Hanbury Manor - Hertfordshire - England

Hanbury Manor Golf & CC,
Ware,
Hertfordshire,
SG12 OSD,
England


  • +44 (0) 1920 885000

The Jacobean-style manor house was built in 1890 for the Hanbury family, and in 1923 it was converted into a girls’ boarding school. It remained a school until 1986, when it was ambitiously transformed into a luxury hotel and the prestigious Hanbury Manor Golf & Country Club.

Harry Vardon originally laid out a nine-hole course in the majestic parkland grounds in the early 1900s, but it was Jack Nicklaus’s eldest son who brought the Hanbury Manor golf course back to life. Behind the manor house was an undulating piece of farmland and this was used for the addition of nine new holes. Jack Jr. also completely revised the original Vardon parkland layout. The official opening took place in 1991 with an exhibition match between Tony Jacklin and Dave Stockton. Jack Nicklaus II was there too.

Nicklaus II has done a decent job with an unremarkable property. He employed many of his father’s tricks of the trade and created an exciting golf course with double fairways and plenty of threatening water. Hanbury Manor is PGA championship standard and it plays its length, measuring over 6,660 yards from the regular medal tees.

The two nines are distinctly contrasting, each having a completely different look and feel. The newer front nine is much more exposed, laid out in a modern American style, while the back nine feels traditionally park-like with fairways flanked by stately trees.

Hanbury Manor’s tournament potential was quickly recognised and, in 1996, Trish Johnson won the Women’s European Open by five clear shots. The following year, the Men’s PGA European Tour arrived in the shape of the English Open and the tournament remained at Hanbury Manor until 1999.

Scoring well on this demanding course is easier said than done. The 8th hole is the toughest on the course, measuring 425 yards with out-of-bounds all the way along the right hand side. The approach shot to the green is tricky, even from the middle of the fairway. The green is elevated and protected by a lake on the left and a grassy hollow to the right, the ground and the green slope cruelly towards the lake. The back nine features some memorable holes, playing through majestic oaks and across numerous lakes.

Hanbury Manor stands on its own in an area absent of notable resort courses and there’s certainly a lovely ambience around the property at this English rural version of an American Country Club.

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Description: The two nines at Hanbury Manor Golf & Country Club are distinctly contrasting, each having a completely different look and feel. Rating: 6.6 out of 10 Reviews: 19
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Andy Newmarch
Great thing about the course here is that it is a great test and not too busy. Course condition in 2008 has been better than my last visit (2005) and although there are bigger named courses with bigger reputations, Hanbury is a great stay and play option. The Sunday night option is great value. Par-4 8th is a toughie - the approach shot especially.
October 05, 2008
6 / 10
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Tarby
Played the course in March and took advantage of their great value winter package deal.Found the course to be in excellent condition and the greens as good as you will find anywhere in the country.I have played the course a number of times now and always enjoy it and the surroundings. If you are looking for a corporate venue, look no further.
April 23, 2007
8 / 10
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dan
I played here on a winter golf package in mid december. I could not believe how good the condition of the course was. I have played many of the great course in england usually in the winter as the cost is reduced but the condition of Hanbury Manor was way above all of those. They had just finished a bunker refurb the bunkers looked and played amazingly, if you go in any!. As for the cost of the round. It was £49 including bacon roll golf and a buffet lunch. In my opinion the best valued day out I have ever been on and will look to try to play in the summer. Play it if you can it is a real gem.
January 17, 2007
10 / 10
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Andy Newmarch
Managed to play in a corporate in May 2006 and it has been about five years since I last played here. I can safely say that the course has improved and matured enormously in that time. Right now the course is in tip top condition, a real pleasure to play. The rough is up and the fairways are immaculately defined – My feeling is that the course is probably in as good a nick as it ever has been – the members that I spoke to think so too. If you can get a round here – look forward to it.
May 14, 2006
8 / 10
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Mark Jeffery
This course left me with mixed feelings. The layout is well designed if a little soulless, has excellent, true greens and uses the contours to provide a variation of shots. However, off the daily tees this course is too open and short to be a true 'championship' test and I guess is setup to cater for the corporate / hotel guest. I'd play it again if asked but seems a bit pricey.MJ
March 17, 2005
6 / 10
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Andy Newmarch
Had a couple of rounds here and this is in the top end of the course and resort market. The hotel and leisure facilities along with the golf course make Hanbury Manor a special place to visit. As a standalone course this would not get as higher rating I believe but as the country club healthy living environment - this is right up there.
November 26, 2004
8 / 10
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Adrian Constable
A great setting and an overall interesting course. Generally not very challenging as it is setup for Corporate so you can hit it almost anywhere of the tee. Fairways lack definition. Very good condition and worth playing (especially if invited on a corporate day).
August 22, 2004
6 / 10
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Colin Jones
A surprisingly straightforward yet nonetheless charming course in a lovely setting. A track that will suit all handicap levels, yet be challenging enough for the low handicapper. The facilities are great, the hotel, in particular, being superb.
April 14, 2004
6 / 10
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Billy
The front nine is a bit open but the back nine more than makes up for it. An interesting course invariably in good nick. Given the superb facilities, this is a great corporate venue.
March 30, 2004
6 / 10
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