“ Crown Golf / Pay and play golf centre in Rickmansworth. „
I have been a keen follower of golf in recent years, and have been to a fair few pay & play courses and driving ranges, so I thought I'd try out this new Crown Golf centre built very near where I live. Its nice to have a good amount of pay & play courses in the local area, because as a casual golfer, membership fees to private clubs can be very high, and if you are looking for just a quick round there no place better than a good quality 9-hole pay & play.
Located on the main road between Rickmansworth and Moor Park (Batchworth Road/London Road), the Nine of Herts Golf centre is well signposted and easy to find. Being about a mile from Rickmansworth town centre, its a long walk so it would be an idea to get a cab from the station if travelling by train. I recommend visiting by car. It has a large free car park with plenty of space and seldom gets full up, although can be busy on weekends. The entrance to the car park is a little uneven, so care must be taken to avoid possible damage to your vehicle.
Weekday Green Fees for 1 player - £10 (Under 16's £5)
Weekend Green Fees for 1 player - £12 (Under 16's £7)
Weekday Green Fees for 2 players - £18
Weekend Green Fees for 2 players - £22
Weekday Green Fees for 3 players - £24
Weekend Green Fees for 3 players - £30
Basket of 25 balls for the range - £2.50
Basket of 50 balls for the range - £3.50
Trolley Hire - £2.50
Club Hire - £5.50
Shoe Hire - £3.50
--Range and Clubhouse--
The complex itself is a small and modest pay & play 9-hole Par 33 course with a 10 bay driving range. Being a new course, it sometimes takes time for it too 'grow in', but I must say I believe they have done an excellent job with this centre. It does have a bit of character about it, and feels unique in the way of how casual and comfortable it makes you feel, no matter what your skill level is. The clubhouse is a smallish wood-house style building, clean and comfortable, where you can pay more your golf. It has an outdoor viewing area for the range, and vending machines for your refreshments. Unfortunately their is no bar or hot food available. You can hire clubs, trolleys and shoes, and you can buy balls, tee's and other peripheral golfing items. The staff are very helpful and friendly, and all the environment is kept very clean and tidy to make for a very welcoming place, especially for a beginner.
The range is behind the clubhouse, but access to it with you clubs must be gained from going around. This range has a limited distance, and as such Drivers and Woods are not permitted for use, which is a shame. There are 4 covered bays, and the rest are uncovered, but all kept in good condition and have high quality mats.
The course itself is well designed, not too hard but then again not a literal 'walk in the park' (Hole 3 being particularly tough). It's very easy to navigate and find your way around, with good sign-posting all around the course pathways, and the quality of the fairways and greens is excellent for a municipal course. There are area's of rough which really are just trouble of your ball finds them, so it does challenge your somewhat. Some of the shrubbery and bushes have yet to grow to full size, so the course will become more challanging when they do. The bunkers are nicely cut, kept clean and most have rakes within them. The green fee's and range-ball charges are quite standard, so not overpriced in the least, I felt I got my monies worth, just, when I played there. The pricing to play the actual course is on the sliding scale, if more of you play, the cheaper it becomes.
Most pay & play courses do suffer from a degree of abuse due to 'some' types on clientèle they receive , and sometimes not all are kept as they should be. As a new course, it may be difficult to judge on weather this course keeps as well once it has grown in and seen many levels of golfers on it. On first experiences, is has rather average drainage, with some fairway becoming a little waterlogged, but the greens stay true and drain well. The groundsmen tend to buzz around a lot, and were certainly active around the course when I first visited.
In conclusion, an excellent place to pass a few hours golfing. I recommend this Golf Centre to anyone in the area if you like a bit of golf. Brilliant for a family day or catch-up with an old friend as well. Time will tell is it can be maintained to the high level it has started at, For now, good job Crown Golf.
For more information visit their website at http://www.9ofherts.co.uk/
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