Wentworth (Edinburgh) - Surrey - England

Wentworth Club,
Virginia Water,
Surrey,
GU25 4LS,
England


  • +44 (0) 1344 842201

  • Stephen Gibson

  • John Jacobs, Bernard Gallacher and Gary Player

  • Kristian Baker

The Wentworth Club needs no introduction; after all, the West course is the most televised course in Britain. Even those disinterested in the game of golf have heard of the stylish and famous Wentworth Club. But do you really know how good the Edinburgh course is?

The Edinburgh is not a relief course, it's 100% the real thing. The East and West courses are tough acts to follow, and when Wentworth identified 150 acres of land between the existing two courses and Sunningdale, the heat was on to create something really special. John Jacobs was chosen to design the new course with assistance from Bernard Gallacher (Wentworth club professional for 20 years) and the legendary "Black Knight". Gary Player. Player was well acquainted with the Wentworth property having played in 20 consecutive World Match-play Championships on the West course.

1,500 tons of wood was cleared in record time by a team of New Zealand lumberjacks and, in 1990, after a huge effort, the South course opened for play. The course was later renamed the Edinburgh in honour of the Duke who conducted the opening ceremony.

"For the most part the course winds its way through 'The Great Wood' which does call for straight hitting. However, the fairways are not so narrow as to inhibit the use of the driver, rather to encourage it." Wrote John Jacobs. And he's absolutely right, this is a driver's course and, with a yardage that stretches out beyond 7,000 yards from the back tees, you can't afford to leave your big stick in the car.

There are so many excellent holes that it is almost unwise to single one out, but the long par five 7th is a truly magnificent three-shotter. Many good handicap golfers will struggle to reach this green in regulation. The hole doglegs on and on to the right, seemingly indefinitely. The green remains invisible, hidden by an avenue of pines until you are virtually on top of the two-tiered green.

If you find yourself in the wrong position on these big greens, expect a few three putts and if your driving is wayward, expect a few sideways chips from the pine straw. Host to the Senior Masters, the Edinburgh course is a challenging test. In many ways there is Woburn feel here, reminiscent to the Marquess course.

Wentworth is perhaps the best 54-hole inland golfing destination in the whole of the British Isles. It's by no means the easiest venue to access these days, but it is undeniably a special place. If you haven't played the Edinburgh course attempt to befriend a member immediately.

In 2016 it was announced that Gary Player Design will be spearheading an Edinburgh course renovation.

If the above article is inaccurate, please let us know by clicking here

Write a review

Reviews for Wentworth (Edinburgh)

Av. Reviewers Score:
Description: Arguably the Wentworth Club is the best 54-hole inland golfing destination in the whole of Britain and the Edinburgh course is an unsung gem. Rating: 4.7272727272727 out of 6 Reviews: 10

Very surprised that this course is not ranked higher. It really is such a spectacular golf course!

I played the course in late July 2018 when England was experiencing somewhat of a heat wave with very little rain. The course was still in immaculate condition and the greens were quick and true, but still receptive even with well hit mid iron shots.

So many holes stick out in my mind even 6 weeks after playing the course! Some fantastic Par 3 holes in the cute 2nd over a stream surrounded by bunkers, the uphill 5th carved out of the woods and beautiful Monet painting 17th. The dog-leg Par 4 4th holes is a wonderful hole which requires a well placed tee shot to the left of the imposing trees in the middle of the fairway in order to see the beautifully set green at the bottom of the hill. The Par 5 7th feels like it dog-legs forever to the right and is a true 3 shot hole. Don't get too greedy with your tee shot at the dog-leg Par 4 11th - you'd rather have a longer iron shot than be blocked out by the woods on your second.

The only reason I hesitate to rank this as "excellent" is our experience with a stuffy member while getting lost trying to find one of the holes in this labyrinth of a golf estate. Still, what a memorable experience!!!

