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Welcome

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s I write this introduction I am almost half way through my tenure as Club Captain. It seems to have flown by and yet I still have a very busy golfing calendar ahead. It is hard to imagine golf being played at Gustard Wood Common in 1892 and the time invested by so many over the years, so that we can reap the benefits in 2017. For the past 125 years our course here at Mid Herts has been nurtured by such great names as Charles Thom, Horace Rawlins and James Braid and today it still retains the features that make our club “a little gem”, nestled in the Hertfordshire countryside. Mid Herts offers a warm welcome to our members, guests and visitors throughout the year and especially for our anniversary week commencing on the 23rd July, the

date our club was formed 125 years ago. The success of any club stems from the efforts and hard work of its staff, volunteer members and helpers who devote their time to ensure that we can all enjoy a wide variety of golf and social events. The whole of our special year’s 125 celebrations, together with the Captains’ 125 challenges, will take much organisation and on behalf of the members I would like to thank our staff and conveners for their help. Happy 125 to you all.

Albert Scurfield Club Captain

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Contents

Welcome 3 Moving with the Times 6 Captains & Vice-Captains 9 Captains’ Charities 10 A Year of Celebrations 12 Horace Rawlins: A Champion Pioneer 15 Course Tour 17 Course Management 24

Roll of Honour Membership Golf Societies & Visitors Social Activities The Clubhouse Professional Shop & Services How to Find Us Contact Us

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Mid Herts...

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id Herts celebrated its centenary in 1992, but how have things changed in the last 25 years? Of course, we now have a much improved, stylish clubhouse and we have continued to invest in our beautiful golf course, which remains one of the most attractive and well maintained in the area. The recent introduction of James Braid style ‘humps and hollows’ near the 1st green and on the 9th fairway, as well as the tree planting are great additions that increase both the appeal and the challenge of these holes. However, the main changes at Mid Herts since 1992 are perhaps less obvious. Twenty five years ago, a person wishing to join Mid Herts would be required to

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attend a formal interview and, if they were suitable, would join a waiting list for over 6 months. But Mid Herts, along with most other golf clubs now has to work hard to attract members, due to a combination of there being more golf clubs and fewer players. This downturn has been responsible for changing the image of golf, from one of a game exclusively played by middle aged men prone to old fashioned clothing and opinions, to a game that is open to all. Mid Herts has changed in terms of equality and inclusivity as well. Twenty four years ago, just after our centenary, Ladies’ Captain Ann Nash became the first lady to sit on the Board of Management and today, ladies are well represented on both the Board


...Moving With the Times

and the Captain’s Committee. The 2010 Equality Act prompted changes that meant that golf clubs could no longer place restrictions on when gentlemen or ladies could play. At Mid Herts, the course is now open to all with no restrictions, except when tees are reserved. Of course, legislation can be a double-edged sword – there are times when ladies prefer to play and socialise together without the men and no doubt, the men’s banter is different when there are no ladies present! However, with respect and courtesy between the various sections, everything works well and it’s what makes Mid Herts a special club. This year, for the first time and to celebrate our 125th anniversary, there will be a joint Captains’ Day, hosted

by Albert and Jenny for everyone to enjoy. During our year, we are making a special effort to promote mixed golf, integration and forge good relations between all the sections of the club. So what of the next twenty five years at Mid Herts? The club will continue to move with the times and no doubt, in the future, the Club Captain will still be chosen for being the right person for the role, whether it be a gentleman or a lady. And if we are all still playing and enjoying this great game in twenty five years’ time, then we will all have much to be thankful for!

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Captains and Vice-Captains

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ach year the Club and Ladies’ Section elect a Captain and Vice-Captain. During this special anniversary year, these are: Albert Scurfield – Club Captain Jenny Hicks – Ladies’ Captain Simon Best – Vice-Captain Sue Hailey – Ladies’ Vice-Captain These Captains are responsible for the wellbeing of members, organising golf competitions and matches for the club and arranging social events. They are assisted by the Captain’s and Ladies’ Committees as well as many members who organise teams and regular groups each week. The Captains are kept very busy during their year, not only with golf but also with meetings and social events. Enjoying playing

golf is essential as playing well over 100 games whilst “in office” is quite usual! Each Captain also chooses a charity to support and raises funds throughout the year. Albert, Jenny, Simon and Sue are working closely together to make this special anniversary a year to remember! There are “Captains’ challenges” each month, where they complete an activity in support of the club, the local community or their chosen charities. The highlight of the year will be the anniversary week, starting on 23rd July with the Captains’ Day golf competition and culminating in an exciting anniversary party. We hope you will all join us to celebrate the 125th anniversary of our great golf club!

