10 London Golf Courses Near Tube and Train Stations

By: Joshua Carr | Tue 23 Aug 2016 | Comments ()


Post by Golf Journalist Josh Carr


You’d be wrong to think that golf courses in London are only accessible by car. In fact, it is arguably easier to get a round of golf in by just hopping on the tube or the over ground. There are several golf courses within walking distance of various tube and train stations across London. Here are ten to look out for.

Highgate Golf Club

Nearest station: Highgate
Distance: 1 mile
Zone 3

Highgate Golf Club is the closest 18-hole golf course to central London and is situated very close to Hempstead Heath and Kenwood House. Despite being so close to the city, the surroundings are tranquil and the course is inspiring with its many undulating holes. Despite the fact this golf club is a private members’ club, they do welcome visitors, as long as they have a handicap, Monday to Friday. At weekends visitors must be accompanied by a member of the club.

The walk from the tube station is only around 15/20 minutes, which isn’t too bad, especially if you love your golf. This hilly, tree-lined parkland course is well worth a visit both by tube and by car.

Wimbledon Park Golf Club

Nearest Station: Wimbledon Park
Distance: 0.3 miles
Zone 3

Located in the heart of SW19, Wimbledon Park Golf Club is an excellent 18-hole parkland course that is set around Wimbledon Park Lake and best of all, it is just a five minute walk from Wimbledon Park Station. The course calls for strategic golf due to its 65 newly designed and rebuilt bunkers, narrow tree-lined fairways and undulating greens.

As you walk down the 4th fairway at this course you will get to witness great views of the famous Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. This course is definitely worth a visit, especially as it is so easy to reach by tube.

Ealing Golf Club

Ealing Golf Club

Nearest Station: Perivale
Distance: 0.4 miles
Zone 4

Ealing Golf Club was laid out by James Braid then later re-designed by distinguished golf course architect Harry S. Colt in 1898 and his challenging parkland course still offers a stern test of golf today. The course features some of the best greens in London and when you add that to the narrow tree-lined fairways, you get a brilliant test of golf for all levels despite its lack of distance at 6,201 yards. Having said that, three of the five par 3’s are over 200 yards and are by no means an easy par. A river comes into play on several holes, which adds to the overall challenge as well as the aesthetics of the course.

Course Manager Greg Evans is one of just 52 Master Greenkeepers worldwide and thanks to his comprehensive maintenance programme; the course is almost always in top condition. It is incredible that such a good course sits so close to a train station.

Sudbury Golf Club

Nearest Station: Sudbury Town
Distance: 0.4 miles
Zone 4

Just 0.4 miles and a five-minute walk from Sudbury Town Tube Station you will find Sudbury Golf Club. This golf course is a classic Colt Design with many recognisable characteristics such as pulpit greens. Harry S Colt also designed several famous courses such as Wentworth (East/West) and Sunningdale so you know you’re in for a challenging round at Sudbury as Colt does not make easy golf courses.

Green fees are reasonable around this course too, which is a welcome change to some courses in the London area. It is cheapest for visitors on a Monday as green fees are priced at £22.00 until 4pm. After 4pm Monday, and Tuesday to Friday, green fees increase by £10.00 to £32.00.

Trent Park Golf Club

Nearest Station: Oakwood
Distance: 0.1 miles
Zone 4

This is the closest you’re going to get to a golf course from a train station. You can pretty much fall out of the train at Oakwood station and onto the first tee, it is that close. And in all honesty, you fall right onto a fantastic pay and play golf course in Trent Park Golf Club.

Voted as the best public pay and play golf course in London, Trent Park GC in Enfield offers exquisite views and an even better golf course. This fine example of municipal golf has so much more to do than just play 18 holes too. There is also a driving range and an adventure golf course or if you fancy a change of sport, there are also 5-a-side football pitches on site.

Harrow Hill Golf Club

Nearest Station: Harrow on the Hill
Distance: 0.4 miles
Zone 5

Despite only being a par 3 course, Harrow Hill could well help established golfers improve on those tricky short holes, but in a relaxed environment. This course is also perfect for those who are looking to start up the game, but don’t want to jump straight into joining a golf club.

The atmosphere is friendly and informal, which makes it an ideal destination to learn to play golf. There is also PGA professional tuition available from ex-European Tour player Simon Bishop.

