40 Swinley Forest

Architect: Colt
Stats: 6,019 yds, par 68, SSS 70
GF: £80-£160
Visitor information: Visitors accepted by prior arrangement – not weekends
W: Not applicable
2008 Ranking: 36 (Down 4)
Improvements since 2008 Rankings:
Course: Replacement of the irrigation system ongoing
Clubhouse: Air-conditioning installed in dining room and redesigned terrace

Yet another glorious Harry Colt design, little appears to have changed here since the course opened for play a century ago. While its illustrious Berkshire neighbours attract visitors in larger numbers and groups, a game at Swinley’s relatively short, but delightful and hugely sporty course, will be a much more private, peaceful and intimate affair.

Panellists’ comments: “Truly charming”; “What it lacks in length, it more than makes up for in subtlety”; “Legendary lunch”

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