Berkhamsted Golf Club

Hertfordshire

  • 18 Hole
  • 6605 Yds

If you enjoy a natural and challenging golf course you will love playing at Berkhamsted.

There are no man-made hazards and the course provides a unique challenge that over the years has seen our very best golfers put themselves to the test on the amateur circuit before they turned professional.

Hole 1: A gentle opening hole, measuring just over 335 yards from the back tee, played to a generous fairway. A fairway wood or long iron will leave a short to mid iron approach over Grims Dyke to a green that is well protected by mounds and grass bunkers, a feature of Berkhamsted giving a challenge comparable to sand bunkers.

Hole 2: A short par three, played to a green that is protected by a May tree on the left. Depending on the wind and flag position, this hole plays as little as a 9 iron to a well-struck 5 iron into the prevailing wind.

Hole 3: A testing par four, requiring a well-struck driver to carry the gorse and heather, leaving a mid iron approach to a generous undulating green. For the faint-hearted a shot to the right will find the fairway but make the hole longer, a testing par four.

Hole 4: A par four measuring 459 yards from the back tee, and the stroke index one hole. A well-struck driver avoiding the small but magnetic pond to the right of the fairway is required here to give any chance of reaching the green in regulation. The second shot has to carry a band of cross-rough to reach the approach fairway, but beware, this green is well-protected by large mounds to the right and left of the green.

Hole 5: A testing par three requiring an accurate tee shot to a two-tiered green that is well-protected by large mounds to the right and requires a carry over low mounds to the front.

Hole 6: Measuring 401 yards from the back tees, a difficult dog-leg left hole, well guarded on the dog-leg by a large oak tree. A safe shot down the right will give a clear shot to the green, albeit lengthening the hole. For the braver golfer, play for the centre leaving an approach shot over the oak tree.

Hole 7: Time to open your shoulders for this par five hole, with a large generous fairway. Beware of the mounds to the left and right of the fairway some 240 yards from the tee. The second shot has to carry Grims Dyke, leaving a gentle approach shot to a large two-tiered green. Long hitters will need to avoid the large hollow some 30 yards short of the green.

Hole 8: A well-struck  tee shot landing between the mounds to left and right of this dog-leg right par four will leave you with a mid iron approach to a green guarded to the left and right by mounds, but do not be long with your approach as there is a large drop beyond this green.

Hole 9: Standing on the tee looking at the clubhouse this is a gentle par four that intimidates many with a road to carry. Play to the right-hand side of the generous fairway on this dog-leg left hole to leave a short iron to a two tier green.

Hole 10: A challenging par three played from an elevated tee over a small pond, and a large bank of gorse that looks deceptively as though it runs all the way to the green  But fear not, there is 70 yards of closely mown grass running up to a large relatively flat green, protected by grassy mounds to the right.

Hole 11: You are now entering the Potten End loop, starting with a long par five requiring a well-struck drive avoiding the grass mounds on the right-hand side of the fairway. A fairway wood or long iron for your next shot will leave a demanding approach shot over Grims Dyke to a large undulating green.

Hole 12: The 12th tee faces the Grims Dyke hiding a generous fairway.  A good drive into the prevailing wind will still leave a fairway wood or long iron to reach the green, and there is a deep grassy pit short and left of the green that must be avoided.

Hole 13: Final hole of the Potten End loop, a classic short par four requiring a well-placed tee shot with either a fairway wood or long iron. The approach shot is played over an area of rough scrubland, with a hawthorn tree set in the middle to a two tiered green.  Beware the ridge that runs diagonally through the green.

Hole 14: Another hole requiring good course management, a good drive down the left will avoid the waiting  grass mounds on the right-hand side of the fairway. The second shot must carry the cross-rough down to a sloping green, and any shot long will fall into Grims Dyke, leaving a difficult blind chip back to the putting surface.

Hole 15: The last par three measuring some 210 yards from the back tee, playing to a well-protected green with a large grass mound, protecting the front right of the green and small grassy mounds all around the green.

Hole 16: A daunting par five dog-legging to the right, a drive down the left-hand side of the fairway will give you a good view of the hole. The second shot needs to carry the mound on the right-hand side of the fairway or be played just to the left of it. This will leave a short to mid iron to a large deceptive green, but beware of the deep hollow to the right of the green as a visit there will leave you with a blind chip shot.

Hole 17: Playing down a narrow tunnel to a wide fairway, this hole dog-legs slightly to the left requiring a well-placed tee shot right of centre.  The approach shot needs to be accurate to avoid the grass bunkers and mounds to the left and right-hand side of the large flat green.

Hole 18: A tough finishing hole where the final tee shot of the day needs to carry the ever-present Grims Dyke to find the hidden fairway.  The second shot needs to carry the cross-rough to a two-tiered green that is well protected to the left and right by grass bunkers and mounds.

Having completed the eighteenth hole you will take away many happy memories and no doubt look forward to a return visit to the Berkhamsted experience.

The Clubhouse has recently been refurbished, providing a relaxed setting in which to enjoy a drink or snack while you enjoy the lovely views over the course and surrounding area.

We can accommodate private functions, including wedding receptions, throughout the year at very competitive rates. Our large screen, surround sound video projection system provides viewing for films, TV sporting events and laptop presentations.  Our restaurant can seat up to 120 people and there is also a good sized dance floor.

The Bar has an HDTV, which screens Sky Sports HD channels. Clubhouse activities are also advertised on the Bar TV. For current Clubhouse social activities, click here.

The clubhouse is open all year round, apart from Christmas Day, from 7.30am with tea and coffee available all day.

Address

The Common
Berkhamsted
Hertfordshire
HP4 2QB
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