From 1066, the estate was inherited in a direct line of descent for 515 years until it had to be sold to the Crown in 1581 to pay outstanding debts. For most of its existence since then, Stoke Park has been a private estate owned and visited by some of the most famous people in British history. However, over 100 years ago it was transformed into a luxury country club, the likes of which had not been seen in this country before.
Stoke Park's 27-hole championship golf course was designed by Harry Colt in 1908. It isn’t one of the longest courses but it offers a range of tempting challenges for the golfer aspiring to greater things (or at least, a lower handicap). What ever it may be about Stoke Park - the intelligent design, the elegant natural beauty, or the satisfaction as your tee-shot rolls straight onto the green at the signature 7th - you are bound to want to make a repeat visit to the place.
There is a good blend for all golfers - a mix of short par 4s and reachable par 5s, complemented by some harder holes were getting a par is a triumph in itself. The greens are top class, so if you miss a putt on these slick, manicured carpets, you’ll know it’s your fault! They are fast and true so can easily take a well-struck putt.
Missing the fairways in the wrong place can lead to a disaster thanks to some areas of rough that are knee deep and as thick as can be...however if you think your way around the course only poor shots will end up in no man’s land. All in all, Stoke Park is a good test of your golfing prowess and if you achieve your handicap you can be proud of yourself!
Stoke Park also offers fantastic practice facilities, including a putting green, driving range, short game area and the cutting-edge Swing Studio. This indoor facility offers classes as well as club fitting technology.
The par 3 seventh hole gets a lot of mentions online from professionals and golf enthusiasts alike. Visually, it’s a very picturesque hole but don’t let that lull you into a false sense of security! Playing off the medal tee, it is 158 yards in length and the success of your tee shot will depend on the placement of the pin. Once on the green (hopefully!), you may well be left with a challenging slider shot to get your par.
Golf Breaks at Stoke Park
Stoke Park is the perfect place to enjoy life in a five-star and friendly atmosphere. It provides a perfect combination of the tradition you’d expect of an exclusive club alongside the best and most up-to-date sporting and leisure facilities. Apart from the 27 holes of excellent golf and its stunning 5-star hotel, it boasts 3 restaurants, multiple bars and lounges, a gymnasium, an indoor swimming pool and 13 Tennis Courts. You certainly won’t run out of things to do while you’re there! Located only 35 minutes from London and 7 miles from London Heathrow, it is ideal for globetrotting golfers looking for a golfing ‘fix’.
Bernard Darwin, in his 1910 book, ‘The Golf Courses of the British Isles’, wrote:
“Stoke Park is a beautiful estate, and there is very good golf to be played there. The clubhouse is a gorgeous palace, a dazzling vision of white stone, of steps and terraces and cupolas.”