From ‘Fore’ to four bedrooms

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THE TIMES LEADER column rarely mentions golf. Yet in the March 5th edition it tells the sorry story of clubs selling their courses as land for house builders. As if golf were not under sufficient pressure the prospect of clubs, particularly those owned by local authorities, selling out to developers to meet the ever increasing demand not only for new homes but also to balance the books is possibly the most worrying trend of all. Continue reading

Playaway: Woodhall Spa Hotchkin Course, Lincolnshire

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THAT FINE AND most traditional of golf writers, Henry Longhurst, said ‘It is I think, the best course, in the most comprehensive sense, that I have played on in Britain.’ It is the Hotchkin course, named after club member, golf architect and local resident, Stafford Vere Hotchkin, who in 1902 offered a large swathe of his own hunting land to use as an 18-hole course in the Lincolnshire spa town of Woodhall. Continue reading