Notts (Hollinwell) - Nottinghamshire - England

Notts Golf Club,
Hollinwell Golf Course,
Derby Road,
Kirby-in-Ashfield,
Nottinghamshire,
NG17 7QR,
England


  • +44 (0) 1623 753225

  • Golf Club Website

  • 2 miles SE of Kirby-in-Ashfield

  • Contact in advance – weekdays only – handicap cert required


“After being too long away I lately went back to Hollinwell, which, as all the golfing world knows, or ought to know, is the course of the Notts Golf Club,” wrote Bernard Darwin in an article for Country Life. “On one side of it, there runs a pleasant wooded path by a series of lakes, and by this path Byron used to walk from Newstead to see Mary Chaworth at Annesley. Behind the course stands a hill covered with bracken from which Robin Hood used to watch for signals at Nottingham warning him that the Sheriff was setting out in pursuit. These are romantic circumstances, and I thrilled as I was told of them.”

Hollinwell is so called because there is a holy well located amongst the trees close to the 8th fairway. Water from the well is said to lend much needed strength to the golfer, especially during the heat of summer.

Notts Golf Club was founded in 1887. moving to its current site at Hollinwell in 1901, where Willie Park Junior had laid out a course for the members. Modifications (primarily to bunkering) were later made by club professional Tom Williamson and John H Taylor, to whom the club paid the princely sum of five guineas for his services. Tom Williamson built three new holes when further land became available in 1910.

The bunkers at Notts are relatively shallow, unlike some of the cavernous bunkers found at Woodhall Spa or Ganton but the Hollinwell course plays across wonderfully undulating ground where some of the fairways sweep through wooded hillsides and where others run through heather, fern and gorse clad valleys. Unusually, there are a number of varieties of gorse at Notts, and even in the depths of winter, you will find some in flower.

The course feels very much like heathland (the soil is sandy and the turf is firm), but it also has a moorland flavour and a touch of woodland. Despite the varied landscape, this attractive course comes together really well and actually gets better and better as you progress from hole to hole. It is also worth mentioning that a great deal of effort is being put in to encourage the heather to return to its former glory.

Over the years, Notts Golf Club has hosted a number of professional and amateur events. The 1970 John Player Classic (won by Christy O’Connor Senior) was probably the most notable, with a world record first prize of £25,000. Notts is a monster of a course (at more than 7,000 yards long) and it is probably capable of hosting a modern tournament.

Keep an eye out for the fabulous 13th hole; six bunkers surround the green. It’s a downhill par three (228 yards from the back tees) with stunning views.

Since 2011, the club has been involved in a long-term project to restore the course to its original heathland characteristics (through selective tree removal, heather regeneration and gorse management, along with the promotion of fine grasses) and this strategy is continuously reviewed with the assistance of specialist agronomy advisers.

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Description: “After being too long away I lately went back to Hollinwell, which, as all the golfing world knows, or ought to know, is the course of the Notts Golf Club.” Rating: 8.6 out of 10 Reviews: 63
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Vorndron
Played here in early december. Very good course with some tough holes especially on the back nine. Great finish with 16, 17 and 18. Course was dry despite the recent wet weather, greens good but not brilliant but it was december. A fair rating but I prefer Ganton, Woodhall Spa and Little Aston.
December 06, 2009
6 / 10
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stephen voce
The fourth time i`ve played here, its my favourite inland course and i find it hard to fault .This time i had a caddie who was excellent ,to quote Kipling "He was my servant and the better man".
October 09, 2009
8 / 10
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Andy Vernon
A group of enthusiastic golfers decided to play a few courses ranked in the Top 100 in Britain! We have now played Woodhall Spa, The Old and New courses at St Andrews, Moortown, Alwoodley, Hunstanton, Silloth on Solway, Chart Hills, North Berwick and Notts!!! For overall Excellence Notts was far above the rest. The greens were immaculate the fairways like carpets and the tees like my local greens!! On top of that the hospitality was 1st class, all the courses we played were great but the Notts stood out...
July 06, 2009
10 / 10
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Andy Newmarch
Hollinwell is not a good course – it is an absolutely fantastic one. Very rarely has a course kept my interest on every shot, on every hole and I have played around 80 of the GB&I Top 100 and more than 220 that feature on the site. There really are no weak holes, all of which are very different from each other and the course just builds and builds and gets stronger throughout the round. The heath/wood/park land setting is beautiful with many different colours all around. Favourite hole on the front 9, is the 8th (walk down the steps and you must take a drink from the Hollinwell) – it’s a par-4 around 400 yards with the drive over water and to a raised green – really nice hole. The back 9 picks for me are the par-4 11th, around 360 yards but so many choices to make along the way. The par-3 13th is a great hole, long and downhill with some severe protection at the green. The short par-4 16th (350 yards) is my choice (difficult choice) as the best hole on the course – again choices from the tee to be made – go directly at the green and it may only be 310 yards - watch out though, more bunkers await anything less than perfect. The 18th is a toughie – a par-4 around 450 yards, depending on the wind, this could be two woods or a drive and a short iron. The clubhouse has a nice feel to it, lots of history oozing out of every nook and cranny and a warm welcome – The current ranking of 56th does not do the course justice - not sure if there are 55 better courses than Notts, to me this feels that the ranking should be around 30th in GB&I. Highly recommended.
March 17, 2009
10 / 10
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stephen voce
My favourite inland course. Every thing about this place is bang on the money. What i love most is how the course builds and improves as you go round. Other than the front 9 at Royal County Down the back 9 is the best i`ve ever played. Even the drive to the wonderful clubhouse is great
August 01, 2008
10 / 10
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JR
A fantastic golf course. Great variety. Super wildlife and an excellent cooked breakfast.
July 16, 2008
10 / 10
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Steve Burt
Great people great course. Even in the very heavy rain it still drained well. Excellent test of golf that just kept getting better A great day out for any golfer
July 14, 2008
10 / 10
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Keith Baxter

One of the unsung gems of inland golf and absolutely worthy of a visit. Fantastic variation with holes cut through valleys and elevated tee shots galore. Smooth fast and true greens, narrow fairways and wicked wispy rough make Notts a course suited to the low handicapper. It now measures a whoppiing 7,213 yards from the blue tees and whatever you do, take a look at the wonderful par 13th from that top back tee.

June 22, 2006
8 / 10
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J
As a new member of Notts for 2006, i can say that it is an honour and a privelige to have been accepted. It is so nice to be able to have a round of golf in the winter without getting your trousers dirty. The course is nice and firm and the greens are first class(smooth and quick), and for this time of year i have nothing but praise for the greenkeeping staff. Every hole has its own features and charms, and as you walk round the golf course you never want the round to end. The green fees are very respectable too, only £60 in the summer. Come then when the pink is high, the rough is lethal and the greens are mighty fast, and come and see what score you can grind out. And i really mean grind. This course is unbelievably difficult. The CSS is 75 (3 over par) and it is known to get towards the top-seventies on a windy day. To finish, visit Notts Golf Club, and as you make your way down the long driveway and pass through the tall pine trees, you will know that this is going to be something very special indeed.
January 06, 2006
10 / 10
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robert everist
Hollinwell is a wonderful course to play all year round - THE WATER IS CLEAN, COLD and a welcome refreshment. IT IS NOT DIRTY IN THE LEAST! Every hole presents its own set of challenges my particular favourite is the 16th par 4 a nice elevated green looking out on a slight dog-leg right (suits my heinous slice)
July 31, 2005
10 / 10
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