Top UK Golf Courses In The UK - East Midlands
October 31, 2018
Welcome back to our trip around the UK in the search for the best golf courses this country has to offer and this month we are putting our focus on the East Midlands.
The East Midlands is home to more than 4.5 million people, however, despite the fact that the region is really easily accessible from London, it’s really not on the mainstream tourist trail like the South West is. But this doesn't stop us golfers from travelling to have a play on at least on these golf courses.
Notts Golf Club
This course plays across the wonderfully undulating ground where a few of the fairways sweep through the wooded hillsides and where others will run through fern, heather and gorse clad valleys. The course feels pretty much like heathland where the soil is sandy and the turf is pretty springy, but don't let that fool you as it also has a moorland flavour with a touch of woodland too. This course is very attractive and just gets better as you work your way through the holes. It is also worth mentioning all the hard work and a great deal of effort is being put into encouraging the heather to return to its former glory.
Sherwood Forest Golf Club
The royal hunting forest of Sherwood in the very middle of the country is world famous as the legendary home of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Sherwood Forest is also just as an important home of the Sherwood Golf Club.
The course has undergone major changes over the years and looks very different from its original layout. The back nine holes is very isolated with each one being through trees. The first few are a lot more open and has a heathland feel, but there is no doubt that Sherwood Forest is set on a superb golfing terrain and it’s also a supreme test of golf.
Originally founded in 1895, Seacroft Golf Club started out initially as a nine-hole course and was later extended to an 18 hole. The course begins in the pleasant suburbia and immediately the scene is set. Apart from hitting just straight, you will need to score well on each of the four excellent short holes. The 12th hole named “Island”, is a cracking par three and it measures 210 yards and invariably plays directly into the teeth of the prevailing wind! Seacroft is certainly off the beaten track and lets' face it Skegness isn't the holiday destination it once was, but a visit to this amazing understated links will certainly life your soul that's for sure.
Northamptonshire County Golf Club
If Northamptonshire County Golf Club was located a little closer to London, it would not only be well known but make a regular ranking of the British top 100 courses.
This course is rather unique with three extra holes, the greens here are very true with some difficult pin positions available and the whole course is always very well presented.
For many years now the course has been used as a regional open qualifying venue and has staged many tournaments and championships. This is a course with a very good pedigree and offers a great golfing challenged any time of the year as it drains very well during the winter months.
Luffenham Heath Golf Club is set on high ground in an area designated as a site of special scientific interest due to it being home to some of the country's most important flora and fauna. The club is laid out principally in an out and back fashion, but the holes are routed in every conceivable direction.
The golf is good and honest and there are some excellent holes on this course, you will find the gold pleasant and at times rather exhilarating.
Cavendish Golf Club
The course at Cavendish Golf Club was opened in the early 1900’s and has remained virtually unchanged in character since then. With an overall length, a modest 5,721 yards and par of 68 Cavendish holds true to the classic golf course design and is made to look as natural as possible and, above all, be interesting to players of all stages and abilities.
There are so many stimulating design features to enjoy during the round where accurate approach play is essential in making a reasonable score around here.
Coxmoor Golf Club
Coxmoor Golf Club was founded in 1913 and the course is sited in the heart of England on a high heathland plateau close to Sutton. Perched proudly upon one of the highest points in Nottinghamshire, Coxmoor commands panoramic views across the Leicestershire Wolds and Vale of Belvoir.
The course stretches out beyond 6,700 yards with par set at 73, and with five par fives, there are also birdies opportunities available for the taking. Coxmoor is a hugely popular venue for visiting societies and many make repeat bookings year after year. Comments from visitors are always complimentary about the pure excellence of the course condition and the welcome received from this well-established club.
Longcliffe Golf Club lies a few miles to the southwest of Loughborough, close to the M1. The fairways are set out within the arboreal splendour of Charnwood Forest, with the front nine holes played out on higher ground before the routing returns to more level woodland terrain on the back nine. The course extends to 6,625 yards from the back tees, playing to a par of 72 and it's also been used in the past by the various championships too.
Worksop Golf Club
This course was established in 1914 as a 9-hole layout before another nine holes were added a decade later. An extra four new holes were brought into play in 1970, with some further redesign work carried out to the 5th and 6th holes in 1983. The course is on a woodland track which is not massively long but with many of the greens markedly sloped, it's a tough little nut to crack.