John Abercromby was asked to design the course for Mote Mount Golf Club in 1923 and it opened for play in 1927. For some reason the owner sold the club to the local council three years later then Harry Colt was called in to remodel the layout in 1931.
The club name was changed to Mill Hill Golf Club in 1939, before three holes were lost to the war effort and had to be replaced. Further alterations were made when the M1 motorway was constructed in the 1960s.
Today, this densely wooded course extends to 6,247 yards from the back tees, playing to a par of 70, with holes configured as two returning nines. Four short holes are arranged with two on the front nine and two on the back and the only two par fives on the card are played on the outward half (at the 5th and 9th).
Highlights here include the par three 2nd and par four 10th, where the greens sit close to each other on the other side of a lake. The long par four 6th is considered the toughest hole on the front nine, while the short par four 14th offers the best chance of a birdie on the back nine, provided the front right bunker at the green can be avoided.
Mill Hill has an unusual start: the clubhouse is located on one side of the busy A1, but the course is on the other. Fortunately you don't need to run across six lanes of heavy traffic with your golf clubs as there is a subway 100 yards down the road, but it's far from ideal and often floods. After teeing off on the 1st with the loud din of the A1 behind you, you are able to leave the noise of the traffic behind for a few minutes, until you reach the 2nd, when the incessant roar of the M1 and the ugly Scratchwood services disturbs the view over the lake.
Sadly, the growth of motoring has not been kind to Mill Hill, as all 18 holes are sandwiched between the A1 and M1, two incredibly busy trunk roads. Trying to ignore the traffic (easier in summer when the leaves are on the trees), the course plays in two loops of nine that start on low ground near the lake and ascend a hill then drop back down.
The two holes over the lake (2 and 10) are the most picturesque, both feature an approach across the lake to a green which slopes down to the water. 3 is a very interesting short par 4 guarded by a stream, and 16 is one of the hardest par 3's I've played, over 200 yards uphill to a wickedly sloping green.
Apparently, the course is often under water in winter, but in summer it's a pleasant enough course with some interesting holes.
Not worth a visit as many other better courses locally, has main road running straight through the middle of course and uninspiring course, pro shop unfriendly and unhelpful but can't blame the course for that!