Course Improvements Help Edge Beaconsfield into England’s Top 100!
Over 100 years old, Beaconsfield Golf Club is a private members club boasting an 18-hole, parkland and tree-lined course in south Buckinghamshire. At 680 members, the club is in the enviable position of being full and only accepting applications now from lady and junior golfers.
It all began in 1913 when local landowner, Colonel Du Pre, set out to fulfil his dream of establishing a prestigious eighteen hole golf course and clubhouse on his Wilton Estate. He asked famous golf course architect H.S. (Harry) Colt to design it. Colt was referred to as “the best golf architect of all time” and by 1913 he had already designed some twenty courses, including The Eden at St Andrews. He went on to design over three hundred other courses in some sixteen countries including Wentworth, Moor Park and the New Sunningdale course.
Amazingly the club has its own railway station! This came as a result of negotiations between the Colonel and those railway companies building the London to Birmingham railway. The line went through Beaconsfield, cutting right through the Wilton Park estate, so the Colonel orchestrated a covenant whereby they were required to build a “Halt” adjacent to “a Golf House” that he had in mind to build. That Halt (now “Seer Green and Jordans” station) was duly built and opened in 1915, just one year after the “Golf House” and the new course had been opened!
The club has boasted some star members over the years, including world number one Luke Donald. Luke was Club Champion while still a junior member of the Club and went on to win numerous national and international tournaments. He went to the top of the world rankings in May 2011 after winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. In 2012 he became the first player ever, affiliated to both the US and European tours, to head the money list for the year on both tours.
Course Manager, Stuart Langhorn, relishes the challenge of improving the 222 acres of land in which the course sits, boasting a solid number of traditional English trees including oak, beech, ash and birch. He says that people are allowed to donate trees but he’s very strict about maintaining that English heritage!
Originally from Cumbria, Stuart took full advantage of an opportunity to work much further south at the All England Club, Wimbledon, as an intern for 6 months in 1999. He was able to put into practice some of the foundations of ground care and also enjoy the venue, being on court to watch Pete Sampras win.
He then spent six years at Woburn as a full time machine operator, covering seven European tour events before moving on to Burhill Golf & Leisure as Deputy Course Manager for Alwickbury Park in Harpenden. After seven years and a promotion to Course Manager, Stuart was ready for the new challenge of Beaconsfield in 2013.
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