Hollinwell Golf Course
Hollingwell originally laid out by Willie Park Jr. This wonderful course is one of the few prestigious clubs in England, the Notts Golf Club was established in Nottingham back in 1887, Dubbed Hollinwell, after discovering a natural spring or ‘Holy Well’ next to the 8th hole, the park course established in 1901 but was modified by J.H the following year. Taylor and club professional Tom Williamson, the pair contributed new bunkers and also considerably lengthening the golf course to prepare for the new rubber-cored ball. Williamson, who also operated as head green-keeper, later added three holes to the opening of the golf course on land rented west of the club’s snaking entrance road, while both Frank Pennink and Donald Steele have been advising on minor changes since the 1960s.
Even though bunkering isn’t as extreme as other northern inland classics like Woodhall Spa and Ganton, its length and the thick fescues that line its narrow fairways stylishly defends the course well. In many respects Notts was ahead of its time, its elegant architecture was designed a lengthy test, and more than a century later the Golf Course continues to pose a significant challenge for good players and still offers pleasurable enjoyment.
In 1970 the course played host to the John Player Classic which was won by Irishman Cristy O’Connor Snr and no doubt this venue will again one day host a Tour Event. The magnificent fairways will see great action this year playing a part in the Final Open Qualifying.
It is hard to class Hollinwell Golf Course as a Hidden Gem If you ask anyone who is seriously into the game they will have heard and more than likely played here. The course is often ranked in the U.K Top 50 and is an absolute delight to play when in the Nottinghamshire region.
Why not add a round here on you next U.K Golf Break?