Swinley Forest Golf Club

Swinley Forest Golf Club, Berkshire is an 18 hole, par 68, 5761 yard, private, heathland golf course designed by Harry Colt.

Contact Information

Coronation Road, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 9LE0 United Kingdom

Tel: 01344 620197

Golf Pro: Stuart Hill
 

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  • Midweek Guide: £100.00 per round *

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Course Information:
18 holes | Par 68 | Private | Heathland

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Swinley Forest Golf Club Reviews & Information


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  4.99

Golfshake Golf Course Rating from 36
Average Ratings
4.67 ... Overall Rating
4.83 ... The Course
4.73 ... Course Cond.
4.46 ... Facilities/Serv.
3.97 ... VFM
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4.36 ... Pace of play
4.55 ... Hospitality.
4.00 ... Prac. Facil.
4.64 ... Food + Drink
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36 ratings & 30 reviews on Golfshake. Ranked 30 out of 2162.

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What the club says: The course was designed by Harry Colt in 1909 and is just over 6000 yards long and par 68.

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Reviewed Aug 30 2020 by Countymac - rated 5 out of 5

Swinley

Wot a fantastic place, great course , great people and I won
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Reviewed Aug 27 2020 by Steve G - rated 5 out of 5

Exceptional Course

A very exclusive private members club, exceptional course with varying tee positions. Not overly long from the yellow tees. We played from the whites and there are blue tees which are a little further back. Very scenic and well maintained course, with tough heather to trap those shots that are offline. You need to plot your way around to avoid the heather and bunkers that are very well positioned. All staff and members were very helpful and friendly. If you get the chance this is a must play course.
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Reviewed Jul 27 2020 by Kevin H - rated 5 out of 5

Majestic heathland experience

As you drive through a relatively innocuous side road, it?s hard to believe you?re about to play a course which features in both UK and World top 100s, but as the electronic gates open, you are immediately hit with a ?wow? moment - to the left you are met with an amazing vista of the 1st and 18th hole set amongst towering pines, and to the right one of the prettiest club houses you could imagine - what an introduction to one of the best golf courses in the country!

After a tasty breakfast bap on the patio and a few warm up putts you?re teeing off on a track which its architect, Harry Colt described as his ?least bad course?. The heathland course, first opened in 1909, isn?t long by modern standards (we played the white tee option at 5900 yards) but it is also only a par 69. Additionally, due to elevation changes the reality is that a number of the holes play a lot longer, and will provide the opportunity to use every club in your bag, with the green complexes providing additional teeth with subtle slopes and borrows.

My highlight on the front was the stretch from 3-5, with picture postcard holes covering a short par 4 framed by firs and heather, a mid-length par 3 into an elevated green, and a fun, reachable par 5 which sweeps down through bunkers towards a severe back-to-front sloping green.

The highlights on the back nine would be the 12th, a tough par 4 with a green full of humps and hollows, the 13th which is a stunning short par 3 with danger lurking everywhere, and the 18th, which sweeps back up towards the clubhouse.

Overall, the quality of the design meant that every hole was a joy to play and offered a consistent challenge (especially the 5 exceptional par 3s), and the condition of the course and greens were impeccable (although a little slower than they looked). It is also highly likely that it will feel like you?ve got the course to yourself, so pace of play should not be a concern as you wander your way through this expansive golfing paradise.

As is typical with a Colt design, it is also accessible to players of all standards - the more adept golfer will enjoy the challenge of taking on the bunkers and doglegs, whilst the average golfer will still enjoy the challenge of plotting their way round and trying to keep out the ball consuming heather and deep fairway and greenside bunkers. All things considered, I can only recommend that people take the chance to cross Swinley Forest off their golfing bucket list as soon as possible. Whilst it obviously comes with a relatively steep greenfee, it really is a course which delights at every turn, and one you wish you could play time and again, and is further complemented by the charming Clubhouse offering high quality food and views to die for.
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Reviewed Jul 1 2018 by Peter M - rated 5 out of 5

Excellent course - well worth a visit!

