Shifnal - Shropshire - England

Shifnal Golf Club,
Decker Hill,
TF11 8QL,

  • +44 (0) 1952 460330

  • Neal Milton

  • Frank Pennink

  • Neil Allsebrook

The small market town of Shifnal lies between Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton and the golf course is laid out to the north of the town, just the other side of the M54 motorway. Whilst the transportation links for golfers are very convenient, all thoughts of traffic and travel fade far into the distance the minute you drive onto the estate and catch a glimpse of Shifnal Golf Club’s magnificent Regency clubhouse.

According to Frank Pennink's Choice of Golf Courses: "Until 1964, Shifnal was a pleasant 9-hole course near the little market town. In 1964/5 a new 18-hole course, designed by me (with great assistance from R.P. Yates) was constructed at Decker Hill."

Decker Hill, as this mansion was originally called, came with the property when the club relocated from Lodge Hill and it seemed only natural to include it in the club’s infrastructure as a rather grand clubhouse. Most of the park’s existing trees were preserved when architect Frank Pennink laid out the 18 holes, and they were supplemented by many new plantings which are now reaching maturity.

Shifnal extends to 6,465 yards, playing to a par of 71 and the course is configured as two returning loops of nine. Highlight holes include the par five 6th (“Road Hole”), rated stroke index 1 on the card, and the 160-yard 7th (“Larches”), which is the only par three on the outward half. On the back nine, the doglegged holes at 12 (“Dovecot”), 16 (“Hillside”) and 18 (“Decker Hill”) are the pick of the par fours.

The club has hosted a number of English Golf Union competitions in recent years, including the Mid-Amateur Men’s Open in 2008 and the Ladies Senior Championship in 2012, so there’s no doubting the modern day golfing pedigree of the much underrated championship course at Shifnal Golf Club.
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Description: Shifnal Golf Club was founded in 1929 but today's course was designed by Frank Pennink in the mid-1960s after the club moved to its current, picturesque, parkland location. Rating: 4 out of 6 Reviews: 2

Deceptively good and fair track set in mature parkland where you need to make your score on the front nine.

4 / 6
March 05, 2017

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You do have to hit the ball straight here as nearly all of the fairways are lightly tree lined (if you do however have a hook or slice you may as well over do your fault as you could end up over the trees and on the neighbouring fairway leaving a shot to the green). The layout is nice, easy to walk and there are a few lakes that need to be hit over (Par 3 13th). Toughest hole is probably the 9th back up towards the clubhouse though the 18th is also tough with OOB down the left.
4 / 6
January 07, 2007

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July 18, 2011
Shifnal Golf Club lies in the picturesque county of Shropshire. It’s a good taste of golf in wonderful surroundings and the course was designed by Frank Pennink and is set in 113 acres of parkland with the Georgian mansion as its impressive clubhouse. Measuring 6,468 yards with a Standard Scratch Score of 71, the course offers the golfer some really challenging holes which, at first, may look easy but soon earn the player's respect. The course is a fine test of golf and a well kept secret, it will be used in 2008 for the EGU Logan Trophy (English Men’s Open Mid-Amateur Championship).