The Grove - Hertfordshire - England

The Grove,
Chandler's Cross,
Hertfordshire,
WD3 4TG,
England


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The Grove is one of the newest and most enterprising golf course projects recently undertaken in England. Designed by Kyle Phillips (the man behind Kingsbarns), the course opened for play in September 2003 to rave reviews and it's already considered by some to be the best course inside the M25. This is not your typical golf club. In fact, it isn’t a golf club at all – it’s a pay-and-play golf course open to everyone.

More than a decade on, it's a venture that seems successful. It was hard to imagine a course (and the facilities) of this quality without a club and associated members attached. The Grove has certainly attracted many pay-and-play guests and, what's more, they all receive an exceptionally friendly welcome. All the staff are focused on customer service and they will do their level best to cater for your every whim.

We played here first in mid January 2004 and we were staggered. Despite all the rain, the overall condition of the course was outstanding. We’ll actually go as far as to say that the Grove’s overall mid-winter state is better than the condition that many top courses achieve in late spring.

When you drive up the private road towards the “resort”, your first impression might be that you’ve arrived at a new upmarket municipal. The land itself appears uninspiring, fairly open, a few undulations but nothing much else. However, when you get out on the course itself, you immediately appreciate the quality and you quickly begin to acknowledge the design. Phillips has done a neat job, using the natural contours of the land in an understated way to create a discerning golf course. No doubt the Levy brothers, owners of the Grove, were delighted to host the 2006 World Golf Championships... this was the first time that the American Express event visited Britain and a certain Tiger dominated the field to claim the 2006 title.

Here's what Ernie Els had to say about The Grove after the 2006 WGC: "I loved The Grove. Let me tell you, it is very, very impressive. I would say it's the best-conditioned golf course in Europe, certainly from my experience. Everything was perfect; the course is great, the tees, fairways and greens were incredibly manicured and the practice facilities were amazing. And the food we had at the club all week was magnificent. This was the benchmark for how a tournament should be. It was that good."

Four large teeing areas on each and every hole cater for all golfing standards. Measuring a hefty 7,150 yards from the back tees to a leisurely 5,500 yards from the front tees. The raised undulating greens are simply fantastic, very fast and very true. There are no excuses for three putting here. However, if you miss the green with your approach shot, you can be faced with some very tricky recovery chip shots. The fairways are thickly grassed and very lush; the ball seems to sit proudly on top, giving the handicap golfer loads of confidence and every chance to make clean contact with the ball.

The Grove is certainly a course for the cognoscenti and it was back in the spotlight in October 2016 for the Luke Donald-hosted British Masters, which Sweden's Alex Noren won by two shots from Austria's Bernd Wiesberger.