5 / 6
Wentworth (Edinburgh)
August 14, 2018


Was this review helpful? Yes / No
0 people found this review helpful
Respond to above review

The demanding yet delightful Edinburgh golf course is a John Jacobs design with input from Gary Player and Bernard Gallacher. The idea of a third course at Wentworth, to complement the two created by Harry Colt in the 1920’s, was conceived in the late 1970’s but it didn’t actually open its doors for play until 1990.

Nowadays that door is firmly shut for visitors because an invitation from a member is required to play any of the three courses at this exclusive and private Surrey estate.

The West is a world famous golf course, needs no introduction and naturally receives the most plaudits and the East is often singled out for high praise too. But despite its billing as the third course at Wentworth the Edinburgh still ranks as one of the finest layouts in the county and I’m told is preferred by many of the members. An opportunity to play any of the three should not be refused.

As you would expect of a tight tree-lined golf course it is imperative that you drive the ball imperiously to have any chance of scoring well on the Edinburgh layout. You must be able to hit arrow straight at times whilst at others shaping the ball is required for maximum benefit and to gain the ideal position at a number of the dog-leg holes.

Indeed the test of your driving on the Edinburgh is a relentless one thanks not only to the narrow playing corridors but also strategically placed individual pines which can add to your problems. Fairway bunkers, albeit quite shallow, are also in attendance on many holes, lush thick semi-rough flanks several holes too and touches of tangly heather can be found on parts of the property.

Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.

5 / 6
Wentworth (Edinburgh)
July 24, 2017


Was this review helpful? Yes / No
0 people found this review helpful
Respond to above review
I played this course today for the first time. I was expecting a short, pretty course and possibly a poor relation of the West and East courses?I couldn't have been more wrong and consider the layout as one of the best I've ever played, possibly even the best?The mix of holes and fantastic par 3's were so good, it's hard to remember individual spectacles due to the overall quality of the design.I preferred the Edinburgh to the West in terms of enjoyment and I'm appalled at its current ranking as I've played all the ranked courses in Surry bar Queenwood and Wisley and would rank this right up there. I wonder what its ranking would be if it was a stand alone venue???........
6 / 6
Wentworth (Edinburgh)
May 07, 2015


Was this review helpful? Yes / No
2 people found this review helpful
Respond to above review
I was taken aback somewhat to find out that the Edinburgh course hasn’t featured in any of the golf magazine ranking lists because it’s a cracking course in its own right and rightfully sits within Top 100’s current Top 100 chart for England. Wentworth (Edinburgh) Golf Course - Photo by reviewerThere’s a bit of a walk from the 2nd green to the 3rd tee and from the 16th green to the 17th tee as both the two opening and closing holes occupy a separate tract of land close to the clubhouse but fairways on the rest of the course just flow effortlessly around the remainder of the layout. The general underfoot conditions were more heath-like than on either the West or the East so that certainly helped in terms of distance off the tee and picking approach shots from the fairway. I normally like doglegged holes but the downhill 4th was a bit too “Alpine” for my liking, reminding me of the type of holes I saw on lesser European courses a while back. On the plus side, the four par threes were an absolute delight, sensibly set up to play between 124 and 153 yards from the regular tees. The 140-yard, water-fronted 17th is obviously the pick of these short holes (it features on the cover of the scorecard) but, for me, I liked the 5th more because it’s so hard to make an uphill par three as attractive as this little beauty. Jim McCann
5 / 6
Wentworth (Edinburgh)
June 10, 2014


Was this review helpful? Yes / No
0 people found this review helpful
Respond to above review
Response
Dave Finn
June 18, 2014
You are spot on with this review. It is the lesser known of the three Wentworth Courses but worth playing.
I have been lucky enough to of played 60 of the top 100 in England and I am shocked that this course isn't well up there in those rankings. For me its a better course than the East here, you are presented with wonderful golf holes all the way around. Similar to the Woburn courses with pine trees lining the fairways and undulating greens that were in excellent condition. Hard to find fault with this course, play here if you get the chance, you won't be disappointed.
5 / 6
Wentworth (Edinburgh)
September 21, 2011


