The Sheffield and District Golf Club was founded in 1891 with a course laid out by Old Tom Morris and Robert Wilson.
Three years later nine holes were added and the direction of play reversed.
Harry Colt was also consulted..
Somewhere along the timeline the club changed it’s name to Lindrick GC
Then Tom Dunn made some changes in 1897, then Harry Colt, and then Willie Park Jnr in 1907-09 revised the layout again adding new holes and length. By 1925 William Fowler and Tom Simpson were consulted, changing the routing to avoid the main road.
Dr Alister MacKenzie, Fred Hawtree, Donald Steel, Cameron Sinclair & Ken Maddie have all had input since..
Lindrick is remembered for hosting the 1957 Ryder Cup when Great Britain famously beat the USA.
In 1966 Lindrick hosted The British Masters, and in 1977 The Women’s British Open.
At 6600 yards Lindrick is considered a little short for championship golf these days, but did host the English Women’s Amateur in 2017.
Whilst not overly long, Lindrick’s tree lined fairways are well protected by bunkers, gorse, and long grass.
It is quite tight in places.
Players will definitely benefit from multiple plays, and knowing the lines of play.
In our case we had the good fortune to play with locals who were able to keep us on the straight and narrow with their local knowledge..
The playing surfaces are in good nick, but anything off the short grass is in danger of being lost.
Notable holes include:
- hole 1, a strong opening par 4 with out of bounds in play left and particularly threatening on the approach
- hole 3, a well bunkered mid length par 3
- hole 4, a short dog leg par 5 with a blind approach. The pretty green is set way below the fairway with river behind.
- hole 15, a shorter par 4 with a green bordered by a stone wall
- hole 18, a long strong par 3 finishing hole that features in the book 'The 500 Best Golf Holes in the World'
Lindrick is a good day's golf.
It is an easy walk, and the course is nicely maintained.
It is not long, but challenges the golfer to think his/her way around all eighteen.
It has it's fair share of blind or partially blind shots, so lines of play are not immediately obvious to the visitor, who would definitely benefit from a second viewing!
It's a famous old course and well worth a visit.
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