Brocket Hall (Palmerston) - Hertfordshire - England

Brocket Hall Golf Club,
Welwyn Garden City,
Herts,
AL8 7XG,
England


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Located a mere 20 miles to the north of the capital and close to leafy Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire, lies Brocket Hall Golf Club. With two courses named after Prime Ministers who used to reside at Brocket Hall, the Palmerston is the new kid on the block, opening for play in 2000.

Designed by Donald Steel and measuring a whopping 7,080 yards from the championship tees, the Palmerston is a real test. The course winds its way through the undulating estate where majestic specimen trees, including hornbeam, beech and pines create a feeling of intimacy and pose as impressive hazards. Steel’s design philosophy was to provide a top quality course with the least possible intrusion on the site. We think he has exceeded his objective with the Palmerston course and it’s probably just as well, because this is top quality land.

Unlike the older Melbourne course, the River Lea doesn’t come into play on the Palmerston course. Instead, there’s bold bunkering to contend with and, of course, avenues of trees. Steel has created a thinking man and women’s course where the golfer is presented with options. Central bunkers divide the 3rd fairway and the 4th tempts the big hitters to drive left, over a small hollow and across the corner of the dogleg. The short par five 9th is also tempting to attack in two shots, but cleverly positioned greenside bunkers await anything but the best struck approach shot.

Your approach shot on the par four 12th must negotiate an unusual chalk face which lies some 100 yards from the green. This really is a delightful hole, which requires pinpoint accuracy from the tee.

Without doubt, Brocket Hall Golf Club is a classy and stylish place to play golf and the Palmerston course is a delightful contrast to the Melbourne. In many ways the Palmerston is reminiscent and almost as good as Woburn’s Marquess course. Add in the famous Auberge du Lac restaurant and you’ve got a tasty venue.
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Description: Without doubt, Brocket Hall Golf Club is a classy and stylish place to play golf and the Palmerston course is a delightful contrast to the Melbourne. Rating: 8 out of 10 Reviews: 23
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Adrian Polley
What's nice about the Melbourne and Palmerston courses at Brocket Hall is that they are both very different in character. The older Melbourne is more open with 4 holes playing over the river with the Hall itself very much in view. The Palmerston on the other hand has a number of holes carved directly through the forest, giving it the feel of a course that's been around for 50 years or more. On both courses, the different tee positions help to change the nature of the course, and with the elements coming into play, it's unusual to find yourself playing a particular hole in exactly the same way as you did last time. Both courses are generally in very good condition with no winter greens, and barely any winter tees, so its always a true test.
March 23, 2005
10 / 10
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Billy
I have only played the Palmerston course and I have to say that it is good...very good in fact. In many ways it's reminiscent to the Marquess course at Woburn. Everything about Brocket oozes quality, it's a stylish place that comes highly recommended.
March 21, 2005
8 / 10
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Lee Abbey
Not played the older course but the new Palmerston is fantastic. Some amazing old trees are on the course and when I played it a few months after being opened on a wet April day the course was immaculate. Membership here is serious wedge but considering what you can pay for a day's golf at some places this is almost tempting. Up there in my favourite ever parkland courses.
March 16, 2005
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