Buckinghamshire - Buckinghamshire - England

Buckinghamshire Golf Club,
Denham Court Drive,
Denham,
Buckinghamshire,
UB9 5PG,
England


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  • Dubravka Griffiths

  • John Jacobs

  • Dusan Gavrilovic

The Buckinghamshire Golf Club is situated close to the charming and historic town of Denham and it's a big golf course, designed by a big golfer – former Ryder Cup Captain, John Jacobs. The Buckinghamshire stretches out more than 6,800 yards against a par of 72.

This elegant course opened for play in 1992 and it’s set in more than 200 acres of mature parkland. They planted thousands of indigenous trees during the building of the course and they encourage wild flowers to grow in the rough, including meadowsweet and primula – it’s certainly a pretty place.

Jacobs has created a very natural looking golf course that harmonises with its surroundings. Additionally it is an exciting, surprising and challenging layout. But at the same time, golfers of all abilities will enjoy it. There are numerous large teeing areas to choose from and the huge greens are exceptionally receptive, fast and true – amongst the best in the area. Plenty of water instils uncertainty, waiting to swallow the wayward shot.

Great holes are many, but amongst the best are the 7th, a long par four with a ditch dissecting the fairway 200 yards from the tee – a stream then cuts across, 60 yards short of the green and to the right of the putting surface lurks a pond. The 8th is a quirky but thoroughly entertaining hole – a short par four that sweeps all the way round a lake, leaving a very nervy approach shot across the water.

There is no doubt that the Buckinghamshire is a classy golf course. John Jacobs said: “I believe we have created a golf course which contains interest and beauty for golfers of all levels, providing either a challenge or a gentle walk round”. We agree with Jacobs – the Buckinghamshire is delightful.

A major bunker renovation was completed under the stewardship of Tim Lobb in 2017, where the area of bunkers was reduced by more than 50% while making the sand hazards more prominent.

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Description: The elegant Buckinghamshire Golf Club opened for play in 1992 and it’s set in more than 200 acres of mature parkland. Rating: 4.1818181818182 out of 6

The clubhouse and surroundings were immediately impressive, yet I wasn’t sure what to expect with the course when I noted the venues ranked ahead of it in the county and my concern with the fact that I had no choice but to play from the forward yellow tees. The greens were in excellent nick, though the fairways were understandably soft and mucky due to recent heavy rains.

On the opening tee shot water is in play to the right of the par five 1st’s fairway. If I was a golf course designer, I think I would try to avoid this scenario, but nonetheless it makes for a challenging opening hole and the pick of the par fives for me (see below for my controversial opinion on the par five 18th). The 2nd is a birdie chance of a par four and the 3rd is a flat but long par three with bunkers right and a hollow to the left of what is quite a big green. The 4th is a tough slight dogleg left par four with threatening fairway bunkers and a downward dip towards a slightly elevated green. The par five 5th is index 14 but I found it the easiest hole on the course, reachable in two and a great birdie chance notwithstanding the deep bunkers at the green. After five holes it struck me how open the course is, as apart from the obvious traps and hazard on the first, offline drives are not necessarily punished for the lower handicap players.

However, the next four holes change the theme and put a premium on hitting fairways off the tee. The par four 6th is straight and sub-400 yards, yet there is trouble all around by way of bunkers, vegetation and an ivy clad wall to the right of a tight green entrance. The following three hole stretch is one of the best you will play, starting with the strategic index 2 par four 7th, which features a fairway guarded by a creek crossing it and two bunkers on the right, then an approach to a green protected by a lake on three sides and tree trouble on the left. The 8th is the signature hole on the course, a par four that is driveable from the forward tees – mostly carry across the lake with a little bit of bail-out fairway space before the green, but the standard route for most players is around the lake with a tee shot to the right of the fairway and approach over the water. The outward nine concludes with the enclosed par three 9th in front of the clubhouse, its elevated green guarded by three bunkers. Whilst it is a nice hole, it struck me that the river just to the right of the green could have been brought more into play.

