2-FORE!-1 Best of Britain: Hertfordshire


Hertfordshire, handily located just outside the many attractions and bright lights of London, boasts some of the best courses in the south and fortunately many of them belong to 2-FORE!-1 Golf. They include a World Golf Championship venue, the oldest layout in the county and the only course in England desgned by the late, great Seve Ballesteros.

*The Grove (pictured) - One of the finest inland courses in the land, specially when it comes to conditioning. Think Augusta and you've got The Grove.

You can walk in the footsteps of Tiger Woods (he romped to World Golf Championship victory here in 2006) and test your skills on the immaculate fairways and supreme, speedy but true greens. The on-site hotel is pretty special too - the England football squad base themselves here for international matches - and the world-class facilities include a sumptuous spa, several eating options and a walled garden.

*Aldenham G&CC - Proud home of the 18 hole Church course which once boasted the longest hole in the land (621 yards, par-5 13th) which still proves unlucky for many! You can warm-up on the neighbouring nine-hole Berry course.

* Aldwickbury Park - Scenic modern - it opened in 1995 - parkland layout designed by former Ryder Cupper Ken Brown. You can warm-up for a round on the testing Park course on the neighbouring par-3 Manor layout.

*The Shire - Home of the UK's only Seve Ballesteros-created course, The Shire is an outstanding all-round golfing venue and, as you would expect, the course guarantees plenty of thrills and spills including a devilishly difficult par-3 opener and a stunning par-4 finale.

*Royston - The course is plotted on fast-draining heathland and is nearly always playable and in good condition.But watch out for two par-3s over 220 yards....both potential card wreckers.

*Redbourn - Fine all-round modern venue boasting a testing main 18-hole parkland layout, a par-3 course and impressive practice facilities.

*Bushey Hall - Founded in 1890, Bushey Hall is the oldest parkland course in the county and has a wonderful combination of holes. Afterwards, you can unwind in the Grade II listed clubhouse.