nr Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 3UU
18 holes. Heathland course. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Original layout by Charles "Hugh" Alison (1910). Later revisions made between WWI and WW2 by James Braid. Updated and lengthened from its original 6,000 yds by Martin Hawtree (2003).
15 mi W of Peterborough / 38 mi SE of Nottingham.
From the A1 (Great North Road) at Stamford, take the A6121 signposted Stamford. On leaving the A1 follow direction Tinwell and Ketton. After 4.2 miles (after villages of Tinwell and Ketton) the road turns sharply left under a low railway bridge. Turn left immediately after bridge into Golf Club.
The Luffenham Heath Golf Club: Whether you are travelling north up the Great North Road or just looking for a new place to play, Luffenham Heath is well worth getting to know. At just over 6,500 yards from the back tees, it's not the longest course by today's standards, but the layout is blessed with many fine holes, presenting a classic test for golfers.
The subtlety of Harry Colt's layout (later revised by James Braid) and the quiet beauty of this area of wooded heathland will surely delight. The greens here are fast, with just enough slope to keep you guessing as to line and pace of putt. Many of the putting surfaces are defended by a pleasant (some would say fiendish) mix of grass and sand bunkers.
Here at Luffenham Heath you are just a stone's throw from Rutland Water (one of the largest and most scenic artificial lakes in Europe) and to the east is The George at Stamford, one of England's oldest hotels.
Pick of the holes: in a wonderful closing stretch, the signature par-3 17th is an absolute gem. Your tee-shot must carry downhill to a green surrounded by a profusion of bunkers and studded with small mounds.
Visitors welcome on weekdays (except Tues), and on weekends 10:30-12:00 and after 2:00 pm.
Must book in advance. Proof of handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Players generally walk this course.
It was in 1909 that Lord Willoughby de Eresby proposed the building of a golf course on 250 acres of land owned by his father, Lord Ancaster. The great Harry Colt was commissioned to layout the course. | On the right of the current 11th, 12th and 13th holes is an arable field surrounding some fine looking Scots pines. These trees were previously integral parts of the original course, until the land was comandeered during WW2. You may detect some slight differences between the current 11th, 12th and 13th holes and the rest of the course.
England: 98th best course in England (Golf World, 2021).
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