Rickmansworth Golf Club (Moor Park East Course)

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    3, 5, 10, 14, 18

At A Glance

There are two climbs during the round that will makes this a difficult walk. The first and fifteenth. Survive these and you'll enjoy the round!

The old short Par 3 3rd at 110 yards would be a cracking hole! The hole still exists but is left out of the rotation.

Holes could be immensely improved with tree removal. The tee-shot on the 3rd, the short 7th and the long par-3 12th all examples.

The green sites on the 3rd, 7th and 14th feel natural... perched on a ledge or nestled in a nook.


Full Course Review

Rickmansworth Golf Club is the former East Course at Moor Park Golf Club. The local government authority essentially swapped the Moor Park clubhouse in exchange for what is now known as Rickmansworth Golf Club.

It Has Got It Where It Counts

The club may not have the Bentleys and grand clubhouse of its neighbour but it shares a common boundary, entrance road and most importantly, Harry Colt heritage. The walk is undulating and save for the opening hole and 15th, you could say there isn't any hill climbing.

The Same But Different

Three of the one-shot holes essentially play into a vertical hillside and onto perched greens, they being the 1st, 5th and 15th. Despite the same recipe, each is unique in character. They may cause consternation but they also elicit a wry smile and a determination to conquer them 'next time'.

Conclusion

Is this Harry Colt's best work? No. The land is perhaps too lively for it to be. It's also North London and therefore clay lies underfoot. However, much of the course is how it was not much more than a decade after Harry Colt built it.

The routing has been changed slightly. The old 3rd is lying in plain sight and the 15th and 17th appear to have been revised as well. Brer Rabbit said there was nothing mountainous in 1934, which seems to indicate a change at today's 15th.

It's quirky and fun and you'll get change from a £20 note. The bones are good and there are flashes of brilliance. Brer Rabbit, Golf Illustrated writer, held the East in the highest regard over and above the West and High courses next door... "The hazarding is adequate without being ostentatious. It is full of subtleties, it requires artistry, and that to me is golf as I like to play it."


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The Essentials

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