Set within the opulent surroundings of the Estate our two championship standard golf courses sit beautifully into the 18th Century parkland. The courses are appropriately named after the Prime Ministers who once resided at Brocket Hall, Lord Palmerston and Lord Melbourne. Both are quintessentially British in design, but at the same time offer a completely different challenge for golfers of all abilities. They are immaculately maintained allowing them to remain open all year round, with no winter greens even on the coldest of days.
Together, they are two of the finest golf courses in England and provide the perfect backdrop for the tournaments and golf days that fill the social calendar. Both courses regularly play host to professional and members' tournaments as well as Pro-Am tournaments where our members can meet and play with professionals from around the world.
The par 72 Melbourne Course was opened in June 1992 and is the handiwork of design duo and former Ryder Cup golfers Peter Alliss and Clive Clark. Both Alliss and Clark have spent many years excelling in various areas of the golf industry, and their encyclopaedic knowledge of the game shines through as soon as you set foot on the first tee.
The course provides an enjoyable challenge in stunning surroundings, crossing the River Lea on several occasions as you follow the natural contours of the Estate, before a memorable finish in front of the Hall after a short ferry ride to the 18th green.
Regarded as something rather special by its famed English architect Donald Steel this course is one of the finest that he has created. The Palmerston is frequently held up as a perfect example of a top quality golf course created with minimum intrusion to the site.
In contrast to the Melbourne on the tree lined Palmerston you don't have to contend with the river at all, instead the Estate's ancient woodland of rare Hornbeam, Scots and Corsican Pine and 300 year old Oak trees create some of the most spectacular hazards likely to be encountered on a golf course. Teamed with fiendishly placed bunkers and large undulating greens this challenging par 73 is a great test and is rightfully rated as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in the UK.
The Palmerston is ranked 94 in the Top 100 courses on Today's Golfer.