If it’s good enough for Lee Westwood, then it’s good enough for us. As many of you know, Lee wrote the foreword for the first edition of our book, Top 100 Golf Courses of the British Isles and he honed his skills here at Worksop. This is how Lee concluded our foreword:
“I still get a thrill each time I tee it up on the 1st, at some of our lesser-known courses as well as our championship venues, but my golfing heart lies at Worksop, a hidden gem if ever there was one.”
So, you could say that Lee Westwood nominated Worksop as a gem and therefore we think it’s fitting to include it here on the Top 100 website as a highly rated course within our Nottinghamshire Best In County rankings.
Home of Lee Westwood, Worksop is in esteemed company being nearby to Holinwell and Lindrick to name just a few. The 1st and 2nd play up and back, a theme that is repeated often with sets of holes playing alongside each other but just the reverse.
The course is extremely tree lined, and this often makes it very narrow, forcing players to shape the balls into fairways, especially on one of the many dogleg holes. There are even trees in play in terms of the strategic element of holes, such as on the par 5 6th, and the par 4 13th.
The greens are the real strength of Worksop, with them normally beong quite long and narrow, with interesting slopes. The 4th features a great 3 tier green, which reminded me of the 15th green at Ganton.
The aforementioned 13th has a blind tee shot that is hard enough, without considering the tree in the middle of the fairway, but 16 has a lot more sensible blind tee shot that is more open than you would think. The 18th is a par 3 finishing next to the clubhouse, which is a pleasant finish to the round.
I love this golf course. It is often overlooked by it’s near neighbour Lindrick and the top quality courses of Notts, Sherwood and Coxmoor, but this heathland course is a class act.
Yes, it has a few quirky holes, such as the dog leg 4th and 5th, but there are some standout holes as well.
The opening couple of holes are relatively gentle, with a short up hiller 1st followed by the 2nd coming back down. The par 3 3rd can play anything from a 5-6 iron to 3-4 iron depending on the wind. I have seen people take driver here. The short dog leg holes follow and these are fun especially the 5th. The 6th is a lovely par 5 but is a chance to get a birdie - plays through a narrow funnel of trees to a lovely shaped green. I love the 9th which is a tough par 4 that plays down to the further point in the course away from the clubhouse. The 11th is a lovely short par 3 and then it’s followed by 3 tough holes. I love the 17th and whilst I’m not a fan of par 3 finishes, the 18th at Worksop is a lovely par 3 with oob and the car park to your right and a sloping right to left green directly in front of the clubhouse. A par here is good.
This a lovely golf course always kept in pristine condition with a welcoming and friendly staff. I have hosted golf days here and the guests have always commented on what a superb course it is. Yes its not Notts but it’s a great course and I recommend playing it
Worksop is a lovely fast running woodland course with sandy fairways and tricky greens.
The course is not particularly long but has putting surfaces that slope wickedly and it is these that act as its main defence. They ensure you must absolutely leave your ball under the hole with your approach shot in order to score well and avoid three-putting… or worse.
Many of the holes at Worksop are also quite tight, therefore, wielding the driver at every opportunity may not always be the wisest choice. The firm nature of the fairways means you can sneak a little bit more distance from the tee, with a long iron or three-wood, than you might initially think.
Lots of the holes on this very tranquil layout are lined with silver birch, gorse and bracken; to be avoided at all costs. The tree-lined nature of the course makes judging the wind difficult as you always seem to be switching direction and there are some nice changes in elevation, with a few of the fairways dipping down and then rising back up, that also creates indecision with club selection.
The opening four holes ease you into the round with a couple of medium-length par fours to start with, followed by a par three then a sharp dog-leg left-to-right two shotter. However, the course really comes to life when you reach one of the best examples of a three-tiered green you will find at the sweeping fifth; each tier poses a different conundrum and it is angled perfectly as it narrows towards the rear, a bunker also pinching the left side of the middle level.
The course doesn’t really look back after that.
Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.