Lindrick Golf Club
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Lindrick Golf Club is a golf course in South Yorkshire and is also a site of special scientific interest (SSSI). The SSSI covers 22 hectares (54 acres) and was designated for its biological interest. The site was notified in 1987.
The course is situated on the A57 running between Sheffield and Worksop, Nottinghamshire, and is approximately 3 miles (5 km) west of Worksop. The course is affiliated to the Yorkshire Golf Union and, contrary to local folklore, the entire course and clubhouse is situated in Yorkshire.
Founded in 1891, the course was originally nine holes, but was extended to 18 holes in 1894. Prior to the enhancements programme started in 2015, the last major changes to the course layout occurred in 1932, to avoid two holes being played over the A57. The course design has been influenced by a variety of renown architects from 'old' Tom Morris, Alistair McKenzie to current award winning designer Ken Moodie.
Currently Holes 1–11 and Hole 18 are situated on the south side of the A57, with Holes 12–17 being on the north side. The course now has two tunnels providing safe crossing of the A57. The closing 18th hole features as one of the 500 Greatest Holes in the World and is also listed as one of Peter Alliss' favourite 18 holes of all time. The course plays host to a number of leading amateur tournaments, and is a venue for Regional Qualifying for The Open Championship, and is regularly featured in the various top 100 course ratings in the golfing media. Lindrick is also one of the courses (with Ganton and Moortown) who play host to the annual Yorkshire Challenge which is now one of the biggest tournaments for club golfers in the country
The 1957 Ryder Cup was played at Lindrick, resulting in the only post-war victory for Great Britain & Ireland, captained by Dai Rees and in 2016 featured on Sky TV as being the only club to ever have 3 current playing members to represent Europe in that years Ryder Cup team. The Curtis Cup was played on the course in 1960, and the Women's British Open has been held at the course on two occasions – in 1977 and 1988, and most recently the English Womens Amateur Championship in 2017.
Marian Rae, the former President of England Golf, is a member.
In recent years the club have invested heavily in creating custom designed practice areas, new changing facilities as well as a full facelift to the Ryder Cup casual bar area which displays memorabilia of the Ryder Cup and Lindrick's continued association with that tournament since 1957. In 2015 they started a programme to enhance the course with new championship tees, added fairway bunkering and the rejuvenation of all other bunkers on the course with a completion date for the new course of 2020. Expenditure on all the above projects is thought to be in excess of £2m.
- "Lindrick Golf Course - Site Notified to the Secretary of State on the 30th July 1987" (PDF). English Nature. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 14 February 2009.
The SSSI supports the largest and one of the most diverse areas of limestone grassland in South Yorkshire.
- "Masters 2016: Danny Willett - the making of an Augusta champion". BBC Sport. 11 April 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
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