Excellent course - every hole is a challenge but a fair one. A lot of undulation, challenging but true greens. Staff were fantastic and the venue extremely impressive. Not cheap but definitely worth playing!

(Round played: Jun 2018 - Score: 94 Handicap: 17.2)
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Reviewed May 25 2018 by Alwyn E - rated 5 out of 5

A hidden gem

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Reviewed May 20 2018 by Kevin G - rated 5 out of 5
Beautiful! A number of changes since my last visit, can't believe they could make an already superb even better! But they have!

(Round played: Apr 2018 - Score: 80 Handicap: 12)
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Reviewed Dec 2 2017 by Peter S - rated 5 out of 5

Hidden gem

Not easy to get on and not cheap but worth it for the layout and beautiful holes

(Round played: Nov 2017 - Score: 82 Handicap: 11.9)
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Reviewed Oct 2 2017 by James D - rated 5 out of 5

amazing

this is now one of my favourite courses. it is a stunning place to play and while its not the longest course its main defence is the greens.
well worth a visit.

(Round played: Sep 2017 - Score: 88 Handicap: 15.2)
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Reviewed Oct 2 2017 by Benedict B - rated 4 out of 5

Lovely classic parkland course

A glorious course in great condition with plenty of interesting holes, though the heather can take its toll!
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Reviewed Aug 10 2017 by Mark P - rated 5 out of 5
Incredible course in peanceful surroundings, plenty of subtle undulations on the greens that were in fantastic shape and brutal heather when you miss the fairways

(Round played: Aug 2017 - Score: 84 Handicap: 12.9)
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Reviewed Jul 19 2017 by Paul P - rated 4 out of 5
A very punishing course with there being to much heather even close to the greens which makes it almost impossible to find your ball even if it is a half decent shot,but it is the same for everyone, we split the match all square.

(Round played: Jul 2017 - Score: 102 Handicap: 23.1)
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Reviewed Nov 7 2016 by Peter S - rated 5 out of 5

Beautiful course, great clubhouse, food great, very accommodating.
(Round played: Nov 2016 - Score: 82 Handicap: 12)
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Reviewed Sep 26 2016 by Gary B - rated 5 out of 5

As always, a great course and a great lunch

(Round played: Sep 2016 - Score: 74 Handicap: 13.9)
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Reviewed Jun 29 2016 by Mark B - rated 5 out of 5
This is a beauty, if you get the chance to play here then please take it, it is a millionaires' paradise, we only saw 6 other people on the course. Not long by modern clubs but a picture postcard on all of the holes. A course that time forgot !
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Reviewed Nov 7 2015 by Michael J - rated 4 out of 5
Played Swinley Forest on a society day and the course was in very good condition considering the wet weather. Overall a very enjoyable experience.

(Round played: Nov 2015 - Score: 90 Handicap: 14.5)
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Reviewed Sep 4 2015 by Jonathan D - rated 5 out of 5

great place to play, very traditional, beautifully underplayed course. Millionaires golf.

(Round played: Sep 2015 - Score: 97 Handicap: 20.7)
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Reviewed Aug 22 2015 by John D - rated 5 out of 5

Superb course and great hospitality...a gem!

(Round played: Aug 2015 - Score: 73 Handicap: 9.7)
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Reviewed Feb 11 2015 by p webb - rated 2 out of 5
Had a very poor experience with my society at Swinley. Would not recommend it if you are a decent golfer
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Reviewed Aug 23 2014 by Kevin L - rated 5 out of 5
Greens in great shape, bunkers in great shape, fairways tidy and all in all a lovely mornings golf was spent on a near empty course.

(Round played: Aug 2014 - Score: 88 Handicap: 15.1)
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Reviewed Jul 2 2014 by Sean H - rated 5 out of 5
A fantastic place to play golf. Every hole is a different challenge. Well worth the green fee.

(Round played: Jul 2014 - Score: 96 Handicap: 20)
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