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Description: Kyle Philips has done a neat job, using the natural contours of the land in an understated way to create The Grove...a discerning golf course. Rating: 6.8 out of 10 Reviews: 41
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Andy
My third playing visit to the Grove left me feeling suitably impressed that the course continues to improve as it matures. The 2006 AmEx event was a brilliant success and the script seemed to be pre-written; it was the week after the Ryder Cup and also another win for Tiger (who was 7 under par for the final hole alone that week). This has now projected the Grove to be known as a great course and venue around the world. The greens really are as good the tour pros said last year and it must be impossible to better them anywhere in Europe – they are fast and true and all good putts will be rewarded. The 5th and 10th are great par 4’s (not long but quality). Lasting memories are of great greens that are sited with brilliant undulation with plenty of run-offs and a course that stands-up during the English winter. Just a couple of downs for me (and not related to the course) – the dress code on-course seems to be non-existent, which feels strange and also beware the Grove is not a cheap place to eat and drink…
March 06, 2007
8 / 10
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grahamewebb
Played 30th December and paid £100. Must say initial impressions of club house were very good. Met by extremely friendly and helpful staff - the full valet experience (ok, so maybe one expects that for a oner, but they were very courteous).Course given a lot of overnight rain was in very good condition, tees solid, greens although slightly spider'd in places, were excellent and ran true.3rd sticks in the mind and the par 3s are an excellent mix with none of this silly 200+ yards length (from the Grove tees anyway!) . Some good 400 + par 4s too which played long, but that's what you expect, and want, on a course that hosted WGC.Good for mid to high handicapper as well as plenty of room, although the rough was wet and muddy in places which make it tough to advance further.Drinks were vastly overpriced (over £4 for a coke!) but facilities otherwise excellent - showers/lockers etc.All in all a great day and I think at £100 it's ok - I wouldn't want to pay anymore.
December 30, 2006
8 / 10
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Tim Reed
Played a couple of weeks after the WGC. Fortunately I was not paying, as £580 for three green fees and two buggies was plenty. The condition of the course was exceptional. The fairways were the best I have experienced in the UK and the greens were lightening fast. The rough was unbearable and meant a good search every time a ball went in to it. The clubhouse was very luxurious and very very expensive. you must go at least once
November 24, 2006
8 / 10
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Nick Roy
Overrated, overpriced, overplayed...an average golf course..painfully slow to play at the weekend...It is featureless...& tries to make up for this with the long rough. facilities are more leisure centre than luxury...a club & course with no personality. dont waste your money...go and play the West or East course at Wentworth
November 22, 2006
2 / 10
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Hugh
November 24, 2006
Played The Grove just after the World Golf Championships for the 4th time just to see if they could improve on the incredible conditioning... and it was amazing. We've always managed to get round in four and a bit hours and that it with a stop off at the halfway house. The Grove is a totally different prospect to Wentworth. If you want excellent tee to green conditioning a decent service the Grove is hard to beat.
J M Frew
A fine course, well prepared and in excellent condition. I have the played the course a couple of times now and each time becomes more enjoyable as you work out the do's and defintely don'ts of the course. I particularly like hole 4 where if you opt for safety leaves a daunting chip and 15 where you play up a series of steps in the fairway and the pin position was clearly an April fools trick from the greenkeepers...As it matures and the trees get bigger, the views will improve and it will become softer and a more relaxing place to be.
April 08, 2006
8 / 10
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barry moulder
Having played here in January I cannot praise this place high enough, the £100 green fee is quite pricey, but if you can afford it there should be no other place in Southern England that can match it. The service is immaculate and you are made to feel like royalty by the excellent staff, and the course was in amazing condition, I cant think of a course I have played in the summer that could match the course condition here in the winter, and that includes places like Wentworth and Sunningdale. We played the course from the back tees and although quite open it certainly is long enough, over 7000 yards. The design, like Kingsbarns is subtle but the greens and bunkering is first rate. I feel it is testament to the Grove that it is hosting the WGC and believe it is the rising star of UK golf courses. From parking up to going home this place is pure golf heaven.
April 02, 2006
10 / 10
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This place screams out luxury and excess from the moment the valet takes your car and hurries your clubs back for you, right through to the point where they charge you about £4 for a small beer in the bar! The course is in magnificent condition though, with the tees, fairways and greens cut tight and dead straight at the edges. We played it in torrential rain in mid October and the fairways looked like they’d hardly been played on. The greens are as fast and true as I’ve ever seen, incredible considering the weather.There is overkill on the number of staff fussing around but they cannot do enough to help. Considering the course is only 2 years old it is excellent with plenty of good looking holes with undulating fairways and pot bunkers waiting to snare wayward drives. I played for free and would not pay, nor could I afford to pay the astronomical green fee. However, if it becomes a bit cheaper, or I win the lottery, I’ll definitely be back for a treat. A fantastic course and venue so close to London.
October 21, 2005
10 / 10
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Stunning new course. I think the back 9 is better than Celtic Manor. Really enjoyed the round (perhaps cos it was free). The front 9 is quite barren and not so good as the back 9 which is excellent fun. Scoring isn't too difficult and it's a really fair test. The bunkers let the course down if anything. They are badly prepared and patchy. One last thing to say is that the American service mentality is excellent. Staff to help you in every way, total class.
September 04, 2005
4 / 10
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Hugh
Played here a couple of weeks ago and I was impressed. It's a lot of money for sure but they do look after you. The turf on the greens, tees and fairways is faultless - the Grove has to be one of the best winter courses around. Goodness knows how much they spent on sand and drainage. We played it from the medal tees (we were all reasonable high single figure handicappers) and we found it relatively straight forward. I wonder whether the pros will eat it up? Liked the natty half-way house which looks exactly like a house...amazing...shame about the price and quality of the food. Nevertheless a good course. I do get the feeling that the course was laid down to accompany the hotel and leisure facilities, rather than finding a decent site for a golf course and then building a hotel/country club. Having said this, Kyle Phillips has worked a minor miracle with with ordinary land.
November 19, 2004
8 / 10
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Andy
Ah The Grove ... There is no doubt this is good, the attention to detail around the course is high and the greens were as good as any (and I played in January) - but there is something missing and I am finding it hard to put my finger on it. Maybe it is the £400 4-ball green fee (high season), maybe it is the 5-star plus hotel, restaurant and accomodation that tries to make you love the place as a resort rather than just the course.My memories include - very high quality new course with customer service really high. Buggies that have to stay on the path (never liked that idea) but overall and this is probably it .... this place is aimed at the weathly rather than the normal punter. If you get an invite take it but paying for it (for us normal folk) is a different proposition. I hope in time The Grove will aim for the golfers with a normal budget rather than those who are loaded who sometimes play golf.
September 25, 2004
6 / 10
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neil
March 10, 2008
do you think that there may be some connection between buggies that stay on paths and year round excellent fairways?