Review's of The Hertfordshire Golf Club
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The Hertfordshire Mmmm Its been 11 years since last played here and to be honest not much has changed.
When phined up to book they gave me a price if £28. Posted that on line and when i turned up to pay thet wanted £31. Only £3 difference i know but there was no discrepancies., if it wasnt on the computer they cant do anything. Just like talking to robots.
The course? Very well maintained for November was in excellent nick, greens supurb plenty of sand in bunkers although tee boxes need some work and a few fairways damaged by the dry summer we have had. All in all not bad but didnt think it was 31 quid worth more like £20. 7 out of 10 and will probably give it another 11 years
I found this a good course, good condition, nice greens, and some interesting holes. I found the 17th impossible!!!! Maybe will do better next time.
Great Course. Loved It !!
On a lovely sunny afternoon, this course was a pleasure to play. Well looked after tee boxes, lush fairways and superb greens. The lady in the halfway hut was great fun, plenty of banter with us golfers. The beautiful stately clubhouse was also superb. I had wanted to play this course for such a long time, why did I leave it so long. I definitely will be back !!
Great Course and well worth a visit
Stunning entrance that lets you know you have arrived.
Lovely club house entrance with a very well stocked pro shop (decent prices also) Excellent practice area with driving range. Course is in mint condition and i don't think you will find to many truer greens. 18 excellent holes with the back 9 able to sent all handicaps. I have played this 3 times in a week and if i lived closer i would be a member tomorrow.
Not the best day to judge the course
There appears to be two distinct section to The Hertfordshire. Holes 1 to 11 are open parkland and generally the fairways are pretty forgiving. From the 12th onwards the trees start to encroach and the greens start to get a little (or a lot) trickier to hit. The best looking holes on the course are to be found through this latter stretch, with some lovely looking par 3's over water.
For whatever reason, the day I played here the yellow tees had all been moved up to the red and even the blue tees, so I certainly didn't see the course at it's toughest. The greens had also been sanded and spiked, although that didn't stop them from being very quick.
The tees and fairways were in decent condition given the time of year, and I imagine that in the summer months they, along with the greens, will all be very good.
Overall the course itself is nice enough, but I would only likely want to play it again if it were far closer to where I live.
As for the rest of the complex, the clubhouse is set within an 18th century mansion, and very pleasant inside it is too. There's also a large covered driving range.
A Mansion, Grade II listed, as a Clubhouse....
It looks very grand as you drive to the golf club, part of the Crown golf chain, but a Members Club. There are leisure facilities there as well.
I played there back in April 2014 and will be very brief as I did not make many notes.
A course designed by Jack Nicklaus in the grounds of a 17th century manor house with several lakes and lots of ancient trees, lovely Hertfordshire countryside.
The first 9 are more open but have ditches to take into account, the lakes make the last 9 even more challenging. Really lovely natural setting but very tough, specially so on a 1st visit.
2 favourite holes;
The 15th, a scenic short Par 3 over a lake, the green being encircled by water on 3 sides.
The 17th, a long Par 5, downhill with a lake before reaching the green which is raised guarded by bunkers either side.
The fairways were well maintained, so were the greens and the bunkers had decent sand.
It was a pleasant day, sunny and warm.
The bar and outside seating area were pleasant, the food & drinks reasonably priced.
Large car parks, good practice area.
Friendly pro shop .
Planning to return in a not too distant future.
Not "the" Hertfordshire
The course does not live up to the clubhouse.
Tired and under funded,lousy bunkers with 1/2" sand then solid clay.
well worth playing this course esp for £15 when we played
Assuming they don't double book you as they did with us
Big long driveway, amazing building as you approach, well stocked pro shop, plenty of practice facilities.
The course is a challenge with many different types of holes to contend with. Some large hills hitting up and down them, including par 3's, and some of the short par 5's, on in 2 has some serious risks involved.
So the course will bite you if you get it wrong, but keep it on or near the fairway and you can score well here too. The bar and club house are outstanding
Great Course, well worth a visit
The course was in excellent condition and provided a tough challenge for me on the day. The greens were in excellent condition and there were a number of holes with challenging tee shots.
Interesting course particularly the final six holes - much better played from the whites
Attractive parkland course,in reasonable condition.The greens are very receptive but the day we played they had been sanded so it was difficult to tell how true they are!
Quite well designed but the final six holes are much superior.
Enjoyable to play - a good test off the whites!
Want to go back
First time I have played the course and loved it.Club house very small but staff are very friendly.The fairways were in very good condition greens were fast and true with lots of undulations.Cost was £26 this was TSG rate for a bank Holliday.
