“Northwood is the best course on which to be taken ill,” wrote Bernard Darwin, “since it is there that play half the doctors of London. But there is nothing in the golf to make you ill, since, especially in dry weather, it is very attractive.”
Northwood Golf Club started with a 9-hole course that was set out on farmland next to an area known as “The Gravel Pits,” where clay for making bricks had been mined. Within a decade of the course opening, architect Tom Dunn had added another nine holes, acting on advice from J.H. Taylor. A more recent development saw the upgrading of all the greens to USGA standard.
Two sets of returning nines are routed around a heavily wooded estate, complete with a wandering stream that comes into play at several of the holes. Hawthorn bushes, gorse and heather are all traditional features of the course, both strategically and aesthetically. To mark the centenary of the club in 1991, a lovely stone bridge was constructed to span the stream close to the first tee box.Today, this parkland/heathland track measures 6,473 yards in length and it plays to a par of 71, with many of the fairways doglegging one way or the other to their intended target. There are only three par three holes on the card, the first of which arrives early in the round at the 148-yard 3rd hole. There’s then quite a wait to play the other two short holes as they don’t appear until the 13th and 15th.
Played here back end of the summer in a society day. Course is challenging and not one you want to be reaching for the driver too much on. Has a lot of Par 4's that run from 4th-10th and all of these are challenging especially the 5th which you would be skipping to the next tee with a par. Greens were excellent and only minor were the fairways being very dry but after the summer heatwave you'll be hard pushed to find somewhere with impeccable fairways. Would highly recommend and to me is a better course than its more well known neighbour Moor Park
We played Northwood in a wet Spring so with its slightly low lying clay nature ground was slightly wet as one would expect, particularly on the holes along the brook. That said there were plenty of interesting and challenging holes with some nasty gorse lying in wait for poorly hit tee shots on a few holes. The higher tree lined holes were excellent, and would love to revisit in drier times.