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Henley Golf ClubWelcome
HistoryAbout the Course
Course TourThe Team
JuniorsClubhouse & Restaurant
Corporate DaysReciprocal Arrangements
Open Competitions and Pro AmSocial Activities
The Professional TeamThe Pro Shop
TuitionHow to find us
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Set in the tranquil countryside of Oxfordshire, at Henley Golf Club you are always made to feel welcome whether you are looking for a relaxing days golf, searching for the ideal course for a society or looking for the right club to join.
Founded in 1907, Henley is a traditional members club, situated just a few miles from the M4 and the M40 and is widely acknowledged as one of the best clubs in the county.
As well as offering a demanding but enjoyable course, Henley Golf Club also has a long history of hosting golf societies, private functions, lunches, golf days, conferences and events.
We have all the facilities that a golfer would expect at a well-established club. The Pro Shop stocks a full range of equipment and also has clubs and trolleys available for hire.
Our refurbished clubhouse has excellent facilities including a bar, a restaurant and a lounge area where social and business functions take place throughout the year.
The club has competitive green fee rates and we welcome enquiries about membership. We aim to provide everyone with a enjoyable experience whether its on the golf course or in the clubhouse.
Henley Golf Club has a proud and storied history that dates back to the early 20th century, with the club having celebrated its centenary in 2007. Henley Golf Club was first thought of in 1905 by a small group interested in enhancing the towns status as it grew in tandem with the Great Western Railways expansion. W. Anker Simmons, C. Franklin Simmons, E.H. (Harry) Dee - three partners in Simmons and Sons and the Town Clerk, J.F. Cooper believed the existence of a course would increase local property values and help sell the many building plots on the market during the early years of the century.
In May 1905, 70 acres were purchased and in 1907 nine holes opened, with a further nine opening the following year. Mr D Stephenson, the then Professional at Princes Golf Club prepared plans, but James Braid is correctly credited with its design, as yardages of the course that opened bore no resemblance to the original plans.
Braid had, by the time Henley was opened, won The Open four times, winning again in 1910. Born in Fife, trained as a carpenter, he left Scotland in 1893 to work as a clubmaker for the Army and Navy Store. He, along with J.H. Taylor and Harry Vardon, golfs Great Triumvirate, dominated golf for 20 years up to the outbreak of the First World War. Vardon won the Open six times, Braid and Taylor five times each and were responsible for the forming of the Professional Golfers Association.
The match to celebrate the opening of the course took place on the 16th May 1908 between Braid and Rowland Jones. Braid scored a 77 in the morning round and 74 in the afternoon, beating Jones, both rounds taking two hours to play.
Over the years the course has changed, the 11th for example used to cross the road and was 320 yards in length - this was the case till 1964 when, due to increased traffic on Chalk Hill, the hole was changed to its current position.
Some holes have been lengthened as technology improved. During the period from 1998 till the present day, new Health and Safety requirements have been taken into account realigning holes 3, 9, 10 and 18 to keep stray balls away from roads. All the work carried out on the course, such as the reshaping of bunkers, is now done in the style of James Braid by our own greenkeepers. A full watering system was installed in 2004.
To mark the clubs centenary we published a book; Henley Golf Club A Centenary History 1907-2007 by Brian Law and Michael Herriot. It is a hardback volume of some 220 pages with lavish colour illustrations. It can be purchased from the Managers Office.
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about tHe Course
Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Henley Golf Club benefits from the natural drainage of a course built on chalk, and is widely acknowledged as one of the best courses in the area.
Designed by legendary golfer and golf-course architect James Braid, our attractive par-70 course measures 6,264-yards, offering a true test of golf.
The course features superbly contoured greens and a host of strategically placed bunkers. It is maintained year round to a high standard, with rarely the need for temporary tees and greens.
It is a course that will test your skills and your handicap. There are six par-3s and four par-5s and most of the remaining par-4s are either just under 400 yards or in excess of that figure.
The signature hole of the course is the par-3, 204 yard 16th, which requires an accurate tee shot onto the green, with a carry of 200 yards. However swirling winds can make this hole unpredictable.
Only 2 consecutive holes have the same par, the 4th and 5th are both par 4s: Other than that you are often reaching for a different club for your tee shots. The course has a fabulous mix of holes, some straight, some doglegs, some blind and some on slopes, no two rounds at Henley will ever be alike.
Henley is a challenge to single figure golfers who are always weighing up risk v reward shots and a fair test for the higher handicap player with holes forgiving enough to allow even a poor round to be enjoyable.
If you have never played at Henley Golf Club before you are in for a treat. Make the most of your trip by learning about some of the pitfalls that lie in wait and how to avoid them as you follow our hole-by-hole tour.Hole 1, 437 yards, par 4The opening hole is probably one of the most demanding first holes anywhere, mainly because of the length, left-to-right slope and prevailing wind. Get a par and it will feel like a birdie. Drive to the centre of the valley splitting the 1st and 18th fairways. Your second shot is best played inside the sighting grass trap on left as the slope will always kick the ball to the right towards the green. Dont miss the green right.
Hole 2, 159 yards, par 3The vast majority of players always leave the ball short on this hole in the most hazardous of bunkers. You must remember the hole is uphi