Hallamshire - Yorkshire - England

Hallamshire Golf Club,
Sandygate Road,
Sheffield,
South Yorkshire,
S10 4LA,
England


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  • Harry Colt

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The course at Hallamshire Golf Club was once part of the Duke of Norfolk’s estate and it was laid out in 1897 when 100 acres of land was leased for golfing purposes. The club converted to a limited company in 1912, making the astute decision to purchase the course outright then hire Harry Colt to remodel the layout.

Tree-lined fairways are routed in an out-and-back fashion over rather hilly terrain with plenty of pleasant elevation changes occurring throughout the round.

The five par threes on the card are all fine short holes and two deserve special mention: The 195-yard 6th, called “Saucer”, is perhaps the club’s signature hole, where the tee shot must carry across a deep valley cloaked in heather. “Quarry”, the short 136-yard 17th, plays across a former quarry and was described by Peter Alliss on a visit during the club’s centenary year as “one that could be included on any course in the world”.

Not overly long at just under 6,400 yards from the medal tees, Hallamshire has four par fives on the cards of the white and red tees and two of these – “Bunkerdom” and “Long” – arrive back-to-back at a critical point midway through the inward half at holes 14 and 15. However, two par fives, at 14 and 18, disappear from the yellow card and are replaced by two long par fours, which turn this scorecard into a tough par 69.

Alison Nicholas, US Women’s Open Champion in 1997 and Captain of the Solheim Cup team in 2009, is a member at Hallamshire, and her continued association with the club is something the members are extremely proud of.

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Description: The course at Hallamshire Golf Club was once part of the Duke of Norfolk’s estate and it was laid out in 1897 when 100 acres of land was leased for golfing purposes. Rating: 4.5 out of 6 Reviews: 6

Hallamshire Golf Club lies on a narrow strip of land at the edge of the city of Sheffield, overlooking the Derbyshire Peak District National Park and Pennines.

Golfers outside the White Rose county may not be too familiar with this course but it's certainly one they should familiarise themselves with as soon as possible.

Hallamshire is a difficult course to categorise. It's obviously not a links (although there are some linkesque elements to be found here), it features plenty of heather but I wouldn't class it as a heathland course (some do though including the Sports Turf Research Institute), it's high on the edge of the Peak District moors but it's not what I would call moorland, it's parkland to a certain extent but not in your typical sense and there are plenty of trees but it isn't a woodland course!

So what is it then? Well, my answer to that is... does it have to be anything? Why should a course be classed as any particular type, what does it matter? Hallamshire basically takes some the best properties of the above mentioned categories and creates quite a unique experience. The Hallamshire Experience.

Its elevation of almost 900 feet above sea level provides glorious views but also means that it is exposed to the elements (hail showers at the end of May on one visit). It also means that wind is a big factor up here.

Harry Colt has designed and influenced many great courses. This one might not fall into the top echelon of those but the 'Hallamshire Experience' is a very enjoyable, testing and rewarding one.

I dislike the phrase 'hidden gem' but for many that's what this course will be until they play it for the first time.

Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.

4 / 6
Hallamshire
March 28, 2017


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Was finally able to play Hallamshire to complete the top 10 in Yorkshire, and it certainly didn't disappoint. The condition of the course was absolutely fantastic 2 days after having a storm, it felt like you were playing a course ready for summer. Greens had very good pace about them for February. As for the layout, it has an extremely tough 1st 4 holes, 450 yard Par 4 1st with OOB right, long Par 3 followed by 2 strong Par 4s. You then play a great risk reward Par 5 where your 2nd shot is played over a 50 foot quarry to a heavily sloping green. Another cracking Par 3 follows downhill to a small well bunkered green. Hallamshire Golf Course - Photo by reviewerYou then play a stretch of extremely hilly golf holes, but the way they are laid out is very clever hitting approach shots over the valley and teeing off on the edge of the quarry. You then begin the finishing stretch, with a great mix of short Par 3 and 4 followed by 2 rewarding Par 5s. The signature hole is the 17th, a quite brilliant short Par 3 (Only about 135 from the very back) to a tiny green. You play from an elevated tee with a wide expanse of gorse infront and all down the right as the green sits right under the edge of a quarry. 2 very steep run off areas left and right make it key to hitting an accurate tee shot, it is a wonderfully designed short Par 3. The finishing hole is another great risk reward Par 5, gorse running the entire length of the right hand side of the hole. Another last he gorse bush and 2 cleverly placed bunkers down the left make it a tough tee shot. With the hole relatively short, you then have the decision whether to go for the green, but with a large drop off area down the left and clubhouse sitting 10 yards to the right of the green it is an extremely dangerous 2nd shot. Hallamshire is a great example of using every bit of land available and producing a testing but very enjoyable layout with a variety of short and long holes. A must play for anyone, oh and the views are pretty amazing too!
5 / 6
Hallamshire
February 13, 2016


