Designer Golf Days
15 Kiln Close
Tel: 01296 733905
LocationWare, Hertfordshire (2 miles north of Hertford, 45 minutes from Heathrow)
GolfThere can be few more golfing venues in Europe where old and new combines so successfully than at historic Hanbury Manor in Hertfordshire. The magnificent 'old' part is the site itself, which since the 19th century has been dominated by a Jacobean-style mansion and its wonderful grounds, which originally included a nine-hole parkland course designed by the legendary Harry Vardon.
The 'new' is the conversion of the estate into Hanbury Manor Golf and Country Club. The hotel's restoration has given visitors an elegant five-star country house hotel with outstanding facilities whilst outside the land has been redesigned into an 18-hole championship-length golf course.
The course is unsurprisingly American-style, as its designer was Jack Nicklaus II. Nicklaus junior took the best of the original Vardon course, together with former meadowland to produce a new course that not only looks beautiful but plays superbly too.
Hanbury Manor has hosted a number of major professional events, including the Women's European Open in 1996 and the Men's European Tour's English Open from 1997 to 1999 won by Per Ulrik Johannson, Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke respectively.
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