I am not sure if the 7th green falls away.
I am no expert of the general area, although Halifax and Lindrick have long intrigued me. I nearly played Halifax on this trip, but instead plopped for a return to Cavendish. Although I am more interested in playing Cleveland, up near Middlesborough....I have heard very good reports from folks I trust.HALLAMSHIRE CONT
The 10th takes us back over Black Brook in a theatrical style. The drive is blind, but doesn't seem threatening for that.
Keeping to the left will open the green, but bring the bunker more into play. There is every possibility to use the contours in bouncing a ball onto the green.
Back over the brook we go, but in the much more mild fashion of a hole just over 300 yards. Looking back to the 11th tee.
A tiddler par 3, the 12th is not without charm or purpose. In essence, these 123 yards are a layup for the next hole and I wonder if such a hole would be built today. While trees mare what should be great views from the upper to lower section of the property, the club should be commended for leaving this lovely corridor in place.
The 13th transitions wonderfully to the clubhouse level of the property with what seems a much longer hole than the 334 yards written on the card. The reason for the short 12th also becomes apparent...it makes the brook valley manageable.
Unfortunately, the holes coming home are of little interest as it seems as though we face long hole after another over far less compelling land than previously. That said, I did find the approach to the 16th attractive.
Walking back and forth between 14 and 16 I did notice a cliff face and felt sure it would somehow be featured. My intuition was correct in the guise of a handsome setting for a downhill short hole. Once again the club sensibly gives us a view of a long corridor down the 18th.
A bruising 450 yard two-shotter wraps up Hallamshire. While a good enough matchplay hole, it isn't special. However, I do like the tree down the left and fail to see why the gorse isn't cleared away from this noble specimen.
I have very mixed feelings about Hallamshire. The holes surrounding the brook are of a very high standard and fairly varied given the water must be crossed several times. It is the flat holes which leaves me...well flat. Part of the problem is the nature of the terrain, but it seems to me very little was done architecturally to make more of this land. My first thought was wow, is this ever a case for a nine (10,11?) hole course. Upon reflection, I like flat topography golf too much to dismiss the possibilities Hallamshire offer for 18 holes. Hallamshire rather reminds me of Crosland Heath (not too far north from Hallamshire) in that the architecture intelligently revolves around the most dramatic part of the property. Looking back on it, maybe I was too harsh in my assessment of Crosland Heath. Dr Mac did a far better job of creating good holes away from the prime features than was done at Hallamshire. 2018
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