The West course at Wentworth is the most famous of the Surrey heath and heather courses. It must have been an absolute delight for Harry Colt when he was asked to design the West course, which opened for play in 1926. After all, he was already familiar with this landscape, having designed the East Course (founded two years earlier.) There is heather and there are trees and yet it is not quite of the same nature as its near neighbour, Sunningdale. It is set in park-like surroundings, and yet it is certainly not what is usually called a park course. It is a cross between the two, although the West Course has about it least of the park and most of the heathery terrain. The holes weave their way through sprinklings of heather and across gently undulating terrain. Mature oaks, pines and silver birch trees line each and every fairway. This is a truly classy, must-play golf course and it's a tough one too. The West now measures more than 7,300 yards from the tips. This is a must play course, the changes that Ernie Els and the team have made are brilliant, and make the course a real challenge of the back tees.
Though perhaps overshadowed by the major events that are held on the West, Wentworth's East course is in fact the senior of the two. It was built in 1924, the West following two years later. Harry Colt, who was also the guiding hand behind Sunningdale New, designed them both. While Wentworth's East is much shorter with a standard scratch score of 70 as opposed the West's 74, it is a first class course in its own right and, to perhaps the less able golfers, probably more enjoyable. Nor has it sheltered always in the shadows. Indeed it was on the East in 1926 that a British team of professionals met an unofficial side from America, repeating a similar confrontation at Gleneagles five years earlier. The significant presence at this match was that of a St Albans seed merchant, Sam Ryder and there and then the Ryder Cup was born. From its high tee to a tilting fairway, the second offers one of many grand views while the eighth and ninth, one a par four and the other a par five, are splendid examples of good heathland golf. The 11th, a double dog-leg, poses particular difficulties even for the best while the 18th with its diagonal cross bunkers, is a fine finishing hole in that it puts a lot of stress on the second shot.
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