PARK HOTEL & GOLF COURSE
by Keith Rawlings
Park Hotel and Golf Course boasts two enviable advantages
over many similar, well established resort hotels. The
first is that its history dates back about one thousand years
to the days of Alfred the Great. The second is that, despite
being only 13 miles from the centre of London, its 205 acres
of rolling downs and woodlands provide the setting for a most
beautiful 18 hole Golf Course.
itself provides good quality, rather than luxurious, accommodation
and the full range of conference and leisure facilities (indoor
and outdoor pools, grass and hard tennis courts and even two
and luncheon standards are satisfactory but, at dinner time,
Stephen Cane, the head chef and his staff, really show their
talents. We enjoyed the marinated Scottish salmon, cut generously
thick and served with Chablis, herbs and a sweet mustard sauce
followed by succulent roast bend end of lamb with vegetables
cooked to perfection. Finishing off with Creme Brulee of seasonal
fruits, coffee and mints, rounded off a memorable evening.
golf. As I have said, the scenery is superb. Standing on the
first tee. The golfer is greeted by a wide right angled fairway
sloping gracefully into the distance (506 yards). It looks
as if, to do anything but hoist the ball miles down the middle
of the fairway and let it run and run out of sight is a mere
formality - and so it proved! Bolstered by the confidence
of a good start, the next 17 holes should be a doddle. Not
not bore the reader with a hole by hole account of this wonderful
course, but let the player beware of the steepness of the
slope to the second green, the perils of the right hand side
of the fourth fairway (invisible from the tee), the veritable
sea of sand on the eight and so on.
as a golfing holiday-maker, a weekend bargain breaker or a
conference delegate, this is a golf course well worth visiting.
stayed here, Alfred may well have burnt the cakes - he would
have been spending all his time out on the golf course!