Wentworth Golf & Country Club honours long-time member Sir Bruce Forsyth
PUBLISHED: 14:27 21 September 2020 | UPDATED: 14:27 21 September 2020
A permanent feature dedicated to the TV personality has been placed in the club grounds
The late Sir Bruce Forsyth has been honoured with a bench at his beloved Wentworth Golf & Country Club in Virginia Water.
Observing three years since the much-loved television personality died, aged 89, the bench has been installed near the exclusive club’s halfway house.
In a nod to his much-celebrated catchphrase, the bench features a plaque engraved with, ‘Nice to sit here, to sit here nice’.
“This Halfway House was Bruce’s favourite place to have a sausage sandwich and regroup before the back nine,” said Sir Bruce’s wife, Lady Wilnelia Forsyth. “He loved playing golf and was a proud member of Wentworth for many, many years.”
Former Miss World winner Lady Wilnelia, 62, who recently moved from the couple’s marital home on the prestigious Wentworth Estate to a smaller property on the estate, was photographed on the bench to officially mark its installation.
Neil Coulson, general manager at Wentworth Club added: “We recognise and celebrate the connection that Sir Bruce Forsyth and his family have with Wentworth and are delighted to now have a special memento dedicated to him at the club.”
With membership fees rumoured to be in the six-figure region and nearly a century of social and sporting history, the members-only Wentworth Golf & Country Club is considered one of the most exclusive golf clubs in the world.
In 2016 the iconic West Course underwent an extensive £5 million renovation, overseen by Wentworth estate resident and former number world one golfer Ernie Els, which included the re-seeding of all 18 greens with creeping 007 bent grass and the installation of England’s first Sub Air system, which allows the grounds team to control moisture levels, regardless of weather conditions.
The clubhouse also had an overhaul in 2018 – the result of a significant (and somewhat controversial) £13m investment from owners Reignwood, the group that has owned the property since 2014.
The club boasts two bars, three restaurants and two private dining rooms all led by a team of 25 on-site chefs (the club also plays host to Michelin-star guest chefs for special occasions); a state-of-the-art gym, swimming pool and tennis centre with no less than 13 tennis courts) and a wellness spa.