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Bracken Hill Golf Course

Address Bracken Hill Golf Course, Bracken Hill Lane, Heighington, LN4 1JX
Telephone 01522 792496
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Holes 18 holes - Greens and course maintained using traditinal methods Heathland in nature and undulating with tree lined fairways.
Yardage 5600
Par/SSS 65/65
Visitors Welcome
Societies Contact course
Green Fees
9 holes: A / 18 holes: B
Juniors: A
Deals for students and groups.
Course Designer Owner
Opened in 2004.
Location 4 miles SE of Lincoln.
From Lincoln:
Head south (B1188) from Lincoln. Go up Canwick Hill and turn left at crest on minor road, direction Heighington. Go through village passing Turk's Head (on right), up hill direction Potterhanworth. BH is on left, before railway line.
From the south:
At Branston, turn right at edge of village down Moor lane. Turn left at cross roads. BH is on right after crossing railway bridge.
• Practice putting and practice pitching areas
• Caravan Club site for 5 caravans.
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Bracken Hill is a nuts and bolts course completely devoid of frills, expensive landscaping or club house drinky poos, so if you are a ?Poulter Poser? who expects some lackey to doff his cap at you, or top hat and tails service I think you would be disappointed. Members and visitors alike come here to PLAY golf and not TALK about it. There are no signs up telling you what you should, or should not do; it is assumed that if you can play golf you will be aware of rules and etiquette already.
However, this course has something unique that very few other courses can boast of. I speak of Steff who is not only the owner but the designer, builder and manager of the course. With 50 years golfing experience and having been County Champion for a number of years in his younger days he oozes golf from every pore! And he is more than willing to pass on those experiences to anyone who wishes to learn, or improve their golf.
This is a beautiful heathland course with generous fairways of natural grass all bordered by trees and bushes teeming with wildlife during the summer. The links style greens are also of natural grass receiving very little in the way of chemicals and never requiring watering. Steff boasts the fact that his course has never been closed due to bad weather and the greens are in use all year round.
In all honesty this is not the easiest course to play, particularly due to the strategic placing of the links style bunkers, some of which are quite deep. The front 9 holes have been in use for some time now and the back 9 are playable, although there still appears to be some more work to do on them.
I moved to this area 3 years ago with a handicap of 18. I should have joined Bracken Hill then but I stupidly took heed of the bad reports and went further afield. It wasn't until my game nosedived to the point that I got a handicap of 28 I joined B H early this year. Since then Steff has completely dismantled and reconstructed my game up to the point that I can confidently claim my old handicap of 18.
Well worth a visit by the golfer who is up for a challenge, since this is a thinking man's course requiring some thought for each shot. Membership is recommended for those who are learning the game; not satisfied with their progress or just want to improve.
Mark: 8
VFM-good: Value For Money: Good
Chris B March 14, 2016

I recently played nine holes at Bracken Hill and was surprised and impressed by the condition of the holes in play.The reception building is now completed and is a credit to the owner. When the new holes are open this will be a course that will challenge all those in the locality.
Mark: 8
Value For Money: Good
adam March 5, 2016

Having read some of the reviews of this course, I thought I'd give it the benefit of the doubt and try a round. I was hoping that the comments would prove to be too harsh, but having just completed nine holes I can only agree with the negative reviews, and state that they are in no way harsh. The greens were in worse condition than most fairways in the area, the fairways were pretty much all like the first cut of rough,the bunkers (the one's that were complete) seemed to be filled with cheap builders sand. The whole course was littered with discarded machinery (rusty old lawnmowers etc.) The 8th and 9th greens being adjacent leaving you with a 200 yard walk back to the 9th tee sums up the course design. On the whole a very unpleasant experience, and with other courses in close proximity offering cheaper rounds of golf for much better facilities and better kept course, charging £10 for 9 holes seems extortionate. I would give the course a 1 out of 10, and ! that 1 is only because of the Red Arrows fly past I was provided!
Danny July 23, 2010

I used to play this course but gave it up as to me it would never be finished. It reminds me of an old man playing with his train set. not in good condition, bunkers and greens are rubbish, better courses available locally.
Paul Clark October 13, 2009

