the 15th, 16th and 17th holes. The clubhouse commands magnificent views over the 1st tee and the 9th/18th greens offering golfers exceptional views whilst enjoying a drink or snack on the terrace. With 111 contemporary luxury bedrooms and an awarding winning spa and health club on site, Donnington Valley makes the perfect venue for fully managed and all inclusive corporate golf days and leisurely golf breaks. The professional and experienced team will make arranging your company golf day simple, so you can relax with your guests, while they take care of every aspect of your day. Corporate golf day packages include scorecard preparation, competition briefing, starter on the tee, checking scorecards, production of a results sheet and much much more.

Donnington Valley Golf Club, Hotel and Spa, Old Oxford Road, Donnington, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 3BG. Tel: 01635 568 144. Email: golf@donningtonvalley.co.uk. Website: www.donningtonvalleygolfclub.co.uk.

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Society Packages: From £18. Corporate Golf Days: From only £54 and fully managed. Green Fees: Midweek from £18. Weekends from £20. Monthly rates change so please call for prices. How to get there: From the M4 East (London/Reading): Leave the M4 at junction 13 and at the roundabout take the first exit signed for the A34 Newbury. Then take the next exit left signed for Donnington/Services. At the next roundabout take the second exit right signed for Donnington. At the third roundabout turn left. Follow the road for two miles and Donnington Valley Hotel and Golf Club are located on the right hand side. The Golf Club is first, and then the hotel is 300 yards further on the right. Accommodation: 4* 111 luxury bedrooms and award winning spa. Other Facilities: Bars, restaurants, practice greens, full spa with 18m swimming pool and treatment suites, conference rooms, a fully stocked pro shop and buggies and trollies available for hire. Please quote ‘The Ultimate Guide’ when booking or enquiring.


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/ downshiregolf. 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, with the 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 £80 (weekdays) and £95 (weekends). Green Fees: Individual from £50 to £100. How to get there: Five minutes from A34(Abingdon), 15 mins from M4 Junction 13, 20 Mins from M40 Junction J7. Accommodation: Offers available with local accommodation, call the events team for more information 01865 390864. 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, English Golf Union and English Women’s Golf Association, and this year hosted the first stage of the European Tour’s Qualifying School. The club is also proud to have been selected to once again host the English Amateur Championships in 2013. The previous staging of this prestigious tournament at Frilford was in 1987. 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: Winter society rates start from just £105 per person. Green Fees: Winter, £95 off-peak / £115 peak; Summer, £165 off-peak / £195 peak; Winter Warmer (max. 12 persons) £105 off-peak / £125 peak. How to get there: Please see website for detailed directions. Accommodation: 227 guest hotel rooms and suites available at the onsite hotel. Other Facilities: Sequoia Spa, three restaurants, function rooms, licensed for weddings.

the grove The Grove golf course in Hertfordshire is widely regarded as one of the finest courses in Europe. This outstanding 18-hole championship course is located in 300 acres of parkland just 18 miles from central London. Golf at The Grove is open to any golfer who loves the game, there are no membership fees. Playable all year round, the course is immaculately maintained throughout the seasons resulting in championship conditions 365 days a year. From dedicated corporate and society golf days to tournaments for groups, The Grove has the ideal combination to get the most from your group golf day. Enjoy the view over the golf course as you enter The Grove and be met on arrival at golf reception, where your car will be valet parked with your clubs taken to be prepared for play. Warm up on the practice range with your very own pyramid of balls, then take your golf cart to the first tee ready for a challenging 18 holes on the par-72 world championship golf course. The Grove is the only course in Europe with the highest specification of global positioning system in their buggies. Visage draws on a combination of mobile, wireless and GPS technologies, allowing golfers to gain precise measurements on pin positions, hazards and the length of drives off the tee, with full-colour graphics, 3-D flyovers and the ability to keep your score as well as those of other teams during an event. The Grove Corporate Golf Events are based on 12 players or more. If you would like to make the most of your day, there is a range of hospitality options, from a casual drinks reception to a formal dinner in one of our private rooms, and The Grove Corporate Golf team can also help with organising gifts or prizes.

The Grove – London’s Country Estate, Chandler’s Cross, Hertfordshire, WD3 4TG. Tel: 01923 296027. Fax: 01923 294268. Email: groupgolf@thegrove.co.uk. Website: www.thegrove.co.uk.

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Maidenhead golf club Established in 1896, Maidenhead Golf Club is a mature course set in lovely rolling parkland where you can glimpse deer in the early morning and enjoy the peace and tranquility of a round of golf in this picturesque part of Berkshire. The course is a hidden gem in the heart of Maidenhead, with watered fairways and excellent greens. While the layout provides an easy walk, it is a good test of golf, requiring both course management and skill to complete successfully. The club’s proximity to the town provides very easy access from the station, which is no more than a five minute walk away, or by road, with the A4, M4 and M40 all passing nearby. Despite this, once you are on the course, you could be in the middle of rural England. We have an active membership and welcome both visitors and societies – come along and see for yourself.

Maidenhead Golf Club, Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 2PZ. Tel: 01628 624693. Fax: 01628 780758. Email: admin@maidenheadgolf.co.uk Website: www.maidenheadgolf.co.uk.

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Society Packages: From only £47 per person available Monday to Thursday. Winter Packages November March from £33. Green Fees: £40 Monday to Thursday and County Cards are welcome. Other Facilities: Well stocked pro shop, coaching & tuition, excellent venue for conferences, weddings and social functions.


useful information 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.

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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mill ride golf club Founded in 1990 and designed by renowned golfing ‘architect’ Donald Steel, the course measures 6,885 yards from the back tees. You are greeted by a landscape of perfectly manicured playing surfaces intermingled with lakes and the mounding and hollows which give this Championship Golf course a unique parkland design coupled with an inland links feel to the starting and closing holes. From the moment you arrive at Mill Ride you will enjoy a warm welcome from a small, intimate gathering to a larger corporate event, our dedicated and experienced staff can provide tailor- made packages to ensure that your day is perfect from start to finish. The combination of a magnificent golf course and welcoming clubhouse facilities offers one of the finest venues for a corporate or society day with many of the current clients returning year after year. The Club is easily accessible via the M4 and M3 located just 25 minutes from London Heathrow and 10 minutes from the historic town of Windsor, we enjoy accessibility and tranquillity.

Mill Ride Golf & Country Club, Mill Ride, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 8LT. Club Tel: 01344 891494. Pro Shop: 01344 886777. Email: r.greenwood@mill-ride.com. Website: www.mill-ride.com.

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Society Packages: Winter from £43, Summer from £59 including coffee & bacon roll, 18 holes of golf followed by 1 course meal. Green Fees: Winter from £35, Summer from £45. Visitor Restrictions: Please call the Club on 01344 886777 for availability. How to get there: Please see the website for detailed directions. Other Facilities: Practice range which includes grass teeing areas and covered tuition bay. Short game area with practice bunkers, two putting greens, buggies & trolleys available dependent on conditions, well stocked pro shop. Variety of tuition packages available.


useful information Society Packages: Winter from £70, summer from £84. 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.

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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ROYAL ASCOT golf club Royal Ascot is the oldest golf club in the area, having being given Royal status by Queen Victoria in 1887. Royal Ascot is the ideal setting for society and corporate days, with many parties returning year after year. We can cater for small or large groups throughout the week and at weekends and are meticulous about detail. Our ‘meet & greet’ member will welcome you and your guests on arrival and brief you on your day’s event. The 18-hole, 6,294-yard course, which opened in 2005, is set in 150 acres of gently undulating wooded Crown land. Built to the latest international golfing standards, with tees and greens meeting USGA specifications, the course provides golfers of all abilities with a challenging game of golf. Already awarded the sought after HSBC Golf Monthly Gold Medal Award, the course has hosted top flight amateur competitions organised by the local County Golfing Association, and professional events for the PGA. Royal Ascot has great practice facilities. The 280-yard range, coupled with an excellent putting green, practice bunker and pitching area. The professional is on hand to assist and can provide a range of equipment and prizes for your society day. Following your game, relax by watching your fellow golfers from the patio overlooking the 18th green. Catering staff will be available to help select from the delicious daily menu or prepare a specific selection for your society or corporate day. We have a number of packages for you to choose from, or we can tailor the day to your exact requirements. We are very close to the M25, M4 and M3, and should you wish to stay over, we have special arrangements with local hotels. Royal Ascot Golf Club, Winkfield Road, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7LJ. Office Tel: 01344 625175. Pro Shop Tel: 01344 624656. Email: admin@royalascotgolfclub.co.uk. Website: www.royalascotgolfclub.co.uk.

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Society Packages: From £42.50 to £88 per person, Winter Warmer £29 per person. Green Fees: Weekdays £40 per person, Weekends £55 per person, reduced rates for winter. Visitor Restrictions: Call the professional on 01344 624656 for availability. How to get there: Near M25, M4, M3, check the website – www.royalascotgolfclub.co.uk. Accommodation: We have local hotel partnering arrangements – contact club. Other Facilities: Driving range with grassed tee area, practice nets, practice bunker, pitching green, putting green, buggies & trolleys available for hire (call in advance), wellstocked pro shop, golf academy.


useful information Society Packages: Golf societies and corporate groups are welcome Monday to Friday throughout the year - our packages are tailored to your needs and we encourage you to contact our reservations team on 01189 792711 or email info@sandmartins.com. Green Fees: Weekdays ÂŁ40 per person, weekends ÂŁ45 per person. Twilight and fourball rates available - please call for the latest offers.

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

Visitor Restrictions: Weekends before 12.00 noon.

guests, who return time and time again.

How to get there: Junction 10 M4/Junction 3 M3, A321, B3016.

This 18-hole, par-70 course has been constructed to the highest standards,

Accommodation: Nearby De Vere Warbrook House, Eversley 0118 9732174.

contrasting halves make up the course, the front nine set in wooded parkland,

Other Facilities: Driving range with grass teeing area, pitching green & two putting greens, buggies and electric trolleys available for hire.

form of a seaside links-type course, with mounding and natural hazards.

with both tees and greens built to USGA specifications. Two distinctivelywith extensive use of lakes and water hazards; while the back nine takes the

Golfers can take a well-earned break at the award winning halfway house before tackling the back nine. Food can be pre-ordered from a telephone on the ninth tee. The elegant Georgian clubhouse dates back 200 years and features a first-class golf shop, restaurant, bar and changing facilities. Golf International magazine teaching panellist Andrew Hall is the resident PGA Professional, and is available for golf clinics, video swing analysis and other professional services to enhance your day.

