Brookmans Park Golf Club

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Address: Golf Club Road, Brookmans Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL97AT, United Kingdom
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Rating: 3.9
Opened: 1930
Holes: 18
Type: Parkland
Length: 6473 yds
Par: 71
Rating/SSS: 71
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Green Fees: £30-£40 mon-sun.
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Tel No: 01707 652 487
Location: View Map
Website: www.bpgc.co.uk
   
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Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

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Facilities
Magnificent clubhouse with all facilities. Full stocked professional shop. Equipment hire. Golf practice area.
Description
Many fine mansions have graced the present site of Brookmans Park Golf Club since the early 1600s. The present clubhouse, which is of Tudor origin, was formerly the stables of a house destroyed by fire in 1891. Naturally many changes have taken place since then and today members and visitors alike enjoy first class facilities and are assured a warm and friendly welcome. The course has a reputation for testing the good player without embarassing the mid to high handicapper. The first 9 holes of the 6,473 yard par 71 woodland course take you around the outer perimeter of the course. Out of bounds plays a distinctive feature of all the holes from the 3rd around to the 9th. The 3rd is a feature hole, with magnificent views from the back tees over a gentle valley and the spire of St Albans cathedral visible on a clear summer evening, leads players to a challenging multi-tiered green. The 5th has the infamous Mirror pond ready to trap only the longest of drives or errant second shots. The second 9 holes starts with an inviting downhill drive between mature oak tress towards the lakeside green and the 11th is another signature hole. With mostly water between tee and green, trees behind the back of the 11th green and deceptively deep bunkers protect a green that has rewarded some with a memorable hole-in-one. The last 3 holes, 16th, 17th and 18th are recognised by many of the clubs’ players as one of the toughest finishing stretches in the area. The 18th requires a long, straight drive to the bottom of a gentle valley to set up a challenging uphill, mid iron shot to a green protected by a well placed cross bunker and step sided greenside bunkers. Par on the 18th is an excellent way to complete a round of golf on one of Hertfordshire’s finest courses. Visitors are always welcome at Brookmans Park Golf Club, either as a casual green fee, a society, part of a corporate event or taking part in one of our Open Competitions.

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Number of Reviews: 5

Handicap: 19
Pro Member

22 Jun 2016, 19:58
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 5.0
Quality of Course Rating: 5.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

A real gem

Long course super condition if you get a chance to play its a must

  

Handicap: 25
Pro Member

27 Dec 2015, 22:34
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Fine discovery, warm welcome & a great deal.....

Never heard of Brookmans Park before I saw a game posted on TSG by a fairly new TSG member Simon K. What a fine discovery on a beautiful sunny winter day. But when I crossed the entry security barrier, a notice said "course closed". I must admit I was nice & early as the M25 was free-flowing, so I rushed to the Proshop where I got an extremely warm welcome , was reassured the course will open at 10am but with 4 temporary greens, quite a few temporary yellow tees, no trolleys allowed. The course looked so attractive that I wanted to play it anyhow, so I waited for Simon in the Clubhouse enjoying a nice cup of coffee, studying the course planner, making a plan as to what clubs to take as I cannot carry a full set. Always a tough decision on a new course.... but that is what the "nomad" golfer has to put up with, so I shall certainly make allowances (or excuses) for my resulting score.

Brookmans Park is a private members club, well over 80 years old, built of a beautiful estate steep in history (going back to some 600 years when Brookmans village did not exist) but I wont go into too much details, all the information is inside the clubhouse, with a picture of the original mansion, its the sunken garden that once stood there. There are remains of an old wall, the original steps & urns that stood in front of the mansion, 2 huge & beautiful cedar trees, the 2 man made lakes form an attractive part of the course with the signature hole (11th, Par 3), over water to an elevated/well protected green. Unfortunately today there was a temp green, so much shorter hole and not nice to putt on.

The beautiful parkland course has a flowing design with easy walking, some attractive features due to the water, lots of wildlife too. One can see some great properties bordering the course, these were and still are very exclusive and thought after, lovely views of St Albans abbey in the distance on a clear day.

Not excessively long, just under 6500 yards, 4/6 par 5s, 5 par 3s, and the rest par 4s but offering all the challenges for any level of golfers. Today was playable but the temp greens were not good at all, so it will be better to return in the dry weather.. The fairways were quite good despite the heavy rain the previous night, but the rough was though as quite wet. A few blind holes, one with a watch tower so you can see the downhill slope with a large stream (more like a pond) across it, then up to the green. This was the 7th I think and one of my favourite with the 10th and the 11th.

The sand bunkers had been raked and were very playable due to the quality sand, only 1 or 2 had standing water.

There is a small but very pleasant half way hut with great views of the lake, one should/must stop there to admire the scenery with refreshments available at very reasonable price... There is also a toilet at the back. We met some very friendly Senior members, one them actually lives in one of the property bordering the course and knew quite a lot of the history of Brookmans Park which he kindly told us about.

A great experience, on a lovely course, with friendly members, very active sections of Seniors, Ladies, Juniors, lots of competitions seem to take place.

The Proshop, very well stocked is run by Ian Jelley who gave us an extremely warm welcome & a very good deal today due to the restrictions in place (£20 as opposed to £30 advertised green fee).

You get given a code to enter the Clubhouse/changing rooms & for the exit barrier. The Ladies changing rooms are upstairs, very well accommodated, spacious, lovely showers with towels, nice soap, etc....

Clubhouse is in the converted manor house, with several lounges, pleasant and light, food & drinks very reasonable & very friendly staff. There seem to be quite a lots of functions & Sunday lunch seem attractive too.

Large Car park, well laid out. Practice facilities, lovely practice putting green.

A traditional members club, with history & physical appeal, well tuned for the 21st century with many different membership schemes, visitors genuinely welcome, a lovely place to enjoy golf but probably better in Spring or Summer for the visitor to fully appreciate the beauty and the quality of the course.

I shall return. Thanks to Simon K. for posting the game and making this discovery possible.

The above are my very own personal reflections of the day (23.12.2015) that is very memorable. I shall post some photos,, Some are already on my Facebook page.


THE END.........

Ah not quite... I had a long discussion with the lovely Pro Ian Jelley and I learnt that there are plans & funds to move the present clubhouse to where the original mansion was, ie. behind the steps & urns.

THE TRUE ENDING....



  

Handicap: 14

17 Sep 2009, 11:27
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Great course

A really, well maintained course.

Some interesting holes.

Strict on the dress code and etiquette so be warned!

Well worth a visit

  

Handicap: 14
Pro Member

03 Sep 2009, 20:00
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

A good test.......

Beautifully maintained tree lined course with hints of Brocket Hall about it. Five par 5's and five par 3's also makes it different from other courses. The fairways and greens were in great condition too. However, whilst the fairways are wide, dont be fooled, it is still a huge test and I would recommend a visit to anyone. Friendly staff and good food as well!

  

Handicap: 18
Pro Member

03 Sep 2009, 18:48
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Brookmans Park

A private course, so need a member to sign you in @ £20.
Excellent course, very well maintained with immaculate greens. Generous fairways but accuracy is a must for a decent score. Not too long, and members etiquette is highly rated. No waiting...3 ball got around in 3 n half hours, at a nice steady pace. Well worth the green fee. 19th hole excellent, good food available and reasonably priced.

  




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