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Enfield Golf Course Enfield
   
Summary: Enfield Golf Course is, with Bush Hill Park Golf Course, a fragment of Old Park estate, the former park of Enfield Manor or Palace, which was a Royal property pre-dating Enfield Chase and the Domesday survey of 1086. On his restoration to the throne in 1660, Charles II granted Old Park to General George Monck and in succeeding years the 225 hectare estate passed through many owners, part of it becoming Enfield Golf Course in the C20th. Enfield Golf Club was established in 1893. The moated site of the keeper's lodge is within the grounds, through which the Salmon's Brook runs. Old Park Farm existed on the east boundary near the golf club house until the 1960s.
'Enfield-Old-Park, the Seat of Edward Ford Esq. JP', reproduced from Edward Ford, 'A History of Enfield in the County of Middlesex', 1873
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'Enfield Golf Club & Links', postcard c.1925. Enfield Local Studies Centre and Archive
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Previous / Other name: Old Park, Enfield Manor/Palace; Chase Side House Estate
Site location: Old Park Road South, Enfield
Postcode: EN2 7DA > Google Map
Type of site: Private Open Land
Date(s): C15th; golf course: early C20th
Designer(s): James Braid (golf course)
Listed structures: SAM: Moated site of Keeper's Lodge
Borough: Enfield
Site ownership: Enfield Golf Club
Site management: Enfield Golf Club
Open to public? Partially
Opening times: private, but visitors welcome, call the Pro Shop for details on 020 8363 3970
Special conditions: Dress code smart casual
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport: Rail: Enfield Chase then bus. Bus: 313
'Enfield-Old-Park, the Seat of Edward Ford Esq. JP', reproduced from Edward Ford, 'A History of Enfield in the County of Middlesex', 1873
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'Enfield Golf Club & Links', postcard c.1925. Enfield Local Studies Centre and Archive
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The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2011
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.enfieldgolfclub.co.uk

Fuller information:

Enfield Golf Course is, with Bush Hill Park Golf Course (q.v.), on part of what was formerly Old Park, a Royal property pre-dating Enfield Chase and the Domesday survey of 1086. The moated site of the keeper's lodge remains within the golf course grounds. On his restoration to the throne in 1660, Charles II granted the Old Park Estate to General George Monck, Duke of Albermarle, in recognition of his support. Since that time the then 225 hectare estate passed through many owners, part of it becoming Enfield Golf Course in the early C20th. Until the late C19th the area was still largely fields, with Old Park Farmhouse to the east, although houses were beginning to be built to the north east, south of Windmill Hill, as the town of Enfield grew.

The golf course is marked on the OS map of 1913, with a pavilion near the Old Park Farm enclave of buildings, the latter remaining until the late 1960s when it was built up as streets. The golf course was designed by the former Open Champion, James Braid (1870-1950), who also designed or consulted on many golf courses, including Romford, Finchley, Sundridge Golf Courses (q.q.v.). Laid out on undulating countryside, dotted with trees, the parkland setting has tree lined fairways and superb greens, with the Salmons Brook winding its way through the heart of the course. The Moat is at the back of the 17th green. Although private, there are views from the entrance on Old Park Road South looking down the valley, and from Salmon's Brook, which has a footpath running along it.

Sources consulted:

Victoria County History; Revd George Hodson (Church History) and Edward Ford (General History), 'A History of Enfield in the County of Middlesex including its Royal and Ancient Manors, the Chase and the Duchy of Lancaster, with Notices of its Worthies, and its Natural History, Etc. Also an account of The Church and the Charities, and a History of the New River' (Enfield Press, printed by J H Meyers, 1873); David Pam 'The Story of Enfield Chase', Enfield Preservation Society, 1984
Grid ref: TQ316963
Size in hectares:
   
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
No
 
The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.
On Local List:
In Conservation Area: No
Conservation Area name:
Tree Preservation Order: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: Yes - Borough Importance (south tip)
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: Yes
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: Wildlife Corridor; Green Chain. Included in Local Register of Historic Parks and Gardens
   

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