5 of our favourite 19th holes
As bars and restaurants open their doors once more, our thoughts turn to watering holes rather than water hazards. Join us as we run through the country’s most impressive off-course facilities.
Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales
South Wales’ Celtic Manor played host to the 2010 Ryder Cup with the purpose-built Twenty Ten Course. Looking out from the clubhouse’s spacious balcony over the spectacular Usk Valley it isn’t difficult to imagine Colin Montgomerie and Team Europe’s wild celebrations 10 years ago. Today, amateurs can enjoy the roar of the open fire and award-winning food while toasting their own successes on the fairways.
Foxhills Golf Club, Surrey, England
Covering over 400 acres of pristine Surrey countryside, Foxhills Country Club boasts two Championship courses and Britain’s first par three course. The shared 18th green of the Longcross and Bernard Hunt courses, sits close to the suitably-named Nineteen, the resort’s relaxing bar and kitchen. Tuck into a brasserie style menu before or after your round, complete with sweeping views across the tranquil grounds.
Gleneagles, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
The home of 2014’s Ryder Cup is renowned for the world-class golf played on its Centenary Course, but maybe not as well known for its world-class hospitality. Scotland’s only restaurant to hold two Michelin stars can be found nestled among the resort’s three championship courses, at the Andrew Fairlie Restaurant. If the finest cuisine north of the border doesn’t tempt you, there’s always the option to enjoy a cool glass of Auchterarder 70, the pilsner brewed locally for the Gleneagles bar of the same name.
Wentworth Club, Surrey, England
A short drive from Windsor Castle, Wentworth is synonymous with golfing royalty and the BMW PGA Championship. Off-course facilities include an iconic clubhouse filled with memorabilia from past trophy winners and an impressive hall of fame. Leave your spiked shoes on your feet for the Burma Bar or change into something a little more formal for the art deco-inspired Club Lounge or orangery style dining at The Conservatory.
Close House, Northumberland, England
One of the north east’s finest golf clubs offers a more contemporary retreat away from the fairways. The No.19 Restaurant sits on the banks of a tranquil body of water with mesmerising views over the Tyne Valley. Local produce is served across a menu of three-course evening meals or lighter lunch options, and can be enjoyed on the socially-distanced outdoor terrace. The European Tour resumes at Close House with The British Masters on 22 July.