The Heathland courses of London are one of the great golfing destinations in the world and rate with Melbourne's Sandbelt for the quality and number of courses in close proximity. Heathlands courses are sited on gently rolling sandy terrain that inevitably drains well. Like links courses, heathland courses boast firm sandy conditions perfect for golf. However being inland most of the courses are routed through forests of Scotch Fir and Pine trees, often with heather and gorse lining the fairways.
The courses are inevitably more protected from the elements, and can look spectacularly beautiful when the heather and gorse is in bloom.
Heathland courses are a meeting point between the traditional links and parkland courses with playing surfaces reminscent of links play but a setting more like a parkland course. Most of the finest heathland courses in the world are located in England, although continental Europe has a number of quality courses , and the best course in the world- Pine Valley- is a heathland course in New Jersey, USA.
But think heathland golf and you think London!
Early in the 1900's a crop of wonderful golf architects made their mark on London- Willie Park Jnr, Herbert Fowler, J.F. Abercomby and the master- Harry Colt!
The Courses they created stand as testament:
1. Swinley Forest
2. Sunningdale Old
3. Sunningdale New
5. The Berkshire Red
6. The Berkshire Blue
7. St Georges Hill
8. Walton Heath
9. West Sussex
I don't have to tell you how much there is to see and do around London. But a trip to play golf can easily tie in with a trip to Wimbledon, or a test at Lords, or perhaps a trip to watch The Open Championship
Accommodation can be found in central London, or for convenience for the keen golfer The Travelling Golfer can recommend hotels and apartments in Windsor and areas closer to the golf
The Travelling golfer can tailor a golfing trip to London to suit you!