Notts Golf Club

Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell)
Club information
Location within Nottinghamshire
Coordinates 53°05′03″N 1°13′21″W / 53.08426°N 1.22244°W / 53.08426; -1.22244Coordinates: 53°05′03″N 1°13′21″W / 53.08426°N 1.22244°W / 53.08426; -1.22244
Location Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England
Established 1887[1]
Type Private
Total holes 18
Tournaments hosted Brabazon Trophy
English Amateur
British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship
John Player Classic
John Player Trophy
British PGA Matchplay Championship
British Masters
Haig Whisky TPC
Boys Amateur Championship
Jacques Léglise Trophy
Designed by Willie Park, Jr.[2]
Par 72
Length 7,250 yards (6,630 m)[2]
Course rating 76

Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell), more commonly referred to simply as Hollinwell[3] though also known as Notts Golf Club is an 18-hole members golf club in Nottinghamshire, England which has hosted a number of leading amateur and professional competitions. The course has widely been reviewed as one of the top 100 courses in England and the British Isles.[4][5][6]


The name Hollinwell reportedly relates to the presence of a holy well in trees close to the 8th fairway[3][4] and is the more commonly used name for the golf course itself. However the members belong to the Notts Golf Club and Hollinwell is the name of the course on which the club plays. In concession to this the two names are usually both used when formally referring to the club giving rise to the name Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell).


Notts Golf Club was initially founded as the Nottingham Golf Club in 1887 and started play golf on a 5-hole course using a recreation ground under the permission of the local council. This was soon found to be inadequate and during the same year the club moved to Bulwell Forest, where a seven-hole course was set up.[1]

In 1891 Notts Ladies' Golf Club was established playing on the same ground at Bulwell Forest,[7] whilst these two clubs have remained together ever since they still remain separate clubs to this date.[8]

The club moved to its current location at Hollinwell in 1901. The course was initially designed by Willie Park, Jr. on an area of land leased to the golf club. This land was subsequently purchased by the golf club in 1924. Some changes regarding the bunkering were made by J.H. Taylor in 1902, however the largest changes happened following an extension to the course by Tom Williamson in 1912. The layout designed in 1912 has remained largely unchanged to date, however the course has been significantly lengthened to remain a competitive challenge in modern golf.[1]

Since its inception the course has been host to a number of top amateur and professional competitions.

Notable members

Course and scorecard

There is a single 18-hole course at Hollinwell which takes the form of a heathland course, from the championship tees the course measures 7,250 yards.

Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Par Men's 4 4 5 4 3 5 4 4 3 36 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 5 4 36 72
Handicap Men's 9 5 13 1 15 7 3 11 17 14 8 2 16 10 4 12 18 6
Blue 76 3814625474541895824044081783605 41436047424140343935350146036457250
White 74 3664285144401895404043631783422 36436043019838743935350146034926914
Yellow 73 3514134824291655163883571493250 35035342317936842134948644033696619
Par Women's 4 5 4 5 3 5 4 4 3 37 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 5 5 38 75
Handicap Women's 9 13 1 12 17 3 5 7 18 16 8 6 14 4 2 10 11
Red 75 3483913953971394533533261082909 26526940618234935230941941129625871

All distances given in yards[9]

Tournaments hosted

Brabazon Trophy

The club has hosted the English Men's Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship for the Brabazon Trophy on 4 occasions.[10] The club first hosted the competition in 1959 when Doug Sewell of England won with a total score of 287.[10] The club hosted the competition for the second time in 1975 when Sandy Lyle prevailed with a total score of 298.[10] It was only 8 years till the club once again hosted the competition in 1983 when Charlie Banks won with a score of 294.[10] A further 9 years later in 1992 the club hosted the competition for the 4th time with Ignacio Garrido of Spain taking the trophy with a score of 280.[10]

In March 2013 Notts Golf Club was selected by England Golf to host the Brabazon Trophy again in 2015 after an absence of 23 years.[11]

English Amateur

The club has also hosted the English Amateur on 4 occasions during its history, it first hosted the competition in 1935 when Jack Woollam was victorious.[12] It did not host the competition again unit 1964 when David Marsh won, following this the club next hosted the competition in 1996 when Shaun Webster won.[12] The club most recently hosted the competition in 2004 when James Heath beat David Horsey in the final.[13]

British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship

Hollinwell hosted the British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship once in 1978 when Edwina Kennedy of Australia was victorious over Julia Greenhalgh of England in the final.[14]

John Player Classic

The club hosted the inaugural John Player Classic in 1970 when Christy O'Connor Snr triumphed by one stroke over Tony Jacklin. At the time the $60,000 first place prize was the largest ever from a professional tournament hosted in England.[15]

John Player Trophy

The club also hosted the John Player Trophy on the European Tour in 1970, a tournament which was won by Clive Clark.

British PGA Matchplay Championship

The British PGA Matchplay Championship then known as the News of the World Match Play was the first professional tournament hosted by the club in 1906 and was won by Sandy Herd.

British Masters

The club hosted the British Masters for the only time in its history in 1957 when Eric Brown of Scotland won with a score of 275.[16]

Haig Whisky TPC

Hollinwell hosted the Haig Whisky TPC on the European Tour in 1982 when Nick Faldo won with an 18 under par score of 270.[17]

Boys Amateur Championship

In 2012 the club hosted the Boys Amateur Championship for the 1st time alongside Coxmoor Golf Club, the competition was won by future English Amateur winner Matthew Fitzpatrick, in the final Fitzpatrick won 10&8.[18]

Jacques Léglise Trophy

In 2007 the club hosted the Jacques Léglise Trophy for boys' team golf between Great Britain and Ireland and Continental Europe, the competition was won by Great Britain and Ireland by a margin of thirteen and a half points to ten and a half.[19]

See also

List of golf courses in the United Kingdom


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