19 Woodhall Spa Hotchkin

Architect: Hotchkin
Stats: 6,921 yds, par 71, SSS 74
GF: £48-£85
Visitor information: Visitors allowed seven days a week. Category 1 golfers allowed to play from the white tees, lower categories must play from the yellows
W: woodhallspagolf.com
2008 Ranking: 18 (Down 1)
Improvements since 2008 Rankings:
Course: Bunker refurbishment programme ongoing
Clubhouse: None

Set in deepest Lincolnshire, this heathland course is renowned for a strong cast of holes and the challenge, positioning and indeed depth of its bunkers. The front nine is more open than the back nine but that’s not to say it’s any easier – every hole is a challenge here. Woodhall Spa is unpretentious and exceptional value, but it’s a real trek to get to.

Panellists’ comments: “The flow of holes is good, the variety of shots excellent and the need for strategic thinking almost peerless”

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