Sand Martins Golf Club, Finchampstead Road, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 4RQ. Tel: 01189 792711. Fax: 01189 770282. Website: www.sandmartins.com.

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The Shire LONDON With contemporary clubhouse facilities and a championship golf course, The Shire London offers affordable golfing luxury within a drive and a wedge of the M25. Set within 220 acres of Hertfordshire countryside, The Shire London is the legendary Seve Ballesteros’s first course design in the UK, and offers a uniquely constrasting course layout, consisting of three distinctive styles: links, parkland and American. Comprising six par 3s, six par 4s and six par 5s, and with no two consecutive holes being the same par, the Masters Course provides maximum variety and maximum enjoyment, a core philosophy of Seve’s designs. And with a variety of tee boxes to choose from, stretching the course from 6,000 to 7,200 yards, it’s a superb test for all levels of ability. Design features include large, contoured greens protected by numerous white sandy bunkers, while water also features prominently on 12 holes with natural lakes blending in perfectly with their surroundings. An exception is the man-made water feature that fronts the 18th green, which is a signature ‘S’ shape in honour of Seve. Alongside the championship course, and the comfortable and stylish clubhouse, The Shire London also offers the 9-hole Challenge Course, a fascinating mix of par fours and threes built to the same high standard as the Masters Course, and a first-class teaching academy. The family-owned club extends a warm welcome to visitors, societies and corporate days, and promises to offer a truly memorable experience both on and off the course. The Shire London, St Albans Road, Barnet, Herts. EN5 4RE. Tel: 020 8441 7649. Email: golf@theshirelondon.com. Website: www.theshirelondon.com.

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Society Packages: From £57.50 per person, including coffee & bacon roll, 18 holes, followed by one/two/three course meals. Green Fees: Weekdays £50, weekends £65 per round. Visitor Restrictions: Visitor and societies welcome. How to get there: The Shire is a two-minute drive from junction 23 of the M25 (A1/M25 interchange on the A1081). Accommodation: Raglan Hall (www.raglanhall.com). Other Facilities: Luxuriously-appointed modern clubhouse, featuring a fine dining restaurant, a clubhouse brasserie and three bars. Private dining room available for societies. Comfortable changing rooms feature day lockers for visitors, as well as a fully-equipped gym and sauna. Two conference rooms available for hire for meetings, weddings and private parties.


useful information 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.

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

Accommodation: Contact club for details.

system also ensures no temporary greens or tees in the winter months.

Other Facilities: Fully stocked pro shop. Buggies and trolleys available for hire.

It commands the respect of both beginner and expert golfers, with a variety of

Online Booking available at www.thorneypark.com.

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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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: 10% discount if they book and return to play within six months, 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 is now a buggy inclusive course all year round.

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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BOUGHTON golf club Situated between Faversham and Canterbury, Boughton takes great advantage of its naturally picturesque setting. The 6,534 yard course is laid out over 160 acres of naturally-undulating terrain and offers fine views over the tranquil Kent countryside and Thames Estuary. Built in 1992, Boughton has excellent facilities available, including a covered driving range with adjoining practice area, and a nine-hole Academy course. Set in 25 acres of orchard, Boughton has quickly established itself as a popular choice for societies, providing a real challenge to golfers of every standard. Arranged in two loops of nine holes, starting and finishing close to the clubhouse, the course offers generously-sized greens and tees, and the natural drainage qualities of the land, together with the irrigation system, ensures the course is normally playable year round. Boughton’s spacious, attractive clubhouse, built in the style of a traditional Kent barn, is contrasted internally with the signature contemporary interior of Pentland clubs, and its warming ambiance is a welcome retreat from the course. Pentland Golf offers all societies: 10% discount if they book and return to play within six months, retail discounts, an adverse weather guarantee and one central booking point.

Boughton Golf, Brickfield Lane, Boughton, Nr. Faversham, Kent, ME13 9AJ. Tel: 01227 752277. Fax: 01227 752711. 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 10.30am) How to get there: Leave M2 at Junction 7 taking the A2 towards Canterbury and take the first exit signed to Boughton. Accommodation: Telephone club for assistance. Other Information: See Pentland Golf’s other clubs on pages 85 and 87. Phone: 0800 258 5018 for details of society packages.


useful information Society Packages: Available seven days a week (after midday at weekends). Green Fees: Offers always available – call for details. How to get there: Exit M25 Junction 4, take the only exit off the junction towards Bromley & Orpington. At the next roundabout take the second exit (Wheatsheaf Hill) towards Halstead and Knockholt Station. At the T-junction at the bottom of the hill turn right towards Knockholt Station. Broke Hill Golf Club is approximately 50 yards past the station on the left hand side of the road. Accommodation: Preferential rates with local hotel located ten minutes away from Golf Club, ask for details when making your booking. Other Facilities: Buggy hire, range, short game practise area.

Broke Hill golf club Whatever your Corporate or Society requirements, you can be assured that a successful golf day will be organised at Broke Hill. With the functional elegance of the clubhouse and excellent condition of the golf course, Broke Hill is an ideal location and is conveniently located just a few minutes away from the M25, while there is also a mainline railway station with fast links into London opposite the clubhouse entrance. The David Williams-designed course is a par 72, and, at 6,454 yards off the white tees, represents a testing challenge for both high and low handicap golfers. We have a number of packages to suit most requirements. With great practise facilities to hone your game before your round, Broke Hill represents a fantastic venue at which to hold your golf day. Your day will include being met and greeted by our golf team; nearest the pins and longest drive holes will be prepared in advance; and you will have a marshal setting you off from the first tee and a full presentation of the rules of the day to all your guests. After golf, dinner is available in our superb function room from a wide and varying menu, while a prize table is also available.

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Broke Hill Golf Club, Sevenoaks Road, Halstead, Kent, TN14 7HR. Tel: 01959 533225. Fax: 01959 532680. Email: brokehill-events@crown-golf.co.uk. Website: www.brokehillgolfclub.co.uk.

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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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Society Packages: Winter from £25pp, summer from £36pp - 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.


useful information Society Packages: Winter from £25, Summer from £34. Societies welcome Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Green Fees: Winter from £22, summer from £48. 2 for1’s accepted. Weekend rates are the same as weekdays. Visitors Restrictions: Contact the pro shop 01227 453532. How to get there: Located on the Littlebourne Road with easy access from A2. Five minutes into the middle of Canterbury. Accommodation: The Abbots Barton Hotel (reduced rates available), The Abode Hotel, The Falstaff & The Holiday Inn Express. Corporate voucher scheme starting in 2012 - Contact the club secretary.

CANTERBURY golf club Canterbury Golf Club was formed in 1927. Designed by Harry Colt, arguably the greatest golf architect in history, is considered to be the best inland course in the area. Colt is well known for the design of many other famous tests of golfing ability including Sunningdale, Wentworth and Royal Portrush. Many of his specific design features are brought to life in the magnificent 18 holes at Canterbury. Set in glorious English countryside of attractive parkland and woods, the Canterbury course is every bit as challenging as the designer intended. In addition to the course, there is a fully equipped driving range, superb bar and restaurant and well-stocked professional shop. Serving a distinguished membership, Canterbury Golf Club sets high standards and treats each event as if it were our own. At Canterbury we aim to give the best possible experience to everyone during their day with us. Spend a day at Canterbury and you will get a testing and challenging game alongside high quality service and food. Canterbury Golf Club, quality since 1927.

Canterbury Golf Club, Scotland Hills, Littlebourne Rd, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1TW. Tel: 01227 453532. Website: www.canterburygolfclub.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 2012 (Mid-April to Oct 31) £70 weekday, £85 weekend. Winter (Nov 1- Mid April) £55 weekday, £60 weekend. Visitors Restrictions: Winter months: Visitors welcome every day. After 12 noon on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Before 12 noon on Friday and all day Tuesday and Thursday. Summer months as above, but after 1pm. Societies welcome Tues-Thurs and Friday mornings. 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: Corporate groups and societies are welcome and all packages, starting from £34 per person, can be tailored to suit requirements. Green Fees: Monday to Friday only £40 per person Seasonal offers available upon request.

chislehurst golf club

Visitor Restrictions: Weekdays only. Introduction by a member required at weekends.

Founded in 1894 and situated within 70 acres of magnificent parkland in the

How to get there: Ten minutes from J3 of the M25, off the A20 on the A222 to Bromley.

Golf Club is steeped in history. The jewel in the crown is the spectacular

Accommodation: Details available on request.

the 1870s, the home of Napoleon III, Empress Eugenie and their son the

Other Facilities: Short game practice area and practice bunker, putting green, trolley hire, gift packs and personalised prizes by request, three bars in addition to three function rooms, snooker room.

heart of Chislehurst, just 11 miles south-east of Central London, Chislehurst clubhouse Camden Place which dates to 1717 and was, for a while during Prince Imperial. The course will challenge golfers of all abilities, consistent with the design influences of the great Harry S Colt. It possesses a charm quite distinctively its own, offering visitors to the Club an all-round experience to remember. The course, which is widely regarded as one of Colt’s ‘hidden gems’, is a challenging test of accuracy rather than length and uniquely there are eight par-3s to tackle, each one of them a potential scorecard wrecker. With tree-lined fairways as well as hills and dales to negotiate during your round, you also have to tackle the excellent and undulating greens, all meaning that you take the course lightly at your peril. A society outing to Chislehurst guarantees you a magnificent time on and off the course and not just in the summer, when a west-facing terrace is ideal for relaxing over a drink and a meal while recounting tales of golfing glory from the day, watching colleagues putt out on the 18th green.

Chislehurst Golf Club, Camden Place, Camden Park Road, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5HJ. Tel: 020 8467 2782. Email: thesecretary@chislehurstglofclub.co.uk. Website: www.chislehurstgolfclub.co.uk.

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Darenth Valley Golf Course With a reputation of being one of the best ‘pay and play’ courses in the South of England, the privately-owned Darenth Valley Golf Course is set in parkland, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The course operates an ‘open-to-all’ policy and welcomes players of all ages and skill levels. Constructed on a chalk base, the course is renowned for its quickdraining greens, which are regarded as some of the best in the region, even in wet conditions. The modern clubhouse offers superb air-conditioned facilities, with a bar serving a selection of hot and cold food, spacious function rooms, and modern changing rooms. Golf societies and corporate days are welcome all year round. With glorious views over the surrounding countryside, the clubhouse is a popular venue for seminars and meetings, parties and wedding receptions. With ample parking, it is an ideal venue to escape the pressures of business life. Details of golf, function and seminar/meeting packages can be obtained by telephoning the clubhouse on 01959 522944. Please mention ‘Golf News’ when booking.

