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. You 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!
Date: February 13, 2016