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Club Captain’s Charity

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s Club Captain, I have chosen to support the Herts Air Ambulance, which provides a free life saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) throughout the county. This charity is 100% funded by donations and receives no Government funding. The reason I chose this charity is because the Herts Air Ambulance was called to attend an incident involving a close friend and it was then that I understood the importance of the work that they carry out. The Herts Air Ambulance is called out on average 2-3 times a day to patients with serious illness or injury by such incidents as road traffic accidents, falls from height, heart attacks, crime, cardiac arrests and strokes. The helicopters carry advanced life-support medical equipment and drugs. The HEMS teams consist of very experienced Pilots, Critical Care Paramedics and Doctors. Crucial pre-hospital critical care is brought to a patient at the scene allowing life-saving procedures to begin at the earliest opportunity. Without access to National Lottery or Government funding and with

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limited support from Government, the service relies upon the generosity and goodwill of local people and businesses to remain airborne and keep saving lives. The Air Ambulance is operational 7 days per week and the cost of one mission is about ÂŁ2,700. For more information and to support this charity see: www.hertsairambulance.uk.com


Ladies’ Captain’s Charity

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or my year as Ladies’ Captain, I have chosen a charity for which I have been a long-time supporter and volunteer. CHICKS is a national children’s charity that provides five day respite breaks for disadvantaged children from across the UK at their three centres in the Dales, Devon and Cornwall. The children that CHICKS supports come from a variety of backgrounds – those living in poverty, children that have suffered neglect or abuse, children who have lost parents and even children who are full time young carers. Children are referred to CHICKS by professionals such as teachers or social workers. During their week at CHICKS, they receive the support, care, attention and encouragement that are often missing in their home lives. The one thing they all have in common is that they could really benefit from a week away from their circumstances. I have volunteered on a number of CHICKS breaks with up to 16 children aged between 8 and 11 years. The kids get the opportunity to try lots of activities such as horse riding, indoor climbing, swimming, bowling, ice skating and team

building games. There is also lots of ‘free play’ where the kids choose a supervised activity at the centre, which has facilities for trampolining, football, table tennis, snooker and crafts. It is so rewarding to see how the kids’ self-confidence develops during the week, as they are encouraged to overcome their fears, make friends, try new things and essentially enjoy themselves. I firmly believe that CHICKS not only gives these children some respite from their everyday lives, but increases their selfconfidence, expands their horizons and helps them to realise that there are people who care. The children are encouraged to stay in touch with the charity and they know that there will always be someone on the end of the phone to listen and help them. CHICKS began in 1992, so they are also celebrating this year as 2017 is the charity’s 25th anniversary. In that time, they have provided over 13,500 children with a much needed break. If you would like to know more about CHICKS, see: www.chicks.org.uk

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A Year of Celebrations...

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he Club’s quasquicentenary – it just means 125th anniversary – will be celebrated on the Club’s birthday, Sunday 23rd July, and during a Week of Golf which follows it. The Week is filled with special golf events for members from all sections of the Club. There will be opportunities, too, to share our celebrations with other golfers as we host a mid-week Seniors’ Invitation and the Four Herts Chalice, contested annually between Mid Herts, East Herts, South Herts and West Herts. For the first time, ladies’ teams will compete for the Chalice alongside the men’s teams. The Week of Golf will end with a special 125th anniversary golf competition for Club members. The festivities will culminate in a grand summer party on the Saturday evening, during which a new statue of Horace Rawlins (see page 15) will be dedicated to the honour of the man who was our first Groundsman and Professional, before he went on to win the very first US Open. This special week for the Club is the centrepiece of a year of celebrations, launched right at the beginning of the year,

