Established in 1898, Sickleholme Golf Club is an 18-hole, par-69 parkland course built inside Derbyshire’s gorgeous Peak District National Park. As you can imagine, golfing here feels like travelling back in time as the trees and lush landscape will wall you off from the outside world, dulling the sound of modern life. If you’ve never been to a proper forest before, Sickleholme will take your breath away.
However, it is not all fun and games here. The 6,064 yards course is pretty challenging for the average Joe. If you’re not careful, you could easily go 10 or even 20 over par. The key to mastering the course is learning the landscape. Observe the rolling terrain, and don’t get surprised by the alternating uphill and downhill topography – sometimes on the same hole. Keep an eye out for the bunkers – Hole 4, for instance, has four sand traps surrounding it. In addition, use the correct clubs to optimise your reach. The good news is, you will get better with practice as this course is very learnable.
The par-4, Hole 6, is the longest at Sickleholme at 452 yards. The 156 yards, par-3 Hole 7, meanwhile, has the distinction of being the shortest. Special mention goes to Hole 9, which offers a breath taking Vale of Edale at tee.
The course is open daily (open after 3 p.m. on Saturdays), subject to availability. Advance booking is recommended. Further, all players must present a handicap certificate when requested.
*Discounted rates available for juniors and people living within 50 miles of Sickleholme
Sickleholme Golf Club, situated about 13 miles northwest of Sheffield, is located directly across the road from Bamford railway station. It is also just half a mile east of Hope (Derbyshire) railway station. It is within walking distance of the Hope Valley Garden Centre via Saltergate Lane.