Sandy Lodge Golf Club

A Vardon design with a priority given to fast, firm conditions and a linksy feel.

Sandy Lodge Golf Club

Hertfordshire, England

Overview

London is known for its' clay - Sandy Lodge Golf Club is a great option if it has been wet.

You never play more than two par 4's in a row here!


Golf Course Review

Sandy Lodge Golf Club is a sandy oasis surrounded by heavy clay. If there ever could be an argument for what constitutes an 'inland links' - this would be it. Fine grass, free-draining sand, sleeper bunkers and sandhills, Sandy Lodge Golf Club is a beacon for fine, firm and fast golf in or near London.

Sandy Lodge GC History

The club is the result of the earnest endeavour of James Frances Markes who tired of claggy golf during the winter at North London based Neasden GC. After pouring over geological survey maps in 1908, he found the site. The course opened for play on July 16, 1910, with a match between Harry Vardon and James Braid.

Sandy Lodge Golf Club Overview

From a quick look at the scorecard yields some interesting observations. Firstly, it is a Par 71 that measures just over 6000 yards even from the back tees. The course consists of five Par 5's and six par 3's leaving just seven par 4's!

There are back to back par 3's at 7 & 8 which vary greatly in length; the 193 yard 7th being almost twice as long as the 101 yard 8th. The back nine begins and ends with a one-shot hole! In all, you play 3 par 3's in four holes between holes 7 and 10.

The routing is unique as well. The first three holes play parallel to each other in a north-south orientation. Holes 4 through 11 are virtually straight, laid out in a parallel east-west nature. The single pronounced dogleg comes on hole 12. Holes 13 through 16 are more or less straight in the same east-west orientation. The concluding stretch of 3 holes hugs the property line boundary around a practice area and back to the clubhouse.

For the armchair architects, the idea of parallel holes breaks with established best practice. Sandy Lodge again proves to be the exception to the rule and not just with regards to the composition of its soil.

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Featured Architect: Alister MacKenzie

As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: 1 - The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. 2 - There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. 3 - There should be little walking...

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Architects

  • Markes, James Francis
  • Vardon, Harry
  • Cotton, C.K.

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Hertfordshire, HA6 2JD, England

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Joe McDonnell & Evalu18 Ltd

Featured Architect: Alister MacKenzie

As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: 1 - The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. 2 - There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. 3 - There should be little walking...

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