Old Fold Manor - Hertfordshire - England

Old Fold Manor Golf Club,
Old Fold Lane,
Hadley Green,
Barnet,
Hertfordshire,
EN5 4QN,
England


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Old Fold Manor Golf Club celebrated its centenary in 2010 and the golf course is one Harry Colt’s unsung designs. The club is located to the north of Barnet, just off the Great North Road, and the property is separated from the former Bridgedown Golf Club (now the Shire London) by the St Albans Road.

We wonder why Old Fold Manor Golf Club is not better known? The 6,451-yard course is laid out on the sand and gravel of an elevated, gently undulating site, which not only drains well, but also provides playing conditions reminiscent to heathland golf. Additionally, Old Fold Manor is an Open Championship Regional Qualifying course, so its credentials are crystal clear.

Viscount Enfield owned the land and originally founded the club in 1910, deciding to build a golf course on ground that saw battle during the War of the Roses. Today’s sporting contest on the site is thankfully more genteel, but you will require a solid game to conquer the Old Fold Manor scorecard.

The comparative yardages of the front and back nine are remarkably well balanced, but the front nine is where most golfers make a score. Six mid-length par fours appear on the outward half throwing up birdie opportunities for golfers who can keep it on the straight and narrow. The prettiest one-shot hole appears at the turn and hole 10 is also the shortest and easiest on the card. Measuring a mere 130 yards, it’s actually trickier than it seems and anything above the hole will require deft putting.

The 11th – a long par four – encourages the shoulders to be opened from its elevated tee, but perhaps the best hole at Old Fold Manor is the last. The home hole is another stern par four where only the longest or bravest hitters will take the green on in two shots. Water, in the shape of an ancient moat, guards the front of the green. Are you up for it?

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Description: Old Fold Manor Golf Club was established back in 1910 and this heath-like course is renowned for its excellent greens and fine views from its lofty 400-foot location. Rating: 5.7 out of 10 Reviews: 12
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Alan Newman
As a former (Junior) member this course was my first as a member and will always hold strong memories. The 17th and 18th form a tough finish (inthe 70s the 17th used to be a short par 5 and was shortened to a long par 4). Since those days there have been many changes to the course including speeding up the greesns and reducing their size and (re-)introducing bunkering which went through a phase of elimination as a cost cutting measure. There is a gently undulating (not hilly) topography that maintains the interest and offers a fair challenge.
September 30, 2010
6 / 10
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Andy Newmarch
It is nice to see Old Fold Manor appear on the site as a recent GEM addition; the course has got plenty about it to like. I have been checking my own history book and I first played OFM in 1980...thirty years later I re-visited with very faded memories of the holes to be honest. The front nine opens up with six par-4's with five of them around the 340-360 yards, so club selection approaching these holes is a little predictable but in saying that, this front third of the course is very enjoyable - with the 5th my pick of these mainly due to the very tricky green. The front nine ends with one of only two par-5's amongst the whole eighteen and then the back nine starts with my favourite par-3; only about 125 yards and just a flick really but a tricky downhill putt awaits for anything beyond the flag. There are a further six par 4's on the second nine, which makes thirteen in total and that really is my only criticism of the course; with the greens and tees being fairly close it will not be easy to squeeze any extra length - maybe the 17th hole could be lengthened to be a short par-5 at a push? I really like the last hole ... around 440 yards but with water in front of the green; there will only be a few golfers hitting this in two and making a par at the last will probably go to those with a tidy short game. Overall Old Fold Manor competes well against other North London/Hertfordshire border courses with greens well above average and a great clubhouse atmosphere and I would imagine that it is quite nice to be a member here. The course has been used for regional Open qualifying since 2006 which is an endorsement that cannot be ignored either, out of around a 100 players for the 2010 event only seven were under-par, so another small victory for the older shorter courses against the newer tougher beasts that have to be 7500 yards to be noticed - short does not mean easy...
September 29, 2010
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