Overview of golf course named Wentworth Club - West Course

Wentworth Club - West Course

Virginia Water, England

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Holes

18

Par

68

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Architect

Harry Colt, Ernie Els

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Yes, from Monday - Friday (except public holidays).

Wentworth's two courses, though both the work of Harry S. Colt, are as different from each other as the two at Berkshire. Where the West is the attention-grabber, host to numerous tournaments over the past five decades, the East is less lengthy but more clever and captivating, not to mention less demanding in terms of physical effort and number of golf balls lost. The caddies used to call Wentworth's West Course the Burma Road on account of its arduous climbs and extraordinary length. Harry S. Colt had designed the course with tournament play in mind, and it was for some time the longest English course not on the coast. And since its length does not match its width, every tee shot was made with a driver. After the turmoil of World War II, the West hosted the 1953 Ryder Cup, where Peter Allis and Bernard hunt fell just short of leading Ireland and Great Britain to an upset victory, and Sam Snead and Ben Hogan came for the Canada Cup three years later. In the Sixties the course hosted the first of the thirty-plus World Matches and witnessed Nicklaus, Palmer and Player at the top of their games. With some refurbishing by Ernie Els, the West has recently been restored to top condition.

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Wentworth Club - Edinburgh Course
Hcp 23 9 courses played
Fabulous
11 April
I will never forget the first time I played the West - you are walking in the footsteps of some of the greatest golfers in the world. The course is beautifully maintained and it is a challenging course with a great mix of holes.
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Bearwood Lakes Golf Club
Hcp 12 78 courses played
Fabulous
2 September
Had the privilege to play the West course at Wentworth yesterday for the first time since ownership last changed and boy what a difference a few years has made. I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of playing The West but each time remember being disappointed by the poor condition the course was presented in, especially the greens. Not any longer. Despite the incredibly hot summer we have had that has seen most courses burnt out, rock hard and only now slowly recovering in a very patchy inconsistent manner, Wentworth West was an oasis of perfectly manicured dark green grass. Carpet lush fairways, thick nasty rough combined with the purest and slickest of greens. Heather and gorse expertly maintained, thick and evil, just waiting to gobble up your ball. We had the joy, or what should have been the joy, of playing from the back tees in a team competition. This would have been difficult even if my long game had been at its finest. Sadly it wasn’t, making scoring incredibly challenging. That said, despite personally being the weak link in our team, what a joy it was to stride the fairways where the worlds best have played over the years. Marvelling at how they play the game we all love so very differently. Our shotgun start was from the famous 17th hole where Seve used to make birdies from deep in the trees just for fun but this was a tricky start for a 12 handicapper as all four par 5’s came in the opening 6 holes. All were played without a shot scoring under stableford so there was just no way to slip onto the scorecard with a scruffy bogey for 2 points. From this tough start though there was just no let up - each long par 4 that followed requiring an exacting drive, and more often than not another wood or hybrid (and normally in my case an additional wedge also) to reach the greens. The par 3’s all requiring perfectly hit shots to hold firm and unforgiving putting surfaces, although I was thrilled to make par on three of the ‘short’ holes, but only because my bunker play was on tip top form. But despite all the frustration, wow what a golf course and what a brilliant day!!! Off the back tees by far the most testing course I have ever played and whilst I’d love to try again from the more advanced yellow tees maybe that isn’t the point of an amateur playing at Wentworth. Playing from the same tees as the pro’s gave a rare way to directly compare my hacking with how the professionals play the same game. After yesterday I’m not sure it is the same game after all......
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