The magnificent Old Thorns golf course winds its way through the verdant rolling hills of the estate and offers fantastic views at every turn. Mature trees, natural springs, lakes and testing bunkers give real character to the course which, while kind to the less experienced golfer, holds some surprises for the golfer who enjoys a challenging round.
The par-72 course has an illustrious history. Plans for its development started in 1976 and came to fruition in 1981, when Peter Alliss - now honorary president of the estate - and Dave Thomas completed the course they had so carefully planned.
On July 10, 1982, a high-profile opening fourball was played, in front of a large crowd, between four of the greatest golfers in history. Isao Aoki won the event with a score of 69, beating Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros and the then Open champion, Bill Rogers.
Old Thorns’ team of resident PGA professionals offers golf tuition on the driving range, chipping area, putting green or on the course itself. The PGA-approved pro shop stocks a wide range of golf merchandise and also hires out buggies, trolleys, graphite clubs and golf shoes.
Book a one-to-one lesson on the range or a one-hour clinic for six people. Our nine and 18-hole playing lessons give golfers the chance to play a round with a pro on the Peter Alliss-designed course and receive expert tuition on the way round
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