The course at Muswell Hill Golf Club was established as a 12-hole set-up by Peter Fernie (younger brother of 1883 Open champion Willie Fernie) soon after the club was founded on 1st December 1893. The layout was extended to eighteen holes in 1905 but it contracted to nine holes during World War I.
Not long after hostilities ceased and the Great War had come to an end, James Braid was called in to redesign the layout. The following edited extract is taken from John F. Moreton & Iain Cumming’s book James Braid and his Four Hundred Golf Courses and relates to a visit made on 2nd November 1922:
“Finally back from his extensive visits to Scotland, Braid was next at a North London club. Here it was bunkering that needed attention. He had played the course in September, presumably to open the reconstructed course. No doubt conversations about bunkers took place.
His thoughts about holes 1, 2, 3, 9, 12, 13 and 16 were accepted on the spot. In December all his other non-bunker recommendations were accepted. By the way, these bunkers were grass bunkers. Oddly, the first sand bunker did not arrive until 1926.
In 1920 Golf Illustrated states that ‘new land had been acquired and the new course has been laid out under the supervision of Tickle, the club professional.’ Two experts had been consulted in 1919, one of them Hawtree. Presumably all was not well and Braid was called in.
In 1929 the course underwent a further revision. Of the ten ‘new land’ holes, two survived in full, two partly. The other eight remained and remain largely as they were in Braid’s day.”
I like Muswell hill, my old AM from Highgate is now the GM there and the club has a great feel about it with him at the helm. We lost a gem when he left highgate and Muswell have gained a real good manager in his appointment.
The practice area at Muswell is a little annoying for me personally as its real close to the 17th & 18th so one does often come across balls that have not been picked up from someones practice.
Greens and fairways are always in really good condition and the course plays well even after serious rain as it drains really well.
Food in the club house is really good too and Magda the bar manager there is funny as hell, loves to have banter with members and is really on top of her game in service. Club is well worth a visit if your in the area.
Dont be fooled by its lay out and width, it needs respect or it will chew you up.
really lovely course well worth a trip to play if you are local or there or there about. David the pro was very friendly and enthusiastic, he was really keen to promote playing the course. Fairly attackable from the yellows.
A decent course, well maintained, nice greens, some memorable holes and some not-so-memorable ones, but overall a very consistent performer. Does everything pretty well.
A great layout and very well kept with excellent greens all year round. Overall a real challenge, look out for the 3rd and 15th which are tough holes.