Notts Golf Club
Willie Park and J.H. Taylor are the duo behind the fantastic golf course at Notts Golf Club, which traverses wonderful undulating ground, cutting through beautiful mature woodland. Often known better by the name Hollinwell, Notts Golf Club has hosted a number of high profile professional and amateur events, and its long term plan is to earn the right to host the Walker Cup.
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Notts Golf Club - 7,250 Yards - Par 72
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. Golfers must supply handicap certificates before play.
- Pro Shop
- Putting Greens
- Club House
- Championship Standard Course
You must keep it in the fairway on this course.....even if that means leaving a lot longer second shot to the green. The thick rough is penal, assuming you find your golf ball. Greens are quite quick and many tilt from back to front, so in some cases you are better off chipping up from the front than putting downhill from the back.
If you ask me, the light pink grass in the rough is actually made from high tensile steel! Simply look for the nearest "short stuff" and use the minimum club to get to it. Take the pain of a shot and carry on. Attempts at heroics are doomed to failure and many more dropped shots.
I would suggest that players of a higher handicap are best to play off the yellow tees as some of the carries to reach the fairways are quite long.
For any first time visitors, when your ball enters the rough it is easy to find and is usually lying well, however, don't be fooled by the light wispy grass grips around your clubhead. Take you're medicine and don't take anything lower than an eight iron.
A little advice which I know is obvious, but stay on the fairway. Should you venture into the heather or wispy grass don't be greedy, take your penalty and just get back into play.
For anyone considering playing here, you will need your driver (a lot) as it is such a long course. Best advise is hit it long and straight...easy really. Good luck!