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The Hotchkin, Woodhall Spa

The Hotchkin, Woodhall Spa

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 ecologyDescription: The Course is rated one of the most
delicate golf courses all over the world, named ‘the Hotchkin’ after the family
owned and developed the course for decades. For over a century, the course has
welcomed many golf travelers from all over the world. It is famous for its
genuine natural beauty, its unique tactical requirements and distinctive
bunkering.  All of the 18 holes of the
course provide an unforgettable experience.

Signature Hole: Many important matches have been decided at
the final hole of the course which is also the most famous hole. This is a 540
yards par five finishing hole challenging the player until the very end of the
match. The tee shot for this hole is considered to be most critical.  The fairway is widening continuously, therefore
the further the shot is, the wider the fairway becomes. Moreover, bunkers are
to be found on both sides which require more planning for the shot.

History: Originally, in 1890 a nine hole course was
opened for play at Woodhall Spa. Soon after, in 1891 the Golf Club was
established and started to develop , the town started to attract people not
only because of its spa resources but golf has also become a centre of
interest. In 1902 the course had to move as the land was acquired for community
purposes. At this stage Stafford Vere Hotchkin offered a land where the 18 hole
course was finally built (and which is the current location of the course till
nowadays). The designer, Harry Vardon visited the course in 1903, when he
actually set a record of 35 in the process. The course construction lasted for
years and included several changes and development until 1914, when the first
exhibition match was played. A couple of years later Stafford Vere Hotchkin
took over the finances. In the 1920’s he managed to create a massive interest
in the golf course.  After his death,
1953 his son Neil, carried on his father’s tradition. He was a great supporter
of amateur golf. In 1995, in order to protect the future of the Golf Club, Neil
Hotchkin sold the course to the English Golf Union. 

Quotes: Playing the Hotchkin course is a unique experience even recognised by the Golf World magazine."Quite simply, heathland golf as its very best." Golf World Magazine, Wolrd Top 100 Courses Ranking  


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