Woodhall Spa Golf Breaks in Lincolnshire
EXPERIENCE THE NATIONAL GOLF CENTRE
The National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa, also the home of England Golf, invites you to experience the world-class golf courses and Academy. With two magnificent courses – the Hotchkin and the Bracken. The Hotchkin is currently ranked number 54 best in the world (by Golf.com) and has recently been extensively refurbished by leading golf course architect Tom Doak.
Woodhall Spa prides itself on looking after the needs of their guests. You will be offered the warmest of welcomes on your golf break and fine hospitality. Whether you are enjoying a golf break with your friends, visiting in a society/corporate golf day or playing in a championship. A fantastic selection of golf and local accommodation packages are available. See ‘example package’ tab on the left hand side for some great deals at local accommodation.
Woodhall Spa’s Hotchkin course was described as “one of golf’s supreme shotmaking tests” as it was named the 54th best course in the world in Golf magazine’s benchmark ranking. The Hotchkin rose 12 places from its position two years ago in the American publication’s 2020-21 list of the greatest courses in the world. The headline rise is vindication of the club’s decision to engage feted architect Tom Doak to renovate the heathland masterpiece over the course of three years.
The Lincolnshire course’s significant jump placed it ahead of some of the most iconic and alluring names in the game; Ballyneal, Kiawah Island (Ocean), Cape Wickham, Royal Lytham, Sawgrass, Whistling Straits, Bandon Dunes, Cabot Links, Bandon Trails, Barnbougle (Lost Farm) and Royal Melbourne (East) were all ranked below the Hotchkin.
The Hotchkin was one of 30 courses from Britain and Ireland, with only 15 rated better than it. There was one additional entry from mainland Europe, making the Hotchkin the 16th best course in the whole of the continent. In ranking the course at No.54, Golf’s new architecture editor – the highly-respected Ran Morrisset – said: “Harry Vardon left us much more than six Open wins and a grip. Woodhall Spa is his design legacy, an intriguing heathland/inland links blend, an oasis of tumbling terrain amid the surrounding flat fenland of Lincolnshire.
“Deep bunkers are its defining trait, along with plentiful gorse and a stellar set of par 3s. Credit architects HS Colt and SV Hotchkin for enhancing Vardon’s work and turning the course into one of golf’s supreme shotmaking tests.” Doak’s work at Woodhall Spa centred around hundreds of trees removed, bunkers restored, created and filled in, and the encouragement of heather.
In addition to creating a greater heathland feel that has significant environmental benefits, the more open course now enjoys expansive views and is already improving further its already renowned turf. “We are naturally delighted with this ranking,” said Richard Latham, general manager. “To be so high in such a respected list is very pleasing and credit must go to Tom and his team – as well as our in-house staff who carried out so much of the renovation work – for improving the course to such a degree that this esteemed panel view us so highly.
“To be rated among the stellar names in world golf illustrates what I hope anyone who has visited us recently knows; the Hotchkin is a world-class golf course.”
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