Terrific course and amazing value
We played this course on a beautiful sunny day which always helps to create a better impression but even so this is an outstanding golf club. The course is in great condition, the greens are absolutely superb, and there's some great water features including an island green.
The clubhouse is an imposing Grade II listed 18th Century mansion and the complex includes a spa and swimming pool. All the staff were courteous and pleasant. There are two ranges including a grass range and a practice green. The pro shop is bigger than most.
We paid £12 each as members guests which is absolutely amazing value. I gather full 7 day membership is under £1,000 per year and if this course was local to me I'd be a member in a heartbeat.
History and views with a great final stretch
Broxbournebury Mansion, dating back to 1086, dominates the view as you drive in, but a look to the right hand side will give a preview of the finishing 'stretch'. There's a lot of history here which is now home to a Jack Nicklaus design course, popular with members and societies.
Good practice facilities with a driving range, small chipping area and excellent putting green. You'll get a friendly welcome in the well stocked Pro shop.
The first 12 holes are quite open and will offer some good scoring opportunities to those who keep their ball out of trouble. A good mix of short/longer holes so most clubs in the bag will be needed. The rough can be punishing, so a provisional ball is advisable if in doubt. This is Hertfordshire countryside at its best with some inviting views.
There is a long walk to the 13th tee, where the course changes character. Much more demanding with good course planning essential to score well, as you're now amongst the forest and lakes. The 15th is a delightful short downhill par-3 with water in front and left. Take an extra club, but there's always that 'hold your breath' moment until the ball lands on 'terra firma'! The walk down and across the bridge can then be enjoyed ... a scene which in summer, I think, resembles one from a Monet painting.
If able to play from 'white' tees, the course presents a tougher challenge, indicated by the SSS on the scorecard which increases from 68 to 72 (par 70). If a good score is achieved, you'll know that you have played very well here!
I found the course in excellent condition throughout, with very good greens and shall look forward to playing here again.
course dosent live up to the clubhouse
as you drive in you are hit with a very grand manor house for the clubhouse,a friendly welcome and a well stocked proshop.
the problems start when you reach the first tee as you get no definition of where the fairway is as everything was just barren and devoid of grass, if you were lucky enough to land on the fairway they were rock hard and chances are you would kick into the penal rough where you are lucky to find your feet let alone your ball, having said that i must say that the greens were in good shape.
overall a bland and at £30 a overpriced game of golf
Undulating Parkland - Punitive Rough
Set in the wild of Hertfordshire, the old Manor house is a n impressive venue for this social and sporting centre. Tennis courts and pool/gymnasium make this a popular venue for more than just the golfing community. Consequently car-parking can be a little confused.
Pro shop is well appointed in the Manor House, and friendly. All of the locals are welcoming and it is a nice area to visit (adjacent to the Paradise Wildlife Park).
Course itself is well laid out - but crosses the main road a couple of times and caution is advised. There are some fabulous views to be enjoyed and enough hazards, be they sand, water or long grass to keep your attention focussed.
Most holes are tree-lined and some are quite tight, but sensible play will reap its own reward. The last 4 holes have you flirting with the lake and the Geese who 'own the approaches'. Lots of wildlife to avoid, plenty of spring chicks to distract you.
All in all though this is a good challenge for high and low handicappers alike... but you would need to be pretty straight to keep out of trouble.
I didn't have time to stop and enjoy the cuisine but from memory it was always good.
18 signature holes great course .. 19th hole not bad either ..
Not bad, but nothing to rave about. First 12 are standard open parkland and the last six are a little more tricky through the trees where you need to keep it straight and away from the water that is there. I will play again, but I will not be rushing.
Short but looks grand
Varied, interesting and very playable course where the rough is cut back so you can generally recover. The holes over water towards the end need clear thinking. The greens were fair - everything dropped - and I can't comment on the bunkers as i didn't go in any. Clubhouse service was excellent to complete a great day out - and at a very good price.
jobsworth in the pro shop
I should like this course but alas I dont think I do! The main house is very dramatic on arrival and whets the appetite for a good round but somehow the course doesnt live up to the promise! Mostly flat and a little compact in places, it does have some good holes but nothing particulary memorable and as such I just cant get that excited about the place. Fairly priced with a 2fore1 card but it just feels like it needs some attention or something more. I wont be rushing back!
Great practice facilities and a very nice course.
Driving range, chipping area, practice bunker and large putting green.
The course was in a very good condition. The best part of the course is the last six holes, the first part of the course is quite open.
Well worth a visit