With the exception of the Lancashire coastline around Merseyside, and a corner of the Kent coastline, England cannot compete with Northern Ireland, Eire or Scotland for its range and variety of links courses.
But what it does have in magnificent abundance is a host of heathland gems, and first among their number is Woodhall Spa which is so good that the English Golf Union decided to make it their headquarters.
There are, in fact, two courses, the Hotchkin, designed by Harry Vardon and opened in 1905, and the Bracken, conceived by Donald Steel and opened in 1998.
The main course was re-designed by Stafford Vere Hotchkin (hence the name) in the 1920s but to spend the day here, and play both courses, must be one of the finest golf experiences available in the UK.
Woodhall Spa is the home to the English Golf Union and boasts 2 18 hole golf courses and one 9 hole pitch and putt.
The Hotchkin, as it is known is the Championship Course and it’s currently rated the 11th Best Golf Course in the UK. It’s arguably the best inland course in the UK, with a classic course design including heather-lined fairways and cavernous bunkers. And if you manage to keep your ball out of the heather and the bunkers, there is always that wonderful gorse to put a smile on your face.
Set in heart of Lincolnshire, its sand rich soil means that you can play all year round with a wonderful soft turf underfoot. From the 11th hole, there are wonderful panoramic views and particular mention goes to the short 12th par 3 hole which measures 172 yards from the championship tee. With the deep greenside bunkers, the one to the left measures 12 feet below the green, and a long narrow green which slopes from back to front, its one of the best par 3’s in the UK.
Many a game has been decided on the finishing 18th, 540 yards which is used played into the prevailing wind. When it comes to saving the hardest to the end, the 18th tee shot is very tough and you need to keep the ball down the left to avoid the massive oak tree on the right. A great but very difficult finishing hole.
The Bracken Course is the easier of the two but they are very different. It’s a little easier with a more American design and feel. Design by Donald Steel, the course is a very good test with large undulating greens.
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