Residents of Croxley were confused recently after finding that a walking route through West Herts Golf Club had been shut off.
There was a debate on the Croxley Green Facebook group as to whether the path that had been shut off was a public right of way and whether the golf course had acted in the correct way.
West Herts Golf Club provided a statement to CroxleyNews regarding which paths through the course are suitable for public use.
A spokesperson said: “As the leaseholders of the course and grounds at West Herts Golf Club we take our responsibility to manage the security and safety of our property seriously and will always adhere to the terms of our lease with our landlord Watford Borough Council.
“In accordance with the public rights of way records and the clubs lease there are only two official public rights of way that cross the golf course which is private property not public land. These footpaths run across the course east to west, from Cassiobury Park to both Jacketts Hill and Whippendell Woods.
“The club welcome local residents to utilise the official footpaths that cross the course but must ensure the safety of both walkers and golfers. The use of unofficial footpaths puts a risk of the walker being struck by a golf ball, particularly where golfers cannot see walkers.
“It is important that these measures are taken now, even with the golf course closed, as we have seen a significant increase in the numbers of people walking on the course due to lockdown restrictions and it is important that the influx of new walkers on and around the club property are aware of what routes are permitted for walking so that when golf returns all visitors can enjoy the property safely.”