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Club profile: The expanding Radlett Park Golf Club
3rd June, 2012 by Emma Williams

Adding an extra touch of quality to your club can be just what’s needed to refresh and revitalise, whether it be new social facilities, a better practice space or upgraded locker rooms. Sometimes though, the best plan of action is to start again, to significantly invest to make the club relevant to the ever-evolving golfer.

Dubbed by some as Hertfordshire’s ‘best kept secret’, it’s easy to see why Radlett Park Golf Club is fast gaining a reputation as one of the best in the county. Only half an hour from the centre of London, the complex has recently unveiled the first stage of a programme of works to improve both the golfing and the social side of the club. Works are already underway for the refurbishment of Radlett Park’s golf range, which will see the existing facilities upgraded to include a state-of-the-art 30-bay driving range.

The completion of the range is set to form the final stage of major works, which, alongside it, includes the construction of a brand new clubhouse and major upgrades to the 18-hole course.

Improvements have been carried out on many holes across the course, including new tees and greens, all of which are now back in play. Continuing works will progress into the new season with minimal disruption to players. The 18-holes, par 72 course is 6,419 yards long – arguably the finest in the county and a true test for the amateur or professional golfer.

Established in 1984, the parkland course has been developing, evolving and improving since thanks to a dedicated greenkeeping team working under the direction of head greenkeeper, Mick Bath.

Away from the greens, developments have also been progressing at pace, the latest of which – the clubhouse – opened last December, in time for the start of the 2012 season.

“We first voiced the idea of developing our clubhouse facilities about three seasons ago, as it tied in with the other plans we had for the club, namely the development of the golf range”.

“The old clubhouse was too far away from the golf range and a big part of our plan was to create a synergy between these two areas, creating more of a golfing hub to the complex. The maintenance of the original building was proving problematic as additions were only meant to be short-term fixes; in the end the clubhouse consisted of two separate plumbing and heating systems so the time had come to build a new centrepiece for an exciting new future.”

Works on the clubhouse began in July 2010, the modern building was designed with the golfer in mind under a masterplan to create an imposing two-tier construction. Downstairs caters for the golfer with specific locker areas for the public, as well as for members of the club, drying rooms are also available to golfers for those wet winter days. The lower floor also houses a modern golf professional shop stocking leading golfing brands, with the qualified PGA professional staff available to answer questions about the latest golf equipment to complement any golfer’s game.

The club’s new additions are likely to continue to bring in new members and spark visitor interest as part of its current membership drive.

Radlett Park’s golf range is now under complete renovation. Once finished this area will house state-of-the-art coaching bays, alongside additional target areas that are to be added to the grass landing-zone as well as bespoke bunker and chipping areas to hone short game skills.

A custom fit room is being explored, where members can order golf clubs specifically designed to the individual ability, physique and technique. Spacious heated golf bays will also be available to enhance the practice experience, and a new golf outfield is planned, specifically designed to give the range user the feeling of playing on a golf course, and not on a generic practice facility. High quality golf range balls will be available to all users. The latest Berm flood lighting will also be installed to enable practice till 10pm all year round.

“Once complete we’ll arguably have the best floodlight practice facilities in the county, which will be a significant selling tool for us. We felt that the redesigned practice range will be vital to enhance the complex and therefore make the golfing experience as enjoyable as possible for all golfers, visitors will hopefully like what they see and may consider membership to either the golf club or the golf academy”.

Despite its modern look, and business-minded approach to investment, Radlett Park is very much a family affair, owned by the Cottrell family, who have been influential in fulfilling the aspirations of a ‘golfing complex’ than merely a golf club.

“Radlett Park is more than just a golf club, it is a premier golfing complex, the facilities could enable the golfer to practice under guidance of a PGA professional and seamlessly make the transition from the golf range to the golf course in an instant. Radlett Park Golf Club and the Radlett Park Golf Academy could be the one-stop-shop for all of a golfer’s needs.”


Elstree rebrands as Radlett Park and opens new clubhouse

Herts Golf Union Website Wed 14th Mar 2012

Elstree Golf and Country Club has changed it’s name to Radlett Park Golf Club and recently opened a spectacular brand new clubhouse with panoramic views of the golf course.

The club has also undergone major changes during the last two years to the challenging 18 hole parkland course.

These improvements include the extension of the water feature in front of the 11th green.

There is also a new three tiered green on the 18th hole, which has been changed from a relatively straight forward par 5 to a tough par 4.

With the current refurbishment and modernisation of the existing driving range into a new state of the art floodlit Range due to open in the future, it certainly is exciting times for the club and the membership.

The members had an added reason to be excited with a visit to the club from the World’s number 1 golfer for a filming session.

Members were surprised and delighted to see Northern Ireland superstar Rory McIlroy hitting balls on the 5th hole at Radlett Park.

He happily posed for pictures and signed caps and anything else that members could lay their hands on during his brief visit.


Watford Observer

Revamp work continues at Radlett Park Golf Club with old clubhouse now demolished

3:40pm Friday 22nd June 2012 in Sport

The major revamp at Radlett Park Golf Club continues with the old clubhouse now having been completely demolished.

A new clubhouse was opened last December boasting state-of-the-art facilities overlooking the 18th green but the previous structure has now been raised to the ground to create space for a new putting green.

It all forms part of a revamping project at the club, with a new golf range and practice facilities, which will be open to the public, being provided.

A new 30-bay driving range will be in place while landfill lorries are presently reshaping the landing area of the range and these facilities are due for completion in the spring of next year.

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It is not just the practice areas that have been targeted however, with the course already having received a new 18th green and 11th tee to provide an improved layout.

The family-owned club was established in 1984 and has been developing ever since.

Work on the new two-tier clubhouse began two years ago and, now open, offers excellent facilities for golfers.

The lower floor boasts lockers for both the public and club members, drying rooms and a modern pro shop with qualified PGA professional staff on hand to assist.