Harpenden - Hertfordshire - England

Harpenden Golf Club,
Hammonds End,
Redbourn Lane,
Harpenden,
Hertfordshire,
AL5 2AX,
England


  • +44 (0) 1582 712580

  • Frank Clapp

  • F.G. Hawtree and J.H. Taylor

  • Peter Lane

Harpenden Golf Club was first established in 1894 but the club moved to its current site at Hammonds End in 1931 to enjoy a course co-designed by F.G Hawtree and J.H Taylor. The enduring design duo laid out around fifty courses in the years between the wars and Harpenden is a fine example of their work.

Three golfing icons, Abe Mitchell, Percy Allis and Arthur Havers teamed up with the newly appointed Harpenden professional, George Randall, in an exhibition match to herald the opening of the new course. Arthur Havers remarkably made the first hole-in-one at the par three 8th (then the 15th).

Set in 150 acres of gently undulating parkland on the south-western edge of Harpenden, the testing par 70 course measures 6,377 yards from the back tees, but the original Hawtree and Taylor brief was to lay out a course that stretched out to an incredible 7,000 yards. This would have made Harpenden one of the longest courses in the country at that time. However, the early Harpenden membership wisely decided that 7,000 yards was a test too far for their hickories, so they settled for a course of more modest length.

Harpenden has hosted the regional finals of the Lombard Trophy for two years running and other important regional tournaments have been played over the club’s rolling fairways. Golfers who have succeeded at Harpenden have relied on accurate positional play rather than sheer length. But the first three holes are tough par fours that measure more than 400 yards. The 3rd is a good example, where a straight drive is crucial in order to avoid out of bounds on the right and trees on the left. However, if your drive is too short, you’ll be faced with a tough approach that must clear a ditch that crosses the fairway some 80 yards from the green. To make matters worse, this putting surface is subtly borrowed and one of the trickiest to read on the course.

Our favourite holes come back-to-back at 13 and 14 heralding the homeward stretch known as “boozers loop” which starts and ends at the clubhouse. Have a couple of drinks play six holes and then have another couple of drinks before phoning for a taxi home!
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Description: Fred G. Hawtree and J.H. Taylor designed the current parkland course at Harpenden Golf Club in 1931. For a number of years, this challenging 6,377-yard layout hosted the regional finals of the Lombard Trophy. Rating: 5 out of 6 Reviews: 9

Lovely parkland course set in open countryside.

The holes offer several different challenges and the greens are good.

Overall there is enough variety amongst the holes to make this course more interesting than many others. The par 4s and par 5s are its stronger holes with several similar type par 3s.

A little shorter than some other courses reflected in its par of 70 with four par 3s and two par 5s.

The clubhouse facilities are good and the layout of the course around the clubhouse gives good views and options for playing a few holes.

5 / 6
Harpenden
November 25, 2016


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I organised a society event in late September at Harpenden and would say this was an excellent course. It has a great variety of holes if perhaps no obvious signature holes (which might disappoint people who like that kind of thing!). It is quite a long course with not too many par 4s that I could reach easily in two which I missed, but I can't really blame the course for my lack of golfing ability. Given the dry summer the fairways were very green and the greens were in beautiful condition. We paid a bit more than we usually do at other clubs for our day out at Harpenden, but all agreed it was well worth it.
6 / 6
Harpenden
September 27, 2014


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The 13th consecutive year that we have held our Society day at Harpenden and have never been disappointed.An excellent golf club.The course and greens were in very good nick yet again for our visit. The greens were quick and challenging. The club facilities and the staff are very good indeed. There were a number of club members about during the day and they were extremely cordial.
5 / 6
Harpenden
September 08, 2014


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Our Society of 20 played the course on 20th August 2014 and we were very impressed with the overall condition. The holes are attractive, varied and present a good challenge for the club golfer. The greens were true and fast and we very much enjoyed the day. We thought that the welcome we received from the staff was extremely good and the food and general ambience first class. We will return.
5 / 6
Harpenden
August 25, 2014


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I played Harpenden last week, having not played there for some years. There were 12 players in our group, and we were treated wonderfully well by all the staff at the club, who couldn't have been more helpful. The course itself was in fantastic condition throughout. Delightful tees and fairways, and the greens were in superb shape.I will ensure that it will not be long before playing there again.
5 / 6
Harpenden
July 24, 2014


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Our society has been coming to Harpenden for 3 years and each time it gets better and better!The course is always presented well and the staff in the clubhouse have been exceptionalWe will definitely be coming back next year and probably for many years to come
5 / 6
Harpenden
July 24, 2014


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I played a HGU competition at Harpenden, the condition was excellent. The greens were receptive, true and a good pace; the surrounds were all very well maintained with barley a blemish to spoil the look of the course. The course isn’t long at 6328 yards, but you need to be aware of trees, bunkers and pinch points on the driving distance. The greens have bunkers for protection and some subtle slopes to read. The par threes are similar distances 151-188 yards, it might be nice to have one longer and one shorter. The finishing stretch is a par three that slopes away from you, then a narrow par five with a tight drive to a wide fairway, then a narrow entrance to the green. The 18th is up a steep hill then you need to judge the distance correctly to a deep green. The clubhouse is well appointed with nice views, good food and drink and friendly staff.
4 / 6
Harpenden
September 10, 2013


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A great location due to its position (just off the M1 J9 and M25 J21), this is a great test of golf. Famously nestled in ‘Eric Morecambe’ country (Eric’s house backs on to the course) this is a friendly and well kept club and course. A tough par 70 (CSS 71 of the backs) will keep your attention. Fast greens and decent beer await. Loved playing it and look forward to many more enjoyable rounds at this golf course!
6 / 6
Harpenden
July 27, 2011


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Hugh
July 29, 2011
Decent parkland track but no way a 6-ball course, in my view it’s a 4-ball at best. Think the reviewer was wearing beer goggles.
There are a number of better than average courses in Hertfordshire and to see the Top 30 for the county now featured here is great. Harpenden Golf Club is in the north of the county and is wedged in between the M1 and A1 along with around another half a dozen courses all competing for local golfer’s time and money. I have played them all a number of times and I think that Harpenden does pretty well and I have no problem returning to play year on year. The course has a very tough start with three par 4’s running adjacent to each other and all are a challenge in their own right, especially the 3rd, SI-1 with out of bounds on the right and a strategic ditch about 80 yards short of the green. A nice dog-leg awaits at the 4th which is probably my pick of the holes on the front nine. The 9th is another decent par-4, which turns right with about 170 yards to go and the four bunkers on the right of the green await anything mis-timed. Like many of the courses around north London/Hertfordshire, there are plenty of established trees which line the fairways. I like the last third of the course a lot with the 13th, 14th and 17th being the stand-out holes on the whole course. A small negative would be a poor short par-4 at the 15th …. I am a big short par-4 fan but not this one – the tee is too tight to the left side which just seems to push tee shots to the trees on the right of the fairway. The last couple of holes are strong and return to the toughness reminiscent of the opening holes. I don’t believe that anyone would ever rate Harpenden as a stunning golf course but it is certainly very good and a decent challenge plus appears to be doing well in such a congested market in the area.
4 / 6
Harpenden
July 24, 2011


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