Coxmoor Golf Club was founded in 1913 and the course is sited in the heart of England on a high heathland plateau close to Sutton in Ashfield, to the south of the colliery town of Mansfield. Tom Williamson (the professional at Notts Golf Club) and Len White (the Coxmoor professional), laid out the current course in the 1930s after new land was acquired, allowing 18 holes to be sited around the clubhouse. This is largely the rather appealing course that is in play today.
Perched proudly upon one of the highest points in Nottinghamshire, Coxmoor commands panoramic views across the Leicestershire Wolds and the Vale of Belvoir. On a clear day from the 13th tee you can see as far as Lincoln Minster.
The course stretches out beyond 6,700 yards with par set at 73, and with five par fives, there are birdie opportunities available for the taking. There are also some very testing holes and probably the toughest include the 5th and the 12th. If the prevailing wind is up, both these par fours are virtually out of reach in regulation.
Coxmoor is a hugely popular venue for visiting societies and many make repeat bookings year after year. Comments from visitors are always complimentary about the excellent course condition and the welcome received from this well-established club.
Alec Shepperson is the current club president and had the great honour of representing Great Britain in two Walker Cups. In his second appearance in 1959 he played against Jack Nicklaus in the singles event. The club pros seem to enjoy their time here too, in fact, there have only ever been four. When Leonard White retired in 1948, his son Bill picked up the job for 37 years and then David Ridley held the post for more than 20 years until Craig White took over the reins in 2007.
Coxmoor has also staged Regional Qualifying for the Open Championship as well as the British Seniors Amateur Open Championship.
Nottinghamshire boasts four fantastic courses and Coxmoor sits comfortably alongside Notts, Worksop and Sherwood Forest. We certainly think that this is a great golfing county, which is well worth visiting.
Had the good fortune to play Coxmoor in the Captains Charity Mixed Open. The course was in excellent condition despite the seeding the fairways, this did not deter from the enjoyment. The greens were in excellent condition, which is one of the main things. The design is excellent , as a lover of Colt courses this had the same feel as you were able to run the ball into most greens.
The age old question when playing here is, is it as good as Hollingwell and Sherwood ? My answer to you is play all 3 and make up your own mind, they are all great course especially in the winter.
The only downside of Coxmoor for those struggling to walk is it is a little more hilly that the other two but nothing a regular golfer cannot manage.
I have played this course a few times mainly in the winter and this course drains really well even in the wet conditions the greens are still firm. Its always well kept and great to play. The clubhouse is amazing too.
Played Coxmoor in September 2020, wanting to play it after playing near neighbours Sherwood and Notts. A quick assumption is that it isnt as challenging as the other two but it probably has more character. It is in the middle of a refurbishment and while because of this it isn't pristine, it is obviously manicured and prepared to a very high standard. They were starting hollow tininng but that is normal for this time of year and that doesn't affect my opinion. While it looks partly heathland in nature, i found the fairways firmer than i expected and while the excellent green were firm they did hold a well struck ball. The course was very undulating which helped add too its charm and made club selection difficult sometimes, especially off the tee as regards missing the bunkers. It must be said, the bunkers had sand in them and were excellent without being as difficult as say Woodhall Spa. The course, the greens, the fairways, the rough and the fringes were ultra consistant, which except for a couple of unfair bounces due to unforseen bumps and hollows because of playing for the first time and not seeing. I will know next time. None of the holes are similar, they are all completely different and provide different challenges, up hill, down hill, left right, straight, lots of elevation changes and excellent views of the course and surrounding area. Between the three course in this area, it is opinion as to which is the best but i doubt there is anywhere in England that boasts three clubs so close together that provide affordable top quality golf. Coxmoor is a class above type course, everything is of the highest standard, go play it and enjoy because that is what it is, an enjoyment.
Great golf course. Well worth playing. Many brilliant holes. Recent changes have made the course even better. Sensitive tree removal instead of full scale carnage! New hole 11 is poor from the tee, just hit a driver over all the trouble. Very bizarre. Overall though a great golf course.
