Built on a former Newmarket steeplechase course and polo grounds, the original 18 holes at Links Golf Club were set out in 1903, by whom we do not know.
However, Colonel S.V. Hotchkin redesigned the layout in the 1930s and this stylish course is still the one that golfers play today. But, unlike Woodhall Spa, don't expect to find the Colonel's cavernous bunkers here in Newmarket.
Although the Links Golf Club has a Suffolk postal address, the club is affiliated to the Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union, so we've included it in our Cambridgeshire Best In County rankings.
Although this is a solid course in its own right (redesigned in the 1930s by Colonel Hotchkin of Woodhall Spa fame), it is the location of the course which makes it an extra special golfing experience. It is built adjacent to the Newmarket horse race course and is completely surrounded by a training course known as the "Gallops". This wonderful quirkiness is epitomised by holes 7 and 15 which have their tees built the other side of the Gallops i.e. you drive over the Gallops horse track from a substantially raised tee which makes the holes interesting and providing views of the surrounding countryside. Both these holes are strong par 4s and would be excellent holes even without the spectacular drives. The white railings of the Gallops provides the perimeter to holes 6, 15 and 16 and is also visible on holes 2, 3, 13, 14 and 17.
In addition to holes 7 and 15, other standout holes are:-
1 - par 5 (524 yds) - drive requiring a carry of 150 yards over the Gallops with good bunkering all the way up the hole making the lay up less straightforward.
6 - par 4 (401 yes) - relatively straight hole with the Gallops on the right and a row of trees placed to the left of the green.
12 - par 3 (175 yds) - green surrounded by bunkers including a cavenous one in front of the green
16 - par 4 (385 yds) - dog leg right to left with a bunker across the full width of the fairway.
In summary, a thoroughly enjoyable course and worth a visit.