Golf Courses

The Grove – Stay and Play

The Grove - Stay and Play

The Grove – Stay and Play

  • Location Watford
  • Founded 2003
  • Architect Kyle Phillips
  • GF £199 Mon-Wed, £225 Thu-Sun, £170 Resident (Summer 2023)
  • Par 72 – 6,766 Yards
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Perfectly located adjacent to the M25 which loops around London, The Grove is a first-class resort which this year is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Access to the capital and to Heathrow Airport could hardly be more convenient, and yet the 300-acre estate enjoys a peaceful, attractive and surprisingly rural location. And while the gently-undulating and beautifully-bunkered Kyle Phillips golf course is at the heart of things here, there is also more than enough to keep the non-golfer fully occupied.

A Course For All

Starting with the golf, then as with the architect’s first UK design, the highly-acclaimed Kingsbarns, there are no members here. As such, it is one of the best pay and play courses in the UK & Ireland with the warmest welcome guaranteed.

The Grove - Hole 3

Looking back over the green and pond at the excellent par-4 third hole

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Happily, there are tees to suit all abilities, and choosing the right one for your ability and experience means the course is playable, and extremely enjoyable, for all. There are GPS-enabled buggies and a wonderful halfway house, but most importantly, a varied and extremely attractive golf course that is kept in absolutely superb condition all year round. The greens in particular are always true, trustworthy and consistent of pace.

The Grove - Hole 17

Twilight over the approach on the par-5 seventeenth

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The course can stretch to well in excess of 7,000 yards for special events, and it achieved early fame when it hosted the 2006 WGC American Express Championship.

Tiger Woods at The Grove

Tiger Woods on the practice green outside The Stables

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The championship was won in brilliant style by the legendary Tiger Woods. His 8-shot victory over Ian Poulter and Adam Scott included barnstorming finishes on the opening days, and playing a course that is the scene of one of his victories is always a real treat. It is one Golf Monthly’s Top 100 courses in the UK&I.

The Grove - British Masters

Large crowds enjoying the 2016 British Masters

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In its twenty years, very little has been changed or needed to change on the course. Top-flight professional golf returned here seven years ago with the British Masters, hosted by the 2023 European Ryder Cup captain, Luke Donald. Water is in play on a couple of holes, and the course is full of variety…


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