Save for the legendary St Andrew’s Golf Club in Scotland, Wentworth’s sporting heritage has rendered it arguably the most illustrious golfing venue in the UK.
The clubhouse itself dates back to the early 1800s, in fact it was the home of Duke of Wellington’s brother in law. As the 1800s came to a close the house was bought by the Spanish Duke of Maestrazgo, who had been exiled on account of his Carlist politics. His wife, an English heiress by the name of Catherine Anne Vaugh-Richards, took up the task of growing and tending to the surrounding verdant landscape, the peaceful brooks, rolling fields and continental trees that now epitomize Wentworth.
It was in 1922 that builder W.G. Tarrant gained the rights to develop Wentworth Estate with the vision of building a golf course right outside the main house. Fabled golf course architect Harry Colt was commissioned to carry out the work, subsequently developing two of today’s three courses, named East and West. The third course, named Edinburgh, came along in 1990 and was designed by Gary Player, John Jacobs and Bernard Gallacher.
While the first official Ryder Cup, where teams from the USA face teams from Europe, was held in Massachusetts in 1927, it was actually the previous year in Wentworth that its precursor was played.
As well as the BMW PGA Championships, Wentworth has played host to The Daks Tournament, The British Masters, Women’s British Open, The Canada Cup, and The World Golf Championships Match Play.
Today, Wentworth is recognized as one of the UK’s most exclusive golf clubs, allowing only full members to play — members who pay six figure sums just to join.
So you might ask, “What’s Marc Oliver doing there?”