UK’s most private golf course is up for sale29th October, 2012 by Tania Longmire
Britain’s most private championship-length golf course, which features the longest hole in the UK, has been put up for sale.
The course is effectively the garden of a manor house that has been put on the market for £4 million.
The 18-hole. 6,117-yard course was designed and built by the owner of the house 10 years ago, and it is only him and his friends and family that play on it. It includes a 740-yard, par six hole, the longest recorded golf hole in Britain.
Idehill Manor in Devon employs one greenkeeper who cuts the grass every four days. The property, set in 51 acres, was once owned by King George II, and features six bathrooms, six reception rooms and nine bedrooms.
The anonymous owner told the Daily Mail: “It is the only private championship-length golf course on the British Isles and it does have the longest hole in the country as well.
“We bought the house 10 years ago. I’m a keen golfer and I had 50 acres of land to myself so it made sense.
“I designed the course myself and the first tee is only 100 yards from the main entrance.
“The course extends to three sides of the house and is very sympathetic to the landscape, which is one of the reasons why it doesn’t have any bunkers.
“The other reason is due to maintenance, as you don’t have to worry about cutting around them.
“The best time to play is at 7am on a Sunday when all you can hear are the birds and sheep.
“You don’t have to worry about waiting your turn to play or other golfers whistling a shot past your head.
“We have to downsize. It is a big place and looking after the course is a big job.
“I would hope that whoever buys it will keep the course but it is up to them.
“I would have thought it would appeal to somebody who has a lot of money, who is a keen golfer and who wants to live in a lovely house that used to be owned by a king.
“There is great kudos in being able to say to friends or business clients ‘come and have a game on my golf course’.”