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If you're looking to play a sport that incorporates strength, technique and wonderful views then golf is certainly for you! The golf clubs in London are equipped with numerous facilities such as parking areas, buggies and shops that include top quality golf equipment. Take a look at five of the best golf courses available in London.
A picturesque, parkland course, within easy reach of all parts of North London, Hertfordshire and Essex. The main features include tree lined fairways and superb greens as well as Salmons Brook which comes into play on a number of holes. There is a number of par 4s which allow even the ’average’ golfer the chance to make a birdie. After your round you can enjoy a drink in the smart clubhouse bar which also offers reasonably priced food.
West London Golf Centre, located in Northolt, is a very impressive golf complex located just off the A40. For those who know the area, it is opposite the old Hoover Building. Surprisingly, traffic noise is not an issue on the holes which run adjacent to the busy road.
The club are particularly proud of their greens and their website certainly has some impressive statements. Amongst them is a recent review from Golf Monthly which includes: ‘Ealing is fortunate in having procured the services of Greg Evans – one of just 52 Master Greenkeepers worldwide. He has transformed the putting surfaces at West London Golf Centre. The results are some of the finest and fastest greens around.’
As the website also mentions, the course is not particularly physically demanding - it is very flat. However, there is a variety of challenging holes and visitors are advised to bring their ‘A’ game! Those hoping for a gentle start will be disappointed as holes 3 & 5 are long par 3s and although short in distance, the dogleg left par 4 fourth requires an accurate tee and approach shot. For a better picture of the course there is a hole by hole video guide on the club’s website.
This golf club certainly lives up to its famous name and location. Set in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, this golf club has the enviable accolade of being the only course in the country set within the grounds of a Royal Park – definitely a unique selling point. It is also easily accessible from the M3, M4, M25 and Kingston.
The par 71 course has a parkland front nine and a contrasting links feel to the back nine with strategically placed bunkers and raised greens. During your round you are also likely to encounter some of the over 300 roaming deer which help make the course even more picturesque.
The golf course at Woolston Manor has been regarded as one of the finest courses in the South East since opening in 1994. The 18 hole championship course was designed by Neil Coles MBE and is truly characteristic of his unique style with generous teeing areas, dramatic bunkers and water play. The great Gary Player also described it as one of the best young courses he has ever played. Quite an endorsement.
Another challenge based more on thinking your way round than big hitting. The par 5 fifth may look intimidating in the course guide due to a lake down much of the left hand side, but it offers a definite birdie opportunity. The signature hole is the short par 4 thirteenth where an tee shot to the left hand side of the fairway leaves around a 100 yard approach shot over water onto a green which slopes back towards the hazard.
As one of the most challenging and picturesque courses in this region of London, Stanmore is regarded as a ‘thinking man’s course’ rather than one for the big hitters.
It is another course which has the right mixture of inviting and challenging tee shots. The seventh hole is an example of both as players are faced with a raised tee overlooking the fairway through a tunnel of trees and the short par 5 18th towards the clubhouse presents a good opportunity to end your round with a birdie.
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