Buxton & High Peak Golf Club was founded in 1887 after Jack Morris, the nephew of Old Tom Morris and professional at Hoylake, had set out a 9-hole course on Fairfield Common the previous year. The course was then doubled in size during 1893.
Jack Simpson, the Open champion who had won the event at Prestwick in 1884, was appointed as the club’s first professional but it took a little more time to establish a clubhouse, with this building not appearing until 1905.
Nowadays, the layout extends to 5,993 yards from the back tees, playing to a par of 69. There are only two par fives, one on each half, and three of the holes (#8 to #10) are played on a separate compartment on the other side of the A6 road, on the site of the old racecourse.
Highlight holes include the first of the par threes at the 168-yard 3rd, where the green is protected by no fewer than six small bunkers, and the right doglegging 454-yard 11th, rated stroke index 1 on the scorecard and easily the toughest test on this delightful track.
Stopped off here again a few weeks ago on a lovely summers evening to grab a late night round. A few quirky holes that local knowledge clearly benefits but really enjoyable game.
I played the last 6 holes with a proud member of 30+ who said it was as good a condition as he had seen it. I was certainly impressed with the presentation.
All in all a very pleasant gentle course, I would suggest perfect for a day out with friends or a society. Very good value for money.
Located on the hills outside the spa town of Buxton, set in the High Peak, split by the A road coming over from Castleton and Sheffield sits this lovely little course.
The club claim that the course has links like holes, and I get the point they try to.make around holes 4 - 6 with humps, bumps and hollows aplenty. I played early morning with dew and the sun low over the course. It looked wonderful.
The course is itself not hilly despite being set at 1100 feet above sea level. Its a pleasant short course, with good draining turf, but the wind can make the test quite severe.
I found the holes across the road a bit bland, with exception the delightful downhill 8th, 2 par 3's sandwiching a par 5.
Once back across the main road, there is a tough SI one 11th, a long, uphill par 4 that dogs to the right and a heavily bunkered green. The 12th runs in the opposite direction, back down the hill and round an old quarry.
The final par 3, the 13th, is a lovely and natural looking short hole played up to a hidden green with trouble all around.
The course finishes with 5 solid par 4s, one long, a couole short, the last of which is seemingly the simplest at 331 yards,but beware the road running along to the left of the green!
Buxton and High Peak is not a course on the radar of many golfers, the same can be said about Derbyshire as a whole. This is a pity as the green fees offer extremely good value and there is plenty of entertaining golf on offer.
If youre en route through Buxton, put your sticks in the car and give it a try.
I’ve played Buxton High Peaks on many occasions and it is always in very good condition. Holes 1-6 are a great holes to start any round and have a distinct links feel to them due to the old quarry they are routed around and the blind shots this creates. Holes 7-10 (par 3 eighth a possible exception) are a little bland but then the course gets going again from 11 onwards. In summary a good golf course if you are in the area and a green fee that won’t break the bank. Unfortunately doesn’t meet the heights of nearby Cavendish but in this writers opinion very few courses in the area do