Stoke Park ‘open day’ offers first glimpse of refurbished Colt
Prospective members at Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel will have an exclusive opportunity to see the refurbished Colt course when the multi-award-winning five-star venue holds a membership open day on Sunday, April 17.
Founded in 1908 as the UK’s first country club, Stoke Park – one of just two five AA Red Star golf clubs in England – has a historic 27-hole golf course, designed by the legendary golf architect Harry Colt. And, during the winter of 15/16, every bunker on the first nine-hole loop, known as the Colt course, has undergone major refurbishment to both shape and size, although their renowned strategic positioning remains.
The course will reopen to members on April 22, but those attending the membership open day will have the chance to see just how the work has framed the layout, five days earlier.
They will also be able to take advantage of free short-game and long-game clinics, delivered by Stoke Park’s team of highly qualified golf professionals, but places are limited and booking is advisable.
Members join Stoke Park to take advantage of the unique combination of the traditions of an exclusive members’ club and the best of today’s sporting, leisure, entertaining and hotel facilities.
In addition to the golf course, those facilities include 13 tennis courts, comprising indoor, grass and floodlit artificial clay – as used by many of the world’s top players, such as Novak Djokovic, during the annual Boodles tournament; an award-winning spa; indoor pool; state-of-the-art gymnasium; fitness, hot yoga and spinning studios; three restaurants, including the three AA Rosette-winning Humphry’s; and 49 bedrooms and suites.
With seven-day golf membership held at only £3,500pa, and gym membership £148 per month, there’s never been a better time to allow you to fulfil that ambition of becoming a member at one of the UK’s leading country clubs – though memberships are limited.
Set within 300 acres of beautiful private parkland estate in Stoke Poges, Bucks, Stoke Park is only 35 minutes from London and seven miles from Heathrow Airport. And guests attending the open day will benefit from an exclusive discount offer to join the club.
n To attend the open day or for more information about the different memberships on offer at Stoke Park, contact Stoke Park’s membership team on 01753 717179 or email email@example.com.
Written and distributed on behalf of Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel by the Azalea Group.
Information for journalists
- Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel is one of just two five-AA Red Star golf clubs in England. The land that constitutes the estate is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086.
- In 2015 it was named UK golf’s ‘Ultimate Members Club’ at the 59Club Service Excellence Awards.
Laid out across 300 acres of mid-19th century, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown-landscaped parkland, the 27-hole golf course was designed by the legendary Harry Colt and opened in 1908 and comprises:
- The Colt course (holes one to nine): The Colt nine will be the first loop to undergo the bunker renovation and will reopen in April 2016. The seventh hole was the inspiration for the original 16th at Augusta National, home of the US Masters, before the latter was amended in the 1940s. Augusta designer Alister MacKenzie (1870-1934) was part of Colt’s original Stoke Park design team and a partner in the short-lived practice of Colt, MacKenzie & Alison.
- The Alison Course (holes 10-18): Holes 17 and 18 on the Alison – which will be the second of the nine-hole loops to be renovated, in winter 2016/17 – featured in a classic cinematic exchange in 1964, between Sean Connery’s James Bond and the eponymous super-villain Auric Goldfinger. Their round of golf ended in front of the iconic clubhouse – purportedly ‘Royal St Mark’s’ golf club – which itself dates from the late 18th century and has featured in many other films including Layer Cake, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and Wimbledon.
- NOTE: The iconic still from Goldfinger, which shows Bond and Oddjob looking on in front of the clubhouse as Goldfinger putts out, is owned by Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel and may be available for editorial use in features about the venue.
- The Lane Jackson course (holes 19-27): Holes 19 to 27 – which will be upgraded in winter 2017/18 – were turned over to potato fields during World War II and were not fully restored to use as a ‘Colt’ golf course until 1998. The nine-hole loop is named after the creator of the Stoke Park Club, Nick ‘Pa’ Lane Jackson (1849-1937), who also launched the famous Corinthian Football Club. Hole 21 features the much photographed Repton Bridge, which takes its name from the gardener, Humphry Repton, who picked up the mantle at Stoke Park from ‘Capability’ Brown.
- Practice facilities: The striking monument at the bottom of Stoke Park’s practice area is of Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634), a former Solicitor General and speaker of the House of Commons, who was a tenant on the estate from 1598. He was the country’s first Chief Justice and, as Attorney General, tried Guy Fawkes and Sir Walter Raleigh, among many others.
- High-resolution images of golf at Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel are available for download, for editorial purposes only, from http://bit.ly/StokePk.