36 SWINLEY FOREST

Architect: Colt
2006 position: New entry
Stats: 5,761 yds; par 68; SSS 69
GF: only with a member
T: 01344 620197
W: N/A

If you like to tee up with just the birds, the bees and perhaps a Labrador for company then this immaculate Harry Colt layout should be on your must-play list.

As picturesque and well-established as its heathland neighbours at Sunningdale and The Berkshire, golfing here makes you feel like nothing has changed for centuries.

Although not long by modern standards, the single par 5 and the collection of outstanding par 3s still make this a genuine test of skill.

It’s got bags of style and charm to spare, as well as the best treacle tart you are ever likely to find. LN

+ Oozes charm; quiet seclusion, great par 3s; excellent lunch
– Difficult to get a game; too many short par 4s; condition can be variable

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