Aldenham Golf Club
- Par 70
- 6409 Yds
Aldenham has two well-established courses set in beautiful parkland only 15 miles from the centre of London.
The best times to visit Aldenham are in Spring and in Autumn. This is when the many different species of trees are either in blossom or the leaves are turning.
The main 18-hole Church Course is a challenge for both the experienced and casual golfer alike.
It is always well manicured and incorporates tree-lined fairways, ditches and ponds.
The feature hole is the 13th par 5; this was for many years the longest hole in the country, measuring a stiff 621 yards.
The 2,350-yard Berry Grove nine-hole course opened in 1991 and consists of par 3s and par 4s but don’t be misled into thinking it is easy – it is not. This is a great course for beginners.
The Church was opened in 1975 and has matured well over the years and while spring may be full of bright blossom, play here in autumn and your round is dominated by rich pastel browns, reds and oranges.
Water comes into play as early as the short par-4 3rd; for most this will be a mid to long iron from the tee to find the left half of the fairway.
But you need to be careful to avoid the ditch and overhanging trees and this will leave a short approach to the green.
The main 18-hole Church Course is a challenge for both the experienced and casual golfer. It incorporates tree-lined fairways, ditches and ponds.
On the par-5 5th, you must decide whether to carry the tree in the fairway from the tee or go round the side.
The second shot again leaves a choice whether you are going to carry the ditch or lay up. If you choose the latter option, the green is large so the correct yardage for your third is important.
The 8th is one of a collection of fine short holes; this usually plays into the wind and there is water to negotiate short of the green so you need to club up and avoid the bunker front right.
The 10th begins the back nine in fine style, a tough par 4 where a good straight drive is essential.
It will still leave long approach to a very big green so attention to the flag placement for the correct yardage is important.
Soon we are at the seriously long 13th; it requires a drive down the right side – although longer hitters may be able to carry the smaller tree on the left side of the copse – to keep the ball from running into the rough on the left.
The second needs to be straight down the middle… but not too far or you could be blocked out by the trees short of the green.
An approach leaving the ball below the flag is an advantage on this acutely-sloping green.
A risk-reward short par 4, long par 3 and a gentle close this fabulous parkland course.
Because of the excellent drainage, these fine courses are rarely closed. Societies and visitors are very welcome on both courses at Aldenham, but it is essential to book for the main course.