Royal Cinque Ports, or “Deal” as it is more commonly known, was founded in February 1892. The First and Second World Wars did their level best to obliterate the links but James Braid restored the course and it reopened in 1919. Deal is an absolute brute of a links course with a relentless back nine. For the golfer who seeks a challenging course to conque, Royal Cinque Ports certainly qualifies, as it can make even the very best golfers look like weekend duffers.
Founded in 1928, The Berkshire Golf Club is home to two Herbert Fowler-designed courses, both of which are widely regarded as amongst the best in the British Isles. The Berkshire is a traditional Members' Club which warmly welcomes visiting golfers all year round to enjoy the beauty of its pine and heather-lined courses and to face the subtle challenges of Fowler's superb traditional design.
Sunningdale's Old Course was designed by Willie Park Junior and opened in 1901. It was laid out in the last days of the gutty ball over a mixture of hills, heath, and woodland that had hitherto not been considered suitable for golf course construction. Urns containing fourteen iron-age Skeletons were excavated during its construction. The course was considered extremely long, and its popularity owed much to the development of the Haskell ball, initially imported from the United States.
Sunningdale's New Course was designed by Colt and Morrison and opened in 1923, on heathland including small copses and broom. The first five holes were more or less as now, although the track of the first and eighteen holes had to be reversed. Colt's sixth hole played down the line of today's ninth hole, though along its left-hand ridge to a green over the path down to Valley's End and the Brickmaker's Arms.
The Royal St. George's Golf Club located in Sandwich, Kent, England, is a golf club in the United Kingdom and one of the courses on The Open Championship rotation and is the only Open rota golf course to be located in Southern England. It has hosted 13 Open championships since 1894 when it became the first club outside Scotland to host the championship.
Walton Heath is one of the world's most highly regarded golf clubs, famous for its rich golfing and political history, and the quality of its two exceptionally challenging heathland layouts, described by Jack Nicklaus as "wonderfully pure". Both courses feature in the UK and Ireland's Top 50 rankings. The Old has earned its place in the World's Top 100 every year since the inception of the rankings in 1938.
Swinley Forest is a charming golf course set on the famous Surrey/Berkshire sand belt. The magnificent pines are almost always in view, but sit well back from the holes and act more as a backdrop than hazard. In recent years, the club has newly added back tees, extending the length to 6,400 yards, with a par of 69 that will test and delight not only the scratch golfer but also the high handicapper.
Sir Guy Campbell and John Morrison were commissioned to rebuild Prince’s after the devastation of the Second World War. Incredibly, they were able to save 17 of the original greens and incorporate them into the new 27-hole layout, giving rise to the current classic “links and a half”, with raised greens, rippled fairways, deep bunkers and, naturally, that famous links rough. Above all, a warm welcome awaits everyone, much as it did it when Prince’s Golf Club first opened, over a hundred years ago.