We dusted down our plus fours and strode out of the office to find the UK’s best courses on which to entertain your clients
Looking out across the Wiltshire Downs, Lord Lansdowne’s 2,000-acre estate has an award-winning, 18-hole championship course with excellent clubhouse facilities. Want to make a stay of it? There’s a fine-dining restaurant, a spa and 43 bedrooms in the on-site hotel.
This world-famous golfing destination offers a trio of championship courses a mere 45 minutes from London. Laden with memorabilia, the large Ryder Cup Room keeps dinners and drinks on theme, while the on-site restaurant mirrors the style and cuisine of its sisters, The Ivy and Le Caprice.
The scenery’s the star at Carden Park’s two championship courses. Double-option fairways make the Nicklaus a ‘thinking man’s course’. By way of respite, corporate packages offer a day’s golf with lunch and a three-course dinner. Need more? The Carden Aktiv Retreat focuses on fitness and relaxation classes.
The 2010 Ryder Cup venue is a golfing wonderland: its three championship courses flanked by an academy and two large clubhouses. With 400 bedrooms, seven restaurants and a 1,500-capacity conference centre, this is one for the very largest corporate groups.
Closer to the capital, this 500-acre estate has two championship courses. The Melbourne involves a ferry ride to reach its 18th green. Amid ancient woodland, The Palmerston throws up a series of spectacular hazards. Watch out too for the roving drinks buggies. Once clubs have been holstered, there’s overnight accommodation.
There has been golf at Hever Castle since the 1920s. In its historic grounds, the current club offers 27 holes of high-quality golf, top-notch practice facilities and tuition from PGA professionals. Groups can even combine a round with a tour of Anne Boleyn’s old home.
This Home Counties club is more than 100 years old and counts no fewer than four prime ministers among its alumni. The clubhouse’s bar and dining room is an outstanding 19th hole, overlooking a picture-postcard putting green and with space to host 180 for drinks.
On a stately Jacobean property under an hour from London, this championship course was designed by Jack Nicklaus. After some swing analysis at the on-site Golf Academy, groups can repair to the Games Room, where a simulator lets them play 15 of the world’s finest courses.