WITH a host of courses claiming to reside in London, Muswell Hill Golf Club is one of the few layouts which can actually boast a London postcode. Nestled in North London, the club is just five miles from the centre of the city and can be easily reached by public transport.
The 18-hole parkland course was founded in 1893 by a group of Scottish enthusiasts and ever since it has been north London’s golf enthusiasts who have reaped the rewards.
The club offer a variety of memberships and have tiered them dependant on age to encourage younger golfers to play. There is a well-stocked pro shop with helpful staff and a pleasant bar and restaurant serving delicious food at a reasonable price. An outside patio sits beside the amiable clubhouse and it allows golfers to enjoy a post-round pint while watching players tee off close by on the 1st and 17th tee.
A large practice green allows players to get the speed of the greens before play and a new short game area allows golfers to perfect their wedge play. Both are fitting as putting and chipping is vital in scoring low at Muswell Hill.
After just five minutes I knew it was a club where I would enjoy spending time. There is a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and a youthful exuberance which seems to have rubbed off on all the members. Golfing tradition is still very much intact but the club has clearly been set up to maximise players’ enjoyment, which is the way it should be.
The greatest asset of Muswell Hill is its greens. Thanks to a greenkeeping team who clearly know their stuff, the dance floors are in immaculate condition and run fast and true - they wouldn’t look out of place on the European Tour, such is their calibre. The head greenkeeper showed me his tools of the trade and it is no accident the greens are of so exceptional as everything is meticulously planned and executed with precision.