New photos show upgraded Berkhamsted golf course

The classic English heathland golf course at Berkhamsted, famous for being bunker-free, has had a complete irrigation upgrade – and the results are already showing in a series of new photographs.

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Mon, 22 Jul 2019

With over 600 sprinklers now refreshing the turf on the club’s championship-quality 6,701 yard Par 71 golf course, the greens team at Berkhamsted now have seven times the power they had previously to produce beautiful playing surfaces.

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A new photoshoot in May 2019 by golf photographer Andy Hiseman shows that the club’s James Braid-designed golf course is already benefitting from the improvements, which saw 11 miles of new underground water pipes installed.

Largely unchanged design-wise for the last 100 years, ‘bunkerless Berkhamsted’ is set in a beautiful 560-acre area of natural Hertfordshire heathland.

Each April it hosts the prestigious 72-hole Berkhamsted Trophy, a R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings event and the traditional kick-starter for England Golf’s Men’s elite amateur season.

“Our beloved golf course up here on Berkhamsted Common may be entirely natural, but underneath the soil there is now some extremely powerful 21st century technology!” said Club Manager Howard Craft.

“Golfers will find that our tees, approaches and greens in particular will be more conducive to better golf as the effects of the improved irrigation really take hold over the next couple of seasons” he said.

Golf photographer Andy Hiseman commented: “If you have never been, Berkhamsted is more or less the dictionary definition of a hidden gem. Its hazards are all-natural, and you don’t need your sand iron, but as it has large areas of gorse and heather as well as being heavily-wooded, it is not a golf course you can take lightly.

“From tee to green Berkhamsted is famous for its humps and hollows, which look especially beautiful at dawn or in the evening sun. It is a feast for the eyes, a joy to photograph, and a great test for the golfer.”

Close to the western boundary of Hertfordshire, Berkhamsted Golf Club is seven miles from Hemel Hempstead and just 15 minutes from the M1 Junction 8 (St Albans).

The club, which is currently engaged in a major heather-regeneration project, maintains strong relationships with English Heritage, Natural England and the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, as well as with the local Berkhamsted community.

It 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.

Contact Berkhamsted Golf Club on +44 (0)1442 865832 or see the club’s website at for all golf club details, including location and travel tips.