Top 10 Golf Courses in Lincolnshire 2015
Lincolnshire Best In County rankings updated
Situated on the east coast of the country, Lincolnshire is home to the English Golf Union, which governs all amateur golf in England. It may be a largely flat, rural county, but you will find more than fifty golf clubs affiliated to the Lincolnshire Union of Golf Clubs.
The town of Woodhall Spa has more in common with Spa towns such as Harrogate than Lincolnshire’s traditional towns and villages. Golfers visit the pretty Spa town to savour not only the county’s best layout, but also one of the highest ranked inland golf courses in the entire country.
Nobody will be surprised to learn that the Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa is still No.1 in Lincolnshire. It’s impossible to imagine that any golf course in the county will ever come close to displacing the Hotchkin from its lofty perch. After all, this is a course that vies for the moniker of best inland course in Britain & Ireland as well as featuring highly in most World Top 100 ranking lists.
However, don’t be fooled into thinking that Lincolnshire is just about one course. Skegness is not at the top of the list for most family holidays these days, but this old-fashioned seaside town is the proud custodian of another golfing gem. More than 150 miles of coastline stretch between Seaton Carew in the north and Hunstanton in the south and Seacroft is the very best seaside links you'll find in between. Situated adjacent to the Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve, which extends along the picturesque coast from the southern end of Skegness to the Wash, you'll come across a traditional and truly bracing links, which remains our Lincolnshire No.2.
Further down the list, Forest Pines stays anchored in 3rd place, but from thereon in it’s all change. There are no new entries in our Lincolnshire Top 10, but every course from position four to ten (except Lincoln, which retained 5th spot) have changed places. The Brownlow course (holes 1-18) at the 27-hole Belton Park moves up two places to 4th, while Market Rasen leaps from 10th to 6th.
It’s surprising to note that the Bracken at Woodhall Spa is our biggest faller (down 5 places). It naturally lives in the dark shadow cast by its illustrious older sibling and we are convinced that if the Bracken course was relocated some 20 miles or so away from the Hotchkin, it would be much more highly rated.
To see our new 2015 Lincolnshire Top 10, click the link. If you have played golf extensively across any English county and would like to have your say, please contact me ([email protected]). In the meanwhile a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to the process so far.
15 March 2015 Respond to this article