Was this review helpful? Yes / No
0 people found this review helpful
Respond to above review
I played the Edinburgh course on a lovely spring day and was pleasantly surprised. It is my first Wentworth round (I certainly hope to return and sample thye East and West), but considering this is the "3rd" course I was very impressed. The course was quite damp underfoot, but the greens were true and the layout is great. There are some lovely long dog leg holes and some impressive par 3's. I'd be very happy to play again.
4 / 6
Wentworth (Edinburgh)
March 23, 2011


Was this review helpful? Yes / No
0 people found this review helpful
Respond to above review
I have been playing the courses at Wentworth for about 13 years and played Edinburgh on the 10th of April. Edinburgh is a good layout, but was not in great condition (maybe because of the extra rounds over the last year due to the West being renovated and only recently re-opened) especially compared to the East. Greens were ok, but not as good as I would have expected for Wentworth. The course was quite soggy and worn down in places on / around the tees and on some fairways. They did start patching some areas of the rough though. Need to wait and see if the Spring growth helps the course recover.
3 / 6
Wentworth (Edinburgh)
April 22, 2010


Was this review helpful? Yes / No
0 people found this review helpful
Respond to above review
I played the Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago to complete the Wentworth set. I had always had this course as the ‘new kid on the block’ of the three and was plesently surprised. I think it is better than the East and is only slightly behind the West. Personally I rate Woburn as a better collection of 3 courses but don’t ever pass up an opportunity to play this course, it will test all aspects of you game in stunning surroundings, Wentworth is a very special place.
4 / 6
Wentworth (Edinburgh)
May 10, 2009


Was this review helpful? Yes / No
0 people found this review helpful
Respond to above review
I played the Edinburgh course on a cold bright winter’s day. The course was in pretty good condition, the greens were reasonably quick and not that bumpy and there were no temporary greens or tees. All in all this is a very good all round course, I can’t remember any really stand out holes but there were certainly no poor holes. This is a course I could play every week and not get board of and I think when the leaves on the trees it would be even more special. It is a real mixture in terms of feel, some of it feels like a new course by an American designer however a lot of it looks as if it were designed and laid down some 100 years ago with narrow fairways and tight doglegs. My only criticism and it is a very mild criticism is the bunkering. It’s not that it is poor, because the bunker placement really adds to the courses challenge, it is more that they should have shaped the bunkers in the old traditional style as they are on the West and East. In some places the bunkers I feel detract from the natural feel of the course ….. perhaps Donald Steele should have worked on the design team? But other than that personal gripe this is worth a play and to be honest Wentworth is worth a visit if you close your eyes when you hand the green fee over. It is a very wonderful set up, not your traditional Sunningdale, but a modern relaxed club with fantastic facilities and a real welcoming approach to visitors. Never once are you made to feel a second class citizen as a visitor ………… however considering the complete lack of members on such a lovely winters day they probably welcome your credit card. Although I expect that the locals are all either on the ski slopes or in Antigua, I have absolutely no idea what the membership costs are but considering the houses around the course it could be any price and still only be spare change to them ……. All in all a lovely place to spend a day.
5 / 6
Wentworth (Edinburgh)
March 05, 2008


Was this review helpful? Yes / No
0 people found this review helpful
Respond to above review
It's a complete surprise that the Edinburgh is not a ranked course... this layout is far better than just a gem and it deserves more. From the regular tees, it's challenging and it's not in any way inferior to the elderly East and West courses. I've played all three courses at the Belfry, Gleneagles, Woburn and the main trio at St Andrews and I prefer Wentworth without a doubt. Sure St Andrews has the special feel and all the history, but Wentworth has bags of style. Clearly you need to dig deep to play here but it's worth every penny. Three stunners and many of the members prefer the Edinburgh the most!
5 / 6
Wentworth (Edinburgh)
October 18, 2005


Was this review helpful? Yes / No
0 people found this review helpful
Respond to above review
Response
Admin
August 03, 2007
As you can now see, the Edinburgh course is now ranked after starting life on the Top 100 site as a GEM...