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Golf in North London

Golf can be a frustrating game at times whether you play once a year or once a week, so if you regularly can’t see your wood for the trees you just threw it into, then why not try playing at one of the north London courses.

North London plays host to around eight golf courses, which vary in terms of difficulty, course type and therefore interest. This, in addition to the fact that they also vary in their closeness to the city centre, means that finding a favourite should be a pleasurable effort.

You could start your search at Bush Hill Park Golf Club [map] (N21), one farthest from the buzz of the City but still in north London. This pretty parkland course is actually situated just south of Enfield town centre. The club, established in 1895, is sure to be one of the oldest in the area and as such maintains a tradition of standards for dress which should be adhered to if you choose to play there. In terms of the course, while it isn’t particularly long, the challenge comes in trying to guide the ball around the mature trees – a test for any golfer.

Another option for well-practiced golfers would be Highgate golf course [map]. Located close to Hampstead Heath, this well-established member’s club has been around for almost a century. But while members and their friends do get to enjoy more benefits, visitors are welcome to play this hilly parkland course. Again there are rules on etiquette and dress to follow but this shouldn’t stop you enjoying the challenge of this 18-hole course.

The North Middlesex Golf Club [map] is just 20 minutes away from central London and boasts some of the best playing conditions in north London. Although the club is approaching its centenary, it does manage to mix the traditional with the modern. An elegant early 19th century House is the home of the 19th hole which has been refurbished to feature three bars and a dining area. Set in 74 acres of parkland, the course itself may be short, but golfers should watch out for the tricky greens.

If you don’t have time for the full 18-holes then Hampstead Golf Club [map] should fit the bill. Their 9-hole parkland course has only half the number of holes of an average course but the undulating fairways and mature trees will provide more than enough challenge for most time-poor players.

Other suggestions for courses in north London include the parkland course of Muswell Hill with its numerous water hazards, the flat but financially pleasing Trent Park course [map] (N14) and the James Braid designed Enfield course, which offers a discount on Mondays.

There’s also a municipal course available in the area, which caters for beginners and those a little more well-practiced. Lee Valley Golf Course [map] is located in the park of the same name and offers visitors the chance to play a relaxing 18-hole on this par 3 course by a lake.

And for those who just want to grab a couple of clubs and start swinging there’s the pitch and putt course at Alexandra Palace.

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