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The protected status of Royal Parks and the ever-expanding population means there's no space for golf courses anywhere near central London. However, hop on a train to the 'burbs – or a little further – and you'll find more great golfing options than you can swing a club at.
The most famous golf course anywhere near London is undoubtedly Wentworth Club in Surrey – home to three Championship 18-hole courses. The West Course, commonly considered the finest of the three, plays host to the annual PGA Championship, and has previously been used for the World Match Play Championships and even Ryder Cup matches; so it's a regular haunt for current pros such as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.
Other great tee-off options around London include: Walton Heath Golf Club (the Old Course, just 20 miles from the city, is consistently voted among the top 100 courses in the world); Sunningdale Golf Club (the Old Course here is short-but-sweet, with stunning scenery and elevated drives, and just 25 miles from central London) and Royal St. George's Golf Club (a rather-more-ambitious 80 miles from the center of London, but worth the journey - this spectacular course that was the first English host of The Open in 1894).
London is surrounded by great golf courses but you will have to travel out to the suburbs and beyond to find them. These are my top three:
This upmarket club on the fringes of West London in Surrey is well-known for its high quality championship courses. Everyone from Rory McIlroy and Nick Faldo to Seve Ballesteros and Tiger Woods have played here and there are three courses to choose from, the best of which is the 7,281-yard West Course. From £95 (£195 on West Course).
Enfield Golf Club
This friendly golf club in Enfield, north London can be reached in just 25 minutes by train from Kings Cross and was one of the first 500 clubs to be founded in the UK. A mature parkland course, it is 6,154 yards in length and will challenge golfers of all levels. Green fees from £20.
Mill Hill Golf Club
One of the closest golf courses to central London, this 6,247-yard course opened in the 1920s. Tee times can be booked online and green fees start at just £32.