Hendon Golf Club Course Review

With the impressive design input of JH Taylor, Harry Vardon and Harry Colt, the tree-lined course at Hendon Golf Club is more than worth a visit…

The green at the end of the dogleg fifth

With the impressive design input of JH Taylor, Harry Vardon and Harry Colt, the tree-lined course at Hendon Golf Club is more than worth a visit…

Hendon Golf Club Course Review

Hendon Golf Club was founded in 1903 and its attractive course was designed by the great Harry Colt following earlier incarnations by 5-time Open champion JH Taylor and Harry Vardon. Despite its proximity to suburbia and the London Underground, it is a remarkably peaceful place to play and the members are renowned for their friendliness.

There are two loops of nine, an inner and then an outer, and each has a par of 35 with two short holes and one long. The course opens with five par 4s, the toughest of which is the 2nd which has a tricky bunker protecting the lay-up between the steam and the green. It is one of the best golf courses in London.

A ditch crosses the SI1 par-4 second

The next is played up to a long, narrow green and the 4th is a slight dogleg left where it is all too easy to block yourself out on the left.

Stay right for the best approach at the fourth

The first short hole is the 6th which is played up to a partially hidden green, and there is a sneaky water hazard on the fairway of the next.

A hidden ditch crosses the 346-yard seventh

I really liked the sweeping par-5 8th; it plays as a genuine three-shotter and the ditch is back again, this time partnered in crime by some attractive bunkering.

The eighth is a lovely, full-length par 5

A tiny par 3 takes you to the clubhouse and turn, and a tough pair of par 4s open the back nine.

The tenth hole requires two good blows

The second of the two par 5s is also one of the most appealing holes on the course, especially as you approach the green.

The par 5 at twelve is another fine hole

A short hole and two par 4s of no great distance skirt round the far boundary of the course before you reach the start of a demanding finish. The 16th is a fine hole rising gently to a well-protected green.

The testing sixteenth is at the start of three tough closing holes

Seventeen is a medium-length par 3 and then it’s two huge hits to reach the closing green.

The final hole is a challenging par 4 back to the clubhouse

There is a lovely veranda overlooking the course and a warm welcome inside that puts the icing on a very tasty cake at Hendon.

Rob Smith
Contributing Editor

Rob Smith has been playing golf for over 45 years and been a contributing editor for Golf Monthly since 2012. He specialises in course reviews and travel, and has played more than 1,200 courses in almost 50 countries. In 2021, he played all 21 courses in East Lothian in 13 days. Last year, his tally was 81, 32 of them for the first time. One of Rob's primary roles is helping to prepare the Top 100 and Next 100 Courses of the UK&I, of which he has played all but seven and a half... i.e. not the new 9 at Carne! Of those missing, some are already booked for 2024. He has been a member of Tandridge in Surrey for 30 years where his handicap hovers around 16. You can contact him at r.smith896@btinternet.com.