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WORLD-CLASS GOLF CLUB UNDER CONSTRUCTION

 

Perhaps the most dramatic new golf club build in England in recent memory is under construction in the picturesque Surrey countryside, at Ottershaw, only a few miles from the classic courses of Sunningdale and Wentworth. Queenwood Golf Club, set on 290 acres of classic heathland and ancient royal hunting grounds is planned to open in late summer 2001. The golf course is designed by David McLay Kidd who was recently ranked as #1 Hottest Architect in Golf by Ron Whitten, architectural editor for US Golf Digest after his success at Bandon Dunes in Oregon (ranked 3rd Best Modern Course in USA by GolfWeek, 44th in the World by Golf Magazine).

Walter A Forbes and Frederick D Green are the moving force behind Queenwood. Forbes and Green have developed other widely acclaimed golf clubs in the US, including Nantucket Golf Club (Best New Private Club Award from Golf Digest in 1998, and listed in the 1999 Golf Magazine Top 100 rankings as 57th in the US and 97th in the world). They also developed the highly regarded Eagle Springs Golf Club in Colarado, recipient of Crittendens' Best New Clubhouse Award in 1996.

Kidd is extremely enthusiastic about the venture, "Walter and Fred have found an incredible site for golf, and Queenwood will mark a renaissance of classic healthland golf course architecture exemplified by great architects like Colt, Abercromby and Fowler. Working early in this century, they conceived such timeless layouts as Sunningdale, Worplesden and Walton Heath."

Forbes and Green are quite determined to create an exclusive golfing environment with exceptional amenities. Membership, by invitation only, is limited to just 350, plus 50 international members. While construction at Queenwood is just underway, with a planned opening in late summer of 2001, the membership is already approaching half full. Guests must always be accompanied by members when playing the course, enhancing the uncrowded atmosphere of the club. The extensive clubhouse of 25,000 sq ft will include a five-star quality restaurant and eight luxurious overnight suites for members and their guests.