Overview of golf course named Swinley Forest Golf Club

Swinley Forest Golf Club

Ascot, England

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Holes

18

Par

69

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Architect

Harry S.Colt

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  • The Earl of Derby established Swinley Forest in 1909, as legend would have it after having become entangled at Sunningdale and consequently showing up tardy for an audience with Queen Victoria, who responded to the Earl's excuses with the comment that "a man in your position should have his own golf course." Derby built his course on heathlands near Windsor, and Swinley Forest has remained a bastion of elegance and exclusivity ever since, with a maximum membership of three hundred. Financial pressures have induced the club to open up somewhat, but the experience remains a trip into the past. Think of a somewhat smaller Berkshire or Sunningdale; like those courses, half of the appeal is the club's very inaccessibility. Though only some 6000 yards long, the tight fairways and diminutive greens make for a real challenge, and the layout calls for the use of pretty much every club.

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    6 July
    Stunning course and very friendly staff. Golf as it meant to be
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    Hcp 12
    Fabulous
    October 15, 2018
    I can only describe Swinley Forest as an experience that must be experienced. If your an avid golfer you must put SF at the top of your bucket list. An amazing golf club without the country club fluff. It was built for the privacy and enjoyment of its members. I thank God that Swinley Forest allows peasants like myself to walk on those hollow grounds, because it was one of the best courses I’ve ever played. Upon arriving via train with a 7 minute taxi ride you enter from a private entrance into what seems like paradise. I arrived at 7:30am to two cars in the parking lot both being members of the staff. Greeted and shown around by a friendly staffer that was excited to host me. I was told to have breakfast and relax before I went to the first tee box because members don’t arrive until 9am. With no practice facilities I could find except for a relatively small putting green, SF was built for the course not for the range. I never saw carts or caddies but plenty of push carts if your heart desires. I teed off at 8:30 and was able to make the first footsteps in the dew. With no yardage markers except for 150 yard post it was somewhat difficult to gage distances. I also can see the course staying really wet during the rainy season and possibly unplayable due to poor drainage. Other than that I couldn’t find anything bad about SF. The holes flow gracefully through pine trees and heath with incredible colors throughout. You rarely see past or future holes so you get to immerse yourself in each hole while playing it. Words can’t describe how each hole has its own personality and how each hole is so different than the last. With peaceful elevation changes that makes the walk enjoyable, I can play this course everyday for the rest of my life and die a happy man. The big knock on SF is how short it is, at 6400 yards it plays somewhat longer and you don’t notice the par 68 while out playing. Believe me please don’t make the mistake of passing over SF because it’s a ‘short’ course. One can only wonder how many political or business deals have been made walking these fairways. The members are humble, private, and supposedly stuck in time with their club. SF now opens its gates to fellow golfers around the world so you to can experience the charm, make sure to play it while in London you want regret it.
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