Elliott Heath visits one of the south of England’s premier country clubs
Foxhills Stay And Play Review
Longcross: Par 72, 6,750 yards; Bernard Hunt: Par 73, 6,892 yards
Greenfee: £100 Mon-Thurs, £110 Fri-Sun, £70-£80 for hotel residents
Foxhills is home to two superb courses, the Longcross and the Bernard Hunt, which is named after Foxhills’ first club pro, who went on to be a Ryder Cup captain.
The Longcross winds its way through the pine trees, putting accurate hitting at a premium.
It’s a truly gorgeous course that resembles similar tree-lined venues such as Wentworth and Woburn.
The downhill par-5 14th is a standout, and was once voted by BBC Radio 5 Live as one of the greatest holes ever made.
The par-3 16th over water is another exceptional hole, while the par-5 18th doglegs left around the last on the Bernard Hunt – both holes share the same green.
The Bernard Hunt course is the more open and longer of the two.
The par-4 6th plays from the top of the hill all the way down and back up again, offering great views, while the downhill par-3 8th is a beauty.
You can also try your luck on the Manor course, a fun yet tricky par-3 layout designed by Bernard Hunt.
There is also a driving range and numerous practice greens will help you hone your short game.
Also play… The fine tree-lined course at West Byfleet (westbyfleetgolfclub.co.uk) rewards straight hitting.
The stunning 19th century Victorian manor house, set in 400 acres of woodland, is the perfect place for an evening meal after a day on the course.
The restaurant offers an a-la-carte and six-course tasting menu.
Its patio overlooks the Manor course and there are meeting rooms upstairs.
The resort features 70 guest rooms in total, including standard rooms, family suites, junior suites, executive rooms and executive garden rooms.
All the rooms are near the facilities, which include swimming pools, a gym and tennis courts, as well as the golf courses. The spa offers treatments, an outdoor hot tub, Finnish sauna and natural dipping pool.
Where else… Thorpe Park (thorpepark.com) is a thrill-seeker’s dream. Less than five miles away, it features some of the best rollercoasters in Europe.
A Golfers Galore break includes two rounds of golf, dinner, bed and breakfast. It costs £230 per person for one twin room from April to October and £165 between November and March.
Foxhills is located in Lyne, Surrey, near Ottershaw and Chertsey. It is just five minutes from junction 11 on the M25.
Buggy hire: £40
Trolley hire: £5
Power trolley hire: £15
Club hire: £45
Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Short-game area: Yes
Pro shop: Yes
Changing rooms: Yes
Sky TV: Yes
Price of a pint: £5