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when a new flag with a tailor-made 125 logo was hoisted to the top of the Club’s flagpole. Many members are buying golf clothing with the same logo, giving them a lasting souvenir of the year. The Captains and Vice-Captains have set themselves a variety of 125-themed challenges, one for each month of the year. Some of these are light-hearted golf activities, while others provide a service to the club or involve the local community. The Club’s bridge section is organising its own celebration too. The challenges started before Christmas, planting bulbs by the Club’s entrance road to come up in early spring in the shape of the 125 logo and preparing a rhyming grace in exactly 125 words for formal anniversary meals. In February the Captains and Vice-Captains played 125 putts of 125cm, challenging members to beat their success rate over five holes for a nominal donation to the Captains’ charities. Summer golfing challenges include a week asking players to try to get their tee shots within 125cm of the 12th hole; the Captains and ViceCaptains seeing how far they can progress


...at Mid Herts around the course in 125 shots; and a social competition where each team may move their ball a distance by giving up a corresponding portion cut from a length of string. Off the course, there will be an open coffee morning for visitors and members of the public walking across the course. On another day the Captains and Vice-Captains will bake cupcakes to sell to brave swindle players for the Captains’ charities.

Hardy cyclists will undertake a 125 mile charity ride and later local primary schools are invited to send classes for a morning at the club. Into autumn we move indoors for a 125-themed quiz night and finally a series of light-hearted indoor games. There is something for all members to join in with during this landmark year for the Club.

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Horace Rawlins: A Champion Pioneer

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orace T. Rawlins occupies a unique position in golf’s history books: he was the winner of the very first US Open championship in October 1895 at Newport, Rhode Island. Horace was born in 1874 at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight and started working as a caddie at the Royal Isle of Wight Club. From there he moved to become Mid Herts’ first Groundsman and Professional at the tender age of 18, caring for our new 9-hole course for a salary of 17 shillings (85p) a week. About two years later he emigrated to the United States, where he was engaged by the Newport Golf Club to “teach golf, tend greens and stay out of the way”. Despite those instructions, Rawlins was a surprise winner of the Open, beating the more fancied Scotsman, Willie Dunn, by two strokes. He scored 173 over four rounds of 9 holes – the equipment wasn’t so good in those days – winning $150 plus a gold medal then worth $50. This professional contest was really an afterthought, following immediately after the US’s first

national golf tournament played over three days at Newport and strictly only for amateurs. Horace was runner-up in the 1896 US Open, spending a total of 19 years in the USA as a Professional and in course design, including at the Springhaven Club in Philadelphia, with which Mid Herts has a twinning arrangement. Horace married in England in 1911, taking his bride back to the US. They returned finally to England in 1913 to look after Horace’s ailing mother and he retired from golf a year later to manage the family drapery business. He died in 1935, aged 60. A statue of Horace Rawlins by sculptor Ben Twiston-Davies will be placed near the Clubhouse as part of the 125th anniversary celebrations. It is financed by a generous bequest from a past member, Lawson Dunn.

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Course Tour

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he course is laid out across one of Hertfordshire’s few remaining lowland heathlands and acid grasslands. It is species-rich with tracts of heather, grasses and wildflowers as well as a home to a range of

woodland fauna.

Hole 1 Par 4 - 373 yds SI 10 Par 4 - 350 yds SI 10

Hole 2 Par 3 - 178 yds SI 18 Par 3 - 143 yds SI 16

Hole 3 Par 4 - 359 yds SI 4 Par 4 - 325 yds SI 4

A testing start as the large tree beckons when you stand on the tee! Ideally, keep your ball up the left half of the fairway as this gives you the best line for your approach to the green, which is beautifully framed by the trees and the humps and hollows. A longish green that slopes left to right means that pars are hard to come by.

One of golf’s great pleasures is to play from an elevated tee to a green below. The second hole at Mid Herts offers such a prospect, made all the more interesting by the narrow, treelined approach. Accuracy is key to avoid the bunkers protecting this green. If you can’t carry the bunkers, lay up or aim for the gap!

