Peaks and Dales

Other Activities – Peaks and Dales

The Peaks and Dales region contains a world of outdoor activities to tickle everyone’s taste buds. There’s a lot to do if you’re not on the golf course, a few examples here…

EXPLORING –

BLUE JOHN CAVERN

FUN / LEISURE –

MATLOCK BATH

CYCLING –

MANIFOLD VALLEY

WALKING –

DOVEDALE


Accommodation

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Peak Edge Hotel

Family owned 4 star modern boutique hotel

Countryside location near Chesterfield

26 ensuite bedrooms

Red Lion Bar & Bistro – award winning Gastro Pub


Peak Edge Hotel – Darley Road, Stonedge, Chesterfield, S45 0LW

01246 566142   –   www.peakedgehotel.co.uk


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Best Western Lee Wood Hotel

Close proximity to both Buxton golf clubs

4 star hotel – Rosette award winning food

40 bedrooms including suites & family rooms

6 room annex for group bookings


Best Western Lee Wood Hotel – The Park, Buxton, SK17 6TQ

01298 23002   –   www.leewoodhotel.co.uk


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Rutland Arms Hotel

Situated in Bakewell, heart of The Peak District

33 bedrooms of all varieties

AA Rosette standard restaurant

Deals available in conjunction with Bakewell GC


Rutland Arms Hotel – The Square, Bakewell, DE45 1BT

01629 338051   –   www.rutlandarmsbakewell.co.uk


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Darwin Forest Country Park

5 star luxury holiday lodge accommodation

Woodland surrounds with a range of activities

Self-catering lodges sleep up to 8 with modern facilities

Cafe & bar/restaurant onsite


Darwin Forest Country Park – Darley Moor, Two Dales, Matlock, DE4 5PL

01629 732428   –   www.darwinforest.co.uk


 

Peaks and Dales

Best of the Rest – Peaks and Dales

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Chapel-en-le-Frith Golf Club

 

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Your escape route to panoramic beauty and tranquility in a sociable yet competitive environment for all to enjoy

The picturesque parkland course set in Chapel-en-le-Frith known as ‘the capital of the Peak District’ presents a challenging test for all golfers combined with an easy walking course. Chapel-en-le-Frith Golf Club is located in the High Peak, 13 miles southeast of Stockport, close to Buxton and Macclesfield.

The clubhouse and bar is open to non-members so do call in for a coffee, food or something a little stronger and soak up the atmosphere and see what the club has to offer – spectacular views from the lounge bar and balcony.


Chapel-en-le-Frith Golf Club – The Cockyard, Manchester Rd, Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak SK23 9UH

Phone: 01298 812118   –   Email: admin@chapelgolf.co.uk   –   Web: www.chapelgolf.co.uk/


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New Mills Golf Club

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The New Mills Golf Club is a members club located high in the foothills of the Pennines, near the borders of Derbyshire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester. Its position on the edge of the Peak District National Park makes it ideal for golfers visiting the area.

The location is renowned for its natural beauty and affords panoramic views of the Cheshire Plain and beyond to the Welsh Mountains in the west. Kinder Scout, the highest mountain in the Peak District, provides a dramatic backdrop to the course in the east.

The club was established in 1907 and comprises 18 holes, providing a challenging course for all levels of golfer.


New Mills Golf Club – Shaw Marsh, New Mills, High Peak, SK22 4QE
Phone: 01663 743485   –   Email: secretary@newmillsgolfclub.co.uk    –   Web: www.newmillsgolfclub.co.uk/Home.aspx


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Matlock Golf Club

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Established in 1906 on the undulating moorland above the town of Matlock, the eastern gateway to the Peak District National Park, our Club offers a challenging 18-hole par 70 course with spectacular views across the Derwent Valley and unrivalled practice facilities, including a 10 bay covered and floodlit driving range.

