The Shire London


4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   The Shire London Est. 2007

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The Shire London: Set within 220 acres of predominantly open Hertfordshire countryside, The Shire combines three distinctive course styles: links, parkland and American. With an equal number of par-3s, 4s and 5s, the Ballesteros-designed Masters course lays down a demanding test for players of all abilities.

This pleasantly undulating and varied layout offers a number of different visual aspects. At times you'll enjoy a linksy feel with gorse and high fescues lining the generally good-width fairways. At other times the woodland plantations exude more of a parkland environment, while small lakes, ponds and ditches create an American style with water in play on 12 holes. Except for the par-4 9th and 10th, no two consecutive holes are the same par.

The opening four holes all bring water dramatically into play and add up to as fearsome an opening test as you'll experience anywhere. Seve's layout continually keeps you on your mettle, and builds to a very testing long par-4 18th. Here the final green is defended by an S-shaped lake (the S standing for Seve), which presents one of the toughest long approach shots you'll experience anywhere in the UK.

The course's visual variety mirrors the pleasant patchwork of rural countryside and woodland that occupies the gently undulating landscape beyond the course. Alongside the championship golf course and its contemporary clubhouse, The Shire London is also home to the Shire Golf Academy.

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Making Contact

The Shire London
St Albans Rd,
Barnet, Hertfordshire EN5 4RE
England
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Office   +44 (0)208 441 7649
Pro Shop   +44 (0)208 440 4009
Fax

  +44 (0)208 440 2757

Email   golf@theshirelondon.com
Website   www.theshirelondon.com
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Golf Pro
 
Lee Cox (Director of Golf)
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Academy
 
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland.
Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
 
Surroundings: Rural countryside.
 
Designer: Original design by Seve Ballesteros, with later improvements by Matt McGarey (2018).
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7028 6183 5564
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 75 71 73
 
At the Same Location:
Above distances are for the 18-hole masters course. Also at The Shire is the 9-hole Ballesteros Challenge course (a mix of par-3 and par-4 holes, on a smaller scale to the championship Masters course).
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How2Get There?

21 miles N of central London.
Leave the M25 motorway at exit 23 (A1 London/A1081 Barnet). From the roundabout under the motorway, do not follow the A1. Take the smallest road leading off the roundabout, the A1081 direction Barnet. After 1.5 miles golf is on your right.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes: weekdays £60; weekends £80; various discounts available for online booking. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance.
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Other Information
Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities
Good
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Did you know?

The Shire is the first Seve Ballesteros designed course in England.

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Location

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Latitude: (51.663838)
Longitude: (-0.209244)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

West Lodge Park 4-star
Cockfosters Rd, Hadley Wood, London EN4 0PY
+44 (0)208 216 3900
www.bealeshotels.co.uk/westlodgepark

The historic mansion house of West Lodge has been in the Beale family for three generations. Here in a quiet rural setting you will find a top-quality North London hotel that offers a country retreat within a short drive of the capital. An excellent array of golf courses are all accessible from West Lodge.

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Golf within 5 miles Hadley Wood; Old Fold Manor; The Shire.
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Golf within 20 miles Brookmans Park; Porters Park; The Hertfordshire; Hanbury Manor; Brocket Hall; Mill Hill; Pinner Hill; Finchley; Chingford; Abridge; Moor Park; Sandy Lodge; The Grove.
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Holiday Inn Hotel London-Elstree M25 3.5 star
Barnet By-Pass, London WD6 5PU
+44 (0)870 443 1271
www.holidayinn.com

Situated on the A1, one of the main arterial roads into London, the Holiday Inn London-Elstree offers extensive Leisure Club and dedicated conference facilities, as well as the onsite O'Sullivan's restaurant. Spacious, modern guest rooms have wireless Internet, power showers and complimentary tea and coffee.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Hadley Wood; Old Fold Manor; The Shire.
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Golf within 20 miles Brookmans Park; Porters Park; The Hertfordshire; Hanbury Manor; Brocket Hall; Mill Hill; Pinner Hill; Finchley; Chingford; Abridge; Moor Park; Sandy Lodge; The Grove.
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