Thread your drive through the funnel of trees. A tee shot too long or too short will leave you a difficult approach on this dog leg par 4, but get it just right and you’ve a good chance of scoring. A deep hollow on the left and a bunker on the right guard this compact green.

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Course Tour

Hole 4 Par 4 - 385 yds SI 6 Par 4 - 378 yds SI 2

Plenty of space to play with on this long par 4. A good tip here when playing match play is never to give a putt on this tricky, left to right sloping green. A challenging hole where high handicappers will welcome that extra shot.

Hole 5 Par 3 - 184 yds SI 8 Par 3 - 167 yds SI 12 Mid Herts’ signature hole requires a solid shot to a two tiered green. A tee shot slightly left or right will be punished on this tree-lined fairway. It’s best to lay up if you can’t carry the carefully placed bushes that protect the green. Whether you take one shot or two to reach the green, remember to look back for a beautiful view.

Hole 6 Par 4 - 340 yds SI 12 Par 4 - 320 yds SI 8

Stay right with your drive if you can, but beware the perfectly positioned fairway bunker! Make sure your approach has enough oomph to cope with the two tiered green. There is a tree just left of the green and a pot bunker to the right just waiting to snaffle up any shot not perfectly struck to this compact target.

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Course Tour

Hole 7 Par 4 - 418 yds SI 2 Par 4 - 346 yds SI 6 A tough tee shot for gentlemen that must be threaded between the bunkers on the right and the trees on the left. The ladies get a good head start here and an opportunity to pick up some points. The approach runs left to right with a green-side bunker waiting to gather up anything short. Enjoy the view to the right, which changes with the seasons.

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Hole 8 Par 3 - 186 yds SI 14 Par 3 - 144 yds SI 18 A nice, easy par three that’s definitely a favourite with the ladies. The prevailing wind tends to help here. See if you can emulate the amazing feat of one of our Lady members who hit a hole in one here in two consecutive games!

Hole 9 Par 5 - 485 yds SI 16 Par 5 - 410 yds SI 14 This left to right dogleg par five offers the longer hitters a birdie chance, but for high handicappers it often plays harder than the stroke index would suggest. Take an extra club for your approach when the pin is on the top tier.


Hole 10 Par 4 - 396 yds SI 5 Par 4 - 335yds SI 9 Pond to the left, trees to the right! From the gentlemen’s tee you need to shape your drive right to left but from the ladies tee it’s got to be straight down the middle! Consider laying up with your approach shot as missing this green presents all sorts of chipping challenges from the grassy hollows.

Hole 11 Par 4 - 424 yds SI 3 Par 5 - 412 yds SI 5

Hole 12 Par 3 - 166 yds SI 13 Par 3 - 117 yds SI 15

A long, straight par four from the gentlemen’s tee invites you to open your shoulders. Be mindful of the bunker 40 yards short of the green on your approach. As a par five for ladies and with a large flat green this hole is a good opportunity for birdie.

A classic par three with a wellprotected target. A short hole from the ladies tee means you can easily reach the green but a good tip here for all, is to club up as all the problems are short of the green.

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Course Tour

Hole 13 Par 4 - 414 yds SI 7 Par 4 - 340 yds SI 1 A generous fairway with a couple of strategically placed bunkers either side just to keep you concentrating. Stroll past the pretty pond to the ladies tee. The green is surrounded by some tricky mounds and a devilish pot bunker, a real James Braid feature that will test your short game!

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Hole 14 Par 4 - 279 yds SI 17 Par 4 - 276 yds SI 13 At under 300 yards, big hitters may be tempted to clatter a driver as close as you can, but beware; the hole becomes narrower the further up you go! Heather to the left and a fairway bunker to the right are well-placed to catch the ladies tee shots. A long, downward sloping green makes for a challenging putt.

Hole 15 Par 4 - 446 yds SI 1 Par 5 - 446 yds SI 3 This long par four justifies its position as stroke index one on the gentlemen’s card. A slight left to right dogleg, so stay left or you can easily become blocked out with your second shot. A par five on the ladies card but still a difficult hole, especially the drive through a narrow alley between trees and heather. Once you make the green, you’ll be rewarded with a large, receptive putting surface.


