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Iconic Stoke Park to Close For Two Years

By: Golfshake Editor | Tue 01 Jun 2021 | Comments

Highly Recommended on Golfshake and regarded as one of England's premier venues, Stoke Park is set to close its doors for two years, a move that has stunned members just a month after the club was purchased by Indian billionaire businessman Mukesh Ambani, who (according to Forbes) is the 10th richest person on the planet.

Reported by The Telegraph, the iconic venue will close from August 2, with the golf club and estate shutting on October 18. It is expected to reopen in the summer of 2023.

"The new owners of Stoke Park, Reliance Industries Limited, are making a major investment into the estate and are committed to preserving Stoke Park's rich heritage," a club spokesman said.

This has deeply angered many of Stoke Park's 2,500 members, who pay upwards of £4,000 a year for their membership, with several expressing their "disgust" and concerns for the future to the newspaper. 

Within Stoke Park, there is the acclaimed 27-hole championship course, 13 tennis courts, three restaurants, a gymnasium, spa and 49 luxurious rooms. 

It has been featured in major film and television productions, most famously the golf match sequence between Sean Connery's James Bond and the villainous Auric Goldfinger in the 1964 movie.

Stoke Park

Despite being an expensive course to play, it has been reviewed positively by the Golfshake Community.

"A great course catering for different standard levels of golf. Well worth a visit! Free range balls and really relaxed feel to the place. Staff extremely friendly."

"First class course with spectacular scenery. Staff were very friendly and made all feel very welcome."

"Great course, fairways are like carpet and the green are very fast! Great experience."

Those were just some of the recent comments submitted onto Golfshake. 

But if you wish to see what the hype is about, then you'll have to experience it soon, as otherwise it appears that Stoke Park will become inaccessible for the foreseeable future.

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