Beeston Fields Golf Club was founded in 1923, with the long-term Notts professional Tom Williamson designing an 18-hole layout which was opened by the current champion golfer, Arthur Havers, who won the Open at Troon that year.
The opening four holes occupy a relatively small compartment on the east side of the property, before the other fourteen holes are played out over the remainder of the 100-acre estate, with both the 5th and 18th returning to the clubhouse.
Highlight holes include both par threes on the front nine at the 163-yard 3rd and the 128-yard 8th, along with the slightly left doglegging 9th, which features a delightful diagonal line of cross bunkers a little way short of the green.
With no par fives on the outward half, the front nine measures almost 400 yards shorter than the inward half and these holes play to a combined par of 34, three strokes fewer than the corresponding par for the back nine.
Other notable holes include the longest of the par threes at the 194-yard 11th, back-to-back par fives at the 15th and 16th, then the short par four finisher, where the home green is surrounded by five bunkers; three in front of and two next to the putting surface.
My home course. sometimes needs a little TLC and could do with some more hazards but still a good track
Steeped in history and tradition, Beeston Fields Golf Club lies about four miles west of Nottingham, close to Jnct 25 of the M1.
It is a well laid out parkland golf course, with many fine features. Its trees and natural contours add to both the beauty and difficulty of the golf course.
The golf course lies on an estate bought in 1923 by Fredrick Mitchell, who appointed Tom Williamson to design a golf course. Tom Williamson designed Stanton on the Wolds and made changes to Hollinwell. With 6 Top 10 finishes in the Open he was well qualified to know what a golfer wanted.
I think The golf course was officially opened with an exhibition match involving Arthur Havers and Ted Ray. In the ensuing years other famous names to play the golf course include Henry Cotton, Fred Daley, as well as local lads Lee Westwood and Greg Owen.
Played on a golf day, I found that as visitors we were made very welcome and the club house facilties were grand with a nice patio area to sit at and watch play on the 18th.
The course rewards accuracy and the greens are suberb, a tricky course to score well on, especially on your first visit, local knowledge needed or just need to play it 3-4 times more I suspect.
It's a course I need to go back and play again.