Derbyshire

The county of Derbyshire is situated in the East Midlands – it has Yorkshire to the north, Nottinghamshire to the east, Leicestershire to the south, Staffordshire and Cheshire to the west – and a sizeable portion of the Peak District National Park lies within its boundaries. The remote landscape around three large reservoirs at Howden, Derwent and Ladybower provides plenty of opportunities to pursue au natural leisure options for those who want to get away from it all.

Established in 1913, the Derbyshire Union of Golf Clubs organises Junior, Gents and Senior competitions that are open to around 10,000 members of 31 affiliated golf clubs. The Union itself is one of ten regional governing bodies that comprise the Midland Golf Union. In 1999, the Derbyshire team qualified as the Midlands representatives for the EGU County Championships at Rothley Park.

Derbyshire may not spring to mind as an English golfing hotspot, but there are some good golf courses to savour and a few charming little 9-hole courses to be discovered at slightly off the beaten track locations, such as: Alfreton, Pastures and Stanedge, where golfers just might rediscover what a fun game golf really is.

Our Derbyshire golf course rankings were updated in 2017. Click here to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Derbyshire

Cavendish

1st Derbyshire - Best in Area

Cavendish Golf Club is an undulating and partially wooded layout set within the Duke of Devonshire's estate. This MacKenzie course offers wonderful views over the Peak District.

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Kedleston Park

2nd Derbyshire - Best in Area

Kedleston Park Golf Club was established in 1947 but its origins can be traced back to the mid-1890s and the formation of Markeaton Golf Club.

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Chesterfield

3rd Derbyshire - Best in Area

Formed in 1897, Chesterfield Golf Club moved to its present site in 1906. Known as Walton, the club’s original 9-hole course was expanded to 18 holes just before the start of World War II and this layout is still in use today.

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Horsley Lodge

4th Derbyshire - Best in Area

The fairways at Horsley Lodge Hotel & Golf Club are routed around a number of water hazards so straight hitting is the order of the day on this beautiful parkland track where greens have all been constructed to USGA standard.

Burton-on-Trent

5th Derbyshire - Best in Area

Burton-on-Trent Golf Club was formed in 1894 (moving to Bretby thirteen years later) and the tree-lined, undulating fairways of the club’s course are routed around several water hazards – beware the downhill 18th where a pond guards the putting surface.

Matlock

6th Derbyshire - Best in Area

Matlock Golf Club celebrated its centenary in 2006 and Tom Williamson, the Notts professional for over 50 years, set out its 18-hole moorland layout. The Bentley Brook wanders through the layout, adding greatly to the aesthetics of the course.

Erewash Valley

7th Derbyshire - Best in Area

Golfers play rather unique back-to-back par threes within an old sandstone quarry at holes 4 and 5 here at Erewash Valley Golf Club. The layout is rated as a par of 72 for 18 holes that measure a total of 6,434 yards from the back markers.

Chevin

8th Derbyshire - Best in Area

Chevin Golf Club is located a few miles to the north of Derby and its pleasing mix of mature parkland holes and gorse-flanked moorland fairways provide for an enjoyable day’s golf.

Buxton & High Peak

9th Derbyshire - Best in Area

Founded in 1887, Buxton & High Peak Golf Club is one of the oldest clubs in Derbyshire. The club’s course is situated in the centre of the Peak District and the signature short par three 8th hole is a little beauty that will live long in the memory.

Breadsall Priory (Priory)

10th Derbyshire - Best in Area

One of two 18-hole layouts at the Marriott Breadsall Priory Hotel & Country Club, the Priory course opened in 1977 and its tree-lined fairways demand accuracy from first tee to eighteenth green.