Guide to Golf at Whittlebury Hall
WHITTLEBURY HALL may just be one of the best-kept secrets in England. Well, the secret is out on a hotel that features five - yes, five - restaurants, including one which has been awarded two AA Rosettes, as well as an award-winning spa, a huge amount of motor-racing memorabilia and 36 holes of championship golf.
It is located close to Silverstone Circuit, home of the British Formula One Grand Prix, which explains the motor-racing memorabilia and heritage. It is a four-star hotel offering the last word in luxury and is largely split into two areas. The Paddocks offers 41 individually furnished en-suite bedrooms with tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryers, Freeview TV and free WiFi. Single, twin and double rooms are available along with a limited number of family and disabled rooms. It is only a short walk from Whittlebury Hall to The Paddocks bedrooms. Wheelchair access is also available.
Alternatively, you may wish to book one of the hotel’s spacious and luxurious Classic rooms, which include all of the above, plus mini-fridge, trouser press, iron and ironing board.
There is a terrific range of offers available for golfers. For instance, if a group of 12 book into the Paddocks from September 1-October 31, 2019, they will get an overnight stay, full English breakfast and nine holes on the Wedgewood course from £69 per person, which represents incredible value. Of course, you can tailor your package to include an evening meal and a couple of rounds of golf. You will also receive 20% off your drinks and a special discount in the pro’s shop for the members of your party who turn up and discover they have forgotten to bring any golf balls or have left their golf shoes on the kitchen table. Whoops!
Spa & Dining Facilities
If you are having trouble persuading the other half that it would be a good idea for you to spend a couple of days with your mates at Whittlebury Hall, why not take her (or him) with you? The hotel has a spa which is rated as one of the best in England, featuring a huge range of treatments and special packages to suit every need and every pocket.
Where Whittlebury Hall really comes into its own is with its amazing choice of food, which is regarded as central to the experience of all guests. You can wander down to the Silverstone bar for a beer or a glass of wine before dinner and admire the motor-racing photographs and memorabilia that adorns the walls. If you are looking for a relaxed environment, head for Astons restaurant, with mixes classic and contemporary cuisine. Or there is the Terrace Cafe in the Leisure Club, offering buffet-style meals and snacks.
If you are staying at Whittlebury at the weekend you will definitely want to head to the Atrium, which overlooks the golf course, and serves arguably the best Sunday Carvery in the area. But the icing on the cake is Murray’s Restaurant, which offers the ultimate in fine dining.
Murray’s offers an intimate dinning experience, with just 28 covers, so it is never going to be too busy or too noisy - the perfect environment, in fact, for a romantic meal for two. Award-winning chef Harvey Lockwood changes the menu regularly but there is one constant - the quality of the food. If you doubt it, check out some of the reviews. “Murray's is the perfect place to delight your business clients or impress loved ones with a tantalising culinary experience.” Or “Truly amazing food experience, made perfect by the beautiful surroundings and personal touches.”
And if all of that is not enough for you, then you can choose to eat in one of the hotel’s private dining rooms, with a menu to suit your needs.
Golf at Whittlebury
And then there is the golf, presumably the primary reason for your trip. Whittlebury Park Golf Course features hundreds of mature oak trees and 12 lakes that once formed part of Royal Whittlewood forest. But before we get to the golf, the Atrium Clubhouse should be singled out for special mention. It is a magnificent-looking building (claimed to be the largest of its kind in Europe) which has twice been voted UK Clubhouse of the Year because of both the facilities on offer and the service provided to golfers and diners alike. The Atrium is a sheer delight - what every clubhouse in the land should aspire to be.
There are 36 holes, comprising four loops of nine holes each and because they can be played in any combination you fancy it means the permutations are endless. There is also a Callaway Fitting Centre, a magnificent driving range and one of the best short-game areas you will find anywhere.
Whittlebury spent much of the 20th century as a working farm before being turned into a 36-hole golf resort in 1991, comprising the 1905 Course, the Royal Whittlewood, the Grand Prix and the Wedgewood. Royal Whittlewood meanders through the forest and is renowned for its huge array of flora and fauna. The Grand Prix Course is situated on undulating grassland next to Silverstone Circuit and features a lot of water. As the name implies, the 1905 Course was originally built at the start of the last century and was restored to its former glory many years later. Again, the key features are oak trees and lakes. And last but not least, the Wedgewood features par threes and fours and is primarily aimed at golfers looking to improving their games.
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