A review of our Women & Golf event on 8 July at The Melbourne Club, Brocket Hall

Women & Golf held a golf day at The Melbourne Club at Brocket Hall in the lovely Hertfordshire countryside this month. Teeing it up at The Melbourne Course, 64 players competed on a beautiful sunny day in picturesque surroundings.

Golf at The Melbourne Club

Brocket Hall, 1st tee, 18th green, Broadwater Lake at The Melbourne Club

At the heart of the Brocket Hall Estate, The Melbourne Club offers world class golf facilities in an iconic setting.

Brocket Hall was built in 1760. Once home to two British Prime Ministers and a favourite country retreat for royalty. The two courses are named after the Prime Ministers who used to live here: William Lamb (2nd Viscount Melbourne) and Henry John Temple (3rd Viscount Palmerston).

The Melbourne course was the first course to be laid out in the grounds of Brocket Hall. Designed by Peter Alliss and Clive Clark, it opened for play in 1992. Many people believe that this is one of the finest designs from BBC television's voice of golf. The layout follows the natural contours of the undulating 18th century parkland and the course belies its tender age.

First & 10th Tee Photocall

It was great to welcome back some familiar faces and say hello to players who were attending their first Women & Golf event.

It really was a geographically diverse playing field - teams from 27 clubs and 13 counties competed including Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Kent, Middlesex, Suffolk & Surrey.

Diane from Ashley Wood in Dorset takes the accolades for furthest distance travelled (130 miles)!

Sarah, Tina & Kathy
Lindsay, Kathryn & Lisa
Karen, Paula, Suzie & Alli
Sheila, Jude, Hazel & Linda
Theresa, Georgina, Mandy & Lesley
Clare, Sue, Sue & Diane
Stephanie, Annie, Jackie & Anne
Valrie, Pat, Kiran & Cherry
Ros, Brenda, Judy & Jackie
Sally, Mary & Helen
Dot, Kerry & Dawn
Karen, Karen, Emma & Diane
Di, Tracey, Lynn & Karen
Ronnie, Val, Judy, Gerda
Selma, Patricia, Julia & Treasa
Jan, Tina, Karen & Jan
Catherine, Rita, Danielle & Namiko

A ferry ride to finish

Brocket Hall & 18th green at The Melbourne Course

The 18th Hole of The Melbourne Course can be the ruination of many a good scorecard. Delighted by a beautiful vista of Brocket Hall, your mind quickly turns to the watery expanse in front of you. Many players thought long and hard about laying up. Many a ball splashed and crashed.

Fortunately, the players were treated to a calming ferry ride across the Broadwater Lake to compensate.

A ferry ride across Broadwater Lake to the 18th green at the Melbourne Course
Find yourself on a ferry in the gallery at the foot of the page

After Golf in the Oak Room at the Melbourne Club

Buffet lunch in the Oak Room at The Melbourne Club

The players enjoyed a beautifully presented late buffet lunch (with a selection of enticing desserts) in the Oak Room. The room overlooks the putting green and Broadwater Lake. You can also see the picturesque Auberge du Lac restaurant across the water.

After the round, the players commented what a tough challenge the course was but very enjoyable with magnificent views and the course in amazing condition.


Women & Golf prize table in the Oak Room at The Melbourne Club

The prizes were kindly provided by our fantastic sponsors Duca del Cosma, J.Lindeberg, Motocaddy, Röhnisch, Arccos, Slingsby Gin and Seed Golf.

🏆 1st - Duca del Cosma shoes & glove worth £220

🥈 2nd - J.Lindeberg outfit worth £200

🥉 3rd - Motocaddy Club Series golf bag worth £159

🏅 4th - Röhnisch outfit worth £150

🏅 5th - Arccos shot tracker sensors worth £140

⛳ Nearest the Pin, Gets the Gin - Slingsby bottle of gin

🏌️‍♀️ Longest Drive - Dozen Seed Golf balls

There were some great scores considering the difficulty of the course and the lightning-fast greens.

Almost all of the field had not played there before and everyone said "they needed to come and play it again!".

No-one bettered their handicap which shows what a challenge it was.

The individual winners were as follows:

🏆 1st Paula Offer from Cambridge Country Club with 34 points wins a pair of Duca del Cosma & matching glove

Kim with Paula from Cambridge Country Club in the Oak Room at The Melbourne Club

🥈2nd Kathie Mabberley from Littlestone GC with 31pts (CB) wins an outfit from J.Lindeberg

Kim with Kathie from Littlestone GC in the Oak Room at The Melbourne Club

🥉3rd Karen Taylor from Redlibbets GC with 31pts wins the Motocaddy Club Series golf bag

Kim with Karen from Redlibbets GC in the Oak Room at The Melbourne Club

🏅4th Helen Constantinou from Essendon GC with 30pts (CB) wins an outfit from Rohnisch

Kim with Helen from Essendon GC in the Oak Room at The Melbourne Club

🏅5th Mary McDowall from Mill Hill GC with 30pts (CB) wins the Arccos shot tracker sensors

Kim with Mary from Mill Hill GC in the Oak Room at The Melbourne Club

Also worth mentioning is that fact that it was a day of countbacks (CB). 2nd & 3rd place was decided on countback. Five players came in with 30 points, so commiserations to Diane, Tracey and Namik who missed out on 4th & 5th prizes.

Other winners on the day were:

KIm & Linda from Felixstowe Ferry GC in the Oak Room at The Melbourne Club
⛳ Nearest the Pin, Gets the Gin - Linda from Felixstowe Ferry GC wins a bottle of Slingsby Gin
Kim with Helen from Essendon GC in the Oak Room at The Melbourne Club
🏌️‍♀️ Longest Drive - Helen from Essendon GC wins a dozen Seed golf balls

Goody Bags

Women & Golf goody bag at The Melbourne Club
Women & Golf goody bag

An integral part of any golf day, each player took away a goody bag containing a W&G shoe bag and shoehorn.

Thanks to Seed Golf for a sleeve of golf balls, St Andrews Bakery for the salted caramel protein snack golf balls, Eucerin for the suncreen and Sundog for the sunglasses. Unfortunately,there was not much sun in evidence but its always good to wear sunscreen even when the clouds are out.

Thank you

Kim & Jane wearing their Pure Golf team outfits and Duca del Cosma shoes on the 1st tee Melbourne Course
Thank you so much to all the players who came to support our golf day at The Melbourne Club at Brocket Hall. What a wonderful day! Everyone had a lovely time and here are a few comments below - there's more on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.

Kim & Jane

Kim & Jane are sporting their 2024 Pure Golf team outfits (Peardrop Sapphie) & Duca del Cosma shoes (Padova for Kim, Belize for Jane).

Thoughts from the players

Kathie xx
Jackie x
A wave goodbye on the ferry at The Melbourne Course

Until next time...

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A calming ferry ride

Ferry across Broadwater Lake at The Melbourne Club
Brocket Hall, 1st tee, 18th green and Broadwater Lake at The Melbourne Club
Brocket Hall, 1st tee, 18th green and Broadwater Lake