Was tempted between the 4 and 4 1/2 but I'll give Stoke Park the benefit of the doubt. Definately one in the history books, Stoke Park is probably on the bucket list for a lot of golfers growing up seeing films (Goldfinger & Layercake) or in more recent times, seeing it featured on A League Of Their Own, but it certainly raises the question whether the venue proceeds the course itself.
Whilst you may not be able to get a hovercraft over the ponds of the par 3 like Jack Whitehall (youtube a league of their own at stoke park) I do think the course itself is good enough to compete with the place itself.
Whilst it may not be the most exiting of courses to play, it was kept in great condition and I loved the par 3 that was 'copied' for Augusta. In fact theres another dainty little par 3 on the other 9 which looked quite nice too.
The clubhouse is as you would expect, amazing. A very nifty pro shop where the old horse stable was with a unique walkway through to the changing rooms is well worth a walk to see some of the history along the way.
Stoke Park is a VIP place, and you will expect to see very fancy cars in the car park, maybe even a celeb if you're lucky. I'm pretty sure Jamie Redknapp was or is a member there alongside Queenwood.
Definately worth the play even with the expensive price tag! I played for a junior comp a good few years ago, the same one the current (I think) course record was set by a then 13 year old! (-9), Took the title off his brother who had the old course record, sibling rivalry, hey!
Date: October 15, 2020