Putting golf back on course: Swingers review

February 22, 2017

Nestled beneath the towering shadows of the Gherkin lies one of the most innovative leisure concepts currently taking London by storm: Swingers. Now, whilst this may not sound like a conventional activity, Swingers is in fact the newest golf club in this neck-of-the-woods and has had the after-work socialites clambering over each other to be a part of the action. We went along to find out more.

Brought to you by the Institute of Competitive Socialising, Swingers has been designed to bring out the inner competitive spirit of friends as they swing their way round nine holes over a drink or two. Complimented by a diverse offer of food stations including Patty & Bun, Hoppers and Pizza Pilgrims, it makes for the perfect evening activity.
Buried deep underground, this golf oasis is set in the swinging 1920’s countryside. Complete with an art deco-style fit out, the 16,000 sq ft of lush foliage with its towering clubhouse in the middle, instantaneously makes you feel like you’ve walked straight into The Great Gatsby.
After being given a time to tee-off, we headed straight to the bar. Despite visiting on a Monday afternoon, the courses and bars were still jam-packed, proving just how popular this place is (in fact, ticket sales have been through the roof in the evenings, with waiting lists for certain slots over a month long). With a long list of delicious cocktails, a varied wine list and plenty of beers to choose from, we decided to behave (it was a Monday in January after all) and settled for a few Watermelon and Cucumber sodas. One of the best things about Swingers is that if you run out of drinks, you can simply order more from wherever you are on the course – perfect for a bit of extra Dutch courage if you’re really out to impress.
Collecting our clubs from the enthusiastic caddie master, we headed onto the first hole on the Windmill course. There are two courses at Swingers – The Windmill for the less talented amongst us and The Lighthouse for the golfing pros. Despite looking easy, it took all of us at least four shots before the ball dropped into the hole. Making our way round the nine holes took about 40 minutes or so, with our beverages attentively topped-up on the way round. With flowers, sand and foliage adorning each hole, and a fragrant smell following us round, the authenticity was right up there.
Handing our clubs back and boasting a decent scorecard, we headed over to Hoppers to try out the latest Sri Lankan dining concept to hit the capital. Sticking to our January gym sessions, we restrained ourselves and sampled only a couple of dishes – and safe to say they didn’t disappoint. The Calamari Fry and South Indian Chicken Wings were both delicious and enough to satisfy the four of us for a mid-afternoon snack. If you’re feeling like something simpler, then Pizza Pilgrims and Patty & Bun both offer a mean selection of tasty pizza and burgers. After another drink, a detailed analysis of our swinging techniques, and spotting the ‘Nutella Pizza’ on the Pizza Pilgrims menu on the way out, we decided that another visit was definitely in order.
If you’re after a bit of fun for the evening and a chance to show off your prowess on the (crazy) golf course, then Swingers is definitely the place to be. Make sure to book in advance and bring along your argyle knits for a tee-rific time.
Swingers, 8 Brown’s Buildings, London, EC3A 8AL


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