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.

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

Tel: 01344 620197

Golf Pro: Stuart Hill

Contact/Secretary: I.L. Pearce

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  • Midweek Guide: £100.00 per round *

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

Facilities: golf course.

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Swinley Forest Golf Club Reviews & Information

Golfshake Rating

  4.89

Golfshake Golf Course Rating from 32
Breakdown Averages

4.64 ... Overall Rating
4.81 ... The Course
4.44 ... Facilities/Serv.
3.97 ... VFM
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32 ratings from Golfshake members - Ranked 16 out of 1971.

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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.



Most Helpful Review

The place is simply magical !
After a phone call to the Secretary and subsiquent emails enabled us to get on to this notoriously difficult course. The course itself is not notoriously difficult, just the getting on part, we played 36 holes from the yellows in the morning and the whites in the afternnon.
The view from the clubhouse of no.1 and no.18 wets the apetite and lets you know the treat you are in for.
Pine trees, heather and loads of rhododendrons (which were in full bloom) make it easily the prettiest course i have ever played. It is a cliche but everyone is right when they compare it visually to Augusta.
The greens are positioned beautifully and almost every approach has equal appeal as well as danger. The raised greens on many holes make wayward approaches tough up and downs.
Stand out holes are hard to choose as there are so many for different reasons, but the 12th and 13th are probably my pick.
There is a slight downside to the green however, they are very slow. They were longer than expected and to be honest slightly bobbley in places. The Steward informed us of the programme of recovery over the past year and suggested that it would take another year or so for them to return to their past glory.
While on the slight negative, the course is also fairly short by modern standards with only 1 par 5 and 5 par 3s. This is only a personal preferance, but i do prefer more than 1 3 shot hole per round.
These negatives pale into insignificance when you take the experience as a whole. I cannot recommend this place enough, and it is a place rather than just a course.
I love the Surrey/Berkshire heath courses and Swinley is the purest and i would say best that i have ever played.
Luckily we were invited back, so i very much look forward to enjoying it all over again. - May 28 2014


Golf Course Reviews for Swinley Forest Golf Club

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Peter M rated 5 out of 5 - Jul 1 2018

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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Alwyn E rated 5 out of 5 - May 25 2018

A hidden gem
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Kevin G rated 5 out of 5 - May 20 2018

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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Peter S rated 5 out of 5 - Dec 2 2017

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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James D rated 5 out of 5 - Oct 2 2017

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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Benedict B rated 4 out of 5 - Oct 2 2017

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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Mark P rated 5 out of 5 - Aug 10 2017

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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Paul P rated 4 out of 5 - Jul 19 2017

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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Peter S rated 5 out of 5 - Nov 7 2016


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


As always, a great course and a great lunch

(Round played: Sep 2016 - Score: 74 Handicap: 13.9)
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Mark B rated 5 out of 5 - Jun 29 2016

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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Michael J rated 4 out of 5 - Nov 7 2015

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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Jonathan D rated 5 out of 5 - Sep 4 2015


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

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


Superb course and great hospitality...a gem!

(Round played: Aug 2015 - Score: 73 Handicap: 9.7)
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p webb rated 2 out of 5 - Feb 11 2015

Had a very poor experience with my society at Swinley. Would not recommend it if you are a decent golfer
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Kevin L rated 5 out of 5 - Aug 23 2014

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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Sean H rated 5 out of 5 - Jul 2 2014

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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Tim G rated 5 out of 5 - May 28 2014

The place is simply magical !
After a phone call to the Secretary and subsiquent emails enabled us to get on to this notoriously difficult course. The course itself is not notoriously difficult, just the getting on part, we played 36 holes from the yellows in the morning and the whites in the afternnon.
The view from the clubhouse of no.1 and no.18 wets the apetite and lets you know the treat you are in for.
Pine trees, heather and loads of rhododendrons (which were in full bloom) make it easily the prettiest course i have ever played. It is a cliche but everyone is right when they compare it visually to Augusta.
The greens are positioned beautifully and almost every approach has equal appeal as well as danger. The raised greens on many holes make wayward approaches tough up and downs.
Stand out holes are hard to choose as there are so many for different reasons, but the 12th and 13th are probably my pick.
There is a slight downside to the green however, they are very slow. They were longer than expected and to be honest slightly bobbley in places. The Steward informed us of the programme of recovery over the past year and suggested that it would take another year or so for them to return to their past glory.
While on the slight negative, the course is also fairly short by modern standards with only 1 par 5 and 5 par 3s. This is only a personal preferance, but i do prefer more than 1 3 shot hole per round.
These negatives pale into insignificance when you take the experience as a whole. I cannot recommend this place enough, and it is a place rather than just a course.
I love the Surrey/Berkshire heath courses and Swinley is the purest and i would say best that i have ever played.
Luckily we were invited back, so i very much look forward to enjoying it all over again.
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rated 4 out of 5 - May 9 2014

I have now played Swinley three times in the last three years, and it is a truly wonderful golf course in all but one area. I will come onto that in a bit. It's beautifully designed, you have to be accurate everywhere, and it is a special place to enjoy a day. I am however constantly disappointed by the greens, they have been dreadful the last three times I have been there, and it does frustrate me I play such a good course with such poor putting surfaces. I look forward to going back but I am keeping my fingers crossed that the greens will be better....
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Andy K rated 4 out of 5 - Jan 29 2014

what a great course to play - a bucket list for any serious golfer

(Round played: Aug 2013 - Score: 89 Handicap: 18.7)
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