Nottinghamshire

Bounded by South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire, the county of Nottinghamshire is home to around a million people and many of them live in and around the city of Nottingham, which sits on the banks of the River Trent. The county is inextricably linked to the 15th century tale of Robin Hood and his Merry Men in Sherwood Forest but – whisper it – some contend the legend may actually have its origin further north in Yorkshire.

The Nottinghamshire Union of Golf Clubs was formed in 1899, when three clubs – Bulwell Artisans, Ravensdale and Notts – met to form the inaugural county committee. The Nottinghamshire Amateur Strokeplay Championship was first organised by the Union in 1906 and if you take a look at the list of winners, it reveals that a certain L.J. Westwood of Worksop Golf Club won the title in 1992 and 1993.

Nottinghamshire County Ladies’ Golf Association was founded in 1908 and, in over a hundred years of operation, it has only ever had 16 Presidents and 7 Secretaries. Two ladies each served as President for 21 years and the longest serving secretary was in post from 1912 to 1950. Currently, there are 31 clubs affiliated to the association, with members eligible to participate annually in the county championships and three other major competitions during the summer.

For a small county, Nottinghamshire can boast a number of excellent golf courses, but all are overshadowed by the wonderful 18 holes at Hollinwell – the course of Notts Golf Club. Notts is not just the best in Nottinghamshire, it’s also one of the finest in England and is consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in Britain & Ireland. The venerable Notts co-hosted the Boys Amateur Championships in 2012 with Coxmoor Golf Club, which resulted in a win for England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick who went on to make the cut in the 2013 Open Championship, finishing as low amateur.

Our Nottinghamshire Best in County golf course rankings were updated in 2017. Click here to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Nottinghamshire

Notts

1st Nottinghamshire - Best in Area

“After being too long away I lately went back to Hollinwell, which, as all the golfing world knows, or ought to know, is the course of the Notts Golf Club.”

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Sherwood Forest

2nd Nottinghamshire - Best in Area

Sherwood Forest Golf Club is set on a Site of Special Scientific Interest because it contains the largest area of low-lying heathland in the Midlands.

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Coxmoor

3rd Nottinghamshire - Best in Area

Coxmoor Golf Club is a thoroughly testing and enjoyable heathland course, reminiscent of nearby Holinwell.

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Worksop

4th Nottinghamshire - Best in Area

Worksop Golf Club was founded in 1914 and Lee Westwood is the club's most famous member.

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Wollaton Park

5th Nottinghamshire - Best in Area

A fine parkland layout set within a large 516-acre estate, the course at Wollaton Park Golf Club was officially opened in 1927 with an exhibition match involving local professional (and course designer) Tom Williamson, Ernest Whitcombe, JH Taylor and Harry Vardon.

Newark

6th Nottinghamshire - Best in Area

Newark Golf Club was founded in 1901 and the Kelwick course was laid out in 1934 by Tom Williamson, the Notts professional from 1896 until his death in 1950.

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Stanton-on-the-Wolds

7th Nottinghamshire - Best in Area

The course at Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club features a number of unusual “ridge and furrow” fairways, indicators of farming techniques that were practiced in the area centuries ago.

Beeston Fields

8th Nottinghamshire - Best in Area

Tom Williamson designed the parkland course at Beeston Fields Golf Club in 1923 and Arthur Havers (the Open Champion at the time) officially opened the facility. The elegant clubhouse was formerly the home of Sir Harold Bowden, founder of the Raleigh Bicycle Company.

Radcliffe-on-Trent

9th Nottinghamshire - Best in Area

Radcliffe-on-Trent Golf Club was founded in 1909 when Tom Williamson laid out a 9-hole course which Frank Pennink expanded to 18 holes in 1972. A Junior Open started life here in 1982, later becoming known as the English Boys Under 16 Open Championship.

Norwood Park (Norwood)

10th Nottinghamshire - Best in Area

The Norwood course at the 27-hole Norwood Park Golf Centre opened in 1999 and it’s complemented by the younger par three West Wood track. South Carolina’s Clyde Johnston designed both layouts.