New facilities at Essendon Country Club golf course

Essendon golf course

Essendon golf course - Credit: Archant

Golfers at a village course will soon benefit from a new-state-of-the-art practice ground.

The short game course is being built at Essendon Country Club in Bedwell Park.

It is the latest investment at the complex since the Griffin family took over in late 2011, and will be open by the end of the summer.

“The short-game facility, to be built from scratch, will members and visitors to hone their skills in close proximity to the first tees of both the Old and the New Course,” said a spokesman.

“This completes the club’s long-term commitment to providing the finest and most complete golf offering in the county.

“It follows the recent openings of a contemporary driving range and high-tech swing studio in 2014 and 2015 respectively.”

Owner Kieran Griffin told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I’m delighted to finally announce yet further development plans within a club that we are extremely passionate about.

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“At Essendon, we’re committed to continuous improvement. Our aim is always to provide our members with a premium experience and with these developments, this is now the case across the board.”

Further 2016 investment includes a redesign of the New Course’s closing hole, transforming it from a par-4 to a “risk-reward” par-5.