Moor Park (High) - Hertfordshire - England

Moor Park Golf Club,
Rickmansworth,
Herts,
WD3 1QN,
England


  • +44 (0) 1923 773146


Located conveniently near to London, but sufficiently protected by mature trees to shield us from suburbia, Moor Park Golf Club's elegant High course layout will provide a challenging test of golf in pleasant park surroundings.

The clubhouse at Moor Park is an elegant 17th century mansion, the most photographed clubhouse in golf, perhaps with the exception of the R&A clubhouse at St Andrews. It has been used for many purposes throughout its illustrious history: home to the gentry, religious hierarchy and requisitioned as the HQ for the Parachute Regiment during the 2nd World War. It was here that the doomed battle of Arnhem was planned.

Moor Park also made it into the Guinness Book of Golf Facts and Feats as the club with highest membership in England (1,600).

Designed by Harry Colt, the High course opened for play in 1923. Two years later it hosted the PGA Matchplay Championship.

“It is park golf with a dash of something else, wrote Bernard Darwin in his 1925 book, The Golf Courses of Great Britain, “for in the middle of the round, close to a fine clump of beeches, there is a strip of bracken country. It is here that the best and most amusing holes are to be found, and Mr. Colt has used every available inch of it.”

The Bob Hope Classic was held here during the 1980s, along with many other professional tournaments. The club has also staged a number of blue-ribbon junior events, including the Boys Amateur Championship and the English Boys’ Stroke Play Championship, formerly the Carris Trophy.

“They do say you remember a golf course with special affection if you’ve played it well,” wrote Peter Alliss in The Good Golf Guide, “and that’s certainly one of the reasons for my liking Moor Park. In the 1964 Esso Golden Tournament I played the best golf of my life. I hit the ball well throughout, hardly missed a short putt and holed not a few long ones as well. It was a round robin matchplay event with a selected field. You played everybody. I won all my matches except for a half with Ken Nagle and a loss to Christy O’Connor, who both finished with birdie 2s.”

There are some very good holes on the 6,700-yard layout, opening with a friendly par four. The 2nd is a good driving hole, requiring a solid tee shot across a valley to a fairway that doglegs to the right. The 4th is a long downhill par four, two accurate shots are required to reach this green in two. The 8th, 440 yards, is one of our favourites, sweeping downhill and then back uphill to a sloping green protected by a lurking pond with the half-way house sitting welcomingly behind the green.

The homeward nine is really more of the same, some strong and long par fours with a couple of short and reachable par fives. If anything, the back nine is more memorable and certainly a much tougher proposition than the outward nine. Two troublesome holes are the par three 12th (one of the best inland par threes in the country) requiring a bold tee shot over a valley and the 14th, a fantastic long par four where the approach shot must carry a hidden gully dissecting the fairway.

Moor Park oozes quality. The High is a classy golf course and a warm welcome awaits in the clubhouse mansion, but don't overlook the club's Harry Colt-designed West course. It may be rather short, but it's lots of fun and it's not as easy as it appears on the scorecard.

