Hadley Wood Golf Club
It is one of the few genuine Alister MacKenzie designs in the vicinity of London!
Golf Course Review
Hadley Wood Golf Club is an Alister MacKenzie-designed parkland golf course that lies just 30 minutes from central London. Located in the London Borough of Enfield, the course from 1922 is found on the former Beech Hill Park.
Alister MacKenzie at Hadley Wood Golf Club
Hadley Wood officially opened for play on May 27, 1922. Golf Illustrated reported that 'the eminent architect' Dr. MacKenzie was responsible and Claude Harris of Harris, Franks & Co of Guildford, Surrey, was the contractor.
The club opened with a morning match between Ray & Vardon vs Duncan & Smith. Duncan & Smith defeated their opponents 7 & 5 before lunching in the 'handsome clubhouse.' In the afternoon, the four professionals played stroke play in order to set the professional record. Harry Vardon set the bar with a 71. The bogey score was 78 with the golf course measuring 6539 yards.
Current Course Hadley Wood Golf Club
Uncongested, Hadley Wood lies on an expansive 265-acre estate adorned with lakes with mature trees. Featuring plateau greens and strategic bunkering, the course measures a modest 6,517 yards from the back tees and features four Par 3's and four Par 5's. Perhaps this is one of the few clubs that has lost distance since opening!
Hadley Wood also has a reputation for its superb conditioning. It boasts all the modern amenities, driving range, and practice facilities you could want along with a stunning clubhouse. With all that club has going for it, it seems strange that it is not better known... that is unless that's how they've planned it!
Hadley Wood Golf Club - Videos
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Featured Architect: Alister MacKenzie
As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. There should be little walking between...