The Hillsborough Golf Club course sits on an elevated site to the northwest of Sheffield where the wind, if it gets up, can play havoc with scores.
Hillsborough Golf Club, situated in Wadsley, in the North West Sheffield is set alongside Wadsley and Loxley Commons, heathland areas adjoining the course and on the edge of the Peak District. It is set high up with great views back across Sheffield and out to the Peak District. Yet it is only 10 minutes from the centre of the City.
I live 1 minute away and yet this is not the golf club I am a member of. Reason why is that whilst there are some good holes within the 18 hole layout, it simply as a course is not that good, and certainly not deserving of a 24th ranking within Yorkshire.
I do however like parts of the course and will highlight these. Hillsborough GC has had it’s troubles over the years and in fact a book was written about some of these but to visit now you do get a friendly welcome and there are practice facilities very close to the club house.
The 1st sums up my frustrations with the course - teeing off from directly outside the clubhouse and putting green, the 1st is a long slog up hill, with oob all the way up the left hand side and trees, which separate the 1st and 18th fairways, coming into play on the right. So yes the hole is tough, but it’s bland. And the same can be said for so many holes on this course. Samey, not inspiring, forgettable.
That said, and in balance, there are some excellent holes - namely the 2nd, which is a superb short par 3 across a gully with a severely sloping back to front green, protected by bunkers to the front left and lined by the woods of Loxley common also on the left and oob. You then follow this with another excellent hole, the 3rd, a par 4 which has a linksy feel to the shape of the hole and again with woods all the way down the left hand side. At this point you’re feeling good about the course having played 2 excellent holes.
But then you cross the road to the 4th and 5th, built when I was a kid in the early 70’s if I remember rightly, and whilst they are maturing, they don’t offer much interest with the 4th swinging right to left and the 5th coming back swinging left to right. Great views of the Peak District from the 4th green and 5th tee however.
You cross back across the road and play the delightful long par 3 6th, before a very short par 4 7th. Driving the green is easily possible but with heavy bunkering, most play a mid iron and then short iron onto the green. I like this hole although it does feel like it has been sandwiched in.
Then you come to the 8th which I never hear anyone say anything good about. It’s a sharp dog left right and unless you are a big hitter and fancy your chances over the house which protrudes into the course, then you have to try and play to the corner, however the ball always runs through to the 15th. Not a good hole
You then drop down and play a bland par 5, but that is followed by another excellent par 3, downhill hole, Beautifully framed. Halfway hut is at this point.
Then you get to a stretch of the course which I think is poor, rather samey and needs to be re thought. The 11th par four back up the hill is followed by the 12th coming back down (I do like the visuals on the 12th as you come towards the green with the woods surrounding it), then a short par 3 in the quarry, which really isn’t up to the standards of the other par 3’s on the course and then the 14th when you have a blind tee shot up over the quarry edge - just not a good stretch of holes.
The 15th is good as you come back on yourself as it sweeps gently round to the right with a well positioned green and this is followed by another short hole, the 16th but the defence is the the slight dog left left and well protected green, a nice hole.
The 17th is a very short par 4, tight through the trees, where they have added bunkering to try and make it more interesting but this hole again seems to be forced into the layout
The course does finish however with a strong, long downhill par 5 to a sunken green by the clubhouse, with trouble all the way down the left and the 1st fairway to the right. It’s a good finishing hole.
This is a friendly and busy club with excellent greens and a few quality holes, notably the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 9th, 15th, 16th and 18th. It simply has too many bland holes for it to be rated more highly in my opinion.