Centurion Club opens its gates

The 17th at the Centurion Club. Picture by Kevin Murray

The 17th at the Centurion Club. Picture by Kevin Murray - Credit: Archant

THE Centurion Club was unveiled to the world this week.

The club’s 7,064-yard golf course has been described as a “modern classic” by the editor of Golf Monthly and it has created so much interest that membership sales are already ahead of target and that is only likely to accelerate now the Club is open for business.

“July 1 was a proud day for all of us,” confirmed managing director, Scott Evans, who, together with chairman Graham Wildish, and Dutch businessmen Bert Pronk and André Hendriks, purchased the property three years ago with the intention of turning it into one of the leading private members’ clubs in the south east of England.

“Over the last few months, the weather has not been conducive to putting the finishing touches to a golf course but everyone has worked very hard and we’re delighted with the results.

“We’ve also been very pleased with the feedback we have been receiving since our membership sales office opened last October,” he added.

“Interest in the Club is very high and membership continues to build at a pace.

“We always said that our location would be one of our biggest plus points and that has been borne out by the fact that we’ve been attracting members from north and central London, Middlesex and all over Hertfordshire.”

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Wildish, Pronk and Hendriks, all having extensive business backgrounds working in the pharmaceutical, construction and manufacturing industries while Scotsman, Evans, brings 25 years of experience in golf club management at the likes of Troon Golf Club in Arizona, Dubai Creek, Loch Lomond, Bearwood Lakes, The London Club and most recently Troon Golf Management, where he worked on several prestigious European projects.

One of the owners’ first decisions was to entrust acclaimed architect Simon Gidman, a former president of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects, with the task of building a top quality course and he has not disappointed.

The new course meanders through woodland and over parkland and provides golfers with breath-taking views over the scenic Hertfordshire countryside. Each hole has its own individual character while the par-5 18th hole is destined to become regarded as one of the most memorable finishing holes in golf.

“It is a course that will excite and test golfers in equal measure and will be quickly seen as a modern classic,” wrote Mike Harris, editor of Golf Monthly, and that opinion is shared by other leading golf journalists who have visited the site.

The club is currently offering three different memberships categories: Senate, Centurion and Corporate. Prospective members can contact the Club on 01442 510 520 to arrange a guided tour or visit www.centurionclub.co.uk for more information.