Nominated by: Sir Clive Woodward
Images courtesy of Lambourne Golf Club
Lambourne Golf Club opened in 1991 and is based on designs by Donald Steel, one of the leading golf course architects of the latter half of the twentieth century. Steel was involved in the design of some famous courses such as Killarney, Formby, Skibo Castle, (Woodhall spa, Bracken course) to name a few. Lambourne Golf Course is set in 180 acres of breath-taking parkland with magnificent oak and beech trees and picturesque lakes. The owners are currently investing £1.5m and work is underway with renowned architect David Jones overseeing an upgrade to the course with additional tees, bunkering and water features.
The Golf Club is situated in Burnham, Buckinghamshire and is one of the region’s most prestigious private golf clubs. I was one of the very first members who joined in 1991 and have been a member ever since. The Rugby World Victory in 2003 was planned and plotted on the wonderful driving range at Lambourne where I would spend hours with my note pad and pen, a flask of coffee and of course my clubs!
Lambourne offers an 18-hole championship course measuring 6798 yards from the back tees par 72. Despite its healthy yardage, four sets of tees enable players of all abilities to enjoy our spectacular course, which also boasts beautiful landscaping, including rhododendrons and azaleas.
One of the club’s major attractions and strengths are the “rollups”. I have been part of the “Early Birds” roll up which means arriving at the club no later than 7.30am on a Saturday morning, names are drawn from a hat and you play in four balls. Normally there are between 40-50 members every Saturday this opportunity allows you to play, meet and get to know so many different members and seems totally unique to Lambourne.
After losing a Grand slam match against Scotland in the Six Nations I arrived at the course the following weekend to play in the monthly medal, to be greeted on the 1st tee by three Scottish members all wearing kilts … the club even has a sense of humour!
A perfect Saturday is the early bird roll up, then going for a swim and some lunch with my wife Jayne on the way home at Cliveden, which I see my good friend Gabby Logan has written about, and is less than a mile from Lambourne
Lambourne is a truly special place and has great memories for me over the last thirty years.
Lambourne Golf Club was nominated by Sir Clive Woodward, England’s Winning Rugby World Cup Coach.