Darenth Valley Golf Course, Station Road, Shoreham, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 7SA. Tel: 01959 522944. Fax: 01959 525089. Website: www.dvgc.co.uk.

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Society Packages: Societies welcome. Package details available on request. Green Fees: Midweek £22.50, weekends £28.00. Check the website for up-to-date pricing, as special offers may be available. Visitor Restrictions: No restrictions. Tee times can be booked seven days in advance. How to get there: Easy access from M25, M20 and M2, all within 10 minutes drive. Situated on Station Road, near Shoreham Railway Station. Accommodation: Details of local hotels available on request. Other Facilities: Weddings receptions catered for, with room for up to 200 guests. Full seminar/meeting packages include use of function suite, refreshments and meals throughout the day.


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 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.

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 last of the new holes, a 225-yard, par three, combines stunning views of the Elham Valley, with a parachute-like descent to a green protected by water. The extensive facilities at Etchinghill include a floodlit, 11-bay covered driving range, nine-hole par three 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 a 10% discount if they book and return to play within six months, 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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Hever Castle golf club Nestled in the River Eden Valley, below the hills straddling the counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex, you will find Hever Castle Golf Club. Set within 250 acres of truly beautiful Kentish Countryside, as part of the Historic Hever Castle Estate, the Club’s 27 Holes reside in an inspirational setting. Golf is 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 unique clubhouse offers a charming and relaxing setting in which to unwind and recount those tales of golfing glories from your day.

*The Organiser Goes Free of Charge *Terms and conditions apply

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Both properties on site. Offering also activities and Corporate functions. Hever Castle Golf Club, Hever, Kent, TN8 7NP. Tel: 01732 700771. Fax: 01732 700775. Email: mail@hevercastlegolfclub.co.uk. Website: www.hever.co.uk.

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Society and Visitor Golf: Flexible packages available starting from £36. Organiser goes free*. Greenfees prices from £20. 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, buggy hire, golf tuition, well stocked pro shop and private function room. 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: Available in Hever Castle. Please phone for further details on our variety of packages and prices. Telephone No: 01732 700771.


useful information Society Packages: Ring for details. Green Fees: Weekdays and weekends, ring for details and latest special offers. Visitor Restrictions: Weekends before 11.30am. How to get there: M20, exit junction 4, follow A228 towards Tonbridge and then Kings Hill. The club is then signposted. Additional Services: State-of-the-art coaching academy. Other Facilities: Excellent practice facilities.

KINGS HILL golf club Kings Hill Golf Club is one of the finest inland courses in Kent, with high quality greens and tees played all year round. Kings Hill offers a great club life for golfers who wish to invest in membership golf. With great social events, monthly competitions, EGU and LGU handicap administration and members’ guests welcome, it’s an ideal home for the regular golfer. For those golfers whose lifestyle demands create limited time and limited access for only the occasional game, Kings Hill is pleased to welcome nonmembers. Although there are no membership benefits the occasional golfer can now play their game at Kings Hill, enjoying the high quality facilities and relax in the clubhouse with friends. Societies and corporate days are also a speciality of the club. Not only are there excellent practice facilities, Kings Hill boasts one of the best training facilities in the South East. At the Kings Hill Golf Academy you can learn or improve your game in the comfort of two covered studios, with state-of-the-art equipment, including video golf tuition, enabling golfers to watch how they strike the ball without moving from the hitting area. Seven and five-day memberships are currently available.

Kings Hill Golf Club, Fortune Way, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent ME19 4AF. Tel: 01732 875040. Fax: 01732 875019. Website: www.kingshillgolf.co.uk.

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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 challenging playing experiences in

Society Packages From: £23.50. Green Fees: From £19.50 weekdays and £26.00 weekends and bank holidays (Online privilege club promotions available throughout the year). 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.

some of the most spectacular surroundings in Kent.

Accommodation: N/A.

With both courses delivering a consistently testing experience, Lullingstone

Other Facilities: 9-hole pitch and putt course, driving range, putting green, golf buggies, and trolley hire.

offers a challenging day’s golf for the seasoned player and budding enthusiast alike. Completing the playing experience available on the 18-hole Castle Course and the 9-hole Valley Course, Lullingstone also offers a 9-hole pitch and putt, 22-bay driving range, putting green, electric buggies, pro shop and full catering facilities. 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 Five/Seven-day memberships are also available for those wishing to make Lullingstone their regular home course.

Lullingstone Park Golf Course, Parkgate Road, Chelsfield, Nr Orpington, Kent BR6 7PX. Tel: 01959 533793/4. Email: lpgc@sencio.org.uk. Website: www.lullingstonegolfcourse.co.uk.

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LONDON golf club The International Course at the London Golf Club offers you a challenging, enjoyable and memorable golf experience.

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esigned by Jack Nicklaus and home to the European Open, London Golf Club is a venue of distinction. As the first golf club to become a Joint Venture Partner of The European Tour and part 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 ÂŁ70 per person including breakfast, 18 holes, soup at halfway house, 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 12 miles from Canary Wharf.

Green Fees: Prices vary depending on the season.

The International Course is pure downland. Long grasses sway in an everchanging breeze. The course is naturally firmer and the quick undulating fairways force a links-style approach, while short holes over water provide dramatic respite. Having hosted both Open Qualifying and European Tour Qualifying School, this course proves a tough test for the most talented of golfers, while providing some great opportunities on our risk-reward holes to shoot some great scores. 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, we provide tour quality golf balls on our 330-yard turf practice range, 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 in 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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Visitor Restrictions: Handicap certificates are required. 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: Various on application. Green Fees: Weekdays £23 per round; weekends £30 per round. Visitor Restrictions: Dress code applies. 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.

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 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. Fax: 01797 321482. Email: keith@lyddgolfclub.co.uk. Website: www.lyddgolfclub.co.uk.

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PARK WOOD Golf club Park Wood Golf Club is located on the North Downs near the village of Tatsfield. It is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty with far reaching views of the Surrey countryside to the south and the skyline of London with the Millennium Dome and Canary Wharf to the north. It is located within easy reach

Society Packages: Available Monday to Sunday. Contact the club for further details. Green Fees: Details from the club. Society & Visitors Restrictions: After 11am at weekends. How to get there: A25 to Westerham then pick up the B2024 Croydon Road. Turn right into Church Hill and sharp right into Chestnut Avenue and entrance road to the club.

of the M25 and South London.

Accommodation: Club can recommend.

Park Wood has gained a reputation for being one of the most professionally

Other Facilities: Well-stocked pro shop, large practice area. Buggies available.

managed, beautifully maintained and enjoyable courses to play, catering for all golfing abilities. At 6,835 yards long the Par 72 Course has matured over the years into a picturesque and challenging course, featuring interesting water and is a very good all year course. Membership is available, with no joining fees and golf societies at very competitive rates. Facilities include: 300 yard Driving range with covered bays; 18 Hole putting green; practice bunker and chipping area, together with nets. Nick Terry is Park Wood’s PGA professional and offers professional tuition to players of all standards. The clubhouse is the ideal venue to sit back and enjoy a drink in our comfortable and spacious bar, or relax on the sun terrace overlooking the 18th green with breathtaking views. The first floor Meridian room can accommodate 80 guests and is perfect for those looking to combine a bit of business with their golf. For those wishing to hold a larger function or wedding, The Ridge restaurant can accommodate 200 people. Lunches and Sunday carvery available every week. Non members welcome. Park Wood Golf Club, Chestnut Avenue, Tatsfield, Kent, TN16 2EG. Tel: 01959 577744. Email: mail@parkwoodgolf.co.uk. Website: www.parkwoodgolf.co.uk.

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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.

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. A driving range with markers and targets is the ideal place to warm up before your round, while Teaching Professional, Tim Milford, is on hand to give tips and advice or to host group clinics.

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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poult wood golf centre Poult Wood Golf Centre – set in picturesque rural woodland, yet only minutes from the centre of Tonbridge, Kent – has a long-standing reputation for being the leading public golf centre in West Kent, and one of the best value payand-play courses in the South of England. There are two distinctive courses – both maintained to a consistently high standard and with much to offer every standard of golfer, from the beginner to the more experienced. The 18-hole course, which weaves its way through tree-covered, undulating countryside, presents a tough golfing challenge within a tranquil setting. The 9-hole short course, no less interesting for the experienced golfer, is ideal for those with less time, energy or confidence. The driving range is also available to warm up your practice swing with six covered and six open bays. Non-members are welcome, and you do not need a handicap to play. There is also a discount card scheme, which offers reduced green fees. The Ben Ross Factory Outlet on site is well stocked and offers a repairs and customised club service. Poult Wood is an ideal venue for society and corporate events. Golf societies are welcome on weekdays by prior arrangement. The clubhouse bar gives great views down the 18th from the balcony and terrace, and the restaurant offers a variety of menus and light refreshments throughout the day from 8am. The restaurant manager will be happy to discuss your specific requirements. Poult Wood Golf Centre, Higham Lane, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 9QR. Society Bookings: 01732 366180. Golf Bookings: 01732 364039. Clubhouse Bookings: 01732 366180. Website: www.poultwoodgolf.co.uk.

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Society Packages: From £13.50 – 9 holes, £26.00 – 18 holes, £33.00 – 27 holes, £59.00 – 36 holes (minimum 12 people). Society information pack available, please call 01732 366180. Special Offer: FREE place for Society organiser. Green fees: Weekdays from £18.00 – 18-hole course, £7.00 – 9-hole course. Weekends from £25.00 – 18-hole course, £9.00 – 9-hole course. There are substantial reductions for discount card holders, OAPs, students, juniors and the unemployed. Visitors Restrictions: None. How to get there: Road – situated just off the A227 Shipbourne Road, in Higham Lane, three miles from Tonbridge centre. Rail – three miles from Tonbridge Station, connections direct from Charing Cross and Ashford. Other Facilities: Driving range, putting green, bar and restaurant, meeting room accommodating up to 20 people, and four squash courts. Please note: Prices subject to annual increase.


