Whittlebury Park Golf Break Review

Elliott Heath enjoys a weekend in Northamptonshire at the impressive Whittlebury Park

Whittlebury Park golf break review
(Image credit: Elliott Heath)

Elliott Heath enjoys a weekend in Northamptonshire at the impressive Whittlebury Park

Whittlebury Park Golf Break Review

Whittlebury Park lies across the road from the iconic Silverstone racing track and offers up a fantastic venue for a golf break.

The club has four loops of nine holes, with the grounds set amongst picturesque Northamptonshire countryside.

On our visit, we played the 1905 (yellow) and the Royal Whittlewood (red) courses.

The 1905 course is open enough for higher handicappers but gets tricky around the greens.

The standout holes are the beautiful dogleg-right par-4 7th, which is home to a beautiful oak tree on the apex of the dogleg, and the split-fairway par-4 8th, which is again impeded by beautiful woodland.

The long and straight par-5 ninth plays up to the clubhouse before we ventured out to the Royal Whittlewood course, which offers up plenty of variation.

It gets its name from the ancient Royal Whittlewood Forest and there are some visually striking holes in and amongst the trees as well as plenty of water to navigate along the way.

The dogleg-right par-4 opener requires an accurate tee shot before a carry over water onto the green, testing your skills early where a poor strike will lead to bogey or much worse.

Whittlebury Park Golf Break Review

Every hole on the red course is memorable and it is certainly the better and more testing of the two nines we played, and that's not to say that the 1905 was poor - the quality on offer is high.

We loved the downhill par-3 5th hole, which plays over water, and then the stand-out hole is probably the 6th, a par-4 that borders the beautiful countryside and winds its way through a chute in the trees and up towards the beautiful green setting.

Whittlebury Park Golf Break Review

Beginners will love the yellow course and lower-handicaps will enjoy the testing red.

We can't comment on the two other courses but are sure that a weekend playing all four loops of nine will be a joy.

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Away from the golf, Whittlebury is also home to an exceptional Day Spa as well as a Leisure Club, featuring a pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzis, housed within the hotel complex just a few strides from the courses.

The hydrotherapy pool in the Day Spa

There's also a number of restaurants, including Astons, offering up relaxed and classic dining, and Murrays, which is a fine dining experience.

The Silverstone Bar is also a must-visit, with some very cool racing memorabilia and imagery.

Whilst the on-course facilities are great, the off-course amenities like the exceptional food and spa offerings make it a very well-rounded offering and a setting for a fantastic weekend or short break.

The hotel at Whittlebury features classic and club rooms as well as suites, with the sheer size of the place making it perfect for small, medium and large groups of golfers.

Whittlebury (opens in new tab) has a very relaxed and peaceful atmosphere with friendly staff and is home to a number of guests, from golfers to spa-goers, wedding and function guests.

The facilities are fantastic for groups of golfers as well as families and couples.

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x