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  • Architects:
  • Consultants:
    • Ebert, Martin
    • MacKenzie & Ebert
  • Holes of Merit:
    2, 3, 6, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18
  • NCG Rank:
    45/100 in GB&I


The club has 20 holes on site. The alternate 8th and 9th can be tacked on to Holes 1-7 to create a 9 hole loop which brings you back to the clubhouse.

The name Hollinwell comes from the spring by the 8th tee - the name is a derivation of 'Holy Well.'

Tom Williamson served the club with an incredible 50 years of service as Keeper of the Green and 54 years as Professional! He played in all but three Opens from 1897 to 1936 finishing in the Top 10 six times!

The freehold of the land was purchased from the Ecclesiastical Commission in 1924. Sunday play soon thereafter followed.

Tom Doak recommends golf architecture students pay special attention to the routing.

Watch NGC Hollinwell Videos

No Laying Up's video can be seen by clicking here

Independent Reviews of Hollinwell

Golf Club Atlas' review can be read here

Sean Arble's tour can be found here

Clyde Johnson analysis of the 11th hole on The Fried Egg


Buy Joe McDonnell's WaterMap here

Golf Course Review

Hollinwell (formerly known as Notts Golf Club) is located in the heart of Robin Hood country - Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. Hollinwell is one of the very finest examples of heathland golf in England, the UK and Ireland. Established in 1887 as the Nottingham Golf Club it's named was changed to Notts Golf Club in 1893. The club moved from the Meadows by the River Trent to a six-hole course in Bulwell Forest which was extended to 18 holes in 1894. Finally, in 1901, the Notts Golf Club settled in Hollinwell.

Situated in a natural valley, the topography is utilised to the full. The genius behind the routing was Willie Park Jr who laid out the course in 1901 with J.H. Taylor and Tom Williamson placing the bunkers in 1902. In 1912, Tom Williamson added three holes to make the course what it is today. He is responsible for the opening 3 holes and the 13th. The remaining holes can be attributed to Park Jr - although with different sequencing.

Notts Golf Club Architectural Heritage

Hole 1 & 2 - Tom Williamson
Hole 3- Tom Williamson & Frank Pennink
Hole 4 - Willie Park Jr
Hole 5 - Willie Park Jr & Frank Pennink
Holes 7-9 - Willie Park Jr
Holes 10-12 - Willie Park Jr & Frank Pennink
Hole 13 - Tom Williamson
Hole 14-17 - Willie Park Jr
Hole 18 - Willie Park Jr & Frank Pennink

Tale of Hollinwell's Scorecard

The course has five sets of tees with the course playing from 5493 to 7250 yards. Of interest, there are only three Par 5's - averaging 543 yards from the Blue Championship Tees. Offsetting them are three Par 3's - averaging 202 yards if played from the tips.

A History of Attention to Agronomy

The course is laid out over 400 acres of free-draining sandstone. A perfect environment for fine grasses to flourish, the website states the course is maintained in accordance with R&A agronomy advice and guidelines. Naturally dry, firm and well-paced - chemical, fertilizer and water inputs are kept to a minimum and mowing heights are not taken below 4mm.

The club is proud not to chase 'fast' greens as the club's agronomic and environmental objectives are aligned with producing an authentic heathland golfing experience. This represents an informed decision that is conveyed well and sets the expectations - a very sensible approach that could and should be replicated by more clubs across the world.


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Visitor Information

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