Few parts of the UK can claim to play host to as many world-class golf courses in such a condensed area as the ‘Surrey Sandbelt’ region.
Heading due south-west from London, the area, which encompasses the counties of Surrey and Berkshire, is home to numerous prestigious venues that annually frequent golf ranking lists for courses in England, the UK and the world.
If you’ve ever thought about exploring this area of the country for a golf break, Exclusive Collection properties Pennyhill Park and Royal Berkshire provide the perfect base.
Offering luxurious hotel retreats where guests can indulge in great dining and relax in stunning accommodation, both hotels are ideally situated for making the short trip to any of the neighbouring golf courses – including Walton Heath, The Berkshire Golf Club, West Hill Golf Club and Sunningdale Golf Club.
One of Surrey’s most luxurious spa and hotel retreats, Pennyhill Park in Bagshot is renowned for giving guests the opportunity to indulge in the best and feel at their best with the finest of hotel and lifestyle facilities.
The 19th century, ivy-clad, country house is set within 120 acres of beautiful parkland, yet conveniently close to London, and offers the ultimate reset button for those looking relax between days of golf at the stunning courses in the area.
The hotel is home to bespoke accommodation, first-class food experiences (including a five AA Rosette and Michelin star restaurant), and an award-winning spa with innovative treatments and little luxuries perfect for escaping the stresses of normal life.
The spa is vast – one of the biggest in fact in the country – and is home to more than 20 different relaxing and revitalising experiences.
A short trip down the road lies Royal Berkshire, a hotel known as a ‘home from home’, which warmly welcomes all visitors and invites them to relax and take it easy, while also taking advantage of the major tourist and golfing destinations on the doorstep.
After golf nearby on the incredible courses, guests can return and revel in the property’s period features as they unwind with their favourite tipples and relaxed dining.
With comfortable rooms and suites to make your own, this hidden gem near Ascot and Windsor is easy to get to and makes stays feel special, yet familiar.
Where to play golf
You really are spoilt for choice when searching for good golf courses in close proximity to Pennyhill Park and Royal Berkshire. Below, we’ve highlighted four of the courses you can experience alongside your golf break with Exclusive Collection.
One of world's most highly regarded golf clubs – famous for its rich golfing and political history – Walton Heath is home to two quality and challenging heathland layouts. The Old has been a feature in world top 100 rankings every year since rankings inception of rankings in 1938.
The Berkshire Golf Club
Founded in 1928, The Berkshire is home to two Herbert Fowler designed courses, both highly regarded. Subtle challenges await thanks to Fowler’s superb design on these pine and heather lined courses.
West Hill Golf Club
A stunning heathland course consistently featured in top 100 golf course listings, West Hill was designed in 1909 and is a beautiful course with treacherous heather and towering Scots pines.
Sunningdale Golf Course
Sunningdale’s Old Course is arguably the best inland course on the British Isles. A private members club, and one of the best 36-hole venues in the UK, both Sunningdale’s Old Course and New Course are playable by visitors Monday to Thursday.
Other golf clubs in the area that are also worth a visit include Swinley Forest Golf Club, St George’s Hill Golf Club, Worplesdon Golf Club and Woking Golf Club.
Book your golf break
Following an increase in golfers staying at both hotels, Exclusive Collection moved to facilitate golf breaks in late 2023 in a bid to attract more players to its luxury venues by working closer with several prestigious clubs in the surrounding area.
Tailormade to suit each golf group, Exclusive Collection will connect you with the best golf courses in the area and source great tee times, sunject to availability.
An example package, including a three-night stay at Royal Berkshire with rounds of golf at Sunningdale, The Berkshire and Walton Heath, starts from £1,517 per person in a standard room with bed and breakfast.
For more information, visit: https://www.exclusive.co.uk/heathland-golf-breaks/