The Heathland Experience
A cluster of five magnificent heathland courses in and around the area of Nottingham.
The Heathland Experience
A cluster of five classic heathland courses in and around the area of Nottingham.
Notts Golf Club, often known as Holinwell, is probably the best course in Midlands. Great holes which require a good imagination. A great test, with heather, gorse, bracken and pine in abundance. In great shape. A thorough clear out of trees and undergrowth has opened up this fine heathland.
It was soldier and poet Rupert Brooke that famously said ‘there’s some corner of a foreign field that is forever England.’ And while golf may have been the last thing on his mind it is here at Hollinwell, deep in the Nottinghamshire countryside, that you really get a feel for the meaning of that famous quote.
Many will have heard of Notts Golf Club as a ‘nice’ traditional heathland track but have never been dissuaded from the ‘accepted’ list of the UK’s best golf courses. Big mistake. This course is right up there with the likes of Woodhall Spa as one of the very finest inland courses around. From the moment you break out of the trees on the way in and spot the white clubhouse, welcoming you with smoking chimneys and traditional English fayre such as teacakes and bacon rolls, you know you’re in for a special day. And you are not disappointed. Set in the gently rolling hills at the heart of Robin Hood country in a natural valley within Kirkby Forest that fully utilises the natural undulating terrain, Hollinwell offers heathland golf at its very best.
Right up there with fellow East Midlands heathland heroes Notts and The Lindrick, Coxmoor has plenty of pedigree too: it’s been a regular Open qualifying venue and US Tour player Greg Owen and former Ryder Cupper Oliver Wilson are both honorary members. Make no mistake, a tough par-73 to crack and being about 600ft above sea level is exposed to the winds from the north and east. This classy club recently celebrated its centenary.
Sherwood Forest gives little away to Notts in terms of test of the long game or its condition. A heathland that can get fast-running in a dry summer and which is a match for much more illustrious inland names.
Even bandits will do well to survive in the heart of Robin Hood country. Majestically plotted between rows of silver birch, pine and oak trees standing proud in Clipstone Woods within the legendary Sherwood Forest itself, this track isn’t regarded as one of England’s finest heathland layouts for nothing. Indeed it's another slice heathland heaven at the heart of Robin Hood country and also touched by the hands of Colt and latterly Braid. The greens are quality and you’ll do well to negotiate all 94 bunkers!
Lindrick is an 18 hole championship heathland golf course, having hosted the Ryder Cup in 1957 and current host to the R&A Regional Open Qualifier. Lindrick is an excellent test for golfers of all standards - the greens are firm and fast, the course is open throughout the year. A major strength of the course is the winter playing conditions which are outstanding, with only the most severe frost or snow known to suspend play.
Woodhall Spa is home of the National Golf Centre, and is a 36 hole complex, including some of the finest practise and coaching facilities in the country. The original Championship Course measuring 7047 yards from the Championship tees and recently renamed the Hotchkin Course, is currently ranked 20th best course in the World by Golf World Magazine.
Coxmoor Golf Club
Coxmoor Road, SUTTON-IN-ASHFIELD, Nottinghamshire NG17 5LF
Found in the beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside, Coxmoor Golf Club has...
6,719 Yards Par 73
Lindrick Golf Club
Deep Carrs Lane, Lindrick Worksop, South Yorkshire S81 8BH
Lindrick is one of Britain’s finest inland golf...
6,606 Yards Par 71
Notts Golf Club
Derby Road Kirkby in Ashfield Nottinghamshire NG17 7QR
Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) is one of England’s...
7,250 Yards Par 72
Sherwood Forest Golf Club
Eakring Road, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 3EW
Sherwood Forest is one of the finest heathland golf courses...
- Sherwood Forest
6,806 Yards Par 70
Woodhall Spa Golf Club
The Broadway, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire LN10 6PU
The National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa, the Home of...
7,080 Yards Par 73
6,666 Yards Par 72