The Epping Golf Club

Nearest Station: Epping
Distance: 0.8 miles
Zone 6

This 18-hole golf course is perfect for those who want a peaceful round of golf that is accessible all year round, but don’t want to travel too far outside of London. The pay and play facility is just a 15-minute walk from Epping tube station and as it was designed and built by golfers, it suits all standards from elite players to beginners.

The course features panoramic views over the Essex countryside, on top of the already aesthetically pleasing undulating parkland holes with several water-features. Twilight golf starts at just £10 during the week at The Epping Golf Club, which is an incredible price for such a good track near the tracks.

Northwood Golf Club

Nearest Station: Northwood
Distance: 0.4 miles
Zone 6

Just 16-miles from the centre of London lies this extremely accessible golf course at Northwood Golf Club. The station is a mere 0.4 miles from the golf club and it is arguable one of the best tests of golf on this list. Twilight golf for visitors’ starts at £30 but it is well worth a try, even if it is just once.

The wooded, rolling countryside provides the perfect setting for this 6,473 yard, par 71 golf course and the free-draining USGA spec greens allow the course to be playable all-year-round. The woodland and meandering brook come into play and the undulating fairways mixed with sweeping doglegs create the feeling of both a parkland and links course.

Chorleywood Golf Club

Nearest Station: Chorleywood
Distance: 0.4 miles
Zone 7

This course is perfect for those who are just looking for a quick nine holes after work, as it is a small and friendly club that features just nine holes. However, don’t mistake this for an easy round of golf. The course was founded in 1890, making it the oldest club in Hertfordshire, and has stood the test of time.

If you are accompanied by a member then nine-hole fees start at just £8.50, which is a great price for a course so close to London and one in which will test all parts of your game. This fair but demanding course will have you coming back for another round, especially at such a great price.

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West Herts Golf Club

Nearest Station: Watford
Distance: 0.8 miles
Zone 7

This beautiful 18-hole country course is set in a beautiful surrounding with tree lined fairways and well-bunkered greens that will make you wonder how it can be so close to the capital. West Herts Golf Club will challenge all standards of golfer and thanks to an exceptional course maintenance programme; the course is playable just about 365 days a year.

The club is now operating under a Joint User agreement with Watford Borough Council but don’t let this deter you from playing this course. In fact, this has worked out better for visitors of the club as those who are Watford Borough Residents in possession of an Everyone Active Card are eligible for a discount of 50% on standard green fees. There’s a reason this club has hosted a European Tour Pro Am for the last three years, it is well worth the visit.

Do you know of some more courses that are located near tube/train stations in the London area? Let us know in the comments, you favourites to play by train.

Royal Blackheath Golf Club

Nearest station: Mottingham
Distance: 0.5 miles
Zone 4

Royal Blackheath Golf Club was instituted in 1604 and boasts a proud history dating back over 400 years. This private members club welcomes visitors, which is perfect considering it is so accessible by train with Mottingham train station just a ten minute walk away.

The course itself features 18 holes of beautiful parkland, with excellent fairways, true greens and numerous challenging holes. The magnificent 17th Century clubhouse offers stunning views across the course and is the perfect place to relax after a challenging test around Royal Blackheath’s 18 holes. Despite being just 9-miles from the centre of London, the course is extremely tranquil and is situated near historic Greenwich – home of the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory and the Cutty Sark.

Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club

Nearest station: Richmond
Distance: 0.4 miles
Zone 4

Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club sits on the edge of both Middlesex and Surrey – hence the name Mid Surrey – and was founded in 1892. Just 0.4 miles from Richmond station, this golf club offers a rich heritage, as well as 36 holes of testing golf including the famous J.H. Taylor course.

Re-opened in 2014, the J.H. Taylor course showcases 18 USGA spec greens, which was the culmination of a 7-year project. The greens here are true, undulating and fast so a great day with the putter will be rewarded. The Pam Barton Course is the shorter of the two courses although maintains a strong test of golf. Set in the beautiful surrounds of Old Deer Park, the dexterously designed holes really do test your golf management skills.

Updated Dec 2016: Added additional notes for Royal Blackheath and Royal Mid Surrey

 


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