Ladbrook Park Golf Club was instigated in 1908 by former members of Robin Hood Golf Club who decided to operate their own golf set-up after their old club received notice to quit their premises next to the old Hall Green racecourse.
Tom Williamson, the Notts professional, inspected the property at Ladbrooke Park and was said to be “very favourably impressed with the ground, the quality of turf and the area of land at disposal” and a new layout was very quickly brought into play.
In 1913, Harry Colt completely remodelled the layout. He returned in 1927 and altered the 1st and 2nd holes then came back ten years later to install new greens on the 12th and 16th and modify the green complexes on the 13th and 14th holes.
According to the history pages on the club’s very informative website “apart from the turning around on the 3rd, 4th and 5th holes [in 1980], the layout has only had minor modifications over the years”.
We were also told “the main work on the course over the last 20 years has been the extension of some natural ponds to bring them more into play but that has not changed the layout which remains largely as designed by Harry Colt.”
Played Ladbrook Park in August 2019. Condition generally good. Basic parkland but with overgenerous fairways so nothing much to get excited about off the tee. Some good holes including nr 17, but best hole for me was the 4th, a narrow par 4 with much trouble to the front of the green including ditch and large tree. Greens were very soft with large slopes and on every hole I seemed to be faced with a long slow uphill putt, for which the small flat putting green was simply of no benefit in preparation
I am sorry you had a poor round in our Seniors Open on 1st August 2019 although you indicate you did not find our course challenging. To accommodate the majority of entrants our Seniors Open is played off yellow tees which are not of course as challenging as our white competition tees for a single figure golfer.
You recollect in your review some 5 months after playing that you found our greens slow as you were leaving yourself long uphill putts on every hole. Between April and October we normally maintain our greens between STIMP readings of 9.5 and 10.5 in accordance with R&A and PGA guidelines. On 18th July, 2 weeks before your round, they were running at 11.5.
I wonder whether the rating you gave us was perhaps influenced by your stated preference for links and heathland courses whereas we are a Harry Colt designed parkland course normally with receptive greens – a very different challenge. I hope you will visit us again perhaps for our Mens Open and we can improve your opinion of us which is at odds with the normal reviews we receive.