Heather, ferns and gorse line the narrow fairways at Notts, giving the layout a distinct heathland feel. From the championship tees, the course can be extended to just over 7,200 yards, making it a formidable proposition. Hollinwell has a terrific flow and rhythm, progressing smoothly from hole to hole, and saving the most impressive challenges for last. The signature hole has got to be the downhill 13th, which measures 228 yards and is played to a green encircled by no less than six bunkers.
The course hosted the 2015 Brabazon Trophy supported by Your Golf Travel for a record fifth time. The title was won by Cormac Sharvin of Ardglass Golf Club with a four-round -7 total. Needing a par on the last hole to claim the trophy, Sharvin overshot the green, bouncing into the clubhouse before returning back in bounds where his delicate chip and putt was enough to win the coveted trophy.
Whilst the course is a very intimidating 7,250 yards off the back tees, the whites measure just over 6,900 yards while the yellows are a more manageable 6,619 yards to the par of 72. Tips for those playing the course for the first time are to place a focus on accuracy rather than simply distance due to the penal "pink" rough which lines the fairways during the summer months. Whilst it might not be difficult to find your ball in the pink anyone attempting to play an ambitious shot towards to the green might come unstuck as it is certainly thicker than it looks.
Notts is a little known commodity, but those in the know will testify that it is a superb golfing experience within the Nottinghamshire area. Golfers must supply handicap certificates before play.