My last visit to Denham was at least 25 years ago, when those IT supplier golf days were aplenty, and Denham was part of that rota to host them. In those days my scoring was more important to me than the courses, nowadays a complete turnaround with the focus now on course design and golfer’s opinions of them. Denham is a traditional club that is working hard to embrace the modern world at the same time, which must be applauded. I enjoyed the course this summer and hope to play again soon.
The course opens with four par-4’s with the 2nd the pick of these; 379 yards dog-legging to the right. Holes 3 and 4 play alongside the Denham Aerodrome and the windsock is a useful aid to help with the approach shots – great Harry Colt cross bunkering 100 yards out on the 4th.
The 6th is a strong hole; a par-4 under 400 yards, turning a little right, a scattering of well-placed bunkers and a green with subtle borrows that can make you look foolish if putting from the rear of the green.
The 8th is my favourite par-3 on the front nine – 187 yards with bunkers short and all around the left-side of the green – if you can hit just inside of these bunkers, the ball does feed down towards the green.
Approaching the 11th is great fun – another par-4 under 400 yards but the shot to the green (ideally from the right of the fairway) is from way up high to a green with great bunker protection. The very next hole is likely to be the most memorable on the course; the shortest par-3 at only 135 yards with a slightly raised long green and more strong bunkering – simple tip here is to hit the green – recovery skills of Seve required from the lower ground on the right if missing on this side.
The 15th at 417 yards is a strong par-4 and the step in the green put a premium on hitting the perfect distance on what will be a fairly long approach for most.
The penultimate hole is just 354 yards and the downhill tee shot is key; aim slightly right of centre and play to about 210 yards is the best advice. The approach will be steeply uphill to a green with four bunkers protecting and a heavily contoured green, mainly sloping back to front – four is a very good score here.
The closing holes on both nines are strong but as an observation are a little similar to each other for me; both over 400 yards and not reachable in two for many golfers. Good holes but as I say, very alike in my opinion.
Really enjoyed the return to Denham this year and a better course than I vaguely remember from my games there in the 90’s – a traditional members club that is moving in the right direction in terms of modern ideas – there is a lot to like about here as a member or a visitor and well worth a visit - #9 in county is a little low in the rankings.
Date: September 23, 2019