Ashridge Golf Club

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Tom Doak recalls Ashridge Golf Club as one the best parklands in Britain.

The hole names are spectacular: Devil's Den, Witchcraft Bottom and Nob's Crook, Thunderdell being four such examples.

The 14th green is a Road Hole template.

Sir Henry Cotton was professional at the club when he won the 1937 Open at Carnoustie.

It was reported that dynamite was used to remove tree stumps on the course!

Golf Course Review

Established in 1932, Ashridge Golf Club is one of the most underrated golf courses in England and the British Isles. The course is hidden away in The National Trust Ashridge Estate of the Chiltern Hills not far from St Albans and Hemel Hampstead in Hertfordshire. A former deer park for the landed gentry, it is a beautiful, undulating parkland with many magnificent specimen trees.

The club was opened in 1932 after being laid out by The 3 Majors: Major C K Hutchison, Sir Guy Campbell and Colonel S V Hotchkin. In 1939, Tom Simpson made further updates to make the course what it is today. Tom Simpson is considered one of the Golden Age's greatest architects and needs no introduction. The 3 Majors were responsible for such courses as West Sussex and Woodhall Spa. The golf course architecture pedigree is simply unrivalled.

Routed as a rough figure of 8 or cloverleaf, the two loops begin and end at the clubhouse. The course is routed in what has been described as a 'cloverleaf'. The front nine is a single loop counterclockwise and returning to the clubhouse. The second loop is comprised of holes 10, 11 and 12. The third loop is made of holes 13 to 18.

The course plays from 6045 yards and can be stretched to 6678 yards. There are five par 5's, eight par 4's and five par 3's. Uniquely, there are no two holes with the same par played back to back!


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