Hole 16 Par 3 - 166 yds SI 15 Par 3 - 156 yds SI 17

At first glance a fairly innocuous looking par three, but a cunningly-placed tree protects the left side of the green. A lengthways hollow towards the end of the fairway will gather up anything short, while the apron in front of the green will gather your ball towards the bunker on the right. If you hit the green, there’s a good chance of a birdie as the putts run straight and true.

Hole 17 Par 4 - 309 yds SI 11 Par 4 - 297 yds SI 7 Accuracy is key from the tee to avoid the bunker on the right and the mounds on the left of this narrow tree-lined fairway. Club up for your approach shot to reach this punch bowl green, but don’t go too long as there’s trouble at the back!

Hole 18 Par 5 - 512 yds SI 9 Par 5 - 448 yds SI 11

An excellent par five to finish on. The drive is through a chute of trees to a fairway that becomes wider the further you go. A forward tee for the ladies offers a chance to carry the road to the open fairway. Your second shot needs to favour the right hand side to give you the best approach. It may be your last hole of the day, but this green is tricky, so our final tip is don’t give any gimmies here!

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Course Management...

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id Herts Golf Course is one of the very few heathland courses in Hertfordshire and its unique character means that there is a need to conserve the unusual plants that are found on the course. The golf club was established on Gustard Wood Common, an area of land with nutrient-deficient, rapidlydraining soils that had been grazed by sheep. These features had led to the development of heathland and acid grassland that occur very rarely in Hertfordshire. Once grazing ended scrub quickly developed on the parts of the course that were not used as fairways and greens. Later, oaks and other trees grew and shaded out the rare and attractive flora that has been a feature of the common land. In 2014, and partly as a response to members who were concerned about the way we cared for wild life on Gustard Wood Common, the Greens Committee and Board of Management invited The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) to carry out a detailed survey of the course and then advise us on how best to manage the course both for the benefit of the members and the

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wildlife. Jody Wilson, the Course Manager, and his team had been caring for the course in ways that encouraged heather to spread more widely, the beautiful purple fescue grasses to be maintained and the rare juniper bushes to flourish. Now it is hoped that by following the detailed Conservation Management Plan produced by the HMWT we will promote that work even more successfully and encourage other rare heathland plant species to flourish, particularly in the rough areas of the course. One of the objectives of the management plan is to open up the areas of woodland by removing the smaller oaks. This will allow sunlight into the clearings and encourage rarer heathland and acid grasses to grow. It will also improve the wooded areas by allowing the larger trees to grow better. We plan to remove some of the trees on the edges of the woodland so that there is a gradual gradient from sunlight into areas of shadier woodland. This will encourage a wider variety of plant species to


...at Mid Herts flourish. The Management Plan has indicated places where we might increase the growth of heather. We have already seen that where the grass has been removed heather plants quickly start to grow of their own accord. Unfortunately heather is very vulnerable to damage by trampling so it has been necessary at times to protect our fragile heather stands from walking both by golfers and those who use the Common. Mid Herts is the only place in Hertfordshire where juniper shrubs grow naturally. Sadly many of them are in poor condition so we hope to find ways to propagate them and introduce new plants onto the course. During the summer of 2016 Tim Hill, the Conservation Manager

from the HMWT, led three early morning wildlife walks attended by our members and these were very informative and have helped them understand better what we hope to achieve at Mid Herts. We are at a very early stage in our conservation project, but already our course has appeared on the BBC Countryfile programme and our Course Manager and his team have been runners up in a nation-wide Golf Environment Award Scheme so we believe we are very much on the right track, caring for a valuable habitat as well as providing an attractive, enjoyable and challenging golf course at Mid Herts.

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Roll of Honour

Hannah Burke

One of the most successful players who started as a junior at Mid Herts is Hannah Burke, currently playing on the Ladies European Tour. Hannah finished second in the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open in 2013 and won her first European Tour title in 2015, the Tipsport Golf Masters in the Czech Republic. Hannah competed in her first US Women’s Open in 2016. Hannah is a frequent visitor to Mid Herts and founded the ‘Wolfdancer’ trophy, awarded at the Ladies Spring and Autumn meetings. Hannah remains an Honorary member of Mid Herts.

