Our guide to the best golf courses in the East Midlands sweeps across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire
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If a truly great golf course needs to be relentless in the quality of its 18 holes, then Woodhall Spa would likely be the recipient of the best inland course in England.
East Midlands, England, GB & Ireland and Value
Notts Hollinwell offers one of the finest examples of traditional heathland golf in Great Britain, rivalling many of the more famous Surrey courses of this style.
For many years the virtues of Sherwood Forest remained, for some reason, curiously uncelebrated. Now its demanding Harry Colt and James Braid design is rightly admired.
Packed with classic styles of holes – such as risk-and-reward par 5s and the the odd drivable par 4 – anyone who makes their way across the Lincolnshire Fens will be amply rewarded.
East Midlands, England, GB & Ireland, GB & Ireland Fun and Value
Home to some sensational green complexes that blend into the Derbyshire countryside, this is a special MacKenzie moorland design of rare subtlety.
Northants County is a an attractive and testing layout shaped by Harry Colt and James Braid. Watch out for the firm, sloping fairways and a collection of meaty par-4s.
England, GB & Ireland and East Midlands
Renowned for its firm fairways and quick greens, Luffenham Heath is a real thinking-man’s course and requires accuracy and good ball striking throughout the round.
This superb play-and-stay venue offers the perfect set up for a golf trip. The hotel and golf club are close together with all 27 holes starting and finishing at the clubhouse.
GB & Ireland
On the boundary of the National Trust's Clumber Park and Sherwood Forest, Worksop presents an excellently presented test of golf all year round.
It's not simply the site - found on one of the highest points of Nottinghamshire - that keeps Coxmoor flying high. The heathland charms, created by Tom Williamson and Len White, are captivating.