Prince’s golf club A fantastic facility less than two hours drive from central London, with excellent rail connections, this is the ideal place for Links fanatics

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rince’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 with helpful, attentive staff who understand

your needs. Four balls are welcome seven days a week with catering

arrangements for groups of any size. A sand base and a mild climate ensure that the course remains in fine condition throughout the year but also during the winter months. At more than 7200 yards the championship set up is a severe test for the game’s finest players, but a selection of more forward tees ensures that players of all abilities can enjoy their game on this historic Links. Prince’s has deservedly become established as one of the South East’s premier corporate venues. It is a reputation Prince’s guard jealously and constantly strives to improve; it is for this reason Prince’s has contracted the management services of Troon Golf. A fine addition to Prince’s Golf Club is The Lodge at Prince’s. Prince’s is excited to announce the regeneration of the old Prince’s Clubhouse. Golf packages including accommodation are now available with up to 48 guests able to stay on site. The Lodge Houses are perfectly suited to groups and societies, each building having 6 two bedroomed apartments for up to 4 people sharing. Each Apartment has a well-appointed lounge with fantastic views, an area for club storage and battery charging facilities. The Lodge at Prince’s, with two adjoining Lodge Houses, will be fully unveiled in early 2012 when additional facilities will be opened including a panoramic Restaurant, Bar, Gymnasium, Lounge and a Snooker Room. A fantastic facility less than two hours drive from central London, with excellent rail connections, this is the ideal place for Links fanatics. The Lodge at Prince’s allows you to play the only three golf courses in Southern England to have hosted The Open Championship, all within 10 minutes of each other and sharing the same strip of Links land between the towns of Sandwich, Deal and the English Channel. Princes Golf Club, Sandwich Bay, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9QB. Tel: +44 (0)1304 611118 (Golf Office), +44 (0)1304 613797 (Pro Shop). Email: office@princesgolfclub.co.uk. Website: www.princesgolfclub.co.uk.

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Society Packages: Packages start from £70, including coffee on arrival and a two-course lunch (April and May). For further details please see our website. Green Fees: Winter golf starts from £45 for a day’s golf, including breakfast. Summer rates start from £80, including coffee and bacon roll, a warm up basket of range balls and unlimited golf. Visitors Restrictions: None. 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 £99.00, please contact the Golf Office for all our latest offers and prices www.thelodgeatprinces.co.uk.


useful information Society Packages: Welcomed Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Packages start at just £27.50. 36 holes, with breakfast, lunch and dinner for £60. Green Fees: Welcomed Monday to Friday (excl. Wednesday morning). Winter £22 and Summer £33. Booking not required but best to phone in advance to confirm tee availability. How to get there: Junction 5 on M2 (signposted A249). Take exit off roundabout for Danaway and Chestnut Street, follow road for ½ mile and take first turning on the left, signposted Wormdale and Golf Club. Parking is on either side of the road, just over the bridge. Accommodation: Can be arranged at a number of local guest houses and hotels. Other Facilities: Well-stocked pro shop, buggies for hire, range of practice facilities, two putting greens, bar and restaurant.

Sittingbourne & Milton Regis golf CLUb Possibly the most enjoyable ‘hidden gem’ in Kent – an exhilarating golfing experience not to be missed. This private members’ club welcomes visitors Monday to Friday, and offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, beautiful, but challenging, course, excellent practice facilities and pro shop, welcoming bar and restaurant – and all within less than a mile of the M2 (junction 5), A249 and A2. The course benefits from a picturesque ‘Garden of Kent’ location and some beautiful trees, providing definition, feature and character to many of the holes. The Club is proud to have hosted many county and regional events, attracted by the consistent quality of the putting greens and the overall course presentation. The course is built mainly on chalk, providing good drainage and making it a joy to play throughout the year.

Sittingbourne & Milton Regis Golf Club, Wormdale, Newington, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 7PX. Tel: 01795 842261. Pro Shop: 01795 842775. Email: sittingbournegc@btconnect.com. Website: www.sittingbournegolfclub.com.

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Upchurch River Valley golf course These beautiful three courses, having been open 20 years in 2011, have just been recognised as worthy of four-star rating by Today’s Golfer magazine. The North Course is a little hilly, but this adds to the challenge, with views across the Medway and Thames, with hundreds of mature trees from 37 varieties. Autumn golf is stunningly beautiful. The greens speak for themselves, only trying them is the answer. This is the perfect venue for your corporate or society day, with our superb catering team providing a quality service. Dining is available in the Rivers Restaurant or the Poolside Bar, or even in the courtyard around the swimming pool, the choice is yours. We are a private company, we are here to please and serve. For golf, you may if you wish, book a combination of the Long South Course, which is 9-hole par 36, and the North Course, a combination of two fine courses. We strongly advise to look at the content of packages being offered. We have always been confident of offering, not only the best golf, but the whole package. We serve with a smile. Upchurch River Valley Golf Course Ltd, Oak Lane, Upchurch, Sittingbourne, Kent. Tel: 01634 360626. Pro Shop for Golf: 01634 379592. Website: www.rivervalleygolf.co.uk.

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Society Packages: Winter (Oct 1- March 31), 12 golfers minimum. Full English breakfast and coffee, 18-holes on the North Course, three-course evening meal – £23.50 per person. Summer Plan 1 (12 golfers min) coffee on arrival, one round on 18-Hole North Course, three-course meal – £30pp. Plan 2 (12 golfers minimum), breakfast, 9 holes on Long South Course, cold meat platter, one round on North Course, three-course meal – £42pp. Plan 3 (12 golfers min), breakfast, 18 holes on North Course, cold meat platter, 18 holes on North Course, three-course meal – £51pp. Green Fees: 18-hole Main Course - weekday £16, weekend £21, Veterans £12.50, 9-hole Long South Course - weekday £12, weekend £14. Visitor Restrictions: Softspikes only, No jeans, tracksuits or trainers. Tailored shorts required. Other Facilities: Full catering facilities, putting green, two practice areas, swimming pool, 20-bay driving range, full teaching facilities. Head teaching pro is Greg Diddams. How to get there: M2 Junction 4 Gillingham, Rainham A2 through Rainham, Oak Lane, Upchurch 1/2-mile on left.


useful information Society Packages: Bronze; £30 pp for tea/coffee & beacon roll, 18 holes and light lunch Platinum; £55 pp for tea/coffee & beacon roll, 9 holes, light lunch, 18 holes and 3 course meal. Welcome 7 days a week but with some restricted times, bespoke packages available. Golf Society Championship: Hosts of the Golf Society Championship 2012, for detail visit www.GolfSocietyChampionship.co.uk. Green Fees: From £10 to £55, depending on time, day and season. Single Players can usually be accommodated in one of our friendly group games played throughout the week. How to get there: 5 minutes from Tenterden town centre off the B2080 Appledore Road. Maidstone 19 miles, Ashford 20 miles, Hastings 20 miles, Rye 12 miles. Accommodation: Local accommodation can be recommended. Packages are available. Other Facilities: PGA Pro, Golf Academy with latest training aids, excellent practice area, putting green, pro shop, buggy and trolley hire.

tenterden golf CLUB Set in mature parkland, Tenterden Golf Club boasts spectacular views over the Weald of Kent. You will need all your golfing skills to tame this deceptively challenging and recently lengthened course, but you are ensured a stimulating golfing experience. The club’s policy of continuous improvement has reaped it’s rewards on the course and the ground staff should be proud of their ability to keep the course in such excellent condition throughout the year. A number of holes represent a special challenge, notably the 8th, a dog leg par 4, where the first shot must be straight and the correct length to have any chance of reaching the elevated green with a second shot. At 479 yards, the 12th, is one of the longest par 4’s in Kent, from the elevated tee you are rewarded for distance and accuracy, but the over-ambitious can be punished. The improved clubhouse is comfortable and the atmosphere relaxed and friendly. From the veranda you can enjoy a drink while overlooking play on the 1st and 18th holes. A variety of menus and light refreshments are available from the bar, while group dining can benefit from our versatile catering service. Golf Societies are always given a warm welcome and some excellent packages are available, especially at later tee-off times. The emphasis at Tenterden is on golf, not weddings and functions – although the club happily hosts numerous large charity Golf Days as well as the Golf Society Championship 2012. Tenterden Golf Club, Woodchurch Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 7DR. Tel: 01580 763987. Fax: 01580 763430. Email: enquiries@tenterdengolfclub.co.uk. Website: www.tenterdengolfclub.co.uk.

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The Weald of Kent Golf Course & Hotel The Weald of Kent Golf Course is a picturesque par-70 parkland course situated on the outskirts of Maidstone, Kent. Onsite facilities include a 19-bedroom lodge that overlooks the ninth green and full catering facilities 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.

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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Society Packages: Societies welcome seven days a week. Book your summer society for as little as £21 pp, which includes coffee and bacon baps on arrival. Winter societies from £18pp, including coffee and bacon baps. Green Fees: 18 hole weekday £23, weekends £30, Twilight from £14.50. 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 2-for-1 and 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 £49pp. Other Facilities: Restaurant, hotel, conference centre, function room and golf tuition facilities.


useful information Society Packages: Available to suit all budgets. Winter packages starting from £20.00pp, Summer packages starting from £29.50pp. Please call 01732 844785 form more information. Green Fees: Prices vary depending on the season. 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.

West malling golf club Come and visit one of the most outstanding golf courses set in the heart of the Kent country side that is West Malling Golf Club. Boasting two excellent par 70 courses and a well appointed luxury club house that in recent years has been backed by a £1 million plus refurbishment. The two courses, both over 6,000 yards off the medal tees and aptly named SPITFIRE AND HURRICANE after the famed wartime machines that dominated the skies over Kent, contribute to an unforgettable day as each offers a fair, but differing challenge, with water features proving an added hazard for safe passage on both courses. The popularity of these two courses in Kent has on numerous occasions closed all memberships and it is the enviable position that the management team find themselves in only opening the membership up to a limited number of places each year. Our clubhouse, staffed by a dedicated and friendly team, offers a varied range of services designed to enhance your Society/Company day and allow you to relax from the moment of arrival through to departure. 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.

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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useful information Society Packages: From £23. Green Fees: From £18. Visitor Restrictions: Welcome seven days a week. How to get there: Three miles from the junction 7 of M27, eight miles from junction 11 of M3. Accommodation: 130 bedrooms on site.

Macdonald Botley Park hotel, Golf & Spa Set in 176 acres of Hampshire’s countryside, everything about Botley Park oozes a touch of class. The testing 6,400-yard, par-70 Championship Course blends perfectly with the impressive surroundings. Redesigned in 1995 under the guidance of Sky Sports’ respected Ewen Murray, the course offers a superb balance of challenge and playability. Our driving range, practice bunkers and putting greens all help with that all important pre-game warm up and are open seven days a week. The highly experienced staff in the professional shop will offer the best advice for equipment and technical requirements and lesson packages to suit every need.   A multi-million pound refurbishment has ensured the hotel is home to every last luxury. Beautifully-appointed bedrooms and a stunning health, fitness and beauty spa with 12-metre pool, sauna, steam room, techno-gym and beauty treatment rooms are offered, as well a full range of treatments for men and women from age-defying facials to ultra pampering hot stone massages. The magnificent banqueting and conferencing suites provide space, elegance and style for parties large and small. Macdonald Botley Park Hotel, Golf & Spa is truly an impressive venue for any event. Macdonald Botley Park, Winchester Road, Boorley Green, Botley, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 2UA. Tel: 01489 778451/796000. Fax: 01489 789242. Website: www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/botleypark.