Tom Shadbolt

Tom Shadbolt’s golfing career started at Mid Herts aged nine. Tom quickly progressed to representing the Junior section and County Boys teams and men’s team selection then followed. During his amateur career, Tom won the 2009 Italian Amateur Championship and international caps, representing England against France. He then turned professional, qualifying for the Open in 2011.As a professional, Tom has travelled extensively around Europe and beyond on the Satellite Alps Tour, qualifying for the 2017 European Challenge Tour. He remains an Honorary member of Mid Herts.

Emmanuelle Hewson

One of the brightest young prospects in ladies golf is 14 year old Emmanuelle Hewson, who makes regular appearances in the Mid Herts Ladies scratch team. Emmanuelle had a very successful season last year in which she won the Cunningham Salver for the best aggregate performance in the County Junior Spring and Autumn meetings, coming 2nd on gross in both events. She was 1st in the County Girls’ Order of Merit for both scratch and handicap and has been selected for the England U16 regional training squad. Emmanuelle is definitely one to watch for the future!

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Membership

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o help us celebrate during our 125th anniversary year, you would be most welcome to join our thriving and friendly club. With outstanding golf club facilities coupled with a traditional heathland golf course featuring true, well-maintained greens, Mid Herts Golf Club is hard to beat! Mid Herts is unique in having four starting points on the course. This means that you don’t have to prebook a tee time; you just turn up and play from the correct starting tee. Not only does this keep play flowing smoothly, but it means that larger groups start and finish their round together, making it easy for everyone to enjoy a sociable drink or bite to eat after your game.

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In addition to our strong Men’s, Ladies, Seniors and Junior sections we have a new academy that includes lessons for those wanting to get into golf. There is also a healthy competition scene, swindles (roll-ups) on most days where you can just turn up and a social calendar of events providing the opportunity to meet new friends. If you need more convincing, then it’s worth knowing that Mid Herts is playable all year round, there are no temporary greens in the winter and only exceptional weather causes the course to be closed.


Some of the other advantages of joining Mid Herts include: • The course is challenging but easy walking • No need to pre-book tee times – just turn up and play at one of the four starting points • No temporary winter greens • There are no joining fees • Members under 40 years enjoy attractive rates • Swindles (rolls-ups) every day with an opportunity to meet other like-minded members • Reciprocal arrangements offering reduced rates at other local courses • Academy golf available for those wanting to get into the sport

• Excellent professional team for lessons and equipment • Well-stocked golf shop • Stylish clubhouse offering a wide range of food, drinks and social events • Bar card entitles members to a 15% reduction on bar prices We warmly welcome new members and look forward to greeting you.

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Golf Societies & Visitors

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id Herts Golf Club extends a warm and friendly welcome to all visiting golfers – whether individuals, groups, societies or corporate members. All visitors can look forward to an excellent round of golf followed by some exceptional clubhouse refreshments. Our aim is to give you an outstanding golfing experience from the moment that you arrive. That way we know you’ll want to come back – as many visitors and societies do! We have four starting points on the course and no requirement to book tee times which means the Professional Shop has great flexibility in getting members and visitors onto the course during each day. For individuals we always suggest calling ahead in case

there is a large competition or society heading off – but our aim is to maximise our members’, guests’ and visitors’ experience and opportunities to play golf. We have a number of society packages that can be tailored to suit your needs. Whether you want to play 18 or 36 holes, with anything from a light breakfast to a three course dinner, our society organiser can help to plan your perfect golf day.

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Social Activities

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here is always something going on at Mid Herts, from quiz nights to tribute bands, themed restaurant evenings, bridge, pilates, yoga and much more. Whatever your taste, you’re sure to find something to enjoy and it’s a great way to meet friends and make new ones. We have a thriving bridge section with a varied programme of events and matches. Ladies regularly meet to play bridge and they also run a league competition during the winter. Both the ladies and men field teams to play matches against other clubs in Hertfordshire. One evening a month there is mixed duplicate bridge and there are regular monthly relaxed

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social supper bridge events. Upstairs in the clubhouse is a large room specifically adapted for pilates and yoga, where classes are given by specialist instructors. After class, you can relax downstairs with friends over a coffee. For those that do not play golf but would like to enjoy many of the advantages of using the club, Social Membership is available. This enables you to enjoy all the club’s facilities, including delicious meals and snacks, with a 15% discount on drinks from the bar. You’ll soon discover that there’s much more to Mid Herts than just golf!


