Wentworth Club

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Overview

The West Course is one of Britain's most famous golf courses.

The Wentworth Club is also the HQ for the European Tour.


Golf Course Review

Wentworth's was a private residence for the Duke of Wellington's extended family before it became the Wentworth Club in 1922.

Found in the heart of the Surrey sandbelt, Wentworth Club sits ably amongst some of the best golf in the world. Its neighbours include The Berkshire Red and Blue, Swinley Forest, Sunningdale Old and New and Queenwood all within a few kilometres. This could well be the best stretch of inland golf anywhere in the world.

There are 54 holes on offer: The West, The East and The Edinburgh.

Wentworth Club West Course

The Wentworth Club's West Course is the best-known golf course at the prestigious Virginia Water, Surrey, England private members club and one of Britain's most famous golf courses.

Design by Harry Colt in 1926, it earned the nickname 'Burma Road' due to its difficulty following WW2. Frank Pennink called it 'the longest, most unrelenting test in the British Isles.' Bernard Darwin called The West the Tiger Course. Explaining further, he wrote: "The course is intended to test that rampacious animal to the full." The course was designed with teeth, not for the scratch man, but to test the metal of the world's best on the biggest stages. This it did in 1953 when it hosted the Ryder Cup and for the annual PGA Championship.

In 2009, the club replaced all the greens, rebuilt and added 30 bunkers and introduced a 100-yard long stream on the closing hole. Member and resident Ernie Els being responsible for the changes.

The club again redeveloped the course in 2016 with further green and bunker renovations, this time led by Ernie Els and EGD. This time around, 29 bunkers were removed but sub air, irrigation and drainage were added.

The course is routed as one continuous loop clockwise from the clubhouse. Famously, the course closes with back to back Par 5's - the second of which has caused the most amount of consternation. It's prestigious and notoriously expensive... if you can even get through the gate.

Wentworth Club East Course

The Wentworth Club's East Course is a Harry Colt designed heathland and the oldest of the three on offer. It opened for play in 1924, two years before The West. It is perhaps the most enjoyable for the average player.

For some informed reviewers, the East is equal to the West. Whereas The West is more parkland than heathland, the East Course could be said to be more heathland than parkland.

As opposed to The West, The East is routed in a continuous loop anti-clockwise from the clubhouse. A single Par 5 is found on the 9th. Twelve Par 4's are found on the card, five of which play over 400 yards. Despite being just over 6000 yards in length, The East is still a challenge, if not a fair fight compared to The West for the mortal man.

The East course played host to the first Curtis Cup in 1932. Perhaps it suffers from being compared with The West? As the bold course next door has slid down the rankings, has The East been unfairly dragged down with it simply because it couldn't possibly be better than the headliner next door? For many, it still ranks as one of the best heathland/ parklands in England.

Wentworth Club Edinburgh Course

The Wentworth Club's Edinburgh Course is the third golf course designed by John Jacobs, Bernard Gallacher, Gary Player and opened for play in 1990.

The Wentworth Golf Club Edinburgh Course is the latest edition of the three courses and some suggest it has emerged as the preferred course amongst the membership.

What do you call the course which is further east than The East course? Easy - The Edinburgh!

Summary

Wentworth Club is a British institution. It looms large in the British consciousness due to the events its held and its constant appearance on television. In fact, the first televised golf tournament was broadcast from Wentworth in 1952 with Henry Longhurst commentating. When you arrive on site it feels as though you've been before even it's your first time.

The Club itself is world-class in every way and on every level. From the iconic 1920s, castellated clubhouse clad with Virginia creeper to the elegant dining options, tennis and health club, and indulgent spa - Wentworth Club claims 'unrivalled excellence' and then surpasses expectations.

Rankings, however, are a curious beast - some would say as impossible to predict as any 'rampacious animal.' Whatever the case may be, Wentworth Club has two Harry Colt golf courses, one of which may be the heartiest challenge he ever laid out. Only time will tell whether The West can climb back into the upper echelons of world golf... if there is one club that has everything you'd need to make it happen, it is Wentworth Club.

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