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Crowborough Beacon golf club Recently voted by Golf World as England’s 70th 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 £35 and £40. Summer: coffee, 18 holes, meal – from £40. Details from the office. Call 01892 661511 Option 2 Green Fees: Mid-week from £40, weekend from £45, all-day £60. Bookings through Pro Shop on 01892 652877. 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: Various on application. Green Fees: Ian Woosnam course: MondayThursday £40*, including buggy. Friday-Sunday £45*, including buggy. Dale Hill Course: Monday-Thursday £25*, Friday-Sunday £35*.

Dale Hill Hotel and Golf Club

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.

Situated high on the Kentish Weald, in over 350 acres, Dale Hill is the

Accommodation: 35-bedroom hotel on site.

conference and banqueting facilities. And that’s without the golf – and

* Prices correct at time of print.

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 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.

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The Dyke golf club The Dyke Golf Club is a members club founded in 1906. It takes its name from the nearby Devil’s Dyke a famous beauty spot on National Trust land. Situated on a plateau of the south downs the views from the clubhouse to nearby Brighton and the English Channel are magnificent. The course, designed by F Hawtree and measuring 6605 yards from the white tees is maintained in good condition throughout the year and is popular during the winter months because of its excellent drainage and firm, true greens. The relatively easy start with three par fives in the first four holes belies some testing par fours to come and the beauty of the 5th and 17th, two of the finest par threes you will find anywhere. Visitors are welcome and many return year after year to sample the delights of the course and the good food and friendly welcome in the clubhouse.

The Dyke Golf Club, Devil’s Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 8YJ. Tel: 01273 857296. Fax: 01273 857078. Email: office@dykegolfclub.co.uk. Website: www.dykegolf.com.

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Society Packages: Various on application to the Manager. Also see website. Green Fees: Visitors Mon-Fri: 18 holes £37.50 Weekends £40 from 12.30 pm. Twilight rates are available from April to September. How to get there: From the South, leave the A27 on the exit marked Devil’s Dyke. From the North, leave A23 on exit marked Hassocks, cross A23 head north and leave A23 on first exit marked Poynings. Left at roundabout on Saddlescombe Road and head for Devil’s Dyke.


useful information 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.

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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Hayling golf club Enjoying spectacular sea views of the Solent and Langstone harbour Hayling is the premier links golf course on the South Coast. Originally established in 1883 the course has been been crafted by some of the best golf course architects in the business with the re-known Tom Simpson have the last input in the 1940’s. His work has stood the test of time and at just over 6500 yards Hayling remains a championship golf course to test the best. The club has been proud to host many national championships over the years including several Ladies English Amateur Championships as well as the English Golf Union Men’s, Logan Trophy. A modern art-deco style clubhouse provides a haven to enjoy the panoramic views of the course and the Solent. The stunning location and the challenging links course with its fine greens, offers a special attraction and a unique experience for all. The course’s testing qualities will provide a memorable talking point to all visiting golfers, both individuals as well as golfing societies, as will its superb catering and friendly atmosphere. Our aim is to ensure that each Society visiting the Club will have an enjoyable and rewarding day, with a variety of golf and catering on offer. A refreshing coffee welcomes you on arrival, or if you prefer, a full English breakfast. During the day, a light snack, buffet or full lunch can be offered, together with a supper or dinner as required. Mark Treleaven, Club Professional and his staff, are always on hand to help. The shop stocks a wide range of equipment and clothing, some of which would make ideal prizes for your Society Day. Hayling Golf Club extends a warm welcome to visitors and societies and trusts you will enjoy the unique golfing experience and the bright and friendly service from the bar and restaurant. Hayling golf Club, links lane, Hayling Island, Hampshire, PO11 0BX. Tel: 02392 464491. Email: members@haylinggolf.co.uk. Website: www.haylinggolf.co.uk.

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Green Fees: From £60 for both weekdays and weekends. Visitor Restrictions: Hayling is not a beginners course which is why the club ask that all players have valid handicaps in order that they will enjoy the golf test in front of them. Hayling are not an overly formal club but we do insist on basic standards of golf attire. We recommend calling the office or Pro-Shop beforehand who will advise you on suitable times to play. Hayling do not operate a tee-booking system for casual golf and thus you will be advised a time ‘window’ and on the day the Pro Shop will provide more specific guidance. How to get there: See website www.haylinggolf.co.uk for directions. Accommodation: Golf breaks packages can be organised by www.exclusivegolfbreaks..com. Other Facilities: Buggies for hire, two outdoor nets, two putting greens, one of which can be used for chip and run (not lob shots), a short outdoor driving range with all-weather surface (own balls required) close to the first tee, a practice bunker and room hire.


useful information Golf Day Packages: Starting from £64 per person. Green Fees: Day membership available from £95 per person. Visitor Restrictions: Members and Golf Day guests.

Golf at Goodwood The Downs Goodwood has been at the forefront of international sport for generations through its racecourse and motor racing circuit and is now fast gaining a comparable reputation for the quality of its golf. Situated on the stunning, unspoiled Sussex countryside on the 12,000 acre Goodwood Estate, Golf At Goodwood is just an hour from London and boasts two championship 18 hole courses. Recently ranked as 77th in Golf World Magazines Top 100 English Courses and ‘home’ to the English PGA Championship, the Downs Course, rises steeply from the clubhouse, The Kennels, up towards Goodwood Racecourse perched high on the South Downs and gives golfers incredible views of Chichester Cathedral, down to the Isle of Wight and the sparkling Solent beyond. Designed in 1914 by legendary golf architect, designer of Gleneagles and Carnoustie and five times winner of the Masters Championship, James Braid, The Downs course features tricky doglegs and long sweeping greens which are both a treat and a challenge to true golf fans. From the moment you arrive at The Kennels, the wonderfully restored Grade 1 listed clubhouse, you will be met with five-star service. We will carry golf bags to and from cars, show guests to their own named lockers and our team of PGA professionals will manage registration in the Ralph Lauren Golf Shop. On the course, play is always enhanced by our unique Woody buggies, thoughtfully equipped with wicker baskets for Champagne and sandwiches. At the end of it all, there is nothing like a rewarding dinner in the magnificent ballroom of Goodwood House or a light supper at The Kennels. Golf At Goodwood: The Downs Course, Kennel Hill, Goodwood, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PN. Tel: 01243 775537. Email: golf@goodwood.com. Website: www.goodwood.com/golf.

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Golf at Goodwood The Park The second of Goodwood’s two championship golf courses is The Park. Set in the stunning parkland surrounding Goodwood House, the Park Course is a thoroughly enjoyable test of golf from start to finish. The Donald Steel designed Park Course reflects the prestige of the majestic backdrop of Goodwood House and its 18th century cedars. The result is an easy walking 6680 yard course that suits all levels of golfing ability but still provides the challenge that today’s golfers prefer. The tree-lined fairways that wind around the historic parkland require accuracy rather than brute force. As you come down the 18th, you are greeted by the award winning Goodwood Bar & Grill, where you can sit back and reflect on the variety of enjoyable and challenging holes on the Park Course. Whether you are enjoying a relaxing golf break or are taking part in a golf day, The Goodwood Hotel offers an excellent base for you to enjoy the luxurious leisure facilities and all of the activities that this quintessentially English sporting estate has to offer.

Golf At Goodwood: The Park Course, The Goodwood Hotel, Goodwood, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QB. Tel: 01243 775537. Email:golf@goodwood.com. Website www.goodwood.com/golf.

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Golf Day Packages: Starting from £27.50 per person (Jan – Mar and Nov – Dec) and £35 per person (Apr – Oct). Green Fees: Starting from £15 weekday and £20 weekend (Jan – Mar and Nov – Dec), £20 weekday and £25 weekend (Apr – Oct). Visitor Restrictions: Open to the public.


useful information Society Packages: Available Mon-Sun from £18.50, for custom packages and seasonal offers call us on 01403 220345. Green Fees: Kingfisher from £18/£25 - twilight rates available, online booking facility on website.

Mannings Heath golf club

Corporate Day Prices: Corporate Golf Days from £60 plus vat.

Magnificently situated in 500 acres of Sussex downland near Horsham, Heath

Accommodation: Cottage available on site for up to 11, Golf breaks available from £89 per person, tuition packages available.

back to the 17th century. The quality of the courses, and the superiority of the

Other Facilities: Two putting greens, driving range, chipping and bunker practice area, indoor teaching facility, private dining and conference facilities.

Opened in 1996, the par-70, 6,217-yard Kingfisher Course is set in an ‘Area of

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.

boasts two outstanding 18-hole golf courses, and a striking clubhouse that dates ancillary facilities, make it a much admired choice for first-rate golf days.

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 third and 15th holes share the same kidney-shaped green – you may have seen the pros hit into the famous St Andrews shared greens, so now’s your chance to emulate this most famous of courses. The second course at Mannings, the par-72, 6,683-yard Harry Colt-designed Waterfall Course was established in 1905 and is a member’s only course, but is also available for corporate golf days – please ask for details. The club has Fullers Cottage, sleeping up to 11 golfers. Just a short wedge from the clubhouse, it is perfect for golf breaks and society golf groups.

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

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Old Thorns Manor Hotel, Golf & Country Estate Old Thorns’ championship layout occupies a stunning spot on the rolling hills of the North Hampshire countryside and offers fantastic views at every turn. Mature trees, 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, and renowned architect Dave Thomas, 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 professional’s shop run by a team of resident PGA professionals, which is on hand to take care of your every golfing need, including offering lessons and clinics. Practice facilities include a driving range and a putting green. The resort has recently undergone a major redevelopment programme, which has resulted in a new hotel, bar and restaurant, with a new spa, health club and new golf facilities scheduled to be completed this year. The club welcomes all society and corporate days, with a professional, personal and friendly reception guaranteed both on and off the golf course. Old Thorns Manor Hotel Golf & Country Estate, Griggs Green, Liphook, Hampshire GU30 7PE. Tel: 01428 725 890. Email: golfcoordinator@oldthorns.com. Website: www.oldthorns.com.

