In April 2018 Golf World lists Royal Worlington as a new entry at number 98 in their new Top 100 Golf Course in Britain and Ireland 2018. In 2017 we were Golf World's biggest-ever climber in their Top 100 Courses in England moving up to 35th place in their rankings. The course has also been regularly listed amongst the top 100 courses in Britain and Ireland by Golf Monthly, and has the reputation of being the greatest 9-hole course in England, if not the world; Bernard Darwin described it as 'The Sacred Nine', which is the title of its history written by John Gillum in 1993 for the Club's centenary.
It has been compared with St Andrews, having been laid out for the gutty ball and yet, with scarcely any modifications, it remains a great test with the modern clubs and ball. Like St Andrews, it may not quite measure up at first sight to all the tributes paid but the more familiar it becomes the more the special quality of the golf becomes evident.
Royal Worlington is also the home club to the Cambridge University Golf Team, The Light Blues, a tradition that dates back to when the Club was formed in 1893. The first CUGC Captain listed on the Cambridge Captains' Board which hangs in the Clubhouse, is none other than Harry Colt who was a prolific Golf Course designer many years ago.
Visitors are welcome at the Club. However, visits must be arranged in advance with the Secretary. Please see the Green Fee page for further details.
In the Clubs 125th year, a new book has been written by Dr M B Morrison, "The Origins of the SACRED NINE Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club - copies can be ordered by contacting the Secretary at a cost of £20 plus p&p.
Photographs by David Cannon (Getty Images) and Magdalena Bronowska-Wodynska.