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There are more golf courses near tube stations than you may think - we round up the tracks near the tracks
Golf courses near tube stations
Living in London and fancying a game of golf but don’t have a car? Well you don't need one as there are plenty of golf courses near tube stations.
We have poured over the maps and all the following courses we reckon all have their clubhouses within an easy mile’s walk of the nearest tube station.
Some of the courses we had thought would appear on this list did not. When we did the stats the just didn’t quite measure up - in a literal sense.
Some course felt nearer, as play near tube tracks but are not that near an actual station some have holes which play near a station but the clubhouse - where you will need to go to pay green fee - is across the far side of the course.
But if you don’t mind a wee bit longer walk there are even more courses out there reasonably accessible to the tube network, such as the lovely, but tight, nine holer at Hampstead or the courses at Wyke Green and Theydon Bois.
So sling your clubs on your back, maybe pop a pair of golf street shoes on your feet (opens in new tab) and a decent stand bag (opens in new tab) so you can just pack light, and off you go.. We have even put together some simple tips for golfers planning to use public transport. (opens in new tab)
Happy golfing to those who wish to join the underground golfing movement!
Highgate Station: Highgate Distance: 0.7 miles Line: Northern What’s there: The closest 18-hole course to central London. The course is not long,. especially as the white tees are only used for official club competitions. Off the yellows the layout runs to only 5,735 yards. But there is an enjoyment and a variety to the holes here. There are some blind holes See a full review of Highgate Golf Club (opens in new tab) here Highgate GC website (opens in new tab)
Wimbledon Park Station: Wimbledon Park Distance: 0.4 miles Line: District What’s there: Only 5,483 yards from the tips, this design has six par 3s and 12 par 4s. The bunker near the 14th green was created by a bomb dropped in the Second World War. Wimbledon Park GC website (opens in new tab)
Chigwell Station: Chigwell Distance: 0.4 miles Line: Central What’s there: Some sloping lies and tight fairways culminate in greens with a reputation as being tricky to read. Chigwell GC website (opens in new tab)
Ealing Station: Perivale Distance: 0.3 miles Line: Central What’s there: Narrow tree-lined fairways, well-bunkered greens, three par 3s over 200 yards, and the river in play on several holes. Ealing GC website (opens in new tab)
Fairlop Waters Station: Fairlop Distance: 0.3 miles Line: Central What’s there: A 6,281-yard 18-hole course, a nine-hole par-3 one and a floodlit driving range. Fairlop Waters GC website (opens in new tab)
Finchley Station: Mill Hill East Distance: 0.6 miles Line: Northern What’s there: A fairly tight layout with sloping fairways and greens and relatively small landing areas. The clubhouse was the home of a Victorian industrialist with business links to Canada and many of the trees and shrubs are indigenous to North America. Finchley GC website (opens in new tab)
Hendon Access: Mill Hill East Distance: 0.4 miles Line: Northern What’s there: An 18-hole track laid out by Highgate-born Harry Colt Hendon GC website (opens in new tab)
Horsenden Hill Access: Sudbury Town Distance: 0.5 miles Line: Piccadilly What’s there: A nine holer with eight par 3s and a 281-yard par 4. Horsenden Hill GC website (opens in new tab)
Northwick Park Station: Northwick Park Distance: 0.8 miles Line: Bakerloo What’s there: A nine holer, with two par 4s and the rest par3s, each hole modelled on one from a famous course. Northwick Park website (opens in new tab)
Sudbury Station: Sudbury Town Distance: 0.3 miles Line: Piccadilly What’s there: Laid out on flat ground alongside the Grand Union Canal. Sudbury GC website (opens in new tab)
Trent Park Station: Oakwood Distance: 0.1 miles Line: Piccadilly What’s there: Public course with water on most holes, sometimes on the fringes, and other times centrally, such as the par-4 6th where you cross four bodies of water en route to the green. Trent Park Golf website (opens in new tab)
Wanstead Station: Wanstead Distance: 0.4 miles Line: Central What’s there: A par 69 layout with one par 5 and four par 3s, three of which come between holes 13 and 16. Wanstead GC website (opens in new tab)
Harrow Hill Access: Harrow on the Hill Distance: 0.4 miles Line: Metropolitan What’s there: A nine-hole par-3 course not much longer than a pitch-and-putt and targeted at beginners Harrow Hill GC website (opens in new tab)
Epping Station: Epping Distance: 0.5 miles Line: Central What’s there: A 5,434-yard undulating course with good views and many water hazards Epping GC website (opens in new tab)
Haste Hill Access: Northwood Hills Distance: 0.8 miles Line: Metropolitan What’s there: A members-run council-owned course designed by Harry Colt which opened in 1926. Haste Hill GC website (opens in new tab)
Northwood Station: Northwood Distance: 0.5 miles Line: Metropolitan What’s there: A par 71, with three par 3s and two par 5s. Many doglegs and some fairly generous fairways. Northwood GC website (opens in new tab)
Upminster Station: Upminster Distance: 0.7 miles Line: District What’s there: Picturesque par 69 layout with five par 3s on sloping ground by the meandering River Ingrebourne which winds around the 8th hole. Upminster GC website (opens in new tab)
Chorleywood Station: Chorleywood Distance: 0.1 miles Line: Metropolitan What’s there: Par 68 played across the common with six par 3s and two par 5s. Chorleywood GC website (opens in new tab)
West Herts Station: Watford Distance: 0.5 miles Line: Metropolitan What’s there: Old Tom Morris, JH Taylor, Harry Colt and Dr Alister Mackenzie have all had a part in the design of this course. West Herts GC website (opens in new tab)
Contributing Writer Golf courses and travel are Roderick’s particular interests and he worked as contributing editor for the first few years of the Golf Monthly Travel Supplement. He writes travel articles and general features for the magazine, travel supplement and website. He is a member of Trevose Golf & Country Club and has played golf in around 20 countries. Cricket is his other main sporting love. He is the author of five books, four of which are still in print: The Novel Life of PG Wodehouse; The Don: Beyond Boundaries; Wally Hammond: Gentleman & Player and England’s Greatest Post-War All Rounder.
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