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Society Packages: From as little as £39 per person, including coffee and bacon roll, 18 holes, followed by a light lunch. Tailor-made packages available on request. Green Fees: Midweek £40, weekend £50. Seasonal rates and discounts also available for societies. Visitor Restrictions: Visitors and societies welcome. 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 the club website. Accommodation: The on-site hotel currently boasts 94 rooms, suites and apartments, with further rooms to be added by the end of 2011. Other Facilities: Brand-new modern hotel, Champagne and cocktail bar, sports bar, two restaurants, two function suites for up to 230 guests, conference rooms for up to 300 delegates and eight spa treatment rooms. A further eight relaxing spa rooms and a new state-of-the-art health club will be added in 2011.


useful information Society Packages: 18 holes, coffee and bacon roll From £25pp. Green Fees: Midweek winter afternoon 4 ball £60 per group. Midweek winter afternoon Green fee £15pp. Midweek summer afternoon 4 ball £80 per group. Midweek afternoon summer Green fee £27pp. How to get there: From the North head south down the A23, past the All England Show Jumping Centre at Hickstead, and turn off on to the A273 signposted to Hassocks. Signs for Pyecombe village and Pyecombe Golf Course appear almost immediately; the course is 400 yards off the A23. From the East, West and South head north up the A23 (from its junction with the A27) and take the first turn off on to the A273 signed to Hassocks. Pyecombe Golf Club is located up 400 yards on the right. Accommodation: Call club for recommendations of b&b and hotels nearby.

Pyecombe golf club From the very first tee, with a tricky second shot to a green which appears to be ‘in the clouds’, right through to the 18th downhill – a dogleg right – there are many excellent and demanding holes. The 421-yard, par-four third hole is particularly magnificent, threading its way down the valley to a tight landing area and back up to the well protected green, as is the par-three eighth, with its elevated tee across the valley to the awaiting green - or the three pot bunkers in front! The par-five ninth, snaking its way through the beautiful South Downs countryside, is a delight to play, while the fiendish green to the 223-yard 13th is a tough test for the best of golfers. Though it’s not all about the golf; even when not playing well, you can still enjoy some of the best scenery in the South of England, and some pretty good hospitality as well. The clubhouse offers a good selection of food and drink at competitive prices and a friendly ambience that you would expect from a club that is proud to have had the renowned Henry Longhurst as a former President and neighbour when he lived in one of the well-known Jack and Jill windmills that overlook the Club’s 16th green.

Pyecombe Golf Club, Clayton Hill, Pyecombe, West Sussex, BN45 7FF. Tel: 01273 845372. Fax: 01273 843338. Email: office@pyecombegolf.co.uk. Website: www.pyecombegolfclub.com.

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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 2011. 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: 01403 887837. Email: info@rookwoodgolfcourse.co.uk. Website: www.rookwoodgolf.com.

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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.


useful information Society Packages: Winter Warmer - £29.50pp Monday - Friday from 1st November 2011 to 31st March 2012. Offer includes coffee and bacon roll on arrival, 18 holes of golf and a one course chef’s lunch. Summer packages from £52 per person. Green Fees: 18 holes from £35, day rate from £45. Four-ball offer: Sat-Sun £120.

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

How to get there: Located halfway between Newbury and Basingstoke on the A339 at the foot of the Kingsclere bypass. Visitor Restrictions: Weekends and bank holidays after 1pm.

an air of quiet contentment, and yet such a calm façade belies a passionate

Other Facilities: Driving range available - open seven days a week, free parking, open to members and non members. Buggies and Powakaddy trolleys available. No temporary greens.

eyes on the pretty white clubhouse with its ornate ironwork and neat touches.

heartbeat that exists beneath. There is a real sense of character about the place, from the moment you first set

Even the 27 holes – set out as three distinct loops of nine in the form of the aptly-named 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 do have teeth and 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@sandfordspringsgolf.co.uk. Website: www.sandfordspringsgolf.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: luke.etheridge@ccgclubs.com. Website: www.ccgslinfold.com

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Society Packages: Coffee & bacon roll, 18 holes of golf and an all-you-can-eat carvery, including use of our practice facilities, swimming pool & steam room for just £37.50 p/p. Bespoke packages also available. 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: Tailored to individual requirements with summer prices from £44. Winter packages (min 12) also available. 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.

STONEHAM golf club Laid out in an undulating deer park, Stoneham provides a beautiful, yet challenging, setting in which to play golf. One of the South’s hidden gems, it is a particular favourite of Peter Alliss, who played here regularly in the 50s and 60s when the Club frequently hosted professional tournaments. 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 yet quick greens. Improvements in the quality of the course in recent years ensure that the course is always in immaculate condition and never uses temporary greens. The recently-refurbished clubhouse is the perfect place to relax either side of your round, whilst enjoying a drink from the bar and sampling the excellent produce provided by our caterers. The views over the course to the rolling countryside beyond from the patio provide the perfect backdrop to enjoy your post golf refreshments and muse over what might have been during your round. When it comes to visiting golfers, whether society or corporate, nothing is too much trouble, and your day will be customised to suit you, not us. Anything is possible: all you have to do is ask. The Club’s location to the north of Southampton and only five minutes from the M3/M27 motorway network makes it an ideal location to hold a business meeting in our boardroom before rewarding yourself and your clients with lunch and a round of golf.

Stoneham Golf Club, Monks Wood Close, Bassett, Southampton, SO16 3TT. Tel: 02380 769272. Fax: 02380 766320. Email: richard@stonehamgolfclub.org.uk. Website: www.stonehamgolfclub.org.uk.

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Weybrook Park golf club Weybrook Park Golf Club offers 18 holes of golf set in 160 acres of beautiful rolling North Hampshire countryside, yet only five minutes from the M3 junction 6, and only 1.5 miles from the town centre of Basingstoke. The course is now 17 years old and, as such, is nicely mature. Designed by members in conjunction with a course architect, the mix of par 3s, 4s and 5s, with beautifully-sculptured fairways, strategically-placed plantations, and imaginative bunker positions, makes each hole a challenge for players of all levels. Add to this greens of the highest quality, and you have a course to please every golfer. The pro shop means you can keep up to date with the latest trends in equipment or book lessons with one of the club’s professionals to keep your game up to scratch. The practice facility offers 300 yards of long-game practice, while two course-standard greens provide the opportunity to improve putting, chipping and short game abilities. Water features have been added in the last 2 years giving us 2 more feature holes to add interest to the course and test the golfers nerve. Once you have played Weybrook Park, the club is confident that you will want to return.

Weybrook Park Golf Club, Rooksdown Lane, Basingstoke, Hants, RG24 9NT. Tel: 01256 320347. Email: info@weybrookpark.co.uk.

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Society Packages: Weybrook Park welcomes green fee and society players (subject to restrictions). Winter Society package from £24.00 per player and Summer Society package from £32.50. Visitor Restrictions: After 12 noon at weekends. How to get there: We are 5 minutes from M3 junction 6. PLEASE NOTE for those following sat nav our entrance is on the A339 Newbury Road. Some old versions of navigation software are showing incorrect directions. Additional Services: Full restaurant and bar facilities. Other Facilities: Conference room, weddings and private functions.


useful information Society Packages: Special Offers 1st November – 31st May 18 holes of golf to include: Breakfast or Gammon Egg & Chips or Soup and Sandwiches £35 per head £28 Coffee/Bacon Roll & 2 Course Lunch £46 per head £37 Coffee/Bacon Roll & 3 Course Dinner £49 per head £40 Green Fees: Monday to Friday Special Offers Available until 30th April 2012 Visitors £35 per round £30 County Card Holders £25 £22 How to get there: Where the A27 meets the A24 on the approach signposted to Worthing. Other Facilities: Buggies and trolleys available to hire from well equipped Pro shop. Conference room, weddings and functions catered for.

worthing golf club Worthing Golf Club boasts two spectacular Downland Courses. One of the main features shared by both of the courses is the very free draining chalk which gives golfers the luxury of almost no temporary greens or days lost to the weather. Couple with this the breathtaking views to the English Channel, the South Downs and the abundant wildlife and Worthing provides a golfing experience to remember. The Lower course is recognised as one of the best Downland courses in the South of England, set in the southern slope of the South Downs. At 6505 yards in length it provides a fair test of golf. The greens are one of the main challenges on the course where a good score can be made or lost. The Upper course is in complete contrast to the Lower, it has smaller greens, narrower fairways and is shorter in length at only 5211 yards, but what it lacks in length it makes up for in the need for accurate shot selection and positional play. We welcome visitors to enjoy all of the facilities the Club has to offer. Our dedicated and friendly team of staff prides itself on providing a level of customer service matched only by the comfort of the surroundings.

Worthing Golf Club, Links Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN14 9QZ. Tel: 01903 260801. Email: enquiries@worthinggolf.com. Website: www.worthinggolf.com.

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useful information 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 £15. Abbotsley course from £30. 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.

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 72 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. www.golfsocieties.com.

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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, which sits on 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-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 surface all year round and 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 are a wide range of society packages available midweek and at weekends after 10am and packages can be tailored to suit all your needs. You choose, 18 to 36 holes, golf-only deals or a full-service options from breakfast through to a three course evening meal. Our successful “THE BIG SOCIETY” returns in 2012, offering large corporations exclusive use of the entire course on a Monday, with a shotgun start for 72 players. From the start to finish, of your golf day, our dedicated team will make you feel that you are at home, here at “Cambridge Meridian” Golf Club.. 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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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: Many hotels in nearby Cambridge. Other Facilities: Pro shop, bar and restaurant, half-way house, club and buggy hire.


useful information Society Packages: From £30 (summer pricing). Please call Carole for further information and offers. Green Fees: Summer Rates: Visitors: Mon–Fri £32, Sat-Sun £47, twilight rates £22.

COLLINGTREE PARK golf club

Visitor Restrictions: After 12 noon weekends and bank holidays.

Northampton’s premier golf club offers the ultimate in golf day packages and tailor-

How to get there: Ideally located two minutes off M1 J15 at Northampton.

novice of requirements. Easily accessible from J15 of the M1 at Northampton;

Accommodation: Hilton Hotel Northampton (M1 J15), Northampton Marriott Hotel or Premier Inn (M1, J15). Call Club for for details of ‘Stay and Play’ golf breaks.

designed and opened by former Champion Johnny Miller in 1990.

