Wentworth Club

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Wentworth Club
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Club information
Location Virginia Water, Surrey, England
Established 1926
Type Private
Owned by Richard Caring
Total holes 63
Tournaments hosted BMW PGA Championship, Wentworth Senior Masters
Website www.wentworthclub.com
West Course
Designed by Harry Colt
Par 72
Length 7,308
Course record 62 Robert Karlsson (2010)
62 Thomas Bjørn (2014)
East Course
Designed by Harry Colt
Par 68
Length 6,201
Course record 62 Doug Sewell
Edinburgh Course
Designed by John Jacobs
Par 72
Length 7,004
Course record 67 Gary Orr
Executive Course (9 Holes)
Par 27
Length 1,902

Wentworth Club is a privately owned golf club and health resort in Virginia Water, Surrey on the south western fringes of London, not far from Windsor Castle. The club was founded in 1926.

History[edit]

The 19th century house the "Wentworths" (now the club house for the club) was the home for the brother-in-law of the Duke of Wellington. It was purchased in 1850 by exiled Spanish count Ramon Cabrera. After his death his wife bought up the surrounding lands to form what was to become the heart of the Wentworth Estate.[1]

In 1912, builder W.G. Tarrant had started developing St George's Hill, Weybridge - a development of houses based on minimum 1-acre (4,000 m2) plots based around a golf course. In 1922 Tarrant acquired the development rights for the Wentworth Estate, getting Harry Colt to develop a golf course around "Wentworth" house. Tarrant developed the large houses on the estate to a similar Surrey formula used at St George's Hill. Development of Wentworth Estate ground to a halt due to the Great Depression in the late 1920s. In 1931 when the banks asked for repayment of a large debenture, Tarrant was forced to declare bankruptcy. The ownership of the land passed to Wentworth Estates Ltd, which came under the control of Sir Lindsay Parkinson & Co Ltd.[2]

Today[edit]

Wentworth Club is best known for its associations with professional golf. It has three eighteen hole courses: the famous Harry Colt-designed West Course from 1926, the earlier yet lesser played East Course which was also designed by Colt in 1924, the recent Edinburgh Course designed by John Jacobs, and a nine hole par-3 Executive Course. The visitor's green fee for the West Course for Summer 2008 is £285. A few years earlier, when it was £210, it was the highest in Europe according to the British Golf Industry Association.

The headquarters of the PGA European Tour are located at the club, and each year it hosts the Tour's BMW PGA Championship. It was the venue of the 1953 Ryder Cup and of the HSBC World Match Play Championship from 1964 until 2007.[3]

The club is surrounded by and entwined with the Wentworth Estate, one of the most expensive private estates in the London suburbs, which was built at the same time, where many top golfers and other celebrities have homes. One of them is Ernie Els, who became the club's "world-wide touring professional" in 2005. Over the winter of 2005-06 Els, who is developing a golf course design practice, made alterations to the West Course, lengthening it by 310 yards (280 m) and adding 30 bunkers.[4]

Wentworth also boasts a Tennis & Health Club. The Wentworth Tennis and Health Club consists of a gymnasium, dance studio, health spa, ozone swimming pool and jacuzzi, crèche facilities, changing rooms, and a café. The extensive facility was completed in 1997 for £9 million by Architects Broadway Malyan.[5]

In 2004 the club was purchased by fashion industry entrepreneur Richard Caring for £130 million.

Golf courses[edit]

West Course[edit]

View of Portnall Park, from the south-east, published in 1828. Once the heart of Colonel Bisse-Challoner's c.400 (+200 rented) acre estate, it is now known as the Dormy House. The sheep mark the position of the present fairway

West Course Scorecard

Hole No. Metres Yards Par Hole No. Metres Yards Par
1 432 473 4 10 168 184 3
2 141 154 3 11 380 416 4
3 425 465 4 12 486 521 5
4 505 552 5 13 430 470 4
5 194 212 3 14 164 179 3
6 382 418 4 15 436 477 4
7 362 396 4 16 350 383 4
8 367 401 4 17 558 610 5
9 410 449 4 18 492 538 5
Front 9 3218 3520 35 Back 9 3464 3788 37
Total 6682 7308 72

East Course[edit]

  • Opened: 1924
  • Architect: Harry Colt
  • Par: 68
  • Length: 6,201 yards (5,670 m)
  • Course Record: 62, Doug N Sewell
  • Key tournaments: inaugural Curtis Cup, 1932; friendly match between US and GB&I (forerunner to Ryder Cup) 1926.

East Course Scorecard

Hole No. Metres Yards Par Hole No. Metres Yards Par
1 351 384 4 10 175 191 3
2 385 421 4 11 422 462 4
3 304 332 4 12 145 159 3
4 178 195 3 13 369 403 4
5 299 327 4 14 295 323 4
6 324 354 4 15 303 331 4
7 207 226 3 16 420 459 4
8 417 456 4 17 197 215 3
9 481 526 5 18 400 437 4
Front 9 2945 3221 35 Back 9 2725 2980 33
Total 5670 6201 68

Edinburgh Course[edit]

Edinburgh Course Scorecard

Hole No. Metres Yards Par Hole No. Metres Yards Par
1 420 459 4 10 467 511 5
2 132 144 3 11 401 439 4
3 458 501 5 12 155 169 3
4 367 401 4 13 387 423 4
5 157 172 3 14 364 398 4
6 422 461 4 15 360 394 4
7 555 607 5 16 481 526 5
8 416 455 4 17 148 162 3
9 334 365 4 18 432 472 4
Front 9 3260 3565 36 Back 9 3195 3494 36
Total 6455 7059 72

Executive Course (9 Holes)[edit]

  • Par: 27
  • Length: 1,902 yards (1,739 m)

References[edit]

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Coordinates: 51°23′48″N 0°35′45″W / 51.39667°N 0.59583°W / 51.39667; -0.59583