Wentworth Estate is a privately owned golf club and health center from the 1920s (near Virginia Water, Surrey) covering some 700 hectares (1,750 acres) of North Surrey. In 1922, builder WG Tarrant acquired the development rights to the Wentworth Estate, and appointed Harry Colt to develop a golf course around the “Wentworth” house.
In 1926, a match between American and British professional players was held at the Club. One of the spectators was Samuel Ryder, who suggested that the match should become a regular fixture and supported it with the donation of the Cup that bears his name. The first official match was held the following year.
Now approaching 100 years later and now with four courses, thousands of enthusiastic golfers flock to the Wentworth Estate in Virginia Water to watch the crème de la crème play golf on what are said to be some of the most exciting courses in the world. United Kingdom.
Golfers follow in the footsteps of the game’s great players of the past 85 years: legends such as Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els and Tiger Woods, for to name. but a few.
The core of the Wentworth Estate golf course is known to the local community as “The Island.” This moniker adds to the sense of exclusivity that seems to pervade the entire area, and with a long list of the rich and famous on your doorstep, it would be hard not to be impressed.
Wentworth is the UK’s most televised golf course, hosting the PGA’s annual flagship golf championship. An extensive renovation program of the West Course at a cost of £ 6,000,000 hardened the course to modern standards, prompting professionals like Ian Poulter and Pádraig Harrington to be drawn to the upgrades, which were designed by the Wentworth resident and double Open champion Ernie. Els.
This course is also unusual in that it is the only course of its kind that has been designed with houses along the streets. And there are few more glorious natural settings to live in and play golf than this stretch of heath surrounded by pine, oak and birch forests with the vibrant rhododendrons that add a pop of color.
There’s no denying it, Wentworth is classy and this air of glamor and sophistication draws the rich and famous to buy side seats in these illustrious courses. The owners enjoy the opportunity to invite their friends from the city to spend a weekend in the “country” and play golf.
Famous past and present residents of the Wentworth Estate range from Sir Bruce Forsyth and Sir Cliff Richard to Elton John and the Bee Gees of show business. From Ron Dennis (the owner of McLaren) and former boxer Prince Naseem to Nick Faldo and Ernie Els in the world of sports.
In addition to the world-class golf on offer, the Wentworth Club is owned by Richard Caring, who also owns arguably the best restaurant stable in London, including The Ivy, J. Sheekey and Le Caprice. So if fine dining is attractive, this is a great place to live.
It is worth noting that living at the Wentworth Estate does not automatically grant golf club membership.