Dyrham Park, England
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Dyrham Park Country Club
Galley Lane
ArchitectC.K. Cotton
Head Professional/Director of GolfMatthew Blake
Telephone+44 (0) 20 8440 3361
Location1 mile NW of Barnet
Websites Golf Club Website
VisitorsWelcome Monday to Friday (by prior agreement with the Club)
Club Secretary/ ManagerDavid Adams

Located a mile or so to the northwest of Barnet, Dyrham Park Country Club is set majestically in a 200-acre Hertfordshire estate that dates back to Elizabethan times. The current listed 19th century manor house was restored in the 1960s and is now the grand centrepiece of a golf club that has serious aspirations. 

Clubhouse at Dyrham Park Country ClubC.K. Cotton laid out the golf course at Dyrham Park Country Club in 1963 and it stretches to 6,428 yards from the back tees. Accuracy rather than sheer length is required, but the gauntlet is thrown down right from the off where your driving will be tested while negotiating four holes that measure in excess of 400 yards – and only one of these is a par five, after the club changed the 4th to a two-shot hole. An interesting and rather unusual blind tee shot waits at the par four 3rd, requiring a solid strike over a series of sculpted hedges on line with a fairway marker post.    

If your card is intact after the opening four holes, you can give yourself a pat on the back and settle into a thoroughly engaging parkland test that features a number of water holes. If your driving is on song, you’ll love the “signature” 7th hole at Dyrham Park. This old fashioned short par four asks serious questions and tempts the bigger hitters to take the direct line to the green… the risk is a 200-yard carry over the lake… the reward is a short pitch to a raised green that cants from front to back.  

Recent renovations to the 11th and 13th holes have seen the introduction of two impressive new lakes that provide genuine and daunting challenges to golfers of all handicaps. These two new water hazards each measure 1,500 and 2,000 square metres respectively, creating a high degree of risk and reward as well as looking spectacular. The par three 11th also sports a new teeing area, complete with sleepered wall and a new green raised more than ten feet above its original level, making this one-shot hole one of the more daunting and exciting in the area. Greens at both the 3rd and 10th holes have also recently been rebuilt to USGA standards. 

The aquatic hazard at 13 starts a sequence of three further water holes, which are considered to be Hertfordshire’s answer to Augusta’s Amen Corner.

“The Loop”, as it is known locally, is the original watery stretch of holes from 14 to 16, situated at the eastern extremity of the property. The back tee stretches the 14th to more than 200 yards and it must be a knee trembler for those playing in the monthly medal as golfers peer through a narrow chute of trees, across a lily pond to where the small green, ringed with bunkers, waits patiently – most golfers will not need their pitch mark repairer on this hole. Careful club selection is required on 15 as the doglegged fairway on this par four tips towards water. Accuracy is also the order of the day on the short par four 16th, as the fairway slopes down to trees on the left and a stream protects the green to the left and the back.  

Dyrham Park Country Club may at first glance appear modern, but the club has strong tradition, a grand clubhouse and an underrated golf course at its heart.  
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I have played many courses around the world being a member of the European Tour for the past 13 years. I recently played at Dyrham Park G&CC and was amazed how many fantastic changes have been made to the golf course and how much more challenging the golf course is compared to having first played there over 15 years ago. There have been several newly designed greens, they have introduced 5/6 new well located water hazards including a fantastic new "island green" on the par 5 13th hole which is now a real risk reward hole. Without doubt the most improved course in Herts now and must be a serious contender to move up the rankings from where it is currently ranked in 11th. There were several other European Tour Pros who played Dyrham Park in the recent Pro Am including Ryder Cupper Paul Broadhurst and many Tour winners who all shared the same opinion that Dyrham Park is now a true test of accuracy albeit its not a long championship length course it makes you have to think about every shot. A must in Hertfordshire.
04 September 2013 See other reviews from this reviewer
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Brian Jones06 September 2013
I agree that the club have made some great improvements to the course and it is worth playing but a 6-ball ranking is far too high. Surely a 6-ball must be saved for a best in category (county or country etc.)?
I found the course a very pleasant surprise, it's existence being a well-kept Hertfordshire secret . Its greens were quite superb as good as Liphook GC and better than anything else I had encountered hitherto this year,having played on about a dozen ranked UK courses to date. The holes were a good test of golf. The course deserves a much higher Hertfordshire ranking.
27 August 2012 See other reviews from this reviewer
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Pretty good parkland course that seems to have missed the Herts. county rankings published last year – nice to see it here now. I have played here a few times over the years and certainly holds its own compared to county neighbours, Old Fold Manor, Porters Park and Brookmans Park. The opening hole is a strong par-4; around 430 yards from a slightly elevated tee and gets you moving away quickly. There is some great drama on the 7th tee – a par-4 that is not that long at all (350 yards) but at its longest point there is a 200 yard carry over a lake, obviously this can be shortened by cutting less off but then the approach is longer – probably the best hole on the front 9. The par-3 11th is a nice little hole, a mid to short iron with the green surrounded by sand – a very good looking hole. The 13th has a new look at the green – this is a par-5 that now includes a modern lake that makes the approach to the green the key shot of the hole. The 15th hole is my favourite; a par-4 with a pond across the sloping fairway at around 250 yards and then a tricky green sloping left to right. The final hole plays uphill towards the clubhouse and I think is a tough par-4 even though is under 400 yards. There is a strong club atmosphere at Dyrham Park which is always nice to have and there is also a warm visitor welcome for the rest of us.
27 March 2012 See other reviews from this reviewer
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