On Wednesday 1 August, ten Old Salopians and one guest went to Hollinwell for our inaugural fixture at this very prestigious course.
Notts Hollinwell has a long, proud and distinguished heritage which dates from the club’s origin in 1887 on Nottingham’s Bulwell Common to the current heathland course at Hollinwell, which sits so beautifully in the heart of Byron country and within the historic boundary of Sherwood Forest. Legend has it that Robin Hood sat on the hillside rock above what is now the 2nd green, and just beyond the 8th tee lies the Holy Well from which the course derives its name and which for centuries, provided refreshing spring water for the monks of Newstead Abbey and now for Hollinwell golfers.
Currently ranked as the UK’s 40th best course by Golf World Top 100, in the Top 20 according to National Club Golfer, the course could well rise further up the rankings as a result of the widely acclaimed course and environmental improvements accomplished over recent years.
Notts Hollinwell has held many prestigious professional and amateur tournaments and in 2018 the club hosted Final Qualifying for the 147th Open at Carnoustie. The club’s professionals have held Open Championship records and most unusually for a club pro, played in the Ryder Cup.
The club has fascinating connections not only to ancient monks, Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest, the Ryder Cup and the Open but also to Charles Darwin, Sir Nick Faldo, Sir Peter Alliss and Matt Fitzpatrick.
The course was running fast with the lack of rain and the golf ball ran a long way on the burnt-up fairways. The greens were in good condition, despite some top dressing, in readiness for the Club Championship, being held on Saturday 4 August. All who played thoroughly enjoyed themselves and hope this will become a regular fixture in the OSGS Fasti.
- The Nearest the Pin on the 13th Signature Hole was won by Frank Higham (O 1968-1972);
- The Longest Drive on the 18th Hole was won by David Schofield (OS Parent of 4 Old Salopians);
- The Runner Up with 31 Points was Bill Russell (M 1950 -1955);
- The Winner with 33 Points was Charles Hill (SH 1980 -1984).
Post the Golf we enjoyed a Sandwich Tea in the Bar exchanging tales about our golf.
Charles Hill, Honorary Secretary - Old Salopian Golfing Society, CharlesGCHill@hotmail.com