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Description: Moor Park Golf Club oozes quality. The High is a classy golf course and a warm welcome awaits in the spectacular clubhouse mansion. Rating: 7.3 out of 10 Reviews: 36
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Ian Bendell
There are a number of factors that make Moor Park a great place to play golf; both courses (The High and the West) provide a good challenge, are maintained to a very high standard (the greens are particularly good) and you never seem to be rushed, even when the course is full; the facilities and club house are outstanding and the staff and members welcome you as if you are visting their home. In addition, Moor Park is conveniently close to London and does not cost the earth considering what you get. Given this, I am very happy that it is 'only' rated at 130th as this means it will remain under the radar for many people and hence this gem of a place will remain a well kept secret!
May 09, 2010
10 / 10
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Geoff Robinson
May 11, 2010
I have to say Moor Park is a great course - I would rank this much higher. Finest course inside the M25?
Hugh
May 11, 2010
Love Moor Park but I think Walton Heath and the wonderful Addington are better tracks inside the M25.
Paul Rose
August 22, 2010
Love Moor Park - its certainly up there in the m25. Very classy set up and pedigree
Nick Palmer
December 21, 2010
Moor Park rocks - classy, well maintained and reeks of tradition (in a good way). Gets my vote
Dave Roberston
January 28, 2011
Moor Park is a lovely colt classic. Pure pedigree - finest course in Herts?
HUgh
January 29, 2011
Ashridge is the best course in Herts but the High course is not far behind IMO.
Rob Downs
February 06, 2011
I like Ashridge a lot and would certainly recommend all to play once... however it is very short - and whilst the deer are also a not worthy feature, Moor Park is a better test of golf - and what fabulous greens. And did I mention the club house?
Hugh
February 06, 2011
Moor Park measures 6717 yards from the back tees and Ashridge measures 6634 yards from the tips, do you think Moor Park is short too? Who cares about the clubhouse, it's the course that interests me.
Rich Mahmut
February 17, 2011
It's the whole golf experience for me - and Moor Park delivers. Hugh do you not stick around for a post match beer and also change your shoes in the car park?
Hugh
June 24, 2011
Hey listen, I like Moor Park. My thinking is that this is a golf course review website not a golf experience website. The clubhouse is secondary to the course for me. I'm happy playing remote tracks, putting money in the honesy box and then going to the pub after the round as there's no clubhouse at all. Frankly I don't give a hoot about the clubhouse experience, I pay my green fee for the course not for the clubhouse.
Tom Sleater
I think Moor Park is a great golf course - steeped in history and with a clubhouse beyond compare. The High course is a tough test for any golf and the slightly gentle looking 1st hole does not quite tell the full tale. The uphill second shot to a small green is tougher than it looks and then your faced with the classic and consistent feature on show at Moor Park of very true and fast greens. The second is a great hole and really again asks the player to be brave off the tee otherwise its a dauting second in to a well protected green. Likewise the 4 challenges the player to be long and shaped off the tee - and the green looks fairly easy but its a devil of put if you are the wrong side of the flag. The 8th is my standout hole with a demanding teeshot and then a long approach into the fastest green on the course. The joy though is the proximity of the halfway house for a cheeky sausage sarnie - and then starting the ascent up to the heights. The 9th is an easy hole when playing as a 5 but the stretch from 10 to 18 is very challenging. The 10th is very "Surrey" (think Sunningdale, St George's Hill etc) and then the 11th is all about club choice playing over a valley. At 230 yards to a two tier green the par 3 12 is simply super - framed with rhodies and the type of flora and forna that would have you playing the hole on repeat. The 14th then is a tough par 4 and you struggle for 2 good shots and again the drive demands that you open up the green for a second rather than being blocked out. 15, 16 and 17 all have their plus point and the 18th is a joy to finish on in a close match - especially in summer when holding the green is a challenge. No gimmes there either....the 19th is simply spectacular and its beautiful to sit out and watch the west course (which I also love) over a cold glass of something refreshing or 3.... Rating of 130 is somewhat misleading as there are mainy courses below that just do not stump up. I defy you to be disappointed....get involved.
April 05, 2010
8 / 10
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George
May 04, 2011
There's another set of blue tees on the High Course that take the total yardage to 7000. It's not for the faint-hearted - there are some buttock clenching carries over trouble at the 2nd, 6th, 13th, 14th, and especially the 17th. It turns the High Course into a real monster - especially if it's windy, or when there's little run. Meanwhile the West Course, while shorter, requires almost as much skill. The greens have some considerable slopes, and there's severe trouble waiting if you miss greens on the wrong side. And the clubhouse - the best I've ever been in, by MILES.
Matthew Bazeley