Dave Smith's criticism is far too harsh and not constructive at all.
I have played here several times and its pretty good -  surely the aim is to stay out of the rough!
matt September 6, 2009

Having read Dave Smiths' review of bracken hill golf course, i was quite surprised at such criticism.
Having played the course of yellow and white tees, i thought it was laid out very well and also natural terrain regarding that it is heathland in nature on free drainage and clever landscaped plantations of trees and bushes etc.
What i like is there is plenty of wildlife about and also away from noisy roads.
The golf side of it, i think it's quite a good course and you have to hit accurate shots or you can be in trouble like any course.
It's still a question of tee box to the flag whether it's bracken hill or a five star course, so it s up to the golfer and not the course.
Ivor Ellis July 15, 2009

A terrible course, it has been in development for 5 years now and still looks like it won't ever get finished. The rough is so rough that if you do veer of course forget finding your ball it'll be lost to the wild. The greens are fairly good but often covered in various bits from rabbit dropping to twigs. The owner has recently put the price up to £10 for 9 holes, fairly cheap still but when pottergate golf club is 5 minutes down the road and so much better than this course he's got a cheek. There's no clubhouse still as still being built and has been for god knows how long. The owner is expanding this course to 18 holes but it'll be off the same tee using the same fairways as the front 9 with a different green. When this'll happen who knows but if the its like the rest of the work it'll be sometime in advice avoid this course and go to Pottergate.
Dave Smith May 22, 2009
(Read Course Owner's response underneath)

Response to Dave Smith
Dear Dave
First a comment from the course owner and developer on your review.
Thank you for playing Bracken Hill and helping in its fifth year of development.
Now to the points raised in your review.
The rough as you rightly point out is "rough" (you failed to point out that most fairways are over eighty yards wide.)
This rough is maintained not for the golfer, (other than as a punishment for poor shots) but is a particular facet of course management that assists nature and the natural environment that is developing within the course boundaries.
This habitat is left to grow during spring and summer so ground nesting birds have the right conditions to breed.
Since you played the height of the "rough" has been reduced now that these birds have fledged, the fairways have remained the same width.
As you are hopefully aware (Rule 23) states that loose impediments may be removed from the line of a putt and are natural objects that may intrude into the playing surface of any golf course.
The green fees were recently increased to £10:00 but membership fees have remained very competitive and  excellent value allowing members like me to enjoy playing on a course that has played to full greens since opening and has never had to close due to weather conditions (unlike Pottergate). I have noticed an increase in memberships this year and new members have told me that this is due to the excellent value at Bracken Hill particularly the free coaching   and technique improvement available on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and free drinks available to all and the three buggies for hire.
As you noticed the clubhouse has not been completed but work will continue as grass cutting abates.
Your sarcastic comments on the  layout of the course to facilitate 18 holes was very misguided as 18 holes are now available playing from separate Tee boxes to double flagged greens. The back nine holes are more challenging and demand a greater variety of shot making and eight new bunkers have been added to further increase the challenge.
Finally your last comments on why people (like me) play Bracken Hill and not Pottergate would easily be explained if you were a golfer and understood  the pleasures of playing  on courses of all standards and difficulties and playing with like minded "golfers". May I suggest that you call in at Bracken Hill where you can see the map of the new layout and then understand how misguided your comments were or maybe leave a contact number and we can have a game.
I can be contacted through the club.
Michael Neville July 2, 2009

This is a fairly new course which, as I understand, is being developed by just one person. As a result the  facilities aren't complete yet, but they're certainly coming along & looking good.
The tees and course are all well marked out & of a fairly good standard. The greens were in good condition,  although a fellow golfer, who has played the course more often than myself, advised  that on occasions the greens can be under maintained.  
The course offers a reasonable challenge & I found it fairly enjoyable. Some of the fairways are narrow & don't leave much room for error, so you certainly have to consider some of your shots.  
The members I met all seemed welcoming & friendly.
I will definitely play here again & I look forward to seeing the club's future development.
Charlie October 16, 2007

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