Bondhay Golf Club

Nottinghamshire

  • Par 72
  • 6871 Yds

If you like your golf to be challenging then Bondhay will be your kind of place, a course where you must be on your game from the very start.

Originally designed by Donald Steel in 1990, it has matured into a parkland track that will frustrate and delight in equal measure courtesy of its plentiful bunkers and cunningly placed ponds.

Adopting the right strategy here is a must, knowing when to hold back and when to gamble, as one false move could cost you dearly. 

Accuracy from the tee is also of paramount importance as over 100 bunkers lurk beside its undulating greens and bottleneck fairways that are lined by wispy rough and small trees.

Length is certainly an advantage, but that is not to say that shorter hitters cannot prosper here as a sense of positioning will allow you to celebrate the fruits of your labour, more so on the feature holes that have a strong theme of water surrounding them.

Bondhay is certainly moving up in the world and is no longer overshadowed by its more famous neighbours of Lindrick and Worksop.

In fact, European Tour players and local boys such as Lee Westwood and Danny Willett now have an association with the club. Westwood’s junior Golf Academy visit Bondhay, while Willett, a former junior member, has given his support to the inaugural Danny Willett Junior Championship.

Originally designed by Donald Steel in 1990, it has matured into a parkland track that will frustrate and delight in equal measure courtesy of its plentiful bunkers and cunningly placed ponds.

Top Holes, by Will Spence, staff writer:

10th 400 yards, par 4

From the tee this hole is not too daunting, despite out of bounds running down the left, and anything from a fairway wood to a long iron can get you away. The line is the two bunkers that frame the fairway on the right, but it is your approach over a large lake that will get the nerves jangling. The large green is protected by bunkers so play for the centre of the green.

11th 138 yards, par 3

As the signature hole, this par 3 goes to prove that good things come in small packages. A network of ponds front a narrow green that is also protected by three bunkers – a combination that will have your heart in your mouth waiting for your ball to land. The key is to take note of the wind and remember that too much club is better than not enough.

18th 544 yards, par 5

The closing hole here has been tweaked a few times over the years. One pond splits the fairway at around 350 yards, another protects the front of an elevated green, with a third 60 yards back on the left.

Should you get a good drive away you will be left with the possibility of three options. Lay up before the first pond, carry the first pond and leave your approach short of the green, or attempt to carry the lot and go for broke. Whichever you choose, it makes for a thrilling end.

Address

Bondhay Lane
Whitwell
Worksop
Nottinghamshire
S80 3EH

Telephone

01909 723 608
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