2-fore!-1 Golf in England: London
1 Courses in Surrey
London offers a bounty of golfing facilities including Golf Centres that combine many attractions. There are golf academies for all ages and abilities. driving ranges, adventure golf and indoor golf, all accessible by public transport. And, across the Greater London region, more than 100 golf courses can be found. The range is extensive, from pay-and-play on the day to clubs where you will need to book well in advance.
Wimbledon Common Golf Club
Wimbledon Common Golf Club formed in 1908, then as the Wimbledon Town Golf Club. They became Wimbledon Common Golf Club in 1928. During both World Wars the common was taken over for military purposes. Afterwards much time and effort went into restoring the course and improving the clubhouse. Ladies joined the club in 2005 and since then they have gone from strength to strength. The club President Emeritus, Jack Miles, is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as being the oldest active golf club president in the world. Jack turned 100 years in 2013. The golf course on the common was first played in 1865 and is the second oldest continuing golf course in England and Wales. Wimbledon Common Golf Club welcomes green fee players. You don't need a handicap nor do you book a tee. You're invited to "simply turn up and play", with a precaution to check for competition reservation times.
London Scottish Golf Club
The London Scottish Golf Club, also on Wimbledon Common, was established in 1865. It is the third oldest golf club in England. In the early 1860s members of the London Scottish Rifle Volunteers, who were stationed near the common, picked out seven holes for play. Some of the holes that are there today, including Blockade, Long Butt and Running Deer, were laid out on rifle range lines. The clubhouse was built in 1897. The golf course is shared with Wimbledon Common Golf Club, though with different starting points, and the two clubs share a single greens committee. Visitors are welcome and may book online or via the club pro shop.
Royal Wimbledon Golf Club
The Royal Wimbledon Golf Club was established in 1882 under patronage of the Prince of Wales. The club was formed by civilian members of the London Scottish Golf Club and both clubs played the same course until 1907. Willie Park Jnr designed the course that was constructed that year. In 1924 Harry Colt, who was a member of the club, undertook considerable redesign of the course. This remains the essential layout of the course as played today. It includes sections that are primarily heathland and those that are woodland and parkland. Maintained to high standards, the Royal Wimbledon Golf Club presents a challenging test of golf.
Royal Blackheath Golf Club
The Royal Blackheath Golf Club at Eltham in London is the oldest golf club in England and the oldest in the world outside of Scotland. In 1776 a silver golf club was presented by Henry Foot for a golf competition which has been played ever since then. At the clubhouse, which is also of historical interest, is an extraordinary golf museum with items dating back hundreds of years. The Royal Blackheath Golf Club is well worth visiting for the golf museum alone. In 1923 the club moved to Eltham in order to expand their course to the full 18 holes. This beautifully maintained parkland golf course is only about 20 minutes from central London and you will receive a gracious and hospitable welcome by the club.
Highgate Golf Club
Highgate Golf Club is the closest 18 hole course to central London. HIdden away near Hempstead Heath, this rather hilly, well treed parkland course opened in 1904. Long ago (1,000 years ago) the site was the hunting ground of the Bishop of London, and remnants of the Bishop's Hunting Lodge can still be seen on the 12th green. Robert the Bruce stayed at that lodge in 1305, and a message he received while there is seen in the Club's crest. A private members club, visiting golfers are welcome during weekdays as long as you have a handicap. The location, near Kenwood House, is about 15 minutes walk from the train station. 6,015 yards, par 69.
Muswell Hill Golf Club
Muswell Hill Golf Club at Wood Green in North London was formed in 1893 "at a meeting at the local Green Man Hotel". Membership included all golfers from the outset, men and ladies. The original 12 hole course grew to 18 in 1905. However, during each of the World Wars there was loss of land and reduction of the course, then a process of reclaiming and newly acquiring land in the years afterwards. In recent times the course continues to be improved, with new tees being added, new bunkers created and greens redesigned. This is an ongoing process. Today Muswell Hill Golf Club presents a par 71, mature parkland course with rolling, tree-lined fairways and excellent greens. The club has recently hosted both the men's and women's Middlesex Amateur Golf Championships. Visitors are welcome and bookings can be made online or through the Pro Shop.
Ealing Golf Club
Ealing Golf Club in Greenford opened in 1898, first as the Castle Bar Golf Club. It became Ealing Golf Club three years later. James Braid designed the original course. In 1926 Harry Colt redesigned the course to incorporate extra acreage that had been acquired by the club. Other changes have been made in subsequent years and the improvements continue today. This fairly flat parkland course with excellent greens and narrow fairways is close to the River Brent, and you will be confronted by the river during your rounds, presenting a test. 6,201 yards. Maintained to very high standards. Easily accessible, very close to the train station. Visitors welcome.