There are few finer courses in Yorkshire than the Colt-designed heathland layout at Hallamshire Golf Club on the outskirts of Sheffield overlooking the glorious Peak District hills. Rated as one of the top 100 courses in England, and the 6th best in Yorkshire, it receives lavish praise from those who play it, thanks to its immaculate condition and superb greens. Hallamshire has been home and host to many famous golfing names over its long history.
It’s the home club of Matthew Fitzpatrick, the young professional who notched 10 top ten European Tour finishes in his first season in 2015, winning the British Masters along the way. Matt, who enjoyed fantastic success and an amateur, claiming the US Amateur Championship in 2013, is regularly seen playing with his pals and often brings his Tour companion Danny Willett along for a round. In the past, world-renowned coaches John Jacobs and Peter Cowen both started their careers as assistant professionals at Hallamshire.
Although not particularly long at around 6500 yards off the tips, the course is regarded as a challenging test for golfers of all standards. It is kept in magnificent condition all year round, with hand cut greens renowned throughout the region for their speed and consistency. The high position of the course ensures swift drainage, allowing members and guests to enjoy their golf on an almost year round basis.
Hallamshire is noted as one of just 400 heather-clad heathland golf courses in the UK by the Sports Turf Research Institute, which describes the course as “prestigious, challenging and attractive”.
Designed by the famous Harry Colt and a member of the Colt Courses collection, Hallamshire is characterised by large pockets of heather, gorse and bilberries that are encouraged by an ongoing woodland and grassland management programme.
The acidic, peaty soil produces beautifully conditioned fairways and firm, true hand-mown greens that are typically slick in the summer and long into the autumn months, yet they are relatively small and invariably present a challenge to get “up and down”.
The course’s elevation on the edge of the Pennines, the prevailing Westerlies and its in-and-out layout, ensures that players need to hang on to what may appear to be a wrecked card on the outward nine before attacking the return where scoring opportunities are usually easier to come by.
Hallamshire Golf Club, Sheffield, United Kingdom