The 10th is a long and demanding dogleg right par four with imposing trees on the right side of the fairway to tangle with slightly pushed tee shots and a pond short right of the green, albeit not really in play for better ball-strikers. The narrow and elevated putting surface is tough to hold with a deep bunker hugging the right side. The par five 11th offers some respite, despite the strategic fairway bunkers it is not the longest and is also open enough to allow a chance to recover from any wayward tee-balls or second shots. The 12th and 13th are two strong par fours, both over 450 yards from the tips, the 12th more or less straightaway with a creek a few yards short of the green and a threatening lake to the right of the green. The 13th is a tight sweeping dogleg left with two imposing fairway bunkers on the left side amidst probably the most enclosed wooded setting on the course. On the par three 14th you find yourself at the outer reach of the course alongside the rail track, the primary complications being the slightly elevated green with one bunker in front and a fall-off to the right.

The homeward stretch begins with the dogleg right 15th, which I considered a birdie opportunity despite its index of 9. It is under 400 yards and the corner can be cut to leave a wedge to a large and receptive green. The par three 16th is nicely framed by trees on either side and is played marginally uphill. The 17th is a long and difficult uphill par four, veering around to the left, and requires two solid smacks to find the green in regulation.

And so to my controversial assessment of the par five 18th. I grew up playing on a course that has two huge trees bang smack in the middle of a fairway and a similar size tree middle-left of another green blocking the route to back hole locations. Perhaps I am scarred by this, but either way I am not in favour of trees existing in the middle of fairways. The 18th at The Buckinghamshire is a magnificent long par five with intrusive bunkering on the fairway and three more bunkers around an undulating green, with a dangerous pond on the left side of it. That all sounds great, but approximately 130 yards from the centre of the green is a huge old tree positioned bang smack in the middle of the fairway. Course designer John Jacobs might disagree with me – I would have moved the tree!

Overall the course has a flat and open feel to it for the most part and is not too difficult from the yellow tees. It is obviously a different story from the black tees at 7,100 yards, although big hitters will not always be punished for finding rough off the tees. 7-8-9 is a particularly enjoyable three hole stretch and 12-13 two very solid par fours.

Pick of the holes: Par Three – 9th // Par Fours – 7th & 8th // Par Five – 1st

November 18, 2017


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I thought maybe the Misbourne and Colne rivers would feature prominently during my round here the other day but, thankfully, water only ever came into play at a few of the holes during my round. Actually, the main hazard to avoid at The Buckinghamshire is sand, in the shape of the newly revetted bunkers that now lie in wait to catch errant golfers off the tee and around the greens.

Buckinghamshire Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

Architect Tim Lobb and contractor Profusion Environmental have just installed a new irrigation system and renovated all the bunkers on the course, an upgrade that has reduced the overall area of sand on the course from more than 14,000 square metres to less than 6,500 square metres, and this redefinition of the hazards has dramatically improved their visibility.

Set within a large 200-acre parkland property, the course is certainly spacious, with lots of fairway width on most of the holes to accommodate even the most wayward golfers who like to spray their golf ball around. With regular gents tees measuring just under 6,300 yards and a SSS of 71, one less than par, it’s a pretty user-friendly course that shouldn’t unduly punish you.

After a solid start to the round on the opening three holes, the course steps up a notch at the 4th and 5th. The conspicuous new bunkers are really impressive here, giving maximum fairway and greenside definition to holes occupying one of the flatter parts of the course. Things get even better at the 6th, where a large patch of gorse to the front right of the green partially obscures a wonderful three-tiered putting surface.

Buckinghamshire Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

Holes 7 and 8 are really tough: intimidating ditches cross the fairway at the landing area and in front of the green at the former, and a small lake lies between tee and green at the latter. The safe way to play the 8th is to use the fairway to the right of the water then go for the flag but big hitters will be tempted to take the risk/reward option and aim for the sliver of a fairway that leads to the green on the left side of the lake.

The back nine didn’t quite live up to the high standard of the outward half, though I did like the par four 12th (with its putting surface positioned behind a stream), the uphill par three par three 14th (and its pronounced back to front raised green), and the right doglegged 15th, which is played to a terrific two-tiered green.

There’s no getting away from the fact that the 25-year-old Buckinghamshire – which is also the Ladies European Tour’s HQ – is a rather corporate-orientated operation but don’t let that put you off as it’s home to a very enjoyable 18-hole layout that’s nicely routed across a pleasant parkland landscape. It’s also managed by owners prepared to heavily invest in infrastructure improvements that will see the course prosper well into its next quarter of a century of play.

