New-look Berkhamsted reopens to visitors next week

The club made its first significant course change in almost 100 years.

Berkhamsted reopens next week

One of England’s best-loved classic golf courses is reopening to visitors as pandemic restrictions continue to ease – and you will notice a difference from your very first tee shot.

Berkhamsted reopens next week for visitors
Looking across the 17th green to the 18th fairway and clubhouse at Berkhamsted Golf Club. Photo: Andy Hiseman.

Berkhamsted reopens next week

On July 12th visitors will get their first chance in 2021 to play Berkhamsted Golf Club, when the club reopens for green fees and societies.

Rated amongst England’s top 100 golf courses, Berkhamsted now starts play from what used to be the 10th tee. The club reversed its nines during last year’s lockdown – the first significant course change at Berkhamsted in almost 100 years.

Berkhamsted reopens next week

Every round at Berkhamsted is now guaranteed a thrilling finish, with a challenging three-hole sequence starting on 16 and ending on the 18th green right in front of the clubhouse.

“Feedback from our members has been incredibly positive about the new course routing” said the club’s manager, Howard Craft. “We can’t wait to hear what visitors old and new also think about it. Many golfers have been coming here for years, making a pilgrimage to play Berkhamsted, so we’re looking forward to welcoming plenty of old friends – as well as seeing a host of new faces!”

Berkhamsted reopens next week

In 2021 to date only the club’s members and their guests have been able to play the new course routing, but from next week visitors can take Berkhamsted’s famously bunker-free classic heathland test from just £60 per round on a Monday or a Tuesday.

Green fees rise to £75 from Wednesday to Friday and are £85 at weekends, when visitors are allowed after 11:30am.

Berkhamsted reopens next week

Some of the world’s most famous golfers have competed there, with the club’s now gender-neutral Berkhamsted Trophy attracting over 100 elite golfers each April, and the club is also a well-known proving ground for talented youngsters, with Berkhamsted’s latest alumnus Alice Hewson recently making a high-profile start to her career on the Ladies European Tour.

Junior golfers pay just a £25 green fee all week at Berkhamsted, with discounts also available to Hertfordshire County Card holders and of course members’ guests.

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The club is now also accepting society bookings for 2022, with only a few dates available left for large groups in 2021.

Berkhamsted Golf Club is laid out on common land in Hertfordshire’s largest expanse of natural gorse and heather, with over five miles of bridleways and pathways running throughout the golf course and its huge 560-acre estate, full of natural beauty.

Situated on a densely-wooded hilltop above the medieval market town of Berkhamsted, the golf club is situated north west of central London, close to the western boundary of Hertfordshire. Easily accessible from the A41, five miles west of Hemel Hempstead and just 15 minutes from M1 Junction 8 (St Albans), Berkhamsted’s unforgettable 18 holes are a magnet for golfing aficionados from across Great Britain, Ireland and Europe.

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