23 - Top 50 UK & Ireland Stay and Play Forest of Arden

Stay and Play Forest of Arden. Golf Monthly takes a look at the Top 50 places to Stay and Play in the UK and Ireland

Forest of Arden

23 - Top 50 UK & Ireland Stay and Play Forest of Arden

Close to Birmingham and the M6, this resort has a wonderfully spacious feel and two contrasting Donald Steel courses to challenge you. The back nine of the Arden course plays over a deer park, and you'll often enjoy cervine company. This fine course tested Europe's best on numerous occasions, hosting both the British Masters and English Open. The Aylesford layout provides a shorter alternative. You can dine in style in the AA Rosette Oaks Bar and Grill, or more informally in the Zest terrace restaurant, while the Cedarwood Spa offers an impressive range of treatments for those looking to pamper themselves.

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Nick Bonfield
Features Editor

Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, writing, commissioning and coordinating all features across print and online. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email nick.bonfield@futurenet.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x