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Photos of the outside of the venue, and the room from two different angles; one shows the decorated wall with a swirly beige pattern, the other shows the windows and dividing wall plus a couple of large round tables with chairs, the fifth and final pictur

Venue View: Aldwickbury Park Golf Club

There's something about a golf club venue that I love. Obviously, they offer gorgeous grounds, and plenty of them; rambling fairways, water features, beautifully manicured greens, etc but there's something else too. This week I thought we would look at Aldwickbury Park Golf Club in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

Compared to some golf club venues, Aldwickbury Park Golf Club is relatively new. I've known about it for around 7 years but only really visited for the first time in 2018. The great thing about newer venues is that they're often built with functions in mind and this is one was very well though out. All the areas you'll need access to are on ground level and the function suite is adaptable depending on the size of your guest list. Smaller ceremonies and receptions can be accommodated for around 60-80 guests or you can opt for a wedding breakfast or evening reception for up to 250 people!

The driveway is stunning, so your guests get a great approach to the venue, and there is ample parking for your guests. If you chose to use a larger wedding car or even a coach/bus, the access to this venue should be easy enough. The entrance is welcoming enough and guests will easily find heir way to the function room. The bar is fantastic - it has wide enough variety for the fussiest of guests and it well laid out, but not intrusive to the space.

Because of the divide-able space I'm sure it would potentially be possible for smaller ceremonies and wedding breakfasts to be set up across the two areas, which gives you the opportunity to really go for decoration if you wish to. The main feature of either of these rooms is the sweeping views from the windows, which make a beautiful back drop to your vows and top table. And they lead out to a 'private' terrace - I say 'that' because obviously during the day the golf course is in use so nothing is 100% private until after the club closes to golfers.

What you've really got here is a main bar that the golfers use during the day and two adjoining rooms with dividing walls that can be retracted - a great example of planning for the functionality of the space/s when it was being built! Yes during the day you and your guests may need to walk past the golfers sat having their 18th hole drink but, you'll be well looked after and the regulars are a friendly enough bunch, at least that's what I've found.

Food here is nice enough, probably the style and price that you'd expect for this type of venue. There are definitely bargains to be had for off-peak weddings (a comparable venue comes in only slightly cheaper for the number of guests but here you get the added bonus of their in-house DJ). The superior package though includes a complimentary stay at the nearby Luton Hoo Hotel and a lot of other added extras! Not to worry though if that package is beyond your budget, they also offer evening reception only, or as I say you could opt for one of their off-peak dates.

Fully licensed for civil ceremonies and of course available for other events, Aldwickbury Park Golf Club is well worth adding to a shortlist of non-hotel venues X