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At 6,114 yards off the back tees, and in an undulating parkland setting, the course at first sight seems a relatively easy test of golf. With narrow fairways and small greens there are many scorecards that tell a different story.

What makes the course more difficult than it looks?

There are 5 par threes on the course, four of which are over 180 yards, and many of the members think that scoring well on these is the secret to having a good card. The 14th at 197 yards over a dell, through a gap between trees in a copse, is often singled out as the pick of these.

Other holes of interest include the 1st, a slight dog-leg right par 4 where a tee shot right can be blocked out by the hedge running the length of the 10th, or a tee shot left can mean being obstructed by a line of trees bordering the 2nd.

The 8th, a short par 4, is reachable from the tee for the longer hitters, but put it left and you are in trees, favour the right and the natural slope of the ground will run your ball into more trees. At 600 yards off the white tee, the 17th is one of the longest holes in Britain. A good drive into a natural valley and it will still take two more good blows to reach the small green cut into a bank.

Welwyn Garden City Golf Club has a current playing membership of just over 700 members, with an additional 170 social members who enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the clubhouse and regular social events.

2009 Club Captain - Richard Roberts

Full social membership is included in all playing memberships, and new members are encouraged to use the facilities of the club.

A bar levy of £100 per year is charged for all adult playing members. This can be used during the year against food and drink purchases from the bar. A 20% discount is given to members using their bar cards for purchases of drinks.

Once accepted as a playing member, you will receive a membership disc, a course planner, a copy of the Rules of Golf, a club diary, and a club tie. You will also be entitled to two lessons with the professional. These will consist of a compulsory 9 hole playing lesson, and an additional ½ hour tuition. Both of these must be taken within the first six months of membership.


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