Batchworth Park Golf Club opened for play in 1996 and is a classical Dave Thomas design. The bunkers are big, bold and plentiful, all doing their best to protect the massive greens. More than 140 acres of Hertfordshire parkland has been sculptured to give the course a modern feel. Many courses have popped up across England since the early 1990s and Batchworth Park safely sits towards the top end of this group.
Batchworth Park stretches to 6,723 yards from the tips but there are enough teeing options to allow all abilities to enjoy the course. After a fairly friendly opening two holes, you find the 3rd, stroke index 1, a tough par four across a valley and worthy of the toughest hole tag. Key to the enjoyment at Batchworth Park is the hole variety and two reachable par fours at the 5th and 10th are great fun, but beware of the greenside bunkers.
The holes at Batchworth Park do have a rather familiar feel. Do not be surprised if you find yourself thinking that you may be at Chart Hills, the Oxfordshire, Hanbury Manor or the Buckinghamshire. There are facets of all of these courses here at Batchworth Park.
Club policy states that visitors need to play with a member but it’s worth trying to befriend one, as Batchworth Park is a decent addition to the Hertfordshire golf scene.
A real pleasant surprise playing this course. It was always in good condition when I visited and the ground is hilly and exciting. With a stiff wind blowing, this is a tough course to score well on.
It’s young and I’m sure it still has some maturing to do but I did enjoy the variety that this course offered.
3 is the best hole on the front 9 - long and very tight with out of bounds on the right. This is followed by the short 4th - a flick of a wedge down the hill but given the elevation change, it’s extremely tough to judge distance (needless to say I have missed the green short and long In the past).
11 is a good hole across the side of the hill with a blind approach if you don’t hit your drive in the right place. The back to back par 5s at 13 and 14 are great and very different. 13 a dogleg right across the side of the hill bordering the trees and out of bounds on the right and 14 is a flatter hole coming back along the top of the hill with gorse bushes punishing the wayward drive or approach. 16 is another strong par 4 with your drive needing to be well-placed and as close to the lake as you dare to give yourself a good angle into the flag.
Whilst not a world-beater, this is a good course that is great fun to play and its strength definitely lies in the great green complexes. Worth a visit if you get the chance.