A strong Colt/Braid pedigree defines this excellent heathland test a few miles north of Nottingham

Sherwood Forest Golf Club Review

Green Fee Range: £45-90

Medal Tee: Par 71 – 6,685 Yards

Visitor Times: Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays – after 9:00 (Tuesday 12:00). Sunday afternoon also available.

Website: www.sherwoodforestgolfclub.co.uk

Sherwood Forest Golf Club Review

Played over springy heathland turf across fairways lined by heathers and a fine variety of trees, Sherwood Forest delivers a supremely attractive setting for golf and terrain that is ideally suited for the game.

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Situated to the east of Mansfield, Sherwood Forest has long been one of Nottinghamshire’s premier clubs, but in recent year’s this fine Harry Colt heathland layout, later refined by James Braid, has been catching a far wider eye.

Much of this has been to do with a long-term programme to enhance the playing surfaces and take the layout back closer to its heathland routes.

And, although the course suffered unprecedented storm damage in January 2014 when nearly 800 trees were uprooted or damaged, its future continues to look very bright.

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The 7th green

It plays over rolling and very attractive heathland, and boasts a very good mix of holes; some of which require plenty of thought while others need a little more brute force.

The stretch of consecutive holes from 11 to 14 is probably as tough a par-4 run as you’ll face anywhere, especially into the breeze. Indeed, the consensus is that you will usually need to make your score heading out here, and then fight over the back nine to protect any gains.

The course can stretch to nearly 6,900 yards if so desired and beyond that its main defences are the swathes of heather that flank, and sometimes cross, the holes, and 94 bunkers presented in a way that perfectly complements the heathland terrain.

Course changes since previous ranking

New state of the art driving range and short game area opening Spring 2019

Proposed course changes

Make it a more traditional heathland course by continuing with the tree removal program

Golf Monthly Verdict

Tough tee shots and sublime putting surfaces.