Notts (Hollinwell)

Notts (Hollinwell)

Notts (Hollinwell) Golf Club

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Those who find their way to Notts Hollinwell know they have arrived at a special place from the moment they turn the final bend on the long driveway to the club and see a magnificent view of the course and imposing clubhouse ahead of them. 

Set in the rolling hills of North Nottinghamshire in the heart of Robin Hood County, Notts offers one of the finest examples of traditional heathland golf in Great Britain, rivalling many of the more famous Surrey courses of this style.
The club has hosted many top amateur events, including the English Amateur and the Brabazon Trophy on four occassions each There are few sterner tests in England playing from the Championship blocks – 7,250 yards with an SSS of 76 against a par of 72.
Visitors generally play from the yellow tees, still over 6,600 yards, but are allowed, upon request, to play from the members’ white tees, from where the course measures 6,900 yards.
The club also hosts two popular team Am-Am events in the summer and autumn and the major individual Scratch Open is the Hollinwell Trophy (a mid-amateur event for over 35 years) played over 36 holes from the championship plates. Entry forms for all these events are available on the website or via the club.
For all those visiting Hollinwell for the first time, it is likely to become an annual pilgrimage, as you will want to return time and again in the future. Notts offers one of the finest examples of traditional heathland golf in Great Britain, rivalling many of the more famous Surrey courses of this style.

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A Brief History of Notts (Hollinwell) Golf Club

Notts Golf Club, also known as Hollinwell, is one of the oldest and most prestigious golf clubs in England. Notts Golf Club was founded in 1887, making it one of the earliest golf clubs in the United Kingdom. The club's first course was located in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire. It was a 9-hole layout designed by renowned golf course architect and player, Willie Park Jr.

In 1901, the club moved to its current location at Hollinwell in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. The move was prompted by a desire to have a larger and more challenging course.

The legendary golf course architect, Harry Colt, was commissioned to redesign the course at Hollinwell in 1901. His redesign created the iconic and challenging layout that is still enjoyed today. Colt's design incorporated the natural landscape and the unique terrain of the area, including the distinctive heathland and sandy soil that characterizes the course.

Over the years, Notts has hosted several prestigious tournaments, including the English Amateur Championship and the Brabazon Trophy. These events have brought some of the best amateur golfers to the Hollinwell course.

The course at Hollinwell has undergone several renovations and updates over the years, but the essential character and challenges designed by Harry Colt have been preserved. Notts Golf Club is not only a testament to the enduring appeal of golf but also a historical treasure in the world of golf course architecture. Its combination of natural beauty and challenging design has made it a cherished destination for golfers for well over a century.

Notts (Hollinwell) Golf Club Review | NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Courses

The Hollinwell course is one of England's most undervalued courses. The variety of its course design and picturesque framing of heather and trees set it apart from other UK courses. 

The back nine holes, particularly, are praised for their quality of play and demand of skill from the golfer. Despite its challenges, Notts is one of the top golf courses in England and a delight to play.

Top Holes

3rd - 547 yards, par 5:
Downhill all the way, long hitters will fancy their chances of making birdie, especially if they can get their drive over the crest of the hill. The approach is played towards the clubhouse to an inviting green.

13th - 241 yards, par 3:
The final short hole and also the longest. From the elevated tee you have a fine view of the green below (pictured). Club up to avoid the bunkers at the front.

15th - 439 yards, par 4:
Notts is famed for its long par 4s and they don’t come any harder, or better, than this one. Uphill all the way, if the drive seems hard then wait for the second, which must find a raised green that sits in the hillside. 

What practice facilities are there at Notts (Hollinwell)?

Notts Golf Club offers high quality practice facilities to members, guests and visitors, such as their 300-yard grass and all-weather driving range.

Furthermore, they have a short-game area, practice net, pitching area and putting green to offer the widest range of possibilities for golfers to hone their abilities.

What are the green fees at Notts (Hollinwell)?

The green fees at Notts (Hollinwell) vary throughout the year, with a low of £85 in the winter (December to March) and a high of £175 during the summer (June to September).

All visitors are required to show their valid handicap certificate before playing on the course and are expected to follow to the dress code of Hollinwell as clearly outlined on their website.

Where is Notts (Hollinwell) Golf Club located?

Notts (Hollinwell) Golf Club is situated in the heart of Nottinghamshire. The towns of Mansfield and Kirkby-in-Ashfield are within a couple of miles from Hollinwell.

The venue is located just 20 miles from East Midlands Airport, which provides international flights around the world. Manchester Airport is within 70 miles, providing more choice for the international visitor to Hollinwell.

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