We head to two regions packed fill of quality golf courses
We take a look at some of the must play golf courses in East Midlands and East Anglia to help you plan your next golf trip.
Golf courses in East Midlands & East Anglia
Constructed around the woodland of Riggots Plantation, Chesterfield has seven holes to the east and 11 to the west, with the two sections boasting different characteristics. There is a natural feel throughout and the Birdholme Brook meanders its way through the 11 holes on the western side and can cause problems if getting out of position. Chesterfield will be hosting the England Golf Midland Men’s County Championship on June 22. The best amateur talents spanning from 10 different counties will come together to compete for the title which European Tour winner Andy Sullivan won at the venue in 2008.
For more information visit the Chesterfield website.
Oakmere Park, Nottinghamshire
MacKenzie and Ebert teamed up to make alterations to both of the tracks at Oakmere. The 9-hole Commanders has seen layout changes with three completely new greens. The Admirals course has undergone an even larger transformation with green surrounds having been re- landscaped, all bunkers rebuilt and new layouts created at the 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th holes.
For more information visit the Oakmere Park website.
Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
A traditional heathland course is on offer at Sherwood Forest. The 18-hole track is designed by Harry Colt, the architect behind this year’s Open Championship venue Royal Portrush. The venue features some of the finest greens in the Midlands and encompasses a challenging back nine. With this in mind, you’ll want to get off to a quick start and score well on the opening holes which sit in front of the clubhouse.
For more information visit the Sherwood Forest website.
Located on the lower slopes of Charnwood Forest, close to the town of Loughborough, Longcliffe has a lot to offer. First opened in the early 1900s, there is plenty of history behind the club and the par-72 parkland course has remained largely unchanged. The track begins with a par 3 that plays 179 yards from the white tees, making for a challenging but compelling start.
For more information visit the Longcliffe website.
Kilworth Springs, Leicestershire
With USGA specifications greens, the par-72 layout designed by renowned local architect, Ray Baldwin, has only been in existence since 1993 but is a mature course by nature. The two nines offer differing challenges with a traditional links style on the front and plenty of water on the back. The 6th and 18th are the signature holes, with the latter featuring a raised green and water to negotiate.
For more information visit the Kilworth Springs website.
Located at the historic Harrowden Hall, Wellingborough dates back to 1893. The current course began to be constructed in 1972 and was completed three years later. The venue is a regular host of high-quality tournaments, including PGA and county events. The parkland course has been constantly improved upon and in 2017 a major refurbishment of all bunkers was carried out.
For more information visit the Wellingbrough website.
Notts has been in existence since 1887 and moved to its current site in Hollinwell in 1901. Wille Park Jnr was brought in to design the 18-hole track and his contributions helped shape the future for this inland course. Notts Hollinwell has been announced by the R&A as one of only four venues for Final Qualifying alongside The Renaissance, Prince’s and St Anne’s Old Links. Final Qualifying is on July 2.
For more information visit the Notts website.