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Golf Cruise – England
Sunday, Day 1 London to Hampton Court Palace
Guests are met at the Stafford Hotel in central London** for afternoon English Cream Tea, before being transferred to the Magna Carta. Champagne reception and welcome by the Captain and crew. Dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 Hampton Court Palace to Shepperton
This morning we leave the barge and take the very short drive to Hampton Court Palace Golf Course situated on the River Thames. This is the only golf course in Great Britain where you can play golf in the grounds of a royal palace. This unique inland links design is a deceptively challenging test for golfers of all abilities. The course has a wide variety of flora and fauna including a magnificent herd of 300 fallow deer and an ancient oak tree, which is said to be over a thousand years old. After lunch aboard we cruise through Molesey, Sunbury and Shepperton Locks to our private mooring. Optional pub visit before dinner on board. (18 holes Par 71 5953m).
Tuesday, Day 3 Runnymede to Windsor
Today’s golf is at the famous Walton Heath Golf Club. Famous for staging the Ryder Cup and European Open Championships. Once owned by the News of the World, Sir Elmsley Carr would invite Mp’s, Lords and members of the press to Walton heath. Designed by Herbert Fowler in 1903. Our afternoon excursion is to Windsor Castle. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066 and a royal home for over 900 years by the Royal Family, this is the largest inhabited castle in the world. We explore the State Apartments, see Queen Mary’s Dolls House, St George’s Chapel and enjoy the far-reaching views. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 Windsor to Cliveden
This morning we take a short drive to the Tudor manor house of Dorney Court, a very special home that has been owned by the Palmer family for more than 450 years and used regularly as a film location (Or Optional Golf at Wentworth to be paid for by guests directly to the club. Wentworth is considered one of Europe’s finest clubs and almost needs no introduction. Famous for the PGA and World Match Play Tournaments as well as many other events). Later, we cruise upstream past the fabulous waterside houses of Bray and through the spectacular Cliveden Reach to our exclusive mooring on the Cliveden estate. Once home to the Astor family, it has amazing gardens and was, of course, the scene of much political scandal and intrigue. Dinner on board. (18 holes, Par 73 6142m).
Thursday, Day 5 Cliveden to Hurley
Today’s golf is at Sunningdale Golf Club, established in 1901 and ranked as one of the top 20 courses in the world. The Old Course founded in 1901 was designed by Willie Park. It is classic course with gorse and pine trees, silver birch, heather and immaculate turf. After lunch we cruise through Cookham and Marlow and up to the 11th century village of Hurley. We tour Peter Freebody’s boatyard and watch in wonder as the traditional craftsmen build and restore classic wooden craft. There is an optional visit to the Olde Belle, one of the oldest inns in the country before dinner on board. (18 hole Par 70 5526m).
Friday, Day 6 Hurley to Henley-on-Thames
A morning cruise to Henley-on-Thames through fabulous countryside to our final mooring along the famous Henley Regatta Rowing Course. Golf this afternoon is at Temple Golf Club. This gently undulating course has panoramic views of the Thames valley and is noted for its firm, fast greens. Captains Farewell Dinner aboard. (18 hole Par 70 5697m).
Saturday, Day 7 Henley-on-Thames
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to central London**.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
**Other locations are available for Private Charter bookings