If you haven't played Coxmoor or not recently then you must pay this gem a visit. Mansfield is blessed with 3 top courses in Hollinwell, Sherwood and Coxmoor. Whilst in my opinion Hollinwell is deserving of top billing, I firmly place Coxmoor up there with Sherwood (a Top 100 UK and Ireland course). Coxmoor is cleverly routed and is a fun course, testing your game over a heathland layout but not too long like Hollinwell, with some short par 4's particularly enjoyable. The 14th and 15th are prime examples where the big hitters probably can drive the greens but equally end up losing their ball or racking up a 6! The course starts with a gentle par 4 down hill off the tee and wide fair way to help you get away before your second up to a green on the hill. The course is hilly but is beautifully conditioned. There are some string par 3's - the 2nd, 7th and 17th in particular. The stretch 7-9 is cleverly routed and shaped. The course has been recently redesigned around bunkering by Ken Brown and a brand new modern clubhouse with outside balconies looking down the 9th, 10th, 18th green and 1st fairway add to this class set up. Friendly staff and great food to boot. All in al this course should be on your must play list and I would not be surprised to see this move up the rankings within the UK over the next year or two.
Coxmoor starts pleasantly enough, with an undulating opener, the 2nd a long downhill well bunkered par 3 and the third a birdeable but nice looking par 5. The 4th was my favourite hole on the course, a short dog-leg par 4 requiring an accurate tee shot. Thereafter I'm not sure the course built on a promising start and I'm not sure why but perhaps my expectations after reading reviews was too high. Undoubtedly there were good holes such as the short downhill par 3 7th, the par 4 dog-leg 8th and the 15th another short dog-leg par 4. The 11th had a really nice looking second shot requiring a fade between the trees to the raised green, however the tee shot was generous; generally I thought tee shots were not too testing, which does differ from other reviews so I suspect the lack of run in October contributed to this. Conversely the downhill tee shot on the par 5 14th was nice looking but thereafter the hole bland. Infact I thought the par 5's (and there are five of them) were fairly bland, the 6th for example just seemed to be an uphill slog into the wind. A feature of the course is it's undulating nature and there are quite a few uphill shots to blind greens, but also downhill shots to greens. Due to it's proximity to Notts Hollinwell one is bound to make comparisons (perhaps unfairly) and for me Notts is superior, more enjoyable and deserves to be higher in the rankings. Coxmoor is less secluded (with some road noise) and doesn't have the same flow; to be honest I'm not sure if I personally would replace any of the holes at Notts with one from Coxmoor. Welcome and catering was very good, as was course condition and judging the slopes on the greens was not easy on a first visit. Undoubtedly a good course and it would be interesting to visit in a few years time to see how the heathland regeneration pans out as at the moment it seems to be a mixture of woodland, heathland and even parkland in places
Coxmoor Golf Club is currently three years into a 10-15 year project to restore their course back to its true heathland characteristic.
Almost 2,000 trees have already been axed, playing corridors are being widened and heather regeneration is in full force. Bunkers are also being re-shaped and re-positioned to accommodate golf in the 21st Century whilst a number of green extensions are also planned.
Coxmoor is already a very good golf course but the signs are that is it is going to get even better over the next decade or so as the scheme, overseen by Ken Brown and Ken Moodie, continues at pace.
One thing for certain is the work that has already been carried out is hugely impressive with the 8th and 9th transforming the course into something you are more likely to find on the Surrey Sandbelt than in rural Nottinghamshire. The 14th and 17th have also been improved with recent changes.
In addition to the work on the course a new clubhouse is in the pipeline, a 9-hole short course is planned as well as a 6-hole synthetic layout to help introduce juniors and the disabled to the game. And, that’s not to mention a new driving range for members use to the left of the 13th hole!
Anyway, onto the course I played in early May of 2017. The first six holes are located on the south side of the course and welcome you warmly to the fast-running fairways, slick sloping greens and well located fairway bunkers. Stray offline and you will also be acquainted with heather and a variety of trees that frame most of the holes.
The opening tee-shot is one of several inviting drives throughout the round where you plummet down the fairway before rising back up to the green, it’s one of my favourite holes here but there are many more good ones to follow. Indeed the drives at the first, fifth, sixth, eighth, 11th and 13th are all played from elevated positions and really give you the sense of being allowed to open your shoulders. That’s not to say there is no danger because the fairway traps are very well positioned; Coxmoor plays really well off the tee.
In this neck of the woods Notts and Sherwood Forest will take some shaking from the top of the tree but Coxmoor is a clear third when it comes to discussing the best courses in the region, indeed there are not many better inland courses across the Midlands and North of England.
Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.