Stoke Park (Colt & Alison) - Buckinghamshire - England

Stoke Park Club,
Park Road,
Stoke Poges,
Buckinghamshire,
SL2 4PG,
England


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Stoke Park is one of our Top 100 Golf Resorts of the World

The Stoke Park Club is located at Stoke Poges, a charming leafy town situated on the fringe of the Chiltern Hundreds. A Hundred is a traditional name for the division of an English county and the wooded Chiltern Hills (which separate Buckinghamshire from Berkshire) were once a notorious hiding place where robbers would wait in ambush. These days things are more genteel.

In Bernard Darwin’s 1910 book, The Golf Courses of the British Isles, he wrote: “Stoke Park is a beautiful spot, and there is very good golf to be played there; the club is an interesting one, moreover, as being one of the first and the most ambitious attempts in England at what is called in America a Country Club.”

Capability Brown originally landscaped the historic parkland in the late 18th century. Harry Colt then came along and designed a 27-hole golf course, which opened for play in 1908. The signature hole, the 7th, the inspiration for Augusta National’s 16th, is considered to be one of Colt’s finest holes. The recently remodelled 7th now features a lake and a waterfall. By 1922, the club boasted forty-five Harry Colt-designed holes, but sadly, by the time the Second World War was over, only eighteen holes remained.

Stoke Park is surely one of the finest parkland golf courses in the South of England. There is no heather here (which is unusual for the location); the main line of defence is the abundance of huge stately trees and Colt’s clever design. The fairways appear wide and generous from the tees, but it's important to get the line and distance right, otherwise you will face challenging second shots.

More famous than the majestic parkland golf course is the 18th century mansion designed by James Wyatt (architect to George III), housing the clubhouse, hotel and restaurant. “The clubhouse is a gorgeous palace,” wrote Darwin, “a dazzling vision of white stone, of steps and terraces and cupolas, with a lake in front and imposing trees in every direction.”

Stoke Poges was also used as the setting for the golf scenes in the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger, in which 007 had his famous match with Goldfinger. The film featured the scene whereby Harold Sakata, as Oddjob, spun his steel-rimmed bowler hat at Sean Connery. It missed 007 but beheaded a statue! The clubhouse also featured in the later Bond movie, Tomorrow Never Dies.

In 1996, after long negotiations with adjoining landowners, the club reacquired 70 acres of parkland and restored the original nine lost Colt holes. In 1999, the new loop, named Lane Jackson, opened for play. Today, the Colt and Alison nine combine to form the main 18-hole layout, but the Lane Jackson circuit is hardly inferior.

In 2015, the Stoke Park Club commenced a bunker repositioning and renovation programme using the specialist golf course construction company, John Greasley Ltd. Reconstruction work was completed on the Colt nine in 2016 and modifications to the Alison loop finished in spring 2017. The third nine (Lane Jackson) will be completed during the winter of 2017/18.

