Royal Ascot Golf: From the race course to the golf course

15 juin 2022
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One of the most anticipated weeks in the horse racing calendar is here. As the horses make their way around the racecourse for a week of entertainment and betting at Royal Ascot. The golf course - Royal Ascot Golf Club - less than 100 yards away from the racecourse, closes for the week due to the racing. However, the clubhouse will be undergoing an exciting refurbishment in its traditional week off.
The Royal Ascot Golf Course is only 100 yards away from the race track! (Photo: Dumphasizer via Flickr. Licence here:

Royal Ascot Golf Club

Founded as Ascot Golf Club in 1887 by local Barrister F.J. Patton, less than a year later, the golf club was given “Royal” status by Queen Victoria as many of her children learned to play golf there.

Fast forward to 2000, the golf club was forced to look for new premises as the Racecourse Authority announced major redevelopment plans. The club moved to its new home on Winkfield Road, Berkshire, on the site of former Ascot Farm. The clubhouse opened just before Christmas 2004, while still playing on what remained of the old Heath course.

The challenging 6294-yard new parkland course then opened in August 2005. Located on 150 acres of wooded Crown land, the course was described by one former Ryder Cup player as “one of the best new English courses I have played for a long time.”

The Berkshire

The Berkshire has two lovely golf courses. (Photo: Leading Courses user calummackenzie9)

Berkshire is also known for many other top-quality courses on its famous sandbelt land. The Berkshire (Red and Blue) are perhaps two of the most sought-after courses. The Red course is known for its even split of 6 par 3s, 4s & 5s, whereas the Blue course is slightly shorter but equally as picturesque heathland course.

Swinley Forest

Swinley Forrest is a Harry Colt lay-out. (Photo: Leading Courses user detroitgolfer)

Just a short trip down the road and you will find yourself at one of the most exclusive clubs in the country, Swinley Forest. Designed by Harry Colt, its layout carves its way through spectacular heathland vistas framed by heather, pine woods, azaleas and rhododendrons. Swinley Forest plays deceptively long and its undulating greens deliver a true test of skill to all comers.

Bearwood Lakes

Nice slopes at Bearwood Lakes. (Photo: Leading Courses user pjudge1975)

If you’re looking to continue your challenge of playing top courses, then Bearwood Lakes needs to be on your list too. However, part of your challenge will be getting onto the course which is an exclusive club for its members and their guests. Originally within the grounds of Windsor Great Park, the course only opened in 1996 but the forest terrain and woodland has evolved over centuries creating one of the most inspiring golfing environments to be found anywhere in the world.

The course at Bearwood Lakes is maintained with exceptional craftsmanship and unparalleled attention to detail, providing world-class playing surfaces.

Tip: If you want to read more about horses, courses and golf, also read our article: Golf courses and horses…

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