Jim McCann

July 27, 2017


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I played a few weeks ago now as a guest of a member, we had a great day out.The course itself was really well kept, the greens were very fast for any time of year let alone November and the fairways were the best i've seen anywhere.Should easily be inside the top 100 in my opinion.
December 02, 2013


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Sean
December 02, 2013
Only a Buckinghamshire member would rate it 6 balls. Where on earth does this obsequious reviewer go from here when reviewing any world class course? The Buckinghamshire is a 4 ball rating at best and that assumes perfect playing surfaces as the design and routing are only average in my opinion.
Young P
December 04, 2013
I agree. If it''s "easily inside" the Top 100 and you give it six balls, what rating would you give the top 50? You might as well go all out and call it one of the best courses in the world - because you''ve just placed it on a par with Pine Valley, Royal County Down and Augusta National. Go figure.
I have now played ‘Bucks’ four times over the last ten years and right now I would say the presentation and conditioning is a good as ever, certainly the greens were especially good. As far as rankings are concerned I am not too sure how far the course can move to be honest; the top three places for the county rightly belong to the great Woburn courses, so that leaves slots 4 and 5 up for grabs which Stoke Park and The Buckinghamshire are fighting for. I can see merits for both courses to be either way around and I am sure that in a poll amongst golfers, there would be a fairly even split as to which takes 4th and which takes 5th. The land for the ‘Bucks’ course is flat and there is not much change in elevation at all and many holes have an open feel – what they do very well is that the holes are defined very well with shaped fairways, a couple of cuts before the long stuff and as mentioned before, quality greens. The 8th and 9th holes are memorable, a short par-4 with potential to drive the lake to reach the green and the 9th – a nice mid-range par-3 surrounded by bunkers in front of the clubhouse. The 15th on the back 9 is a great par-4, under 400 yards and dog-legging right with seven bunkers at turning point and a great design. As mentioned earlier, I find it tricky to place the course in my own rankings, it has lots going for it in terms of getting the most out of not the greatest land around and the club have a green-keeping team to be proud of. I like the course and would never turn down a round but it doesn’t excite me in a way that some others not too far away do.
November 27, 2013


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Richard
November 27, 2013
I must agree about the surfaces at the Buckinghamshire. I have played here many times but over the past couple of years the course has been in outstanding condition, specially the greens. These are some of the truest I have played and are very fast. I will admit that when the rough is cut down it does look very flat but during the season the rough really defines the holes but is to thick for my liking. Out of the Bucks and Stoke Park, there is only one winner for me, The Buckinghamshire due to the outstanding conditioning of all the surfaces.
Sean
November 28, 2013
Buckinghamshire and Stoke Park fall into the same uninspiring category for me. Neither would make my Top 100.
Adrian
November 28, 2013
There are some good holes and yes maybe some uninspiring ones but for course condition, this is right up there. I have played there twice this year, summer and winter and greens, tees and fairways were top class. Would rather play the Bucks than Stoke Park any day, mainly down to the conditioning of all the surfaces there.
James West
December 02, 2013
Played the course last month as we heard of its amazing greens and WOW we weren't disappointed, it was in fantastic condition. We can't wait to go back.
As a high handicapper, in drizzle and downright heavy rain at times in mid February , I managed to make a reasonable 33 points against my opponent's 32. Leaving aside the sense of achievement, I thought this course was a fair challenge, and some of the parkland holes were very attractive . Given the weather and time of year, I thought the greens were in commendable condition, though many of the fairways were rather uneven and soggy. The large tree in the 18th fairway provided a challenging tee shot for the final winning hole. I would like to return in better weather to see how she plays.
August 02, 2011


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David Beadle
October 29, 2013
Greatly improved since last time I played it a few years ago. In fabulous condition and facilities are top class. Very friendly staff , good food with lovely views from bar etc.
Set up for corporate hospitality, the course surely scrapes into the top 100 purely on the back of the beauty and impressiveness of it s club house. The actual course is average at best and not worth the cost.
August 29, 2007