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Description: Stoke Park is surely one of the finest parkland golf courses in the South of England. With no heather here, the main line of defence is the abundance of huge stately trees and Colt’s clever design. Rating: 6.9 out of 10 Reviews: 25
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Simon Rourke
I played Stoke Park (Colt/Alison loop) on 17th June on a reasonably windy day. First off the entrance up to the clubhouse is nothing short of majestic, the main clubhouse building is stunning and leaves you in no doubt you are playing somewhere a wee bit special. We had breakfast before venturing out and the service was excellent as was the food, the locker rooms are spacious and very welcoming, and they have a good range with free balls before you go out. The overall conditioning of the course was excellent, the greens in particular were extremely true and quick, if you putted badly you had no one to blame but yourself. The fairways were lush and the teeing areas were very good. The layout of the course is typical parkland really, plenty of timber to keep you focused and a few interestingly shaped holes but nothing too severe. The bunkering is very good indeed, I should know as I found about 10 during my round! The par 3 holes in particular stand out for me, the 7th and 11th are both over water and are very pretty holes indeed, I played both of these terribly but I still appreciated how good they were. The 18th hole is a terrific par 4 with excellent greenside bunkering. The 16th par 4 meanders along the river and is a reasonably tight hole, and this is followed by the 17th which is a great par 4 where you can take the tiger line over the trees to give you a short iron in to the green. The holes are treelined in many cases but you can still spray it about a bit without being punished too harshly. In summary I would rate Stoke Park as a very good golf course, it is very expensive to play and I was fortunate to play there for free through work, but I don't believe anyone would be disappointed playing here, the facilities are excellent as is the condition of the course.
June 20, 2011
8 / 10
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Carl Tushingham
As written on here before the club seems to be lacking a bit of atmosphere, but all the staff are extremely helpful and friendly. The clubhouse is a sight to behold and stands proud over the course and it can be seen at many different points from the course. The course is good but no better than that. It starts with an average par 5 and the tee box seems to be cut out of a piece of the fairway, its a very ordinary start, however the next 3 holes are very interesting. The stand out holes are the par 3's 7th and 11th followed by 16 and 17. A lot of average holes with huge bunkers seemingly everywhere, doesn't look like a usual 100 year old Colt style in that sense. The condition of the course for January was very good. Nice to of played it, but way over priced for what it is.
January 20, 2011
6 / 10
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Rainer
I played the course a couple of times and I really enjoy playing at Stoke Park. The staff is friendly and helpful. The club house is breathtaking and by its own worth a visit. The best holes from my perspective are 7, 9, 16, 17, 20, 27. The course is quite difficult and I have not managed to play my handicap yet. The greens are fast and difficult to read. Some holes are a little bit boring (e.g. 1, 6, 13, 15, 22, 23). The combination Colt & Allison (1-18) is the best, but Lane Jackson is not far off. The course is lacking a little bit the golf club atmosphere. 
August 05, 2010
8 / 10
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Andy
I returned after three years to play Stoke Park and had a really enjoyable time. The off course facilities are immaculate with service and attention to detail as good as anywhere. As for the golf; there are three loops of nine holes named Alison, Colt and Jackson, with the Alison/Colt combo making up the 1-18 configuration. I will start however with holes 19-27 and it is this nine that I think in time (some more tree growth etc.) could become the most dramatic. The tee shot at the 20th is very demanding over water, with a precise approach required. Hole no. 21 is a great par-3 over the water again. The next hole gives beautiful views of the house across water again. Holes (22-25) are the newest looking but as I said before when the trees grow, these holes will be defined perfectly. The final two holes on this nine are great – a long par-5 that is tree lined for the last 200 yards and the 27th is a classic short par-4 that has brilliant match-play possibilities. Holes 1-18 are considerably more established and I would say impossible not to like. An observation is that the fairways are very very generous and can flatter slightly errant driving to be honest. Par-3’s at the 7th and 11th would not look out of place anywhere in the world and go to prove that a short hole does not have to be 210 yards plus to be difficult. There have been changes to the par-3 15th (extra bunkers) that make this a much better hole than I remember. Lasting feeling is that Stoke Park’s golf is very good but not exceptional – it is no doubt very enjoyable though. As for the off-course experience….. It is certainly up there with the best quality I have experienced in GB&I and I would have no problem in saying Stoke Park in the same breath as Gleneagles and Turnberry when referring to the best quality golfing resorts. So to get full enjoyment, I would suggest a stay and play option over just playing and as a ranking; my opinion would be that this should be around no. 50 in England rather than 68.
October 30, 2008
8 / 10
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paul turner
This is a good course but not close to Colt's best work; it has been messed up too much in recent years. The second 9 at Stoke was marred by tearing up both a super short 4 that had a clever downhill sloping green and nice par 3 (15th and 16th); replacing these with a lacklustre par 3 and 4. Best holes are 3,4,5,7 (why the new pond?),11,12,17. But nearby Beaconsfield has the edge.
August 31, 2007
6 / 10
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Chester King
November 24, 2008
The reason for work that the writer refers to was to actually return the course (and pond) to the original Colt design. The Club celebrated its Centenary in 2008 and extensive research took place from 2006 in preparation for the Club’s Centenary Book. The changes have had universal praise and we were recently nominated as “Golf Course of the Year” by The Observer and in the “Top 100 Golf Courses You must Play” by Golf World. - Stoke Park Club
Hugh
April 08, 2012
I agree with the original reviewer Stoke Park is nowhere near to Colt's best work. Regarding that Golf World list mentioned above, it was a joke Top 100 ranking list that included the likes of Kabul Golf Club including the minefield and tanks... no reputable World Top 100 ranking list should ever feature Stoke Park. Having said that, I think Stoke is a decent parkland track.
David Redwood
An outstanding parkland course in fantastic condition. Beautiful surroundings and the awesome clubhouse make this a real treat to play. Clever fairway bunkering make driving tricky and precise iron shots needed particularly on the par threes. Only the condition of the bunkers (not much sand and lots of stones) prevent this from receiving top marks.
May 06, 2007
8 / 10
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John Line
Whilst the location and surroundings are without doubt superb, and the course layout varied and challenging, our day, complete with glorious weather, was spoiled by the conditiion of the greens, particularly on the Colt 9. They were quick, took a great deal of borrow, but were spoiled by being incredibly bobbly with some greens seeming mossy. Still a cracking place to play golf though.
April 27, 2006
4 / 10
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barry moulder
played here in Feb, expecting much, the history of the place is evident from the drive through the estate to the old mansion. Slightly perturbed by the arrogant attitude of the pro shop staff. However nothing could prepare me for the horror walking on to the first tee. The tee box was disgraceful, looking as if a tractor had driven over it, the fairway was awful, although the first and subsequently rest of the greens were immaculate. The 3rd to 5th hole from tee to green were also a mess, once more looking like a tractor had ripped them up. Myself and partner were ready to walk off and ask for our money back. After this he course improved significantly but the first 5 holes left such a bitter taste in the mouth that was impossible to ignore. I appreciate that a £50 green fee in winter for a course of this reputation is standard, but that is all we paid for..a reputation
March 29, 2006
4 / 10
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James Frew
The 27 holes available provide a combination of challenges. However, the course left me with an overriding sense that it could not be bothered to try harder to be better than it is. The tees are in a lacklustre condition and the pin positions have not been particularly challenging on the days I have played. There are some excellent holes though, particularly on the 3rd nine. I particular like the penultimate Par 4 where you are tempted to drive between two large trees, only to find a tough pitch to a sloping left to right green.The club house is excellent and the food is very good indeed, but I think the course requires more attention to justify a higher than average rating.
March 01, 2006
4 / 10
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Hugh
Parkland is not my favourite ground for golf but it's about as good as it gets at Stoke Park. Although there are plenty of huge trees, you really have to be pretty wayward to find them, except perhaps on the 17th... don't go too far left with your tee shot here. Greens are huge, true and subtly borrowed. The 7th hole is quite rightly the signature and it really is fantastic, one of my favourite inland par threes. It can be expensive to play here, but there are plenty of deals, especially in the winter. One of the best corporate/society venues in and around London.
October 10, 2005
8 / 10
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