The Bracken course is the perfect foil to the famous 18 holes of the Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa. Respected architect Donald Steel sympathetically routed the Bracken across a rolling landscape of woodland and farmland in the late 1990s.
The Bracken course provides a contrasting challenge to the Hotchkin. On this more modern layout you will find large undulating greens and water hazards the main obstacles to putting a good score together.
Donald Steel, one of Britain’s foremost golf course architects of the modern era, has created an interesting routing that has the majority of the back-nine inside the outer front-nine. The terrain that the course is played over is a pleasant mix of woodland and more arable ground that is habitat to a variety of wildlife.
The bunkering certainly isn’t as severe and at times the fairways are more generous but some of the holes are also tree-lined and require even more accuracy than the Hotchkin. The Bracken is contemporary in nature and complements its elder sibling nicely.
The beauty of having two courses is that Woodhall Spa becomes an ideal destination for players seeking a short break. With the contrasting variety of both courses a big draw and an overnight stay in the Edwardian town of Woodhall Spa, literally on the doorstep, it’s no wonder so many serious golfers flock to the heart of Lincolnshire to play and stay here.
Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.