Other Facilities: Fully – stocked pro shop, clubhouse and member’s bar, floodlit 16-bay driving range open to the public, putting green, golf professional services on site, including Explanar swing trainer, Greens A la Carte restaurant, weddings, function/ conference facilities, corporate account with Virgin Active club on site. Buggies and trollies available. View the course hole-by-hole on www.collingtreeparkgolf.com.

made memberships to suit all ages, in an environment that facilitates even the most the superb PGA 18-hole Championship course set within 280 plush acres, was

Host to the British Masters in 1995, 1996 and the Euro Pro Tour each year for the last eight years, Collingtree offers a unique test of golf regardless of handicap all year round. Also offered is a floodlit 16=bay driving range, first class tuition facilities and well-stocked professional shop. The refurbished clubhouse, with decked veranda incorporating the acclaimed Greens restaurant, affords stunning panoramic views of the club’s signature island green 18th hole. Greens is the popular venue of choice for all manner of dining occasions, from birthdays to weddings, able to cater for 120 seated covers with the chefs working closely with local suppliers to ensure only the freshest produce is sourced before being transformed into mouthwatering delicacies for your table. Experience Collingtree for yourself by visiting us at www.collingtreeparkgolf.com or call 01604 700000.

Collingtree Park Golf Club, Windingbrook Lane, Collingtree, Northampton, NN4 0XN. Tel: 01604 700000. Fax: 01604 702600. Email: enquiries@collingtreeparkgolf.com.

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useful information Society Packages: Contact club for tailor-made packages. Green Fees: From £40. 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 27-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 shorter 4,779-yard Belsteads course, which has a par of 67, offers two sets of tees, allowing for plenty of variety over an 18-hole round. 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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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 worldwidetelevised 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 (opening March 2012) a glass-fronted clubhouse overlooking the 1st tee and both 18th greens, a state-of-the-art Spa with pool and Technogym, stylish 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 WiFi throughout, and a selection of dining areas, all offering excellent cuisine and stunning views over the lake and fairways. The 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.

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Society Packages: From £29.95 pp (Nov-Mar). Summer society rates on application. 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. Luxurious Spa Days from just £79. Various Spa & Golf Break packages - call 01206 265820 for Spa bookings & 01206 265827/835 for Golf bookings. See our website for more details. How to get there: Please see website for directions & map. Accommodation: 80 spacious ensuite bedrooms with satellite flatscreen TV, in-room safes, power showers & free WiFi. 5 self-catered luxury Country Lodges (March 2012). 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, state-of-the-art Technogym, excellent spa with 13 treatment rooms, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room. Pippin hotel gift and delicatessen shop. Also snooker, squash and coarse fishing.


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useful information Society Packages: See website or phone for information. Green Fees: Weekdays £28 per round, £35 per day and weekends and bank holidays £40 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

Accommodation: Priory Toby Hotel, Derby Road, Wollaton Vale, Nottingham, NG8 2NR. Situated within 1/2 a mile.

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

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.

Fields 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 Lee 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 Alun Wardle. 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. 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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Breadsall Priory A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Standing in over 300 acres of parkland, near the Peak District National Park, Breadsall Priory, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club offers contrasting 36 holes of golf in beautiful surroundings. The two par 70 courses, the Priory and the Moorland, are both popular with members and visitors, not least because they offer a combination of exciting golf coupled with superb views over the surrounding area. The Priory Course winds its way around the 13th century priory building and whilst relatively short by modern standards, don’t let that mislead you because it is also tight and tree-lined and offers a real test to all but the most accurate strikers. In contrast to the parkland Priory, the Moorland is a heathland course that sits on an adjacent hillside. It is ideal for year round golf and affords fine views out over the Derbyshire countryside. After a round enjoy lunch or dinner in the Tempo Restaurant or one of our excellent private rooms or indeed just relax with a drink in Tempo Bar.

Breadsall Priory, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Moor Road, Morley, Nr Derby, DE7 6DL. Tel: 01332 836016. Email: steve.turner@marriotthotels.com. Website: www.marriottbreadsallpriory.co.uk.

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Society Packages: Varied, special offers available on request. Green Fees: From ÂŁ25 per person. Visitor Restrictions: All of the above is subject to availability. How to get there: From M1: Exit at junction 25, take A52 towards Derby, at end of Dual Carriage Way, come to large Roundabout, and exit towards Chesterfield A61. Go straight over the next 2 Roundabouts, the 3rd Roundabout turn right into Breadsall Village. Turn left onto Moor Road. Breadsall Priory can be found 1.5 miles on the left-hand side. Accommodation: Four star hotel with 112 beautiful ensuite bedrooms and suites. Other Facilities: Putting area, pro shop and golf academy.


useful information Society Packages: Various packages available for each course all year round. Green Fees: Weekdays & weekends – From £25pp per round. Visitor Restrictions: N/A.

THE BELFRY golf RESORT

How to get there: From London/The South: Leave M1 at Junction 19 and join M6. Leave M6 at Junction 4 and exit to A446, signed Lichfield. Follow A446 over Junction 9 M42. The Belfry is one mile on the right. From the North: Exit M6 Toll at Junction T2, go straight ahead onto A446, the entrance to The Belfry is 36yds on the right.

Walk in the footsteps of legends… and experience world-famous holes,

Accommodation: 324 en-suite bedrooms.

Our three courses offer golfers totally different golfing experiences. The

Other Facilities: 22 conference rooms, Health & Wellness facilities, Spa, a range of restaurants and bars, nightclub and 1000 free car parking spaces.

stunning views and exhilarating match play. As the UK headquarters of the PGA and spiritual home of the Ryder Cup, the noble game and The Belfry are inextricably linked. The Belfry has become synonymous with golf and a Mecca for both professional and amateur players. Our stunning Championship courses, sculpted from 550 acres of lush North Warwickshire countryside have provoked some of the most dramatic moments in the history of golf.

Brabazon - our internationally recognised tournament course with majestic fairways and carpet smooth greens. The PGA National - an inland links with fast running greens and deep bunkers. The Derby - a relaxing challenge for players of all abilities. Experience world-class golf tuition at England’s only PGA National Academy, a centre of excellence for golf. Our resources include five custom fitting suites, 34-bay floodlit driving range, short game area, state-of-the-art video analysis, practice facilities and launch monitor technology. Tuition options include group lessons, junior tuition, residential and non-residential courses, with 20+ PGA Qualified Professionals. Complete your experience at The Shop, recently voted as the ‘UK’s Best Pro Shop’ by Golf World magazine, and the largest on-course shop in Europe, it stocks an extensive range of world-famous brands and cutting edge golfing equipment from industry leaders. The Belfry, Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B76 9PR. Tel: 0300 500 0405. Email: enquiries@thebelfry.com. Website: www.TheBelfry.com.

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Marriott Forest of Arden 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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Society Packages: Arden Course from £56. Aylesford Course from £36, to include coffee and bacon rolls, and 18 holes of golf. Green Fees: Arden Course from £60 Monday through to Sunday. Aylesford Course from £30 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.


useful information Society Packages: From £19.50 per person. Green Fees: Mon-Thurs: Adults £12.50 per person, Juniors under 13, £5.00 per person. Fri-Sun: Adults £15 per person, Juniors under 13, £7.50 per person.

NAILCOTE HALL HOTEL & GOLF CLUB

Visitor Restrictions: Visitors, society groups and corporate days are all welcome.

Nailcote Hall Hotel and Golf Club is the host venue for The British Par

How to get there: Please see our website for directions.

professionals and many star celebrities every year who love the challenges

3 Championship, which attracts top European Tour and Seniors Tour

Other Facilities: Golf break packages available from £89 per person. Bar and restaurant open daily from 7.30am.

The Cromwell Course presents.

For more information visit our website www.nailcotehall.co.uk

scale to the par 3 course at Augusta and is recognised as an even tougher

Designed and developed since 1992 the 1,031-yard layout is similar in challenge, in a beautiful Warwickshire parkland setting alongside the 17th century Jacobean Hall. A fabulous test of short game golf awaits all visitors, society group or corporate days and the social nature of the course and facilities is sure to make any day memorable both on and off the course. The hotel has 40 luxury bedrooms and a superb leisure club with pool, steam room and Technogym equipped gym. The Oak Room Restaurant offers fine dining and private dining rooms and conference facilities are also available. The luxury marquee can cater for up to 250 people.

Nailcote Hall Hotel, Golf & Country Club, Nailcote Lane, Berkswell, Solihull, Warwickshire CV7 7DE. Tel: 02476 466174. Email: golf@nailcotehall.co.uk. Website: www.nailcotehall.co.uk.

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Menzies Welcombe Hotel, Spa & Golf Club Set against a beautiful backdrop, a round of golf at the Menzies Welcombe Hotel Spa and Golf Club is a wonderful experience and without doubt one of the finest courses in the Midlands. Stroll along meandering fairways, navigate ominous bunkers and putt your way across lush undulating greens.

Society Packages: Societies welcome (min 12, max 120) starting at £30 per head (dependant on the time of year). Green Fees: Monday-Sunday from £25. How to get there: Exit M40 motorway at Junction 15, follow the A46 towards Stratfordupon-Avon, then the A439 at the next roundabout. Entrance is 3 miles on the right. Accommodation: 4-star AA Rosette Trevelyan restaurant, 78 bedrooms plus luxury spa apartments.

stretches over 6,288 yards. What’s more, in 1998 we were proud to host the

Other Facilities: Putting green, driving range, chipping and bunker area, academy, pro shop, trolley and buggy hire, spa and tennis courts.

prestigious European Seniors Tour Ryder Event. The course in itself is in the

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The unique par 70 course, with features three par fives and five par threes,

shadow of the Welcombe Hills and the imposing Jacobean-style mansion of the Menzies Welcombe Hotel and Spa. There are a wide variety of packages available from visitors green fees to society and corporate golf days, which can include accommodation and use of the impressive Welcombe Spa. As specialists in corporate golf entertainment we are happy to organise every aspect of your golf day, from the tee times and the buggies to the catering and your prizes. With the light and airy Atrium as the social hub of the clubhouse, and its superb brasserie overlooking the practice facilities, golf course and hotel grounds, the Menzies Welcombe offers you the perfect venue for your golf day. Menzies Welcombe Hotel, Spa and Golf Club, Warwick Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 ONR. Tel: 01789 413800. Fax: 01789 262028. Email: welcombe.sales@menzieshotels.co.uk. Website: www.welcombehotelstratford.co.uk.

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useful information Society Packages: Low Season from £20 (including Bacon roll). High Season from £30 (including Bacon roll). Green Fees: From £27 weekdays, £32 weekends. Twilight rates from £15. 2 for 1 and County Card rates available.

the bristol golf CLUB

Visitor Restrictions: Weekends before 12pm.

The Bristol Golf Club, ideally located just 200 yards from junction 17 on the

How to get there: Leave M5 at Junction 17. 200 yards along B4055.

quickly grown a strong reputation for the Golf Course, friendly welcome and

Accommodation: Relationships with Local Hotels. Other Facilities: 9 Hole Par 3 Course, Floodlit Covered Driving Range, Extensive Practice Facilities, Function and Meeting Rooms. Online bookings at www.bristolgolfclub.co.uk.

