The Hotchkin Course is not only the best golf course away from the coast, it is also ranked second overall in England. A number of key moments have influenced the development of this remarkable course; Harry Vardon's original 1905 design was reworked just before the Great War by Harry S. Colt, before the English Golf Union bought the site in 1995.
The firm heathland turf is the basis for the Hotchkin's character, where the majestic holes are lined by towering birch pine and broom. The predominant hazards, apart from the woodland, is the bunkering; around the greens in particular, the Hotchkin is known for its cavernous sand traps.
This inland gem is without doubt a classic, and deserves its incredible reputation; any serious golfer should make a golf break at Woodhall Spa a high priority.
|Designed by||Harry Vardon, Harry Colt, S. V. Hotchkin|
|Opened for play||1905|
|Blue||7,080 yards||SSS 75|
|White||6,921 yards||SSS 74|
|Yellow||6,519 yards||SSS 73|
|Red||5,772 yards||SSS 75|
The Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa is ranked as one of the best courses in England
Donald Steel's remarkable vision for the Bracken Course has been realised with dramatic effect. Although it neighbours the Hotchkin, Steel's creation is vastly different; the undulating greens and proliferation of water are more akin to golf in America, but the Bracken adds much to the character of Woodhall Spa, and is a key part of its golf break experience.