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I completed the Yorkshire Top 10 (as it currently stands anyway) with a trip to the Hallamshire on a sunny evening in mid-July. The course is quite undulating (is there a flat course in Sheffield?) which leads to a variety of challenges. However, being located on the western outskirts of the city I was hoping for more views of the beautiful surrounding countryside of the Peak District to the west but except for sneaking a look over the wall at the back of the 8th green, I was slightly disappointed. Having said that, the view stretching many miles eastwards from the 10th tee is quite something.Broadly the course is an out and back layout with a couple of loops thrown in to stop there being too many consecutive holes in the same direction. It has a combination of tough Par 4’s heading out into the prevailing wind and Par 5’s which all come back the other way. If I had to be picky, I’d have routed at least one Par 5 in the opposite direction.All holes give the golfer some to think about both off the tee and nearer the green. Course management is very important and you probably need to play here more than once to appreciate this. This is most evident in the stretch from 5 to 10. The Par 5 5th has a wide valley which is not fairway beginning around 100 yards before the green which requires a player to either lay up with a very short iron or go for the green with a fairway wood – there’s not much scope for anything in between. 6 is a pretty par 3 but the steep descent to the green means club selection is a challenge. 7 is a short par 4 with a blind tee shot where all of our fourball party would have played very different tee shots had we known where we were going. The Par 4 10th is another downhill hole where prior knowledge is essential. I would guess the Hallamshire wins a lot of its home matches in competitions!The welcome was very friendly from the Pro and members alike and the clubhouse is superbly situated with a balcony to view both the setting sun and the action on the 18th green.In my opinion is not in the same class as the Yorkshire Top 3 of Ganton, Alwoodley and Moortown but sits comfortably in the top 10 – I just need to play it a few more times. RdD
4 / 6
Hallamshire
September 25, 2015


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Up on the Moors, Hallamshire provides a test to match the views, not least when the wind is blowing, as it most likely will up there. The challenge starts immediately on the 1st, as length is a major defence for the first few holes. After the tricky, but reachable Par 5 5th, you then reach the stunning downhill Par 3 6th, which plays its full length into the wind, and requires a true strike, as short and right is not an option. The course then moves into a more undulating section, placing a premium on course management and positioning. The back 9 offers 3 Par 5's that do provide a little rest bite, and the chance of a birdie, but are offset by 2 short Par 3's, on which a 3 is always a good score. The 17th is particularly pretty. With the 18th finishing under the clubhouse windows, Hallamshire provides a great days golf, on what was on the day a fast running course with small, quick and true greens. Well worth the visit if in the area.
5 / 6
Hallamshire
August 23, 2011


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At one of the highest points in Yorkshire, Sheffield's Hallamshire Golf Club can be found and this is well worth a visit. There is no friendly start though, straight into a 467 yard par-4, then a 200 yard par-3 and then followed by two more par-4’s over 400 yards – a tough run of four holes anywhere in the round let alone at the start. The 6th is a pretty par-3, downhill but all carry over the waste-land then the 7th is the short par-4 that all courses should have; a mid-iron from the tee should leave a short iron that needs to land short of the green (it will run on, trust me). The rest of the course has a really nice combination of holes that twist and turn up and down-hill. Pick of the second nine for me, up hill par-4 13th and the picturesque 17th, a par-3 with gorse and a quarry to carry. Nice par-5 to finish and very close to the clubhouse, so don’t go right! Just as a footnote …. Many courses have holes with names but is there a better hole name anywhere than ‘Bilberry Dumpling’ which is the fourth here? – The course feels like a strong 4.5 ball rating, so am happy to a rating of 5 in this case.
5 / 6
Hallamshire
May 07, 2011


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We recently played Hallamshire for the first time taking advantage of its winter fourball offer. The course is well known in the area for being among the driest, and open when others are closed due waterlogging. Despite the time of year the greens were in play and we were astonished to find what great condition they were in. Indeed even in January they were a lot better than many courses manage to achieve in the middle of summer. Hallamshire is renowned for the stiff westerly breeze that makes the front ninth very difficult. We were lucky to play in dry conditions and in relative calm yet the first four holes were as tricky as we had been warned they would be. A long par 4 first is followed by a daunting par three which plays 197 yards of the back tees. Even off the winter tees it requires a good hit and there is OB running all the way down the right. Indeed OB is a peril on the right on the first three holes. It was also hard to imagine that we were so close to the centre of Sheffield. Hallamshire is on the city’s south western fringe and has outstanding views of the Peak District moors, particularly from the par three 6th, one of the most delightful yet tricky holes on the course. All of us found the front nine a real challenge and it was a relief to find that seven of the back nine played downwind. An excellent course, we understand now why it is so highly rated and we will be back in the summer to be tested by the best greens in the area.
4 / 6
Hallamshire
January 11, 2011


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Tom Sadowski
April 03, 2011
A true test of golfers ability when the wind blows as I found out on a recent visit. The course has true running greens with a hint of wickidness. The par 3 6th at 200 yards over a valley is true test. And the first is rated at the hardest starting hole in Yorkshire. Well worth a visit.