Arguably the finest golfer to hail from Scotland, James Braid achieved greatness in two separate golfing careers.
Firstly as a golfer he was one of the famed Great Triumvirate along with Vardon and Taylor, who dominated the game between 1890 and 1914. Braid captured The Open Championship five times between 1901 and 1910.
As a golfing champion he was asked to consult on many of the new courses being built in England and Scotland and after retiring from golf competition in 1912, he turned to his second career as a golf course architect.
The legacy of his wonderful imagination are many fine courses that have become classics and will be enjoyed for generations to come. His well-known designs include Carnoustie, Gleneagles, Hoylake and St Enedoc but he also had a large hand in the re-designing and renovation of many more, a list that includes celebrated courses such as Ballybunion, Royal Troon and Royal Blackheath.
Braid courses bear many trademarks in their design. It has been noted that his courses “always seem to be on lovely sites with splendid views”. He has been credited with designing some of the first known doglegs and a further hallmark was his fondness for including strategically placed cross bunkers.
Kingswood has matured well over the past eight decades into a very fine course that benefited immensely from the close attention of one of golf’s all time greats.
Kingswood is a great club. A really good course, that’s well maintained and located in beautiful surroundings. Fairways are in great condition and greens surprisingly good for this time of year."
I have organised a Golf day for up to 70 players at Kingswood Golf & Country Club for a number of years and it never fails to deliver. From the pre-day organising to the service and food we receive on the day, it is just as good as it gets, nothing is too much trouble. The course itself is always is in fantastic condition, this year was no exception Already booked for 2018!"
Set in the Surrey countryside yet easily accessible from the M25 at J8, this course is one of Surrey's finest. Excellent meeting facilities, superb boutique hotel and fabulous catering all combine to make this an excellent venue for corporate meetings that include some golf. A well manicured and interesting course provided an excellent test of golfing skills. Friendly staff also make this course a must visit."
Excellent hosts, course and food. We will be back in 2018 for more fun with the Atlas Stone raising money for great causes. (Atlas Foundation Golf Day 2017)"
A very good day at a brilliant location. Everything was first class from arrival right through until departure. Most enjoyable and happy to return at anytime."
Great course! This is a gem tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding areas. A very challenging one."
I booked it as a Christmas present to myself and my two son in laws and my son. They were so helpful in tailoring the present to exactly what I wanted . The day itself from the moment we got there to the end was fantastic, the courteous service , the welcome , the golf course was all first class and the dining was at another level again if that's possible . A brilliant day and I know what all four of us will be getting next year for Christmas ."
Great course, beautiful countryside setting, with incredibly hospitable friendly members who hosted us in a fourball on our first visit. Stunning locker room facilities and a great club house, with views."
Took a friend here from London to play. He has only started playing recently so I was worried that it might be a bit tough for him, but he loved it! So much in fact he took membership details! Food at the halfway house was excellent and the beers afterwards went down a treat. Really good atmosphere in the club house too. Changing rooms are superb. Staff in the pro shop and the clubhouse were on the ball too. Would recommend it to any golfer."
Our group of four stayed at Kingswood for two nights and three rounds of golf, staff were brilliant, always polite. The course itself was great, very demanding but one that we enjoyed, food was excellent and the staff polite. We all agreed that the stay there was relaxing and fun and we would definitely go back and enjoy the great surroundings."