|Cuthbert Butchart laid out the course at Highgate Golf Club; six years later he went on to design West Hill. The secret Highgate lies hidden in parkland on the northern side of Hampstead Heath. Play it and tell nobody.|
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To my mind Highgate is by far the best of the North London courses, with many excellent holes and spectacular views. This is a course you have to think your way round, it is very easy to find yourself with an impossible angle into the green.The 460 yard par 4 16th is the stand out hole, and requires two long and well placed shots to reach the green.A great course to play on a summer evening after work...and I bet you don't play to your handicap.
5 / 6Highgate
July 29, 2011
Highgate Golf Club truly deserves the “gem” moniker. It is located only ten minutes from central London and I believe it is the closest 18-hole course to the city centre. The club has been around for more than 100 years and it is still perhaps one of London’s lesser known courses. It is tucked away in a tranquil location despite being situated close to the North Circular Road. Measuring a fraction under 6,000 yards, Highgate is a short course but it is certainly not an easy layout on which to score. With just a single par five and a handful of really tough par fours, playing to handicap on this hilly parkland track is no mean feat. According to the club website, “the amateur course record stands at only 3 under par, while the professional record stood at a similar score until 2003, when Matt Deal of Hendon, aided by a hole in one at the 17th, reduced it to 63”. Keep your driver in the car and play Highgate in the autumn when the trees are dazzlingly ablaze. I can promise you that this is as good as city golf gets and it reminds me of the brilliant little West course at Moor Park, which is also a gem.
February 29, 2012
These reviews look like they have been written by Highgate members! It certainly isn't 10 minutes from Central London and it certainly isn't the best course in Middlesex/North London. For me, nearby Muswell Hill and Finchley are better courses and better experiences thanks to their excellent clubhouses. Another reviewer compares this with The Shire, calling the Barnet venue is an 'easy, wide Disneyland resort-style course', but The Shire is an equally stern test with modern irrigation systems which enable it to keep all greens and tees open throughout the year. Highgate by contrast becomes a boggy pit in Winter. It's challenging with some good holes, but no way no. 1.
Great course - and as was stated in a recent review in Golf Monthly magazine....."few courses live up to being such a hidden gem as Highgate..." Although overall quite short, there are 4 par 4s over 450 yards that will have even very long hitters reaching for their 3 irons for their second shots (and coming up short), so you won't leave feeling like you've been playing an easy course. Each hole is full of character with many mature trees, and many changes of elevation and if you're not straight and steady off the tee, you'll be in deep trouble. An easy, wide Disneyland resort-style course like The Shire this certainly is not, you need to think your way around here, and often where to miss is the best option unless you've got complete control of your game since the fairways can be tight and the greens small. The members and staff are the most friendly we've ever come across, despite this being a posh private member's club course with very posh members, that apparently includes all sort of public figures and celebrities.
Played Highgate for the first time last November and I was rather impressed. There are many OK golf courses inside the M25 to the north of the capital including clubs such as Finchley, Bush Hill Park, Mill Hill, North Middlesex, South Herts, Enfield, Crews Hill and Hadley Wood (which is better than OK) but for me Highgate tops the list. With small, tricky to find greens, lovely elevation changes, tight driving holes coupled with some fine bunkering, Highgate is a worthy gem and I’m pleased to be able to post the first review for this little known course.