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The Best Golf Courses to Play in London by Tube

By: Golfshake Editor | Fri 16 Sep 2022 | Comments

The capital city can be a pain to get around at the best of times, but there’s few things more stressful than being stuck in a traffic jam, worrying that you’re going to miss your tee-time! Why not save the hassle on your next round in London and hop on public transport? We’ve picked out nine of our favourite courses to travel to by Tube. You can even stick around for a pint or two afterwards without the need to get behind the wheel!

Royal Mid-Surrey

Royal Mid Surrey

Tube Line - Richmond (District), 10 minute walk

With two 18-hole layouts, Royal Mid-Surrey is one of the biggest golfing properties within the capital. The courses are relatively flat, although strategic bunkering makes them immensely enjoyable to play. The club was given its royal status by King George V when his son, The Prince of Wales became captain in 1926, and with the historic Kew Gardens bordering the course, there’s a feeling of being set back from the hustle and bustle of London throughout the venue. The only slight distraction being the flightpath for nearby Heathrow airport!

Moor Park

Moor Park

Tube Line - Moor Park (Metropolitan), 15 minute walk

Perhaps the grandest clubhouse in London, Moor Park also boasts two excellent courses designed by Harry Colt, as well as first-rate tennis facilities. The High Course here has hosted premier events, such at the Carris Trophy and Open Regional Qualifying, and is a mainstay in Top 100 Rankings of England. The West Course is also thoroughly enjoyable, with its addition making it easier for visitors to secure a tee-time, even through the summer months.

Sandy Lodge

Tube Line - Moor Park (Metropolitan), 5 minute walk

The same tube stop at Moor Park also boasts easy access to Sandy Lodge Golf Club. One of the more underrated, and most interesting courses in London, the course’s name is a clue to its conditioning, playing much firmer and faster than the majority of clubs in the area. The course was designed by Harry Vardon and a recent irrigation project, begun in 2022, will ensure the layout maintains playable conditioning throughout the year. Sandy Lodge also boasts a driving range, as well as arguably the best short game area in London, allowing you to hone your skills before the round.

South Herts

Tube Line - Totteridge & Whetstone (Northern Line), 10 minute walk

Another London course with two layouts, and another with a link to Harry Vardon, who was club professional at South Herts from 1902 until his death in 1937. Unlike others however, the Rees Course (named for club member, and Ryder Cup star Dai Rees), is just 9-holes, although it provides an excellent option for those short of time, or new to the sport. The Vardon Course begins with a gentle opener, but don’t be fooled as there’s plenty to keep you on your toes throughout the round, particularly at the start of the back nine.


Tube Line - Perivale (Central Line), 7 minute walk

Harry Colt certainly left his mark around the London area, with another of his fine layouts to be found at Ealing Golf Club. The course boasts some of the best greens in the country, and its easy-to-walk layout makes it accessible for all. The course isn’t overly long, but the speed of its putting surfaces can make it tricky to shoot low numbers, something demonstrated each year when the TP Tour comes to Ealing. A recent renovation to the outside area now also provides as fantastic place to relax following a round!


Tube Line - Northwood (Metropolitan Line), 10 minute walk

Don’t be fooled by the reasonably open view of the holes in front of the clubhouse (1, 8, 9), the routing at Northwood winds its way through the trees from the 2nd hole onwards. It’s a course that seems to continually improve, and is now thought of as one of the best conditioned in Middlesex. The club employs a two-tee start from the 1st and 10th, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to get players on the course, although with it being a busy members' club, your best chance to get out is likely during the week.


Tube Line - Chigwell (Central Line), 5 minute walk

At the other end of London’s Tube network to most of the courses on the list, Chigwell is rated as one of the more difficult courses in Essex. However, fear not, as a mix of teeing options makes the course accessible for all. The course will celebrate its centenary in 2025, and has bedded into the surroundings perfectly over the past 100 years. With the Tube station located so close, it’s a fabulous choice for a knock close to London.


Tube Line - Sudbury Town (Piccadilly Line), 10 minute walk

Back over in West London, Sudbury Golf Club is another Middlesex venue, loved by many in the local community. The course itself feels relatively tranquil, despite being very easily accessible by Tube (as well as by car). There’s plenty of elevation changes to keep things interesting, and a relatively recent flip of the 9-holes sees golfers now finishing on an excellent par-3 by the clubhouse. All in, a great option for those looking to play a top quality members' course, that is equally welcoming for visitors.

Trent Park

Tube Line - Oakwood (Piccadilly Line), 5 minute walk

Unlike the other courses listed, Trent Park is a true pay & play venue, welcome to all. In addition to the interesting 18-hole layout, the course also boasts a driving range and short game area. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s even an Adventure Golf mini course for youngsters, or those looking for something less serious - you needn’t even bring your own clubs along!

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