I really enjoy playing this course. The greens are quick and the fairways very well maintained and reward the brave with good driving lines. the views are also notable with much of the 2 courses perched up high above Rickmansworth. The Halfway hut does the business with its offers. I can recommend the sausage sandwich in particular..! The club house probably has the most decorative ceiling in the world too.
January 25, 2010
10 / 10
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Nick Oldridge
Moor Park is a great venue for some top quality golf. Both courses are a good golfing layout and there is some pedigree to the course and some amazing history. The clubhouse is great. The High course is my favourite and love the par 4's particularly as they demand long true driving to score well. The greens are always immaculate, true and quick.Travesty that this is not in the top 100.
January 03, 2010
10 / 10
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Nick Rice
For me, inland courses can never be considered a superior experience to seaside golf but Moor Park (High and West) are very fine examples of top quality parkland golf. It was designed by Harry Colt at the same time as Wentworth and based upon the same idea of an estate with high quality housing and golf on the doorstep Both courses are always beautifully presented and The High is a seriously good test for all players, even on Society days as the yardage is still 6450 off the yellow tees. Get your score going over the front 9 as it does get tougher over back 9 with some substantial par 4s. Holes 10 to 15 are particularly impressive to my eye - straight, long driving is essential. The overall experience is crowned by a golf club housed in one of the country's great mansions (Grade 1 listed) - take time out to have a look around the magnificent rooms which are open for all to see - almost worth the price of the green fee alone!
October 07, 2009
8 / 10
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paul turner
Thes old courses at Moorpark have sadly been vandalised with a JCB. The bunkers and grass shaping were hand built in the 1920s but these have now been wrecked. It's akin to pebble dashing that great clubhouse.
November 19, 2008
4 / 10
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RJ Thompson
The drive down the hill to the clubhouse (don't forget to stop for the 18th and 1st tees unless you want a Titleist through your windsheild) is inspiring and certainly sets one's expectations quite high for the day. The course does it's best to live up to those expectations but I don't think the condition is fitting a layout of this calibre. The potential is definantly there for a brilliant course if only a bit more tender-loving-care was taken to the greens. Holes 8-15 could be one of the best stretches in England if they ever decided to convert the 9th to a par four. Always a great day out so make sure it is on your London must-play list.
April 16, 2008
8 / 10
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Lesley Wayne
October 13, 2008
Just played it - awesome Harry Colt design, classic true greens, great views magnificent clubhouse... perfect
paul turner
Moor Park High has a pleasant mix of holes. The most interesting holes are over the best terrain: holes 11-14. But most of the holes have some interest with the 2nd and 8th being a particularly fine. I also liked the fall-away green on the 4th. The finish sags a bit, with 16 and 17 lacking in interest, but then the 18th is a cracking par 3 to end. The High could be greatly enhanced by felling unnecessary trees and opening the course back to a true parkland style. The firs behind the 4th have no place on a golf course.Also the new (unattractive) bunker rebuilds have stripped the course of much of its character. What are those ugly pot bunkers doing on the 11th? As designed, Moor Park had attractive expansive bunkers; the course would greatly benefit from a bunker restoration.Don’t ignore the West at Moor Park or Tricky Ricky (formerly Moor Park East) next door. In some ways these two shorter courses have more character than their big sister.
August 31, 2007
6 / 10
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Bowlesie
Moor Park defies expectations a stunning Paladian clubhouse with dissarmingly laid back staff. The High Course off the white tees is a good test particularly its par 4's.The 8th, 13th & 14th are all fabulous holes, but the course's signature hole is the par 3 12th ;a cracker. The only minor downside in today's world is that the par 5's are all too short and can be got at by the big hitters. Long rough is absent to aid speed of play no doubt, but it undermines what could be a far sterner test. Beautiful even paced greens if a little slow. All in all a great place and don't miss a real half way house, 2nd only to Sunningdale in the London area. DB
June 04, 2006
8 / 10
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jimmy
September 22, 2007
Thanks Jimmy the half way house Moor Park
Hugh
Moor Park is a very popular corporate venue and you can immediately see why. The whole facility is quality through and through from the dazzling clubhouse with its sumptuous buffet lunch to the carvery dinner (all served by attentive staff). The High course itself is not bad either. There are a few average holes and some excellent ones too. The real fun starts at the long P4 8th where the welcoming halfway waits behind the green. The short P5 9th throws up a birdie opportunity and when you arrive at the 10th you could be at Sunningdale or Wentworth. The 11th is a truly memorable hole with a tough approach and the 12th would go into my personal list of top 10 favourite par threes. Quality! Finally a couple of words about the West course... not bad, not bad at all.
March 14, 2006
6 / 10
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