Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 1LY
18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Original design by the firm Ferigna (Cecil K. Hutchison, Sir Guy Campbell & Col. Stafford V. Hotchkin). Later substantial alterations by Tom Simpson (1938).
6 miles NW of Hemel Hempstead
Leave M25 at exit 20 direction Berkhamsted. After 4.7 miles take exit Bourne End / Berkhamsted and follow A4251. After 3.8 miles, and passing through Berkhamsted, turn right onto B4506 direction Dagnall / Ashridge. After 3.4 miles turn right into Ashridge Golf Club.
Ashridge Golf Club: No wonder Sir Henry Cotton chose to become club professional here at Ashridge. This is a quintessentially English parkland course, which occupies a large and quiet tract of woodland on the edge of the Chiltern Hills. Several of the gently curving dog-leg holes are golfing beauty and elegance personified.
The 18-hole layout comprises three-loops that all start and finish in view of the relatively new and chalet-like clubhouse. Most holes are tree-lined, gently undulating and stunningly natural. Good bunkering defends the greens, which often slope more than you think - take your time and interrogate your putting lines carefully.
There's more than a touch of Wentworth about this course, albeit without the surrounding high-end real estate. Here at Ashridge woodland encircles the course. The local herd of deer seem unphased by the golf, until you get too close that is. A true English aristocrat among parkland golf courses.
Pick of the holes: the inviting downhill par-5 presents an excellent scoring opportunity. There are three bunkers to avoid down the left side of the fairway. With high banking on both sides, a slightly errant drive should find its way back into the fairway.
Visitors welcome on weekdays; no outside visitors on weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].
Players generally walk this course.
Ashridge counts among its former club professionals, the three times Open Championship winner, Sir Henry Cotton. Glimpses of the Ashridge Residential Management Centre can be seen from the 16th green, one of many fabulous old manor houses / chateaux in this area (Note : access to the Golf Club is not via the Management Centre; access is via the B4506).
England: 82nd best course in England (Golf World, 2023).
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