Golf Course Information
Stoke Park is one of golf’s stately treasures
The course at Stoke Park is probably the finest example of parkland golf in the British Isles. The Buckinghamshire estate dates back to the Norman Conquest, but much of the surroundings today can be attributed to the giants of eighteenth-century landscape architecture, Capability Brown and Humphry Repton. It is on this gently rolling, elegant canvas that an architectural titan of a different nature was called upon to design a golf course.
An article on Stoke Park in The Country Gentleman’s Newspaper, dated 12th June 1909, reads:
"As to the course itself, fortune seems to have been very kind … The ground is undulating, while some natural hazards are as sporting as one could wish to see. With such advantages as these to start with it is not to be wondered that Harry Colt has been able to construct a fine and testing golf course."
Practice balls are complimentary as part of the visiting green fee and we offer a full length driving range for long game warm-up, short game area for pitching and bunker play and large putting green. These facilities are open from dawn to dusk.
Please note that 24 hours’ notice must be given to cancel a tee time in order to receive a full refund. A tee time cancelled inside of 24 hours will be credited for play on a future date. Please note that Stoke Park reserves the right to change and re-arrange tee reservations outside of 28 days of the time allocated.
If required, we reserve the right to allocate additional players to groups of visiting golfers either before or on the date of play.
In the unfortunate circumstances that rainfall or other extreme weather conditions cause the golf course to close itself we will offer a full refund of green fees. Alternatively we can reschedule your tee reservation.
During the winter months:
Monday to Friday - The course will be closed if any frost is on the ground. If it is still below freezing after 10am the course will be opened and played on temporary holes.
Saturday and Sunday - If there is frost on the ground the course will be opened on temporary holes and will go back on greens as directed by the Estate Director. No buggies can be used while frost is present. The Pro Shop will advise when they can be used again. The use of buggies
may be prohibited when their use is considered unsafe or when use could cause damage to the course.
Tees of the Day
Visiting golfers must play from the tees of the day. Men – Yellow Tees, Ladies – Red Tees.
Pace of Play
Our expected time to complete 18 holes at Stoke Park is 4 hours and 30 minutes.
Slow play affects everyone and must be avoided at all times. By taking the following steps you should be able to speed up your round of golf:
Walk faster to your ball.
- Play your shot when ready as opposed to waiting for your playing partners to play their shot (ready golf) until you have caught up.
- Play a provisional ball if you think your ball might be lost.
- If one ball is lost, all players should help to find it. If two or more are thought to be lost, the group should split and search for both balls at the same time. Maximum time to search for a lost ball is 5 minutes under the Rules of Golf. Try to apply this rule for the whole group.
- Players searching for a ball should signal the players in the group behind them to play through as soon as it becomes apparent that the ball will not easily be found. They should not search for five minutes before doing so. Having allowed the group behind to play through, they should not continue play until that group has passed out of its range.
- Pick your ball up and move on if you cannot score on a hole (not for medal rounds).
- Place your golf bag or cart behind the green or between the green and the next tee box in order to allow the green to be cleared quickly after the hole has been completed.
- Allow the group behind to play through if you are expecting an extended delay.
- Please do not spend more than 10 minutes at the halfway hut, especially if the group behind is pushing you. If you decide to stop at the halfway for refreshments you must invite the group behind you through if they elect not to stop.
Course Priority under the Rules of Golf
- Priority on the golf course is given to the faster groups regardless of the number of players in each group. It is the group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If players lose a clear hole and they are delaying the group behind, they should invite the group behind to play through irrespective of the number of players in the group. Where a group has not lost a clear hole, but it is apparent that the group behind can play faster, it should invite the faster moving group to play through.
- The course marshals have been briefed on this and it will be strictly enforced. Regardless of the number of players in each group, faster players must be invited to play through. This includes medal and competition rounds.
Ability & Handicap Requirements
- Handicap certificates are not essential at Stoke Park however golfers must have previous experience, be aware of and abide by general golf etiquette and ensure they maintain our standard pace of play.
No arrangements to accommodate large numbers of players can succeed without the goodwill and cooperation of all concerned. One slow match can spoil the rounds of many others and every player needs to be aware of their pace of play. Please be aware of those in front and behind you and be courteous. Basic golf etiquette, to which all golfers are expected to conform, requires every player to:
- Repair pitch marks on the green as you see them. They may not necessarily be yours but every repair keeps our greens in the best possible condition.
- Replace divots on the fairways.
- Rake bunkers after use leaving the rake handle pointed towards the tee box but outside of the bunker.
- Dispose of broken tee pegs in the containers on or near the tee box.
- Pick up and dispose of litter around the course if you notice it.
- Never play a shot when a player in front of you is within range.
- Do not retrieve your ball from the hole using a putter.
- Do not practice on the golf course or use range/practice balls on the course.
The Club allows any golfer over the age of 17 to hire/drive a golf buggy. All golfers must complete our disclaimer form before hiring their buggy and any damage caused by the hirer will be chargeable.
During winter months when ground conditions can vary we review the status of golf buggies on a daily basis. Wet conditions may result in a total buggy ban or buggies provided on provision of a valid medical certificate.
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