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Richmond Park Golf Course

Richmond Park Golf Course
Club information
Richmond Park Golf Course is located in Greater London
Richmond Park Golf Course
Richmond Park
Coordinates
Location East Sheen
Established 1923
Type public
Owned by The Royal Parks
Operated by Glendale Golf since 2004
Total holes 36
Princes course
Designed by Fred Hawtree
Par 69
Length 5,868 yards (5,366 m)
Dukes course
Designed by Fred Hawtree
Par 69/68
Length 6,217 yards (5,685 m)

Richmond Park Golf Course, a public, daily fee golf course comprising two 18-hole courses, is located in Richmond Park in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and is home to Richmond Park Golf Club.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Courses 2
    • Princes course 2.1
    • Dukes course 2.2
  • Other facilities 3
  • Richmond Park Golf Club 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

During and following the

In 1985 Martin Hawtree, grandson of the original architect, was commissioned to undertake a programme of modernisation on the two courses.[3]

Courses

The course lies on the boundary of the park to the east of Beverley Brook, between Roehampton and Robin Hood gates, and is in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, bordering on the London Borough of Wandsworth. The Alton Estate, Roehampton, dominates the western skyline.

The course was developed on the former "Great Paddock" of Richmond Park, an area used for feeding deer for the royal hunt. The tree belt in this part of the park was supplemented by additional planting in 1936.[4]

Richmond Park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and national nature reserve and has a policy of encouraging biodiversity. One aspect of this is that decaying wood, whether still on the tree or fallen to the ground, is left undisturbed as far as possible to provide natural habitats. One of the local golf course rules is therefore that fallen trees and dead wood must be treated as Immovable Obstructions during the game.[5]

Princes course

The Princes course lies on the higher ground and is 18-hole, 5,868 yards (5,366 m), par 69, with the 479 yards (438 m), par 5, final hole being the longest.

Dukes course

The Dukes course is 18-hole, 6,217 yards (5,685 m), par 69/68 with the 5th, par 4, 522 yards (477 m), being the longest. It is the lower and flatter of the two courses, crossed by a stream on holes 5, 6, 7, 11, 12 and 13.[6]

Other facilities

The course also has a 16-bay driving range and a pro shop.[7] A new grass roof clubhouse opened for business in April 2013. Located near Chohole Gate at the south of the course, the facility, which was officially opened in August 2013, adds seven new greens, eight new tees, a new driving range, and new, accessible golf academy.[8] The new clubhouse has very low light and noise emission and the courses incorporate new ponds and other environmental features.

Richmond Park Golf Club

The Priory Golf Club was formed in 1924 by a group of enthusiastic players based at the newly opened "Princes course". The club changed its name to the current Richmond Park Golf Club in 1953.[3] The club continues to play regularly at the course.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Public Golf in Richmond Park". Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Baxter Brown, Michael (1985). Richmond Park: The History of a Royal Deer Park. London: R. Hale. p. 150.  
  3. ^ a b "Club History". Richmond Park Golf Club. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  4. ^ McDowall, David (1996). Richmond Park: The Walker's Historical Guide. pp. 121–126.  
  5. ^ Harrington, Peter (13 November 2004). "2005 Committee Notices – Fallen Trees and Dead Wood". Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Dukes's, Richmond Park". London Golf Courses. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sport in the Park".  
  8. ^ "Work Commences at Richmond Park’s New Golf Clubhouse and Golf Academy". Glendale Golf. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 

External links

  • Official Richmond Golf Club website
  • "Richmond Park Golf Course, London". Glendale Golf. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  • "Sport in the Park".  
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