The Courses

A tale of two courses

Set within the opulent surroundings of the Brocket Hall Estate, our two championship standard golf courses sit beautifully in 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 exceptionally 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 Melbourne Course


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 course.

The course provides an enjoyable challenge in stunning surroundings, crossing the River Lea on four 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.

The Capibility Brown inspired parkland can truly be experienced in the Melbourne course, with the sweeping lawns, clumps of well placed trees and meandering river, challenging golfers to think about each and every shot.

The Palmerston Course


Regarded as something rather special by its famed English architects Donald Steel & Martin Ebert, this course is one of the finest that they 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 500 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 best courses in England.

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Did you know?

Martin Ebert graduated from Cambridge University, where he studied engineering. He was soon offered a position to assist Donald Steel in 1990. A member of The R&A, Ebert professes to being inspired by the work of Harry Colt, Alister MacKenzie and Seth Raynor among others.

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Brocket Hall

Brocket Hall Estate, an exclusive and unique venue for golf, corporate events, weddings and parties, is fully staffed with professional butlers discreetly anticipating your every whim and a team of chefs delivering the highest culinary standards.

quintessentially English Country Estate