Reciprocal Club: Woodcote Park

Holiday in the UK

Spend springtime in Surrey

By Michelle Abbess, Member & Reciprocal Club Writer

Members looking to experience a smashing time in the English countryside should consider a visit to the Royal Automobile Club’s Woodcote Park location. Located in Surrey County, just 16 miles south of London, Woodcote Park occupies 350 acres of lush grounds complete with two challenging 18-hole golf courses.

The stunning Woodcote Park estate was constructed in 1679 and was purchased by the Royal Automobile Club in 1913 as a country location for members interested in golf. The estate is also home to a modern sports complex called Cedars, which offers a swimming pool overlooking the grounds, squash and tennis courts, a full gym with fitness classes, and a spa.

Too knackered to drive back to the city? The red brick estate offers 22 relaxing guest rooms designed to be your bucolic home away from home. As an added bonus, breakfast is included with your stay.

And what is a country manor without a bustling kitchen? From high tea and dining to bangers and mash at the pub, Woodcote Park has you covered. Be sure to check out the stately 19th Hole,
a traditional club bar located off the 18th hole with a terrace that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

From traditional architecture and dining to an assortment of fitness and social opportunities, Woodcote Park has something to entice every WAC member.

Location

Wilmerhatch Lane
Epsom, Surrey KT18 7EW
011 44 1372 276311
wpreservations@royalautomobileclub.co.uk

Dress code

Smart casual dress is generally appropriate throughout the estate. Jeans are not allowed in any golf facility or on the main level of the clubhouse, except when going straight to the sports areas. Tailored jackets and trousers are appropriate for men in the Boston Room for dinner; equally formal attire is appropriate for women.

Did you know?

Epsom salt derives its name from a spring in Epsom, where Woodcote is located, that develops a high level of magnesium sulfate from flowing through the North Downs, a ridge of rolling hills made of porous chalk. Epsom salt is used by many athletes during their post-workout bath but is predominantly used in agriculture to correct a sulfur or magnesium deficiency in the soil.

Brilliant British slang

Chin wag: having a chat
Knees up: a dance party
Minted: an extremely wealthy person
I’ve got the hump: expressing annoyance with someone
Bob’s your uncle: to understand, as in “you’ve got it!”

For reciprocal letters of introduction
or more information, call Member
Services at 206.464.3068 or email
membership@wac.net.

As published in the March/April 2016 issue of WAC Magazine.

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