Centurion Club

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  • Architect:
    • Gidman, Simon
  • Holes of Merit:
    2, 13, 14, 17, 18

Overview

Centurion Club is a modern golf club with American style amenities. The practice facilities are superb!

Memberships don't come cheap but it caters perfectly to its target market.

It has played host to the Golf Sixes, a uniquely formatted event on the European Tour.

The locker room also features a whiskey lounge adjacent!

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A longer version of the club's video can be seen here


Golf Course Review

Centurion Club was one of the most highly anticipated new golf courses to open near London in recent memory. Opened in 2013, the course is located near the affluent commuter belt city of St Albans, Hertfordshire and just beyond London's orbital, the M25.

Routing

Essentially the course is routed over two parcels of land and uses two par 3 holes to bridge the separate halves. Holes 1-4 begin on the northern section of land with a woodland type feel. The par 3 5th links you to holes 6 through 13 which are located on the southern section of the property on rolling, open terrain. The par 3 14th provides the bridge back to the northern parcel for the finishing stretch of holes. The use of the dual par 3 bridge is quite clever and most would be unaware of the genius of it unless pointed out.

Impression

The course is visually quite stunning and would excel in this regard if not for the overhead powerlines running parallel to the M1 which is adjacent to the course. The layout itself is memorable, which some would say is an indication of a superb design. However, there is a slightly awkward set of three holes which play parallel to each other in 8, 9 & 10. The 12th is also an interesting hole which could divide opinion. A drive to a fairway running away from you sets up an approach extremely downhill to a tilted green over a pond.

Course Aesthetic

The rough is fine fescue and the greens bent resulting in fast and true putting surfaces. The aesthetic is polished and manicured with a resort feel to the course. There is also a country club feel to the experience - which may be due to the expertly crafted, stone walls and water features on the 18th sat beside the well-appointed modern clubhouse. This is most definitely not intended as a criticism but you won't confuse Centurion Club with Brancaster.

Centurion Club Experience

If you don't know a member, there is one way to play that'll set you and two of your mates back £400 apiece (£333.33 in winter). The Experience includes a lesson on the range and short-game area followed by a playing lesson on the course. The day also includes a 5-course meal with wine pairings in the clubhouse.

Summary

Centurion Club is a rare taste of Americana in England that provides a decent round of golf with less exclusivity than perhaps Queenwood. In its own right, Centurion delivers a product to the higher end of the market and would be a great option for corporate or business membership where first impressions and amenities matter as much as the golf.

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