Mark Twain once said that “golf is a good walk spoiled”. But can we really trust a man sporting that size of moustache outside November? I think not.
In Twain’s time, a golf club was for the rural elite, but today they’ve been taken up by the world and his wife. And if you’re not quite Rory or Tiger yet, then the South East has places aplenty to practice your putt and perfect your swing.
Opened in 1893 by Queen Victoria, this smart course delights in its royal connections, occupying the very space where Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn might have frolicked 300 years earlier. But these days, Hampton Court Palace Golf Club means business with 18 holes, a driving range, pro-shop and academy – not to mention a fabulous clubhouse, ensuring the 19th hole is as good as 1 to 18.
Boasting three 9-hole courses, the combinations are endless at South Essex, and the views over the Thames Valley into Kent, spectacular. And all this within easy reach of the M25. Add family foot golf, a friendly clubhouse and a 14-bay floodlit driving range, and you’re all teed up!
If great facilities top your wish list then Chesfield Downs near Stevenage will score highly. As well as an 18 hole course and 20-bay floodlit driving range, this Hertfordshire haven also offers a superb gym, fitness classes, health suite, bar and brasserie – plus one of the largest pro-golf shops in the area. What’s keeping you?
How the devil do you drive balls 30 seconds from the Bank of England? Welcome to virtual golf! Just as you don’t need real banknotes to have a great time, here’s 18-holes without the need to step outside! Immersed in some seriously clever technology, you get to play all the famous courses, receive world class coaching and then relax in the equally exclusive environment of the club bar and restaurant. Unsurprisingly, this all comes highly recommended by both Marks – Twain and Carney.
Even if you don’t get a hole-in-one, at least you get a Buy One Get One Free with the ENTERTAINER. Happy days!