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Golf in North West London

No matter how far away you are from having the skills of Tiger Woods or Annika Sorenstam, you’re sure to have fun practicing your swing (or your slice!) at the courses in and around north west London.

Before the capital expanded in the 19th century, the north of the capital used to be the playground of the gentry, with the open fields being used for hunting and other outdoor pursuits. Today the area plays host to a number of golf courses where people from all walks of life can chase a small ball around with a specially fashioned stick.

Mill Hill [map] is particularly good for golfers as this area is home to three of the courses in north west London; Finchley Golf Club [map], Hendon Golf Club [map] and Mill Hill Golf Club [map].

At Finchley Golf Club [map] you’ll find a full-length course designed by the same man who devised the Kings Course [map] at Gleneagles, James Braid. This wooded parkland course, with its narrow fairways and sloping greens, should provide a challenge for golfers of all levels. However once the round is complete you can have a drink in the impressive Victorian stately home which doubles as the 19th hole. Located just 6 miles north of the West End this course is probably worth a try.

For a game at one of the area’s most attractive courses, head to Hendon Golf Club [map]. This is another parkland course that golfers should find testing, due to the trees and tight fairways. Visitors are welcome to play but should call in advance for details.

Time poor swingers in need of a game, or just a few drives, can pop in at the Metro Golf Centre [map] . Here you can face off against the testing 9-hole course (which should take around 40 minutes), or make the most of the covered, floodlit bays at the driving range. For an added challenge you could have a go at Night Golf. These events featuring illuminated greens and fairways, usually take place during the winter months and start at around 7pm.

However for those who have the time and the desire to work their way around the courses in the area you could also try the parkland courses at Mill Hill [map] and slightly further afield Pinner Hill [map] .

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