M5, offers stunning views over the Severn Estuary. Opened in 2000 it has the quality of the facilities. The Golf Course at just over 6100 yards, and always in good condition, is deceptively tricky with its small greens and numerous water hazards. The Club has played host to Europro and Jamega Tour Events and the Pro’s have certainly found it to be a test. The Par 3’s are a feature with the signature hole being the 16th. The Par 4 12th is also a memorable hole. It is certainly a thinker’s course and Driver isn’t always the answer off the tee. The Golf Course is backed up by a welcoming Club House with quality food and service provided. Many Societies return year after year due to the friendly welcome they receive. Our Par 3 Academy Course and Floodlit Driving Range also enhance what The Bristol has to offer. Ask about our trial round offer. Come and try us, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.

The Bristol Golf Club, St Swithins Park, Blackhorse Hill, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS10 7TP. Club: 01454 620000. Pro Shop 01454 456620. Email: bristol@crown-golf.co.uk. Website: www.bristolgolfclub.co.uk.

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The Celtic manor resort As venue of The 2010 Ryder Cup and home of The Celtic Manor Wales Open, a leading European Tour event, the five-star Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales offers a prestigious location for your society golf day. Voted Europe’s Golf Resort of the Year 2011, it offers something special for those looking for the ultimate golf experience. With three golf courses, two hotels, six restaurants, two health spas and much more, Celtic Manor really does offer endless possibilities for your event. Holding your society golf day at The Celtic Manor Resort offers your group 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. The Resort offers three world-class championship standard golf courses – The Twenty Ten, Roman Road and The Montgomerie. These are complemented by two luxurious clubhouses, a state-of-the-art Golf Academy and excellent on-course catering facilities. Planning your society golf day at The Celtic Manor Resort couldn’t be simpler. Whatever the size of your event, 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 36 holes of championship golf. 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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Society Packages: See website for details. How to get there: Set within 1400 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. Accommodation: Should your group wish to stay overnight at the Resort, accommodation is available at the 5-star Resort Hotel or the historic 4-star Manor House. Hotel residents also enjoy full access to The Forum Health Club’s luxurious facilities throughout their stay. Please contact the Resort on 01633 410263 for more details and room rates.


useful information Society Packages: There are five society packages available; see website for 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 1/2 a mile on the right. Accommodation: There is accommodation available at the golf course – see tariff. Other Facilities: Swimming pool, exercise room, bowls, ten-pin bowling, fishing, snooker, archery & air pistol/rifle ranges, table tennis, multi-purpose sports hall.

manor house & ashbury hotels The Manor House and Ashbury Golf Hotels are set in the foothills of the Dartmoor National Park and form one of the largest golf complexes in the UK. There are four 18-hole golf courses and a 27-hole combination course giving the option of seven 18-hole courses. Golf is included FREE OF CHARGE to all residents. There are three courses over 6,000 yards: Kigbeare 6,528 yards, Pines 6,400 yards & Forest 6,140 yards along with Ashbury 5,804 yards, Beeches 5,765 yards & Oakwood 5,502 yards. 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 swimming pool, sauna, spa bath, exercise room, sports hall (for badminton, five-a-side, etc), archery and air pistol/rifle ranges, ten-pin bowling, bowls, table tennis and 15 snooker tables. All these are available for all residents to use FREE OF CHARGE. All residents are also free to use the extensive sport, leisure and craft facilities at our sister hotel - the Manor House Hotel.

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

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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 pigeon-hole. With two returning nines, superb short game area and practice 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 Augusta par three course and it is a great inclusion in your golf day, taking 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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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). Green Fees: STRANAHAN COURSE Weekdays £20, weekends £25. CODRINGTON COURSE - Summer £48 per round, winter £35 per round. Visitor Restrictions: None. How to get there: Situated on the B4465 just 1 mile from Junction 18 of the M4.


useful information 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 2011 and the organiser will go free on groups of 20+. Corporate Day prices: From £70pp.

Manor House golf club

Green Fees: Monday to Sunday, from £32.50pp. (dependant on time of year).

‘Magnificently situated in 365 acres of beautiful Cotswold countryside near

Visitor Restrictions: Visitors may book up to 28 days in advance. Handicap certificates required.

West, an enchantingly located clubhouse and luxurious accommodation.

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, 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 £119 per person inclusive of dinner in the clubhouse, bed and breakfast, use of the driving range and 36 holes, based on a minimum of four sharing. Other Facilities: Putting green, chipping and bunker practice area, tennis courts, USGA spec driving range and private dining and conference facilities.

Bath, Manor House Golf Club boasts 18 holes of the best golf in the South

Located in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and designed by the renowned BBC commentator Peter Alliss, 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, handcut 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 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 star Bybrook restaurant.’

The Manor House Hotel and Golf Club, Castle Combe, Nr Bath, Wiltshire, SN14 7JW. Tel: 01249 782982. Email: enquiries@manorhousegolf.co.uk. Website: www.manorhousegolf.co.uk.

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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 Packages: Includes coffee & bacon roll on arrival and 18 holes of golf from £25pp. One or two course meal can be added as required. Corporate Golf Day: Includes coffee and bacon rolls, event management, 18 holes of golf and three-course dinner in private function room from £65pp. 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: 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.

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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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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Le Golf d’Arras

Visitor Restrictions: None, visitors and societies welcome.

In the heart of the Scarpe Valley in Northern France, five minutes from the

Society Packages: Tailor-made packages available on request. Stay & Play packages from 89 euros pp.

How to get there: From Calais take A26 motorway in the direction of Reims. From motorway take exit 7 (Arras centre, Vimy) on N17. Follow directions for Amiens/ St Pol/ Le Touquet by RN 25 and Arras Golf Club is signposted (takes approx one hour). Accommodation: The Hotel du Golf d’Arras is located at 20 metres from the 1st tee with a panoramic view of the golf course.

picturesque, historical town of Arras, is one of the finest golf courses in the region. This magnificent 18-hole course is designed for nature lovers, with nine holes set amongst marshland and nine up in the hills. The championship course, a par 72 which is 6,693 yards long, is maintained to a very high standard. Home course of the Ladies French Open since 2000, Arras has also hosted the French Professional Championship in 1997, ’98 and ’99. It does, however, remain accessible as a great challenge to all standards of golfer. The three-star Hôtel du Golf offers 56 bedrooms, eight suites, and a cosy bar with an unobstructed view overlooking the course and the Scarpe valley. The changing facilities – refurbished to a luxurious standard – include showers and lockers. Trolleys and golf cars are available to hire and the pro shop is spacious and very well stocked. A warm atmosphere in the bar and restaurant provides convivial surroundings for anything from a cosy drink to a gourmet meal. In addition, Arras has a training academy that includes a 40-bay driving range with several target greens, a short game area, two putting greens, two practice bunkers and a delightful nine-hole course (par 31, 1,795 yards).

Arras Golf Club, Rue Briquet Taillandier, 62223 Anzin-St-Aubin, France. Tel: 0033 3 21 50 24 24. Fax: 0033 3 21 50 29 71. Email:golf@golf-arras.com. Website: www.golf-arras.com.

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Golf-Hotel de Saint-Saens golf course Situated between Rouen and Dieppe, in the heart of a natural wooded park of 200 acres, Saint-Saens Golf Course is unique in Normandy. This course offers a large variety of holes, with its three distinct sections; an entertaining mixture of valley holes (with water), forest (with tree-lined and panoramic tees) and high plateau (with wide and generous fairways). The first five holes are in the valley, just below the chateau clubhouse. Water is present and part of the game. The following forest holes meander through the woodland, taking advantage of its natural opening and breathtaking views. From the 12th, with their generous fairways, the plateau holes are tempting for the longer hitters – but these holes can be difficult when the wind, bunkers, doglegs and roughs come into game. On the 17th, it’s back to a tree-lined fairway and the 18th gives you a lovely finishing par-four hole with a magnificent view of the chateau. The chateau hotel has seven comfortable rooms, all overlooking the beautiful countryside and golf course and our new modern hotel, situated only 100 metres from the clubhouse, opened 13 further rooms in 2008. Saint-Saens will be proudly celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. This course has reached the standard of many mature parkland courses in the south of England. With excellent dining facilities in the restaurant and one of the warmest welcomes in France, Saint-Saens is the perfect blend of picturesque and diverse, making it an entertaining, but not too testing holiday golf course. Golf Hotel de Saint-Saens, Chateau du Vaudichon 76680 Saint Saens, France. Tel: 0033 235 342 524. Fax: 0033 235 344 333. Email: golf@golfdesaintsaens.com. Website: www.golfdesaintsaens.com.

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Society Packages: Societies welcome. Group rates (10 people+): 33E weekday and 45E weekends. Green Fees: Individual from 38E to 50E and couples from 65E to 90E. How to get there: From Calais (1hr 30mins): A16 motorway to Abbeville. A28 motorway direction Rouen. Exit 10 Les Hayons. Follow SaintSaens directions. /Through village follow Golf Hotel signs. Accommodation: 13 new-modern ensuite bedrooms in the annex. 7 ensuite bedrooms onsite in the chateau. Overnight stay 1/2 board & golf from 116E. Two nights 1/2 board & 3 days of golf from 241E. Special 4 night 1/2 board & unlimited golf package from 427E.


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We were planning to spend a few hours on the beach this week.

Right now, I just can’t remember why. I like the beach. We all do. And when we were planning this golf trip, we all talked about spending some time hanging out at the beach. After all, South Carolina has some of the nicest beaches in the world. But then we got here and started playing. Now the only sand I’m interested in is the kind I try to avoid. And the beaches, nice as they may be, are going to have to wait.

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algarve Golf Escapes are delighted to team up with the fabulous CS Vila das Lagoas complex overlooking Salgados Golf Club on the Algarve to offer Golf News readers outstanding golf packages through the winter and spring. Our fantastic package prices 1 Nov 11 - 29 Feb 12

1 - 31 March 12

1 Apr - 31 May 12

3 Nts + 2 Rnds

3 Nts + 2 Rnds

3 Nts + 2 Rnds

£129

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£199

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£159.00 5 Nts + 3 Rnds

£245.00 7 Nts + 5 Rnds

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Prices are per person based on 4 golfers sharing a two-bedroom apartment and include golf on any combination of Salgados, Morgado and Alamos. Please call for different durations and different group sizes. Car hire, transfers and flights also available. All packages booked with Golf Escapes Ltd are financially protected.

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