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John
October 13, 2009
Buckinghamshire Golf Club held the Trilby tour on Sky Sports for the past 2 years and the Senior Tour 08. The course is fantastic and better than the Grove.
Ray
July 01, 2010
I have played the course many times over the last ten years or so, not cheap, but arguably value for money. I always look forward to the challenge. It is normally in excellent condition with great greens. Can't understand some of the criticism, great lay out, nice clubhouse and good design. What more could one want?
RK
November 16, 2011
Laughable to say it is better than the Grove. I don't think the Grove is great but the Bucks is a let down the minute you step on the tee!
We played the course today and I was pretty disappointed given its lofty ranking position. There had been a lot of rain over the past few days and it was raining for the hour or so before we went out. Parts of the course, particularly quite a lot of fairways, a reasonable amount of the bunkers and all of the greens coped well, but a fair few bunkers were wet and several were under quite a bit of water, and there were numerous patches of water, some quite large, on the fairways, and much of the rough was boggy. Don’t get me wrong, many courses in the area would have been wet and my review does not put too much weight behind this factor. However, I have got a serious issue with how this can be ranked in the top 50 in England – 49 today on this site (109 GB)! It is a pleasant parkland course that is no doubt probably in very good condition through much of the year. While by no means poor, it is just not a ‘very good’ or ‘significantly above average’ course – the layout is OK, the land is very average, there are pylons running along one side just behind the clubhouse, it is not particularly challenging, and not very memorable. There were no real standout holes. The clubhouse is, however, is very nice. Looking at the courses that are ranked below the Buckinghamshire (50-100) that I have played, Parkstone, Brocket Hall (both), Liphook, Walton Heath New and Berkhamsted, are all better, and Bearwood Lakes and New Zealand are in a totally different league. Other new course between 50-100 like the Oxfordshire and Manor House, which are good but by no means favourites, are also better. Bowood at 104 is also much better, and there are plenty of “gems” that are ranked below 139, such as Hindhead, North Hants and Wentworth Edinburgh, that are far better. At £3,500/ per annum for members and summer society packages for 27 holes with lunch and dinner between £165 and £208, this has to be one of the most overpriced courses in the country. Sorry for the rant but if you go here knowing the cost and its inflated ranking you are likely to be disappointed. However, if you expect a pleasant parkland layout with no major expectations and you are not paying, then you should enjoy it. I would rank this a 3 on today’s experience although it could well be a 4 in better weather. £6 for an impressive looking but not very helpful course planner was also a little steep! PN, Berks
November 27, 2006


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James
December 01, 2006
I agree with the comments made in this review. In particular, the Par 3's present no real danger and the 3 finishing holes lack the drama or courses truly deserving of a top 50 rating from this site.
This was the third time I have played Buckinhamshire and I have never been disappointed. Despite torrential rain overnight and before the round, the course was in mint condition. Far and away the best winter golf course in this region. This is my first choice for golf in the winter and during the summer the greens become lightning fast. Recommended for all good golfers to experience.
October 07, 2004


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This club has great attention to detail. The driveway, clubhouse etc were all excellently maintained and this was not forgotten when we reached the course. The Buckinghamshire is very pleasing on the eye, with its shaped fairways and clearly defined cuts of rough. The greens are excellent to putt on, if not up to the visual standards of the rest of the course. As a young course it shows its youthfulness, somehow you know that this course is but a baby. I firmly believe this course will grow into a classic. The run of holes from 6-9 are breathtaking in both beauty and golfing design. This course will provide a stern test for the good player, but may prove a bit too demanding off the back tees for the average club golfer.
May 25, 2004


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Played here in glorious sunshine in May (is there any other way ?) and this is a stiff test. This will suit lower handicap golfers more so than higher. In saying this, it is a really enjoyable place to play your golf. You can score well if you are patient and careful especially at the 7th, 8th, 10th and 12th.Beautiful 13th century mansion as the clubhouse with a thorough and efficient welcome (although a touch clinical).Around 10 years old and the unfortunate thing with new courses is the fact that they look new ! With that said, this is the top end of that market though - Given time this will develop well.In summary:- very tough 18 holes (nearly 7000 off the white tees), in a lovely setting - Green Fees a tad too high in all honesty but worth a visit.End of round tip:- A cold pint of Asahi and a bowl of BBQ chicken wings in front of the mansion ....
May 25, 2004


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