Montgomerie visits Bearwood Lakes

Former Ryder Cup player and captain Colin Montgomerie visited Bearwood Lakes Golf Club ahead of the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club

Ryder Cup legend Colin Montgomerie paid a visit to Bearwood Lakes Golf Club just days before he travelled to Medinah Country Club for the 39th Ryder Cup.

This year, Montgomerie was there in a new capacity as a Sky Sports pundit, an entirely different role from 2010, when he captained Europe to a memorable victory over the USA at Celtic Manor.

The Scotsman made an excellent impression with his kindness to guests and staff, and was impressed with the quality and conditioning of the club and course.  

"These are the best greens I have played on for quite some time," he said.

Carl Rutherford, Managing Director at Bearwood Lakes, added: "We are always delighted when Colin visits Bearwood Lakes.

"Colin is great company on and off the course and the quality of his golf appeared to be as good now as it has ever been.

"I know that it has been a terrific thrill for everyone here today to meet a living legend of the game, and typically poignant to have a former winning captain of the Ryder Cup just prior to the bi-annual clash of golf's finest players."

Bearwood Lakes is building a reputation as one of the best golf courses in England, and continues to grow in stature.

Indeed, it was ranked number 81 in Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK and Ireland golf courses ranking 2012.

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Nick Bonfield
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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 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