The Clubhouse

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warm welcome awaits you in our stylish, light and open-planned clubhouse. We offer smart, comfortable surroundings to sit back and enjoy the view out onto our fine course. The bar offers a wide variety of beers and wines to enjoy, or relax with a choice of different coffees and teas. When it comes to food we can offer a wide and varied selection of dishes from a classic carvery lunch to a fine range of Ă la carte dishes or for those who just want something light to eat you can always choose from our delicious daily menu. The clubhouse is the perfect venue, priced at highlycompetitive rates for private hire to suit all occasions.

We are experienced in arranging private parties, business meetings, wakes and wedding receptions. We hope to welcome you to the Club soon.

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Professional Shop & Services

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ob Leonard is the Head Professional at Mid Herts Golf Club and was a junior member at Mid Herts in the 1990’s. His successful amateur career included winning the Hertfordshire County Colts Championship three years running, the Roseberry Cup and the South of England Championship. Rob qualified as a Professional through the PGA programme whilst attached to Mid Herts under Head Professional Barney Puttick. Since turning professional in 2007 he has enjoyed some notable achievements including multiple Pro-Am victories, two East Region ‘Order of Merit’ wins and two Hertfordshire Professional Championships. Rob moved away from Mid Herts in 2013, gaining experience of running his own business as a Head Professional at Harpenden Common Golf Club. In 2016 Rob was successfully appointed Head Professional back at Mid Herts. Rob has great plans for Mid Herts. “I have re-developed the shop to offer a much wider selection of clothing and equipment” he said. “With my team, we hope to create a vibrant place for members and visitors alike. My team

includes: • Josh Emerton (Custom Fit Expert). Josh has worked with me for four years and holds the highest qualifications in custom fitting and equipment technology. He also offers a full range of services from regripping to custom ball analysis. • Charlie James (Academy Director). Charlie concentrates on both the shop and coaching. He has created a fun and exciting junior academy as well as a ladies academy. • Richard Stilwell (Teaching Professional). Richard is an enthusiastic professional who loves to coach all abilities and ages. Together we provide all your needs including coaching, club repairs, and a range of golfing amenities all at competitive prices”.

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How to Find Us

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id Herts Golf Club is located just outside Wheathampstead village centre and is within easy reach of both the M1 and A1 motorways. The club is approximately 20 minutes drive from junction 9 of the M1 and around 10 minutes from junction 4 of the A1. For satellite navigation purposes our postcode is AL4 8RS

Harpenden, follow along Redbourn Road, take the 2nd exit at the next roundabout, continue straight along Southdown Road to mini roundabout take 2nd exit, then first left onto Piggotts Hill Lane following the road into Wheathampstead. At the T junction turn left, drive through Wheathampstead village to the roundabout. Take the second exit and drive approximately 1 mile along Lamer Lane. Mid Herts Golf Club is on the left.

Driving North from London join the M1 at Junction 1 Brent Cross. Leave at Junction 9 following signs to A5 south to Redbourn roundabout. Take the first exit toward

Public Transport The nearest railway station is Harpenden which is approximately 3 miles from the club.

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Contact Us

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veryone at Mid Herts Golf Club is keen to welcome new members, visitors and guests, so come in and meet some of our current members, look around at our facilities and the clubhouse and why not take a tour of our amazing course.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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General Manager Kevin Whitehouse: 01582 832242 option 4 Course Manager Jody Wilson: 01582 839298 House Manager David Sedgman: 01582 839292 Professional Shop 01582 839294 Social Bookings 01582 839296 Professional Rob Leonard: 01582 839294

Mid Herts Golf Club Lamer Lane Gustard Wood Wheathampstead Hertfordshire AL4 8RS Tel: 01582 832242 Email: gm@mid-herts.co.uk Web: www.mid-hertsgolfclub.co.uk


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