HIGHGATE COURSE – 6,703 yards (Medal Tees) – Par 72 SSS 74
A Regional Open qualifying course and the host to many more prestigious events over the years, shortly to include the English Senior Women’s Amateur Championship this May.
The Highgate has developed from a pure heathland track in its inception into the seamless mixture of heathland and woodland present today. The club, in line with current ecological ideals are currently working on a heathland regeneration in certain areas.
MG ambassador and Enville member Neil White gives us a brief description of his favourite holes.
“The Highgate welcomes you with a relatively straight forward par-5 which settles you into your round although any shots gained can be quickly given back on the 214yd par-3 second which ramps up the difficulty and is worthy of its low stroke index.
Steel yourself for Highgate’s SI 1 hole, the long; slightly uphill par-4 6th often plays into the prevailing wind to a semi-blind green surrounded by trouble. Many would happily take five and move on.
As we head deeper into wooded territory a further par-5 opens up the back nine and offers a good chance of par before you are faced with a stretch of three really tough par-4s, all requiring accurate playmaking if there is any chance of you getting your par. None more so than the double dog-leg twelfth, that at 425yds requires two of your days best if you are to find the plateau green.
For many, the 16th (bottom right) is Highgate’s most memorable hole. 215yds over water from an elevated tee, there is option to bail out left for those not able to take on the carry although those who do face an awkward pitch into a green that slopes away from them. A par here is a great score.”