The Sinfin Golf Course of the Derby Golf Club was constructed in 1923 at a grand cost of £500 on an abandoned cotton mill which, a hundred years earlier, served as the spot for derby races. 93 years on, Derby Golf Club, or more fondly referred to as Sinfin (the term originated from the now demolished Sinfin Primary School at the western section of the course), has become a firm favourite with the older demographic owing to its generally flat, low lying layout.
The 6,288 yards, par 70 mature parkland course is well-known for its tight, well-groomed tree-lined fairways, especially among the par 4 holes, which elevates the need for accuracy over power and length – a rare attribute among longer courses. The relatively firm ground also reduces bounce, which further heighten the need for accuracy.
Probably the toughest hole here is the par 5, 478 yards Hole 9. While getting par is quite easy, the hole offers an opportunity for a birdie or even an eagle if you’re willing to attack the green by making a power play over a wall of tall trees. If you could clear the trees, the slightly hollow area around the green will feed the ball closer. Failure could prove costly though as any miscalculation could result in hitting the trees or landing in internal out of bounds zones.
The club has a rather active competition calendar, so if you’re the competitive sort, you can look forward to several open competitions every year. Due to this however, you must make a telephone booking in advance to make sure you get to play – it can get crowded at times.
This membership allows the use of four other courses (Tapton Park, Beauchief, Birley Wood and Tinsley Park) managed by GOLFIT.
Derby Golf Club is located just 3.5 miles (about 15 minutes) southeast of Derby town centre. The best way to get there would be to take Osmaston Road (A514), Dairy House Road and St. Thomas Road before exiting to Sinfin Lane and finally Wilmore Road. As you approach Wilmore Road, you’ll see a Rolls Royce factory on your left. If you don’t see one, that means you’ve taken a wrong turn somewhere along the way.
Derby Golf Club, Willmore Road, Sinfin, Derbyshire DE24 9HD
Telephone: 01332 766323