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.
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".
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