Oakmere Park (Admirals) - Nottinghamshire - England

Oakmere Park Golf Club,
Oaks Lane,
NG25 0RH,

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Situated a few miles north of Calverton, a former mining village that lies between Mansfield and Nottingham, Oakmere Park Golf Club has been operating since the early 1970s, when architect Frank Pennink – former English Amateur Champion and ex-President of the English Golf Union – laid out 27 holes across a wonderfully rolling heathland landscape.

The Admirals course is named in honour of Rear Admiral Robert St Vincent Sherbrooke – a naval man from the nearby village of Oxton who received the Victoria Cross for his actions whilst commanding destroyers in the Barents Sea during the Second World War – and it’s the main 18-hole layout at the club, complemented by the 9-hole Commanders course.

Extending to 6,859 yards from the back tees and playing to a par of 73, the Admirals course makes full use of the undulating terrain, with the Dover Beck and several other water hazards incorporated into the design. The free-draining quality of the turf in this part of the county is such that the all-weather Oakmere Park tracks are always open for play.

Standout holes on the Admirals include short par fours at the 333-yard 6th and the 284-yard 9th. The first of these holes features what the club describes on its website as an intimidating “volcano bunker” down the left side of the fairway whilst the second hole plays uphill and veers left to a small, cunningly contoured putting surface.

On the inward half, there’s a pair of tough par fives to contend with at the 14th and 15th, and the second of these long holes, though shorter in length, is considerably more difficult than the other one, largely due to the brook crossing the fairway and a sizeable pond that lies right in front of the green, severely threatening the approach shot.

A round on the Admirals course ends in fine style at the 453-yard 18th, where the hole doglegs left around a large, well-appointed practice area located next to the clubhouse. Depending on how brave the player feels on the tee, they might be tempted to cut the corner to shorten the next shot to the home green but it’s a risky thing to try so late in the game.

Architect Tom Mackenzie from the respected design firm of Mackenzie & Ebert has been working at the club on course improvements in recent years and this is what he told us in September 2018 about what was done on the Admirals course:

"We have rebuilt all of the bunkers, relocating many at the same time. The sandy, heathy character of the site lent itself to using a lacy-edged style of bunker which is intended to give the course a more mature feel and a distinctiveness to set it apart from other courses in the area.

We have also eliminated two blind uphill par threes, the 8th and the 16th, replacing them with attractive new holes and re-aligned the 7th hole to create a stronger par five at the same time. A new 14th green is under construction and that will complete the programme of work."

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Description: Situated a few miles north of Calverton, Oakmere Park Golf Club has been operating since the early 1970s, when architect Frank Pennink laid out 27 holes across a wonderfully rolling heathland landscape. Rating: 5 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Andy Cocker

This year was going to be my best ever in terms of playing new courses and until lockdown I was on a mission. That then ground to a halt and initially post lockdown, my golf has been centred around my home course, Wortley.

But now visitors are allowed onto courses again, it's time to step back out there. Having seen the new Nottinghamshire rankings I immediately noted the new entry into the Top 10 of Oakmere. Having played most of the Top 10 I thought this was a worthy course to seek out, especially as being based near Mansfield, it should be on heathland type terrain.

Whilst today the weather wasn't great, we arrived at the course and followed the arrows to the pro shop where a very friendly and helpful pro, ran through the do's and don'ts and then we headed to the range which is adjacent to warm up.

Oakmere is a delightful course, heathland with the course laid out over a plateau, the valley sides and mainly in the valley bottom.

It has a lot going for it - the opening tee shot (a par 5) from the plateau down into the valley below, with tall pines to the left, very picturesque opener. The greens are delightful, not quick today despite the impression, but true. Plenty of undulations and multiple levels within the greens means your green reading needed to be of the highest order.

Oakmere Park Golf Club 6th hole

The course has some excellent holes - all the par 3's are standout, in particular the 2nd (played from a high tee to a green protected by water to the front) and the 15th (again played from a high tee, across the wispy heathland grass to a wide green with strategic bunkering to the front and right protecting it). But the short downhill 8th and also the 204 yard 12th were also a delight to play.

Having mentioned bunkers, the bunkers around the greens were large shapely, reminding me of US style bunkering, but the fairway bunkers were more in keeping with heathland courses in the area, although not to the quality of Sherwood, Notts.

Oakmere Park Golf Club 11th hole

There was only one weak part of the whole course and that is the 8th - 10th holes. The 8th and 9th have been re routed since my Garmin and Arccos Caddie courses were loaded. The 8th is fine, a short downhill par 3, but the 9th plays up the side of the hillside, a blind tee shot, back to the top of the plateau. Whilst the green is nice, the overall hole is substandard in design and conditioning. The 10th then plays along the top of the plateau and then sharply dog legs left back down the hillside. Not necessarily hard holes but not in keeping with the rest of the course which is of a very good quality. This despite there not being a single unused tee slot all day.

Oakmere Park Golf Club 12th hole

My favourite on the back 9 was the 14th, a 416 yard par 4, really heathland in character with a long carry to the fairway, fairway bunkers and a green complex surrounded by the trademark bunkers and a sloping back to front green. Follow this with the par 3 15th and you have a delightful 2 holes in succession.

The 17th is also a good, albeit straight hole. The only other downside being the 18th which dog legs left around the back of the range, so visually not the best.

But overall, I really liked the course, the facilities and friendliness of welcome, along with value for money.

In a county that has such class courses - Notts, Sherwood, Coxmoor, it is also worth noting that it has many quality 2nd tier courses and Oakmere is one of them. I would say similar to Rufford, which is not on the listings, but in my opinion and underrated and constantly improving course, but Oakmere edges with the heathland feel, despite those 3 weaker holes.

June 12, 2020
5 / 10
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