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This club is famous for… planning a bridge too far…

Operation Market Garden was devised at Moor Park in Hertfordshire
 

Having smashed their way out of the Normandy beachheads and scattered German forces across France and Belgium, Allied commander Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery devised the largest airborne battle in history.

Operation Market Garden was supposed to strike a fatal blow to Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich and quickly end the Second World War.

And the ambitious scheme, which was doomed to failure, was developed at a Hertfordshire golf club.

Moor Park, a 17th century mansion, is one of the most picturesque clubhouses in British golf. But during the 1940s it was requisitioned – serving as the headquarters for the Parachute Regiment.

In a room on the first floor, The Battle of Arnhem was planned. The Arnhem Room has now been restored to reflect its history and crests, paintings and a huge flag of the Parachute Regiment now hang to remind visitors of the past.

Montgomery’s plan was bold, dropping airborne divisions around Eindhoven, Nijmegen and Arnhem in a bid to capture key bridges.

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One of those was the Arnhem Road Bridge, believed to be vital as it was thought it could open the route into Germany.

In the event, the Allies miscalculated – ignoring or under-estimating the strength of enemy forces, who provided severe resistance.

The British forces were overwhelmed at Arnhem, after holding out against the odds for more than a week, with the 1st Airborne Division losing nearly three quarters of its strength.

A plan aimed at finishing the conflict by Christmas, instead, it is regarded as one of the last great failures of the British Army.

Moor Park’s central role in a famous Second World War battle isn’t its only claim to fame.

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In 1928, the course hosted golf’s unofficial matchplay championship of the world when Archie Compston took on Walter Hagen.

The Haig was a superstar on both sides of the pond and had won his fourth consecutive PGA Championship the previous year.

He was outclassed from the start as Compston recorded a massive 18&17 victory over 72 holes.

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Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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