Crews Hill Golf Club dates back to 1913, when seven founding members obtained a 5-year lease on a tract of land from Trinity College, Cambridge at a cost of £200 per annum.
The South Herts professional Harry Vardon surveyed the site and gave it his approval, prompting the founders to approach Harry Colt to set out a course.
Unfortunately, The Great War intervened and the layout wasn’t completed until 1922. Little has changed on this 110-acre property outside Enfield since.
Today, the course extends to almost 6,300 yards, playing to a par of 70 (36 out and 34 in), with holes arranged as two sets of returning nines.
Highlight holes include the first (and longest) of the five par three at the 183-yard 3rd, along with the only par five on the back nine at the left doglegging 504-yard 16th, which plays to a bunkerless green.
Interesting course with a nice welcome to non-members. Front nine has almost a heathland rather than parkland feel to it and the general set up and build of greens and bunkers catch the eye with their quality.
The start of the back nine felt different initially, but after 11 & 12 (possibly newer holes ?) it went back to type.
All par threes are good.
Playing it for the first time, with the mildly undulating ground, I had several (more than usual) “mis-judgements”/ optical illusions as to where my ball had finished and/or where to aim or how far things were. Following rounds once you know the course must be easier !?
Plenty of ground with small obviously man-made undulations which, from past experience (coincidentally Crewe GC) were where veg was grown for the war effort, but I have just been told they were to stop enemy aircraft landing ????
Finally (again coincidentally unlike Crewe GC) the clubhouse has a splendid large balcony area over looking the first tee and 18th green, and is better situated than many others.
Would like to play it again, as interesting, and my game did not do it justice today!