Woodhall Spa Golf Club (Hotchkin Course)

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What we say

As reviewed by former US Open champion Michael Campbell: "It was extremely tight and challenging and also has a very distinct old look and feel about it. I was very impressed with the layout, the piles of heather all over the place… in fact everything about Woodhall Spa impressed me. It was a golfing experience I’ll never forget. As for star holes, they're all pretty good with hardly a weak hole on the course which is always the sign of a top venue. If they could possibly find a bit of extra space and lengthen it, it would give the pros plenty to think about. I’m aware though that it currently gives club golfers and amateurs a severe test of golf." 

The Woodhall Spa Golf Club is very good at standing out from the crowd. It sits, all sandy-soiled, heather-clad, tree-lined bliss in the middle of an otherwise dull district of Lincolnshire. Extravagant praise is not new to The Hotchkin which has prominently featured on a number of global lists conjured up overseas. Routed like a links - the classic nine out, nine back combination - it borrows attributes from its famous heathland cousins in the south east. What sets Woodhall apart though are the bunkers - they sit like bomb craters ready to destroy your card. Sand so penal it’s as if someone is shouting ‘Watch out for the deep bunkers’ on every swing! This course can be played by beginners but at their own risk! Really it is recommended for the more experienced golfer. 

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The Hotchkin layout has changed little since its designer, Stafford Vere Hotchkin, made his significant alterations between 1922 and 1935. However, the course was originally founded at the turn of the century when Harry Vardon laid out 18 holes on land that had been presented for the purpose by the Hotchkin family. Woodhall Spa is of course the home of the English Golf Union, some of the best practice facilities around and the 18-hole 6,134 yards, par 72 Bracken layout.
Accommodation: The Petwood and The Woodhall Spa hotels and The Admiral Rodney in Horncastle.

  • Course Summary

  • Costs 3 out of 5
  • TG Rating 5 out of 5
  • Players Rating 4.4 out of 5
  • Address
    The National Golf Centre, The Broadway, WOODHALL SPA
  • Tel 01526 352511
  • Website www.woodhallspagolf.com

Course Information

Course 71 par
Course Style -
Green Fees £75
Course Length 6,501 yards (5,945 metres)
Holes 18
Difficulty Hard 0-10
Course Membership Proprietary

Course Features

  • Course has: Bar
  • Course does not have: Buggy Hire
  • Course has: Driving Range
  • Course does not have: Practice Green
  • Course has: Pro Shop
  • Course has: Restaurant
  • Course has: Trolley Hire
  • Course does not have: Dress Code
  • Course does not have: Club Hire
  • Course has: Handicap

Your Reviews

  • 5 out of 5 Proper Golf

    By Trev

    The Hotchkin Course is a true golfing delight. Whilst not a hugely long course, it demands both accuracy and sound course management. Deep bunkers are awaiting errand tee-shots and almost all will result in a penalty stroke. The greens are fast and true. My favorite holes were 11,12 and 13. The Bracken course is certainly worth playing also, were it not in the shadow of the Hotchkin I’m certain it would be in the top courses in the county. The clubhouse facilities are great and the staff warm and friendly. This is a must visit.

  • 4.5 out of 5 class... sheer class

    By clay

     The Hotchkin is one of the best courses in the UK... FACT! It's always in great nick and the greens are fast and true. But off the normal tees it's not so long but you have to be straight and accurate. the clubhouse is spot on and the practice facilities are awesome. also if you play as an affiliate of the efgu it doen't cost too much either... this really is a must-visit!

  • 3.5 out of 5 Great Course and well worth visit!

    By hindmarshsl

    I played both the Bracken and Hotchkin on my visit. Firstly I must say that  Bracken course is not one to be ignored. For a second course it is very good and in fact I scored less well on it than on the Hotchkin (partly to do with lack of a warm up though!). It weaves between trees and provides some challenging holes in places like the 4th, 8th, 14th, 16th (possibly the hardest par three I played as the green is very narrow and when I played it, it was into a 3 club wind!). However the main course the Hotchkin is a delight. Quite narrow and plenty of sand (however fortunately I did not encounter much.) There are no weak holes on the course as the deep heather and sand provides plenty of challenge. Although sometimes said to be flat as a pancake the greens were actually very deceptive and only a handful of putts were holed in our fourball throughout the round (although putting is my worse aspect of my game the others weren't bad!). However despite the courses many awards and claims to brilliance for me it did actually lack that little spark. No doubt it is a fantastic course and the weather was a bit dull, but it didn't get my heart racing… it is quite hard to put but I hope I am getting my point across! One minor critisism is that the welcome although also fine seemed a bit robotic and cold however bar staff were fantastic! But as I payed £35 in June for both courses (on a junior rate) I cannot complain a single bit (even though I have!!!) 

  • 4.5 out of 5 A real test

    By Just a shot away

    Just played both the Hotchkin and Bracken with woodhall's winter package and was the best £125 I've ever spent. The Hotchkin is right up with the best of tem and deservedly so the bunkers should be called bomb craters there so deep, especially the 4th. Will definately be back in the summer to see the course in full bloom.Make the journey you will not be disappointed

  • 4.5 out of 5 Take your sand wedge !!!!!!!

    By some sort of ledge

    when we first arrived we were givivng a warm welcome and were given all of the information needed. The round of golf was most enjoyable due to the fact of the condition of the course. The amount of bunkers is amazing but offers a real test to all handicaps. The course is well layed out and offers a great test of course manegment. Ths course is by far one of the greatest courses withn the british isles !!!.

  • 4 out of 5 MGB 2007 battle the bunkers, heather and more!

    By archlulu

    On our recent trip to the home of english golf a great day was nearly spoiled firstly by our collective inability to stay out of the considerable trouble but more importantly the warm beer and attitude of club house staff. It is however a great course - rewarding good golf and punishing the hack! Will go back and hopefully bbe able to finish with a cold beer

  • 4.5 out of 5 Stay out of the Sand-or have a sense of homour

    By wookie

    The fairways had suffered from our recent dry spell, and the bunkers had a large number of stones- due to the sub soil. Dont let this put you off though, it is an excellent test of golf, and an enjoyable experience, if you don't encounter too many bunkers!!!!!! I did however, find the Bracken course harder-due to the rough being up, and enjoyed it more than the Hotckin- may have been something to do with they way I played though!

  • 5 out of 5 GOOD

    By Anonymous

    Brilliant course that cou;d not be faulted. Nice big bunkers and nice quick greens. If you want a challenge it is a good place to come. But you should be aware you need to be a good bunker player.

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