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Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel
Stoke Park’s 27 hole Championship parkland golf course, known as Stoke Poges, is one of the finest of its kind in the world. Designed in 1908 by one of the greatest course architects of his generation, Harry Shapland Colt, Stoke Park became the UK’s first country club.
The course has received many accolades over the years, including ‘Golf Club of the Year’ and ‘Top 100 Courses you must play in the World’ by Golf World as well as a Gold placing in the HSBC Regional Course Rankings. Stoke Park is also notable for its many appearances on film over the years. Although the list is long, including the likes of Bridget Jones’ Diary and Layer Cake, it is bound to be Goldfinger which jumps to a golfer’s mind. Sean Connery’s James Bond tangled with Auric Goldfinger on Stoke Park’s 18th hole to produce the most memorable game of golf in cinema history.
As well as being a challenging and demanding course you will find it hard not to be stirred by the exquisite views and landscapes of the championship course. These views are not surprising when one learns that Colt designed the course to work with the existing landscape, designed by Humphry Repton and Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the 18th century. The club’s 27 hole course is made up of the three independent nine hole courses, Colt, Alison and Lane Jackson, and is one of only a few courses in Europe to do this.
Colt’s ethos was that golf should be played with the mind and nowhere is this more true than at Stoke Park. He once said that “First holes should be long and easy” and here you will find a 524 yard Par 5 opening hole that is followed by 2 testing holes to get you into your round. Colt always made the most of natural surroundings when working on a course, using contours and slopes to create undulating fairways and defend his greens. These putting surfaces are often large, subtle and rolling, and this is certainly the case on the long Par 4 4th hole. Bunkers were very important to Colt, placed subtly around his designs. His liking for cross bunkers is on glorious show at the risk reward Par 5 5th and Par 4 6th. Colt’s signature hole is the 7th, an awe-inspiring Par 3 often described as his single finest hole and the inspiration for the 16th hole at Augusta National which was designed by Dr Alistair Mackenzie, Colt’s good friend. A truly magnificent short hole, with a green that requires the utmost skill and precaution, par is always a good score. The 9th presents you with a great view of the stunning Georgian mansion which forms the clubhouse and another testing par 4, followed by a choice of refreshments at halfway.
The Alison nine begins with two short holes the Par 4 10th hole and the Par 3 11th equalling the beauty of our signature hole, and both protected by water. Colt’s cross bunkering is again apparent on the long Par 4 12th and Par 5 13th, the latter offering a good birdie chance. The 14th once again brings you back to the mansion, setting a spectacular backdrop to your second shot. The final 4 holes allow for plenty of views of the wonderful building, none being closer than the 15th tee playing adjacent to the east side of the house and plagued with bunkers once more. The short Par 4 16th offers a respite before two great finishing holes in the 17th and 18th. The 17th, a par 4, plays as a slight dog leg, with precision and accuracy needed from the tee to leave a second shot that plays over water. The 18th provides a great end to the round. A solid drive to the brow of the hill is required to give a clear view of the green. With the James Wyatt designed mansion once again in full view, a second shot to the heart of the green will leave one last breaking putt.
Having completed your round, your day is complete with a small libation on the Orangery Lawn, reminiscing over your game, whilst taking in the breath taking views of the memorial gardens. If your hunger for golf is still not sated, then the Lane Jackson course beckons…
It is a testament to Colt’s genius that his courses are admired by golfers at every level of the game. They still provide a genuine test and stand up to the challenges brought on by today’s modern equipment. Colt has without doubt left his legacy at Stoke Park.
The course is further enhanced by the practice facilities, a 300 yard driving range, 2 dedicated short game areas, a putting green and indoor swing studio.
In addition to world class golf, Stoke Park is a 5 AA Red Star hotel and boasts the following facilities to ensure your stay is a memorable one:
- 5 Red AA Star Hotel with 49 Luxury Bedrooms and Suites
- Humphry’s, Fine Dining Restaurant (3 AA Rosettes)
- 3 Restaurants, Bars and Lounges
- 27 hole Championship Golf Course, designed by Harry Colt in 1908, All-Weather Range and Indoor Swing Studio
- State-of-the-art 4,000 sq. ft. Gymnasium with Fitness, Hot Yoga and Spinning Studios
- Beauty Spa with 11 Treatment Rooms and Nail Bar
- Indoor Swimming Pool and Steam Rooms
- 13 Tennis Courts (6 grass, 3 indoor and 4 flood-lit artificial clay)
- Crèche, Games Room and Outdoor Playground
- 10 Private Rooms for Entertaining and Conferences
- 14 Acres of Private Gardens
How to Find
By Road from the M4:
Exit the M4 at junction 6 and take the A355 towards Slough then Beaconsfield. After 2.5 miles turn right at the double mini roundabout in Farnham Royal on to the B416 (Park Road). The entrance to Stoke Park is 1.25 miles on the right.
By Road from the M40:
Exit the M40 at junction 2 and take the A355 towards Slough. After 5 miles, turn left at the double mini roundabout in Farnham Royal on to the B416 (Park Road). The entrance to Stoke Park is 1.25 miles on the right.
Helicopter Grid Ref:
O/S SU 970827
Please contact the Club before making your helicopter journey.
Courses at Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel
Championship Golf CourseEncircling the club’s 300 acre Buckinghamshire parkland estate, the famous 27 hole Championship golf course, is undisputedly one of the finest parkland courses in the country. Created in 1908 by eminent golf architect Harry Colt, the Stoke Park course has been the inspiration for many of the world’s most famous holes, ...