If you have some time to spare during your next visit to London, jump on the Tube and head over to Northwick Park. In this leafy neighborhood near Wembley Stadium on the city's northern outskirts, Peter McEvoy, a veteran Walker Cupper and two-time British Amateur champ, has designed a six-hole layout that's meant to be played in an hour. The Majors Golf Course, which opened officially this spring, pays homage to the game's four major championships plus the Ryder and Walker Cups. This quirky design consists of four par threes and two par fours, ranging from 118 to 368 yards. Each draws its inspiration from one or more famous holes at fabled courses. Number one, the "U.S. Open" hole, is a long par three with a bunker in the middle of the green, evoking the sixth at Riviera. Fancy a taste of British links golf without leaving the capital?With a little imagination, you'll get it at the fifth hole, which has two different greens: Play to the lefthand one and you're on the twelfth at Royal Birkdale, with its small green flanked by bunkers and rough; play to the right and you're on Royal Troon's "Postage Stamp" eighth. The Majors may never arouse the love of purists, but its conditioning rivals that of any country club, and the surrounding sports complex includes a driving range, a short-game practice area and a rollicking mini-golf course. Sure beats shopping on Oxford Street on a manic Saturday afternoon.
Majors Golf Course at Northwick Park Watford Road Harrow, Middlesex; 011-44/2088-642-020, northwickpark.com. Greens Fees: $28$53. Architect: Peter McEvoy.