Sherwood Forest Golf Club’s clever bunkering and natural heathland terrain will test the best amateurs in the game when it hosts the Brabazon trophy in May.
Stretching to a yardage of 6,806 and with a par of 70, Sherwood Forest can be a formidable challenge for any level of golfer.
Even though water is in scarce supply, sand is not!
A total of 98 bunkers lie in wait for the errant golfer and long carries over swathes of heather provide a further obstacle to low scoring.
The 74th staging of the Brabazon Trophy – first held in 1947 – will give Sherwood Forest the chance to enhance its reputation and live up to its mission statement of being ‘widely regarded as one of the best heathland course in the UK and Ireland.’
Founded in 1895, the club moved to its current location in 1912 after the sixth Duke of Portland granted permission to build a course on his land.
The benevolent Duke then sold the course to the members in 1921 for the princely sum of £1500 and the club went from strength to strength.
The success of Sherwood Forest owes a lot to its design – and the calibre of the architects who sculpted its fairways and greens from a prime piece of land just a few miles east of Mansfield and bordering the famous glade from which it takes its name.
Originally laid out by Harry Colt, the design was further enhanced when former Open champion and renowned architect James Braid made his own improvements to the course in the 1920s.
This year’s Brabazon competitors will face a course recognised as one of England’s finest and sternest tests.