Seacroft - Lincolnshire - England

Seacroft Golf Club,
Drummond Road,
Seacroft,
Skegness,
Lincolnshire,
PE25 3AU,
England


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  • S edge of Skegness near Nature Reserve

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If you follow the signs to Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve, which extends along the picturesque Lincolnshire coast from the southern end of Skegness to the Wash, you'll come across a traditional bracing links. More than 150 miles of coastline stretch between Seaton Carew and Hunstanton – Seacroft is the very best seaside links you'll find in between.

Originally founded in 1895, Seacroft Golf Club started out in life as a nine-hole course and, in 1900, Willie Fernie extended it to 18 holes. Sir Guy Campbell made alterations in the 1920s, although nine of Fernie's original holes still remain intact. "It is one of those courses that runs, roughly speaking, straight out and home," wrote Bernard Darwin in The Golf Courses of the British Isles. "And the nine holes that we play with the wind in our face we think really beautiful, while with the wind behind us we are just a little disappointed... it must often happen that the wind is neither for us nor against us, but blows straight across the course. Then the golf must be really difficult, for the fairway is uniformly narrow and the rough wonderfully tenacious."

The course begins in pleasant suburbia and immediately the scene is set – accurate driving is the order of the day at Seacroft Golf Club. The outward nine occupies lower lying ground, a small dune ridge runs down the left and the road to Gibraltar Point and out-of-bounds lies threateningly to the right. The 8th hole, called "Sand Pit", epitomises the challenge. From the back tee you have to drive bravely over the edge of the road. To make matters worse, a cross bunker waits eagerly to catch your best drive. The 9th hole, a par five called "Gibraltar", will stick firmly in the memory on the way out.

Coming home, there is a feeling of elevated spaciousness, which lulls the unsuspecting into a false sense of security. Gone is the road to Gibraltar Point, instead there's acres of gorse. This is no place to open your shoulders. "Sea View", the par five 13th, "strikes equal terror into the soul," wrote Darwin. "Here the hole stands on a small plateau, and in front is a big bunker in the face of the hill...and the hole lives up to its name, for there is a view of a big stretch of sea."

Apart from straight hitting, you'll need to score well on each of the four excellent short holes. The 12th, called "Island", is a cracking par three (a par four for the ladies). It measures 210 yards and invariably plays directly into the teeth of the prevailing wind – a par here is one to savour.

Seacroft is certainly off the beaten track and Skegness isn't the holiday destination that it once was, but a visit to this amazing understated links will certainly lift your soul.

Clyde Johnson (Cunnin' Golf Design) drew up a course masterplan for the club in the summer of 2018, mentioning in his report that “the previous thoughts of Alister MacKenzie, Tom Williamson and Ken Cotton have not gone unnoticed”. The club has since embarked on a course improvement program which involves widening fairways, expanding greens and upgrading bunkers.

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Description: The course begins in pleasant suburbia and immediately the scene is set – accurate driving is the order of the day at Seacroft Golf Club. Rating: 7.1 out of 10 Reviews: 28
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Tom Sleater
Just got back from a pleasantly surprising stay in seacroft - where the staff and team on-hand are as good as the clubhouse fish and Chips. Golf wise the course was in good nick - with nice and true greens - which all looked good and played well for all four days. The course however i found to be quite easy - of about 2 hrs sleep all of our group scored very heavily, with one of the 12 handicapers (who whilst admittedly a bandit) scored 4,2 and 6 over. Even one of the golfers who had never played links (and onlyu played 6 rounds ever averaged 35 points over 4 rounds). Highlight holes were the par 5's which all represented a great opportunity to score well. The front 9 also played alot harder than the front it seemed. Overall, good course, great for societies and high scores - its almost impossible to lose a ball unless you really really slice it on the front few holes - but as a links course this just did not feel right to me - and its not a serious test. There are plenty ahead of this to my mind like Burham and Berrow, Hunstanton, Royal West Norfolk, Royal Cinque Ports, Royal St George's etc that I would certainly play ahead of this - although I certainly had a fab time.
April 26, 2010
6 / 10
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Hamish Wilson
This course came as a very pleasant surprise. After driving through a small version of Blackpool I was not expecting such a quality golf course. If you like links courses you will love this. It has a quota of quirky and hidden holes that all good links courses have. The greens were excellent and the fairways typical links. After finishing I was looking forward to another round. I rate this highly and I live in East Lothian which is not short of quality links courses so I can say (modestly!) that I am a good judge of this type of course. In addition the welcome in the club house was great. Altogether an excellent experience.
December 22, 2009
10 / 10
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Sam Baldwin
We played here in Easter and the condition was excellent. The course was set up well with dry, flat tees and true greens. The course itself is an excellent example of a links. It has clearly not changed much at all and has some excellent tight holes that require a good solid shot. The day was still and therefore the course did not prove the challenge it could have been if the wind had picked up. I rate this very highly and feel it deserves to be pushed up the ratings.
April 15, 2009
8 / 10
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Jim Robertson
Seacroft is a true hidden gem! Playable (and in fine condition - no winter greens or mats) last Sunday when the entire country was under snow - and for £25!! It is a classic links course with many interesting holes and few, if any, that are less than challenging. A demanding course because of the narrow fairways and upturned saucer greens but never less than fair. Throw in a lovely new clubhouse with excellent food and you have a perfect winter's golfing experience. If you are in Lincolnshire play Woodhall Spa and then take the 35 mile journey east to Skegness -- you will not regret it!!
February 13, 2009
8 / 10
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pingfan
Played this weekend for £30 winter green fee. Great condition for this time of the year!! It was a nice change to get some roll on the ball!! Some really interesting holes coming up to the turn where strategy played a big part off the tee. Will definately return in the summer. The only downside were the last two holes which where a bit weak. Friendly pro shop, which even let us have an extra nine holes at no extra cost.
February 18, 2008
8 / 10
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Bowlesie
A Classic Links,out and back.There are some excellent par 3'S.The finish is particularly strong as its normally played into the breeze.A members club in the true sense of the word and the course condition very good.Bring your A game of the tee and you will love it.
May 14, 2006
8 / 10
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Bob
We went to Skegness for the weekend and played North Shore GC and Seacroft. I really liked both courses. We had a strong northerly wind but glorious sunshine. Both had nice layouts with lots of interesting holes. North Shore greens were disappointing following a fusileum treatment which left lots of bare patches. Seacroft had superb greens - the best I have played in some time.Really enjoyed it - I had the wind at my back for the outward nine and scored really well- same cannot be said for the return!They are building a new clubhouse which looks really nice. No car park but a very good golf course.You will need a course planner for yardages. By the way North Shore GC have the best course planner I have ever seen- done by Sky Guide International.
April 23, 2005
8 / 10
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Billy
Seacroft is an honest undiluted test of golf. There's nothing frilly about this links course. A basic 9 out 9 back affair with a small ridge of dunes between the outward and inward holes. Challenging collection of par threes. Excellent quality putting surfaces. Well worth going out of the way to play.
November 02, 2004
6 / 10
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