Erewash Valley Golf Club can trace its origins back to 1905, when a 9-hole course was brought into play. The layout was given over to the war effort between 1914 and 1918, with fairways used for agricultural and grazing purposes.
After the Great War ended, Charles Crompton, the club president, donated a 108-acre property to the club, allowing a new course to be built.
Unfortunately, the construction of the M1 motorway in the 1960s caused massive disruption and a number of different course configurations were tried before Martin Hawtree was called in during the mid-1970s to set out the course that remains in play today.
This rather unconventional layout now extends to 6,448 yards, with par set at 72. Unusually, a round starts with back-to-back par fives and ends with a par three. In between these holes, golfers play back-to back par threes at the 4th and 5th, which occupy a unique quarry setting.
I was a member here for 1 year, the course is very good with lots of challenges, my favourite holes are the quarry holes, these are only open on the summer course. The winter course is good too.
I remember this being an enjoyable afternoons golf. The standout memory is the rather contrived back to back par 3s in an old quarry. Why contrived? Because the 1st is really only a sandwedge and then you tee back across it to the other par 3. Its different but in a quirky way.
Course is situated next to the M1 although traffic noise wasn't an issue.
It starts with 2 back to back par 5's then a par 4 before the Quarry holes. Not your normal set of pars. The course is nice and well manicured but its tree lined parkland and after you have finished your round there is only the par 3s in The Quarry that you remember. The home page suggests 'World renowned'. I certainly wouldnt say that. If you want an exceptional quarry hole play the 17th at The Hallamshire Golf Club. Thats a proper cleverly designed hole.
The round finishes on a par 3 over water, which shouldn't come into play at all.
As i say a pleasant afternoons golf, not a memorable one.