The Grove Golf Club


  • Par 72
  • 7152 Yds

It is not exactly cheap to go and play at The Grove but then again price is not the only thing here that is distinctly above average.

If you want to experience modern, championship inland golf and play a course in the kind of condition more normally associated with a professional tour event, then only The Belfry springs to mind in this country as a credible rival.

Just a few minutes’ drive from Watford, some believe this to be the best course inside the M25.

Certainly it is one of a kind. The architect was Kyle Phillips, of Kingsbarns fame, and while the site here could hardly be said to rival it, the layout certainly does.

The Grove prides itself on its conditioning, and you will hardly find so much as a divot out of place.

Guests here can play the course from whichever tees they desire – though the Blacks, as used by the world’s best when they came here in 2006 for the WGC AmEx won emphatically by Tiger Woods – are probably best left alone at over 7,100 yards.

The greens are smooth and usually very quick, especially when you finish above the hole. Chipping, too, is testing because many of the greens are slightly raised.

But generally speaking, as long as you do not play off the very tips, there is plenty of room from the tee.

As long as you do not try to take overly aggressive lines and attempt to carry the enormous bunkers that lie on the elbows of doglegs there is nothing to stop you scoring competently – and that always makes a visit to a championship course that bit more special.

The Grove prides itself on its conditioning, and you will hardly find so much as a divot out of place.

Top Holes, Dan Murphy, editor:

3rd 446 yards, par 4

A clever hole that calls for the drive to be played towards a stream and trees that are actually out of reach. Then you must carry the water to find the green.

14th 388 yards, par 4

The bulk of the fairway is hidden behind a bunker so consult your complementary yardage book before deciding on the best line from the tee. A good drive will leave with a short iron to a green that is not as small as it may appear.

16th 184 yards, par 3

Again, the architect plays a trick on the unsuspecting because the green is well beyond the bunkers. Club up and aim well left to ensure your second shot is played from the same level as the green.


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