Established in 1910, Denham Golf Club enlisted the services of Harry Colt to lay out a course for members and these 18 holes opened for play the following year. Unusually, the clubhouse was fashioned from a 16th century tithe barn and farmhouse and this rustic old structure adds greatly to the charm and ambience of the place.
Another interesting aspect to the infrastructure at Denham is the railway station beside the course – a bit like Prestwick in Scotland or Aberdovey in Wales – where golfers can alight the train at Denham Golf Club Station on the Chiltern line from Marylebone then cross the 11th fairway to the clubhouse.
There’s nothing spectacular or awe-inspiring about Denham; it’s just an honest, solid parkland track that delivers a challenging, engaging game for members and visitors alike.
With only two par fives on the scorecard (back-to-back at holes 13 and 14), the strength of the course is found amongst its dozen par fours, particularly the 7th on the front nine and the 15th on the inward half.Donald Steel is a long-standing member at Denham Golf Club and he reckons it is the perfect model for any club, saying that “at the heart is the imperishable hallmark of a Harry Colt golf course and a unique farmhouse-style clubhouse but, equally as important, is a vibrant membership that appreciates both. On a personal note, you only have one Home Club and Denham has been mine for over sixty years. Never would I have traded it for any other”.
A classic Colt design, with all of the subtleties you would expect. After the driveable par 4 1st hole, hold on for the next 10 holes, including two challenging long par 3s, then make your score from 12 onwards. The 12th is a wonderful short par 3 over a ravine, before two fairly reachable par 5s. The 15th and 16th are the only real changes from the original Colt design, but we are left with a challenging par 4, and a short, but testing par 3 16th.
As you walk down the 18th fairway, where a tee shoft left will be blocked out and right may bounce away to the trees, you can look forward to a drink and lunch in the 16th century clubhouse, the best is yet to come.
Denham is a traditional private members golf club tucked away in Buckinghamshire countryside where you will find a lovely parkland layout.
The course was constructed in 1910, opened for play the following year and was the handiwork of Harry Colt. At the request of the Club a railway station, called Denham Golf Club, was opened in 1912 and continues in operation today – it is located just across the 11th fairway and only a few minutes walk from the charming 16th Century clubhouse.
Laid out in two loops, both starting from the clubhouse, the opening and closing holes of both halves do nothing to set the pulse racing but the middle section of each nine contains some very enjoyable golf. Aviation enthusiasts will also enjoy the regular comings and goings from Denham Airfield which borders the third fairway.
Denham is certainly a fine club with a good golf course but despite being in excellent condition the midweek green-fee of £60 is a difficult one to justify although a twilight rate is available after 4pm and would certainly make Denham worth a visit.
Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.