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The Grove

Chandler's Cross,

nr Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 4TG

  • Office

    +44 (0)1923 807 807
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)1923 294 266
  • Fax

    +44 (0)1923 221 008
  • Golf pro

    Tim Minshull (Head PGA Golf Professional)

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland and open countryside.

  • Designer:

    Kyle Phillips
Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
7152
6332
5507
Par
72
72
72
SSS or slope
72

Location

Latitude:

51.677143

Longitude:

-0.424819

How to get there:

26 miles NW of central London

Leave the M25 at exit 20 and take the A41 direction Watford/The Grove. After 1.3 mi at large roundabout follow A411 (Hempstead Rd) direction Watford. After o.5 mi turn right into The Grove.

The Grove

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 2003

The Grove Hotel & Golf Course: In 2003 London acquired a new addition to its enviable collection of high-end out-of-town luxury golf resorts. Joining the likes of Foxhills, Wentworth, Stoke Park, Hanbury Manor and Brocket Hall, the "new kid on the block" also offers a top-quality golf course, laid out in the grounds of a former stately home.

Dubbed "London's country estate" by its owners, the centrepiece of The Grove is a sumptuous and much extended mansion house hotel, the former family seat of the Earls of Clarendon. Wrapped around the hotel and spa facilities is a top-quality golf course, one that has already hosted a World Golf Championships (WGC) event.

Kyle Phillips' quintessentially English parkland design provides a challenging test to golfers, as well as an impressive backdrop to the mansion house. With its significant linksy overtones, the layout exudes a relatively open feel, encouraging plenty of use of the big-timber from the tee. But don't stray too far offline; penal grassy rough lies in wait for anything hit too wide.

Incorporated within the gently undulating layout that roams across the picturesque grounds of the former stately home, are several attractively doglegging holes, occasional water hazards and excellent bunkering. The superb greens are generally large, and on several occasions distinctively square. The presentation throughout is top-quality, with picturesque views of the stately home and surrounding countryside - as befits an Earl!

Stay & Play at The Grove: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.
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Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (April thru' Oct): Mon-Weds £169; Thur-Sun £195. Hotel guests: £145 (all week).
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].

Other information

Players generally walk this course.

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

From 1753 to 1923 The Grove was the main home of the Earls of Clarendon (Villiers family), one of England's most fashionable aristocratic families. The original house, now significantly extended to accommodate 227 bedrooms, used to host many royal guests - Queen Victoria and Edward VII among them. More recent visitors included the world's best golfers, who came for the 2006 WGC Amex Championship, won by Tiger Woods. For more details see Top Golf Tournaments at The Grove.

Flowing alongside the lower section of the estate, is the Grand Union Canal, which connects London with Birmingham. It was a key transport route in England in the 1700's and 1800's. Today the canal is a pleasant thoroughfare for holiday narrowboats and pleasure cruisers.

The Grove golf course and golfing facilities are managed and operated by Troon Golf, the world's leading luxury-brand golf management, development and marketing company.

Published ranking

2019 Golf World rating: 58th best course in England; 23rd best Stay&Play golf resort in Britain & Ireland.

Where2Stay

  • The Grove5-star

    Chandler's Cross, Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 4TG

    +44 (0)1923 807 807

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    From 1753 to 1923 The Grove was the main home of the Earls of Clarendon, one of England's most fashionable aristocratic families. The original house has been significantly extended into a 5-star luxury hotel, offering 227 guest rooms, spa facilities and an acclaimed Kyle Phillip's designed golf course. Here you can enjoy traditional country house elegance combined with 21st century amenities, and beautiful views over the 300 acre estate. The Grove is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World group.
    • Golf at this hotel:

      The Grove

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Moor Park; Sandy Lodge; Pinner Hill.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Stoke Poges; The Buckinghamshire; Berkhamsted; Ashridge; Finchley; Mill Hill; Hadley Wood; Old Fold Manor; Porters Park; Brookmans Park.

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