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Sean,We all agreed that the opening and closing stretches were far less interesting than the middle section, but reflecting on it afterwards I wonder how much the weather conditions influenced this.I visited Hallamshire briefly a few months ago on a fine sunny day, and was immensely taken with what I viewed from the clubhouse and from the road alongside the final few holes. I saw an inspiring heathland landscape with abundant purple heather and yellow gorse. This is what led to me suggesting Hallamshire as a venue for my match with Boony.On a cold damp windy day in November however, the same ground seemed rather flat and dull, and the gorse intrusive. The heather was nowhere near as evident, not being in flower. Are you immune to such influences? I'm not sure I am.
Sure, the course has a fairly routine intro and outro, but can't the same be said of many courses - some that that are held in very high regard?The first three holes at Formby give little indication of what is to come. The last two holes are fairly pedestrian. The majesty of the surroundings and the quality of the golf in between however, more than compensates for this.I suspect that on a lesser level, much the same could be said of Hallamshire when the biting easterly wind is not there and the heather and gorse are in bloom......and when the Tin Man is not rusting up!
Sean,Every photo you've posted has intrigued me (except maybe the cat). I really like the look of the third green. Maybe if I make it back to Buxton & Cavendish, I can detour over. What else is nearby? I also would like to spend some more time in the Peak district itself.
I was a member at Halifax for several years and am now at Huddersfield. Both are well worth a visit if youíre in the area. Having read most of your reviews, Sean, I have a feeling you might really enjoy Ogden. You say that the some of the holes at Hallamshire are a bit ďmundaneĒ - not a criticism that many would have of Ogden The one thing I will say is that it can be pretty bleak up there on a bad day. On the other hand, there are few places better when the sunís shining - or at the very least when itís not shrouded in mist or the rains not coming sideways at you! Best to choose your day wisely for a first visit.
Sean,Hopwood actually fits in well with a trip to Fixby or Ogden. It's less than 30 minutes from both. You don't need to go near the M6!As for the Fixby green fee, it looks like we've got a member among our ranks to sign us in!It's often available for £25-30 anyway on TeeOffTimes.Edited to add;In case I've confused anyone,Hopwood = Manchester GCFixby = Huddersfield GCOgden = Halifax GC