These are the Most Exclusive Golf Clubs in the UK
As one of the top luxury travel companies offering British golf vacations with exclusive castle stays, we take a special interest in notable golf courses and beautiful places. Whether you’re here for the first time or a UK golfing regular, there are so many destinations worth checking out. Not all golf clubs are open to visitors though, making them virtually untouchable unless you’re invited by a member.
Here are some of the most exclusive and upmarket golf courses the UK has to offer – and they’re not easy to get into.
As one of the finest courses in the world, this super-private club in Surrey is the stomping ground for the rich and famous. It was developed by American businessman Walter Forbes in 2001, and the pristine course was designed by David McLay Kidd.
The likes of Michael Douglas, Hugh Grant, Andrij Shevchenko and a number of golfing pros make up some of the key members – and rumor has it that the joining fee is in excess of £200,000.
Wentworth is another private venue in Surrey, located just down the road from Queenwood. Bought over by the Reignwood Group in 2014 for £135 million, this is now a members-only course. However, it remains home to the European Tour as well as the BMW PGA Championship. In addition to the golf, there’s also a great tennis club on site, a swimming pool and also a spa.
It’s currently one of the most famous clubs in Britain and is home to a number of high-profile members, including Ernie Els and Sir Michael Parkinson.
Also located in Surrey, in the town of Woking, is The Wisley Golf Club. Nestled in 224 acres of lush countryside with state-of-the-art facilities, it’s a haven for golfers. This sporting landmark, which opened in 1991, is owned by its members and is known to be one of the most exclusive clubs in the UK.
There are three loops of nine holes, all designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., and it’s a place of practice for Open champion and Ryder Cup hero Francesco Molinari.
Designed by renowned course designer Tom Weiskopf, Loch Lomond was said to be his “lasting memorial to golf” when he launched it in 1993. The clubhouse is a building that dates all the way back to the 18th Century, so the grounds are steeped in rich history. The club is now owned by its members who all hail from various parts of the world, and on site is a world-class spa, 43 suites and a walled garden.
The only way of getting in is by invite and prices for membership are kept secret. However, the rumor mill valuates it at well over £100,000.
The Carnegie Club
This incredible Scottish golf club is located at Skibo Castle in Scotland, and membership starts from £8,500 for an annual subscription or £25,000 as a one-off joining fee. For many years, membership was closed but has now been reopened. If you want to become a member though, be ready to get scrutinized on application as every potential member needs to be polite, personable and generally suitable for the club.
The Carnegie Links does offer limited access to non-residents, with The Carnegie Links Experience available to one 4-ball at 9 am, Monday to Friday between early-June and late-September.