Golfmagic heads to Hertfordshire to check out the club already building quite a reputation

Andy Roberts's picture
Thu, 27 Mar 2014
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The first few holes meander through the trees

Why play Centurion Club?

Great emphasis has been placed on delivering excellence for its members and their invited guests, which is precisely the reason Troon Golf was invited to advise on agronomy, while a luxurious clubhouse has been designed to exacting specifications by acclaimed architects Harrison Mutch.

For the past two decades, Troon has managed some of the finest golf clubs in the land, from Turnberry to The Grove and Bearwood Lakes and has utilised all the experience garnered to aid Centurion Club, already destined to be regarded as one of the finest inland courses in the UK.

“The Romans are famous for leaving a lasting legacy and that is something all of us working on this project wanted to achieve at the Centurion Club,” said Simon Doyle, Troon Golf’s head of agronomy.

That aspiration was also shared by Centurion Club’s management team, led by chairman Graham Wildish and managing director Scott Evans who has spent 25 years working in senior management roles at Troon Golf in Arizona, Dubai Creek, Loch Lomond and several other prestige golf clubs around Europe.

Several other members of the team have considerable experience working at some of the world’s most recognisable elite golf clubs and that level of expertise will be invaluable as the new club reinforces its deserved reputation for excellence.

“Through our work at other leading venues, we have garnered the experience necessary to understand the needs and wants of our current and prospective members,” Evans told Golfmagic.

“We realise that it is imperative that the course is in immaculate condition year-round, and will continually strive to provide unmatched facilities and customer service. We have the expertise necessary to implement a strategy to satisfy all concerned.

“Furthermore, the business acumen offered by our team will ensure that the Club thrives in a sustainable manner,” he added. “We will offer our members what will become a world-renowned golf course, in an immaculate setting combined with an experience rarely offered so close to a global urban hub such as London.”

Staff and Facilities

Expect a warm welcome by Centurion Club staff upon arrival. They’ll be so excited to see you that they’ll be standing behind your boot before you put the handbrake on.

There’s a luxury bar and restaurant overlooking the 18th, as well as an open practice range with mats, extensive short game area and decent-sized putting green to get rid of any cobwebs from the drive to the course.

The locker rooms are also of top class standard with lavishly furnished interior.

Verdict

It might not yet be a year old, but this baby is set to become one of the most idyllic courses England has to offer. I can certainly see a major Tour event being held here in the not too distant future. It has that aura about it. At times it reminded a little of London Club, venue of this year’s European Tour World Matchplay event, and Burhill Golf Club’s New Course in Surrey where I played for six years as a junior.

I was thoroughly impressed with what Centurion Club had to offer and can’t wait to head back there later in the year. The blend of inland links style and woodland golf offers a great challenge, while I refuse to believe you’ll putt on many better greens in Europe this year.  

Contact

The Centurion Club is situated on the A4147 on the outskirts of St Albans and close to Hemel Hempstead as well as many of the major conurbations in north London. The M1 and M25 are just a couple of miles away, while the international airports at Luton and Heathrow are both within half an hour.

The Centurion operates as a private club, strictly for the use of its members and their invited guests.

For more information about Centurion Club and its membership packages (Senate, Centurion, International and Corporate) can be found at www.centurionclub.co.uk

Click through the thumbnails below for more images of the course and clubhouse

 

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