Wentworth (Edinburgh) - Surrey - England

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


  • +44 (0) 1344 842201

  • Stephen Gibson

  • John Jacobs, Bernard Gallacher, 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.

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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: 7.2 out of 10 Reviews: 14
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Goffy
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.
May 10, 2009
6 / 10
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Carl Statham
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.
March 05, 2008
8 / 10
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Billy
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!
October 18, 2005
8 / 10
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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...
Andy Newmarch
Challengers to the claim that Wentworth has the best set of 54 holes in Britain, would be Gleneagles, Woburn and The Belfry. It has to be Wentworth for me and the Edinburgh course is brilliant. It does not look much like it’s older brother (The West) and older sister (The East) in the sense that this has a modern feel with a pine tree lined look that has been cut through The Great Wood. There are so many plus points for the course; short par 4’s, long par 4’s, dog legs in both directions and one of the best is the 11th - a cracking par 4. The par 3’s are not too shabby either, especially the 2nd and 17th. After playing the Edinburgh my pre-round expectations were exceeded by miles. I cannot wait to return, only problem is which course to play, as they are all quality. Difficult to rank them but at a push it would be West, Edinburgh then the East – but I am sure any permutation of the three would not seem that wrong. Special place Wentworth ……
August 30, 2005
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