The Club was established in 1894 and the course has been on its present site at Hammonds End since 1931 when renowned golf architects of the time Messrs Frederic G Hawtree and John Henry Taylor were engaged to design and build a challenging 18 hole course in about 150 acres of rolling Hertfordshire countryside. A characteristic of their designs is front bunkering of greens so it pays to ensure that enough club is used on approach shots. A mature parkland course with ongoing investment ensures that it is one of the best in the county.
Harpenden Golf Club is proud of its course and has received numerous accolades over the years as one that is maintained to the high standards required by the modern player. The club is looked after in this respect by a team of highly qualified Green staff under their Course Manager, Neil Robson. The main aims of both the Green staff and the club’s Green Committee - the committee responsible for overseeing that correct procedures are being followed - are to improve overall standards and playing performance of the golf course and to carry out any necessary improvements to the greens’ drainage.
The club manages this under its five-year plan; this is always under review for any other work thought necessary both on and around the course. All Green staff have received appropriate training in this respect and gained the necessary qualifications as they further their knowledge and experience into the future.
All players should be aware that a public footpath crosses the course on holes 7, 8 , 9, 10, 11 & 12. Before playing any shot, please check that other players and members of the public are out of range. Greenkeepers work during play and have priority at all times. Always make sure they are aware of your presence and have signalled when it is safe to play.
If there is any risk, please wait.
Take care when walking from 12th green to the 13th tee. Players should cross the road with care, making their way to the car park via the gateway at the rear of the 18th green. Please be alert to moving cars when passing through the Car Park.
Notification of any treatments will be made on starting holes. Avoid ingestion through contact with fingers and golf balls. Always wash hands immediately after play.
SLIPS AND FALLS
Avoid walking on steep grass slopes or banks, particularly in frost, wet & soft ground conditions. Take care when using wooden bridges, which may become slippery and have drops on either side.
In the event of high winds, lightning, fog or other adverse weather conditions, players should discontinue play if they believe there is a risk to their health or safety. If fog reduces visibility to an extent that players cannot see if it is safe to proceed they should discontinue play immediately.
Course closure will be notified by two separate long blasts on the klaxon. Players should stop play and return to the Clubhouse. A resumption of play will be notified by staff. Players ignoring these instructions do so entirely at their own risk.
Players should report any accident, incident or near miss to the Professional Shop or Club Office on completion of play so it can be recorded.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
In an emergency, players should contact the Club on the numbers below. The Club has trained first aiders and a portable defibrillator in the Clubhouse.
Club Office 01582 712580
Pro Shop 01582 767124
ON COURSE TOILET FACILITY
A toilet facility is available at the 10th tee and players will pass the Clubhouse between holes 12 & 13.