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September 4, 2013

The first recorded reference to the modern game of golf as we know it, was James II's prohibition of the sport in 1457. The King considered golf an unwelcome distraction to his beloved practice of Archery. However, despite its rather inauspicious beginnings, the game continues to grow some 500 years after its birth. In contempt of James II's hatred for the sport, golf is now seen as an exclusive past time often reserved for the wealthy and/or famous. The stuff of kings indeed.

St Andrews in Scotland is thought of as the official birthplace of the game but the sport also teed off towards the south very quickly. The UK is now awash with golf courses and, as might be expected in a city of such wealth, London and its surrounding area is home to some of the most exclusive ones. So why not put your name on the waiting list of one of these elegant country clubs .

  • Brocket Hall

If you're lucky enough to get a spot on the green, you might catch a quick glimpse of David Beckham amongst the bunkers of Brocket Hall . Set within 543 acres of one of England's finest stately homes, this sumptuous estate boasts the finest in courses alongside a private members bar and patio.

  • The Grove

The Grove hosted the 2006 World Golf Championship and is frequented by many a celebrity high-roller. Overlooked by a stunning mansion turned into a high-quality hotel, this course is perfect for those looking to unwind with its on-site health spa.

  • Sunningdale

Berkshire's Sunningdale currently has the celebrity world clamouring for a spot on its members roll. However, whilst they fuss and fight over places, perhaps you can squeeze in a quick round on this award winning course that has been watching the birdies since 1900.

  • Queenwood

With numbers limited to a 350 and a membership fee rumoured to be around £145,000, Queenwood is arguably the most exclusive club in the world - and possibly the most secretive. You won't find much information on the internet about this one but ex-pros and high-rollers alike speak of this course as peerless.

  • Stoke Park

Ranked as one of the UK's top 50 hotels and featuring 27 holes designed by the late, great Harry Colt, Stoke Park has everything you could ask for in an exclusive club. The health spa and gardens are sure to ease those aching legs after a day on the course, and, with AA star rated restaurants, you will enjoy only the most exquisite evening meals.

Whether you are good for a game or merely a shameless socialite, you cannot fail to be impressed by the combination of sporting and leisure facilities at these prestigious member clubs. Naturally, should you manage to get a place on the list, you will need to arrive at the gates in august style. Since all of these courses are within an hour of England's bustling capital, why not book a chauffeur with Blacklane's London limousine service and set the tone for your years of membership. First impressions always count, particularly in this most exclusive of past-times.

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