Moor Park (High) - Hertfordshire - England

Moor Park Golf Club,
Rickmansworth,
Herts,
WD3 1QN,
England


  • +44 (0) 1923 773146

  • Wesley Cooper

  • Harry Colt

  • Rob Darwin

Located conveniently near to London, but sufficiently protected by mature trees to shield us from suburbia, Moor Park Golf Club's elegant High course layout will provide a challenging test of golf in pleasant park surroundings.

The clubhouse at Moor Park is an elegant 17th century mansion, the most photographed clubhouse in golf, perhaps with the exception of the R&A clubhouse at St Andrews. It has been used for many purposes throughout its illustrious history: home to the gentry, religious hierarchy and requisitioned as the HQ for the Parachute Regiment during the 2nd World War. It was here that the doomed battle of Arnhem was planned. Moor Park also made it into the Guinness Book of Golf Facts and Feats as the club with highest membership in England (1,600).

Harry Colt designed the High course and it opened for play in 1923. Two years later it hosted the PGA Matchplay Championship. The Bob Hope Classic was held here during the 1980s, along with numerous other professional tournaments. A number of blue-ribbon junior events have been held on the High course, including the Boys Amateur Championship and the English Boys’ Stroke Play Championship, formerly the Carris Trophy.

There are some good holes on the 6,700-yard layout, opening with a friendly par four. The 2nd is a good driving hole, requiring a solid tee shot across a valley to a fairway that doglegs to the right. The 4th is a long downhill par four, two accurate shots are required to reach this green in two. The 8th, 440 yards, is one of our favourites, sweeping downhill and then back uphill to a sloping green protected by a lurking pond with the half-way house sitting welcomingly behind the green.

The homeward nine is really more of the same, some strong and long par fours with a couple of short and reachable par fives. If anything, the back nine is more memorable and certainly a much tougher proposition than the outward nine. Two troublesome holes are the par three 12th (one of the best inland par threes in the country) requiring a bold tee shot over a valley and the 14th, a fantastic long par four where the approach shot must carry a hidden gully dissecting the fairway.

Moor Park oozes quality. It’s a classy golf course and a warm welcome awaits in the clubhouse mansion.

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A truly lovely place to be, with a superb club house, grass tennis courts and the beautiful grounds giving you the expectation of Jay Gatsby or one of PG Wodehouse's characters hoving into view in a cricket sweater and a pencil bag slung over the shoulder.

Very challenging course with friendly members leaving very pleasant members - can't wait to go back !

As others have noted, the star of the area rather than The Grove.

To hijack this slightly (sorry Ed), if in the area (my own birthplace) I would also strongly recommend playing West Herts outside Watford ("Cassiobury Park") which is a traditional sporty heathland style course, great fun. Since it isn't open for comments I will quote Bernard Darwin "Of all the race of park courses, it would scarcely be possible in point of sheer beauty to beat Cassiobury Park".

July 15, 2016


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This course and club gets better each time I visit. The set up and conditioning are fabulous and there is a great old world feel - whilst at the same time a clear focus on keeping the course updated and pristine. The High is a real test and you need to be straight and long particularly on the par 4's to help break the back of the subtle and very pacy greens.

If you have not played and are in the Herts area you are missing a trick. Its stands out relative to overly stated neighbours like the Grove etc

May 04, 2016


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Moor park is Hertfordshire's golfing jewel in the crown in my mind. The fabulous clubhouse sets a tone for a grand days golfing. The high is testing - and the greens have a subtle borrow that demands attention. There is a sense of tradition here and to be so close to london really does afford it a prominence. Colt touches throughout and as a visitor pretty accessible.
March 22, 2014


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I played here and found the set up to be excellent. The clubhouse is very impressive and found the staff and members to be very welcoming. The West is a little 'fiddly' with lots of par-3s and only one par-5 but is very enjoyable. The High has some significant elevation changes which make for impressive drives and approaches. The courses were designed by Colt so many of the bunkering etc is familiar to what you would normally see at his other creations. Well worth a game and well recommended.
February 06, 2014


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Ndungu thairu
January 03, 2016
High course is the one for ardent golfers. The West is equally challenging but shorter.
Played a few times and find set up refreshing. The golf course stands out - and it challenging, especially the par 4s (2,8,14 particularly). Agree with reviewer below that you can't beat in hertfordshire. Clubhouse very note worthy.
February 01, 2014


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Moor park is a fantastic course. The high i think warrants being number 1 in herts - it just oozes tradition and maturity. its subtle and drains well - certainly when i played last week - most other courses were closed, whereas moor park was great - and the greens even inthis weather were amazingly true and looked great. certainly better than likes of grove etc. play if you get the chance
January 28, 2014


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The long, sedate drive down to the car park offers views of most of the course, affording glimpses of a pleasant parkland course with some severe undulations. Moor Park (High) Golf Course - Photo by reviewerThis is especially true of the back nine where many of the holes are reminiscent of one of my favourite courses, The Addington. In a difficult year for greenkeepers the course looked immaculate with cross striped fairways, clearly defined by rough that is long enough to be a punishment for missing the short grass, but short enough to be playable and make ball searching straightforward. As a shorthand piece of advice the best way to play is to aim for the highpoint of each fairway and let gravity bring the ball into the ideal position. This applies particularly on the 6th, 8th and 13th. The greens look fairly flat in places but there is always some slope to consider when reading a putt. The stretch of holes from 10-14 is excellent. Some may not care for the par3 finish but the green is sufficiently sloped to make it a strong finish, especially if the hole is tucked away behind the right hand bunker. A very pleasant day of golf.
August 28, 2012


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Very disappointed in the recent bunker renovation work on the Moor Park courses. Not in keeping with the classic 1920s style that Colt built and similar to any run-of-the-mill modern design.
January 14, 2012


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Dazza
January 17, 2012
To be honest, with the growing strength in quality of golf these days it is necessary to try and compete in today's market. Therefore I believe the bunker renovation was carried out to achieve this. Likening to the 20's is rather niave as golf has moved on,as should you. Bunkers are a hazard and help to protect these "1920's" now short courses from today's big hitters! Join the revolution, and move on!!!
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January 18, 2012
Except of course that the Moor Park 1920s bunkers were much deeper and tougher than the current ones.
Dazza
January 20, 2012
Taken on board, but as recent bunker renovations are as yet GUR, so how can we comment on how good (or bad!) these new bunkers may or may not be!!
Cougar Rand
January 20, 2012
Lets just get the new bunkers tweaked to be deeper and harder (and better sand) and everyone is a winner.
Played over the xmas period - and despite the heavy wet weather the course really stood up. Moor Park has an old world feel and grandeur and the course lives up to the mansion. The High course is very much about how you score on the long par 4's and the quirky 18th is i imagine very tricky in the summer to hold the green. Defo one to play. chegaril
January 03, 2012


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Moor Park is a great venue and so accessible. The course starts with a tricky hole - in that it looks relatively gentle but the uphill approach to the small first green is much harder to hit than you would imagine. The second is a real tough test of driving line and really sets the tone for the par 4's on the course - straight long driving really does count to help break down the yardage.Standout memorable holes for me are the 2, 4, 8, 10, 11-15 and 18. The clubhouse and members all seemed very nice and it is the sort of members course that is traditional yet mindful of the visitor. The final word I will reserve for the greens that were pacy and good looking. I would recommend this course.
October 04, 2011


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