What they say…
North Middlesex Golf Club, which is set in 74 acres of beautiful parkland, was established in 1905 and was designed by Willie Park Junior.
The course is 5,675 yards long with a par of 69. It has many attractive water features and has many, many mature and elegant trees.
North Middlesex is extremely challenging and the Greens are renowned in North London not only for their excellence but also for their speed and difficulty.
There are some holes on which members NEVER give a putt!! The 18th hole, which is a demanding par 3, is one of the most attractive on any Golf Course
What we say…
North Middlesex Golf club just pops up out of nowhere off a main road in East Barnet, London. Upon arriving you are not quite sure what to expect, you drive through a car park that has seen better days then on to a large white club house that looks like it needs a little TLC. The Club shop is a little brick building set to one side but it’s well stocked and the staff are very friendly, they even offered us a better price on our buggy as it came in a little late.
We had a warm up on the chipping greens which are set to the side of the club house before grabbing a quick coffee before we headed for the 1st. When you enter the clubhouse the atmosphere changes and the initial “rough & ready” opinion wears off. The old building shows its heritage and the bar, lockers and function rooms are all in brilliant order.
The first tee is nicely presented and you stand looking down the fairway at a short but tight (to the right) 300 yard par 4. A nice easy start you may think? Wait until you get to the green.
The putting surface here is quick, as in “championship” quick, we were told that on the run in to their Captains day these green can reach up to 10.5, and we were on the course about a week before hand. We struggled!
It’s a very compact start to your round, we actually had to ask for directions to the 3rd tee as the fairways criss cross each other for the first 4 holes, which can be distracting if you’re on the fairway set up and a buggy drives past.
Accuracy off the tee rather than length is key to this part of the course. The 3rd hole par 3 makes you very wary of what club to take, knowing you have to fly the bunker protecting the front of the green but you also have to get the ball to hold up on the super-fast green makes this an interesting shot.
The 7th hole is the hardest on the course, a long straight par 5, if you’re wayward on the tee you’ll be playing back over the tree lined fairway for your 2nd shot, if you’re too long or to short you’ll end up in the well placed fairway bunkers.
The tenth hole is an interesting one, a short par 4 that needs a good flight to miss yet another well placed bunker. You are then left with a strange shot into the green, it’s visible further down the fairway but when close to your ball you’re playing a blind shot in over an 8ft hedge.
A number of the holes do give you a good chance to get to the green in regulation and have a go at the birdie but do not be surprised if you walk away with a bogey when the greens are as fast as they are here.
The 18th is where you are presented with a great finish to your round, playing towards the back and grand façade of the club house. A picturesque finishing hole. The green slopes from back to front so always keep your ball below the hole to ensure you’re not 3 putting in front of the on looking members on the terrace.
It was £30 pound to play here on a weekend and although the start of the course is a little cramped as your round continues you will find plenty of interesting holes to play that are worth the green fees. If you’re not the strongest putter in the world you’ll certainly get your monies worth from the greens. For a course of this quality within the M25 its great value for money.