With every hole different and the Bentley Brook meandering through the course to add further interest, Matlock is a regular choice for county and inter-county fixtures and each year welcomes many other visitors – individuals, societies and corporate groups.

A great Golfing Experience…


Matlock Golf Club – Chesterfield Road, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5LZ 

Phone: 01629 582191   –   Email: secretary@matlockgolfclub.co.uk   –   Web: www.matlockgolfclub.co.uk/


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Ashbourne Golf Club

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Ashbourne Golf Club is Derbyshire’s oldest private members’ club founded in 1886 which exists for the enjoyment of its members and guests.

With an active membership of around 500, there is a special focus on providing a positive and welcoming environment for beginners, juniors, ladies and seniors. The aim is to help all members to improve their golf.

Overlooking the Derbyshire Dales and only a mile from the centre of Ashbourne, the course is set in open countryside but is easily accessible from the A50 and the A52.

The course in its present form was designed by the well-known golf course architect, David Hemstock, and was opened in 1999, although parts of it go back much earlier.


Ashbourne Golf Club – Wyaston Road, Ashbourne DE6 1NB

Phone: 01335 342078   –   Email: ashbourne.golf.club@gmail.com   –   Web: www.ashbournegolfclub.co.uk/

Chesterfield Golf Club

Chesterfield Golf Club

Chesterfield Golf Club is a parkland course with two distinctly different halves, the front nine holes built predominantly on shale and the back nine on clay. Our clubhouse is superbly positioned with southwest views down the 10th and 18th holes to over 130 acres of mature woodland and rolling hills beyond.



The Club was founded in 1897 on land in Somersall Park, about 1 mile away as the crow flies from its present location in Walton which became its permanent home in December 1905 with an official opening taking place in January 1906. It was initially a 9-hole course which was extended to 18 holes in 1908, generally in the area currently occupied by the present first 9 holes. The land for the second 9 holes was purchased in 1936 and opened for play in 1939 together with the present clubhouse.

The front 9 rises and falls from the clubhouse without being too taxing. A gentle, uphill par 4 opening hole is followed by a downhill 2nd and a fairly flat 3rd, both of which exceed 420 yards from the medal tees. The 4th and 5th are both uphill before crossing over the 1st fairway to the long, downhill par 3 6th hole. The 7th continues gently downwards turning left against the prevailing slope of the fairway. Through the trees to the 8th, a very picturesque par 3 hole of around 150 yards. The 9th hole is our first par 5, turning all the way to the left with the beckoning Halfway House behind the green as a target line for your second, or maybe third, shot.

The Halfway House provides a welcome five-minute break while the 10th fairway clears ahead of you. With an offering of pasties, bacon cobs and cakes together with tea, coffee and soft drinks, there’s generally something to refresh everyone in readiness for the second 9 holes which is an altogether flatter, and perhaps more demanding, affair. Throughout the back 9 holes there is evidence of this part of the course being used as agricultural land with ridge and furrow ploughing effects still very noticeable.

All but one of the second nine holes crosses the very pretty Birdholme Brook as it meanders through the course. Starting with our signature hole, the 10th plays downhill towards the brook which it crosses some 30 yards short of the green. The 11th is a fairly straightforward par 5 with a slight turn from left to right and a very tricky entrance to the green in two shots. The 12th is a long par 3 which was recently the scene of great jubilation as our Head Professional, Shane Naisbett, scored his sixth hole-in-one during the retiring Professional’s Testimonial Day. Best of all, the hole was sponsored and a prize of £10,000 was Shane’s reward for a very sweetly struck 6 iron into a strong breeze. The 13th hole can be a beast, justifiably stroke index 1 at 453 yards, generally into the prevailing wind. A 5 or even a 6 on this hole is never a disgrace. The 14th doglegs sharply to the left after a stand of trees and, despite its length, is never an easy green to hit. The par 3 15th is another very pretty hole which does require accuracy as anything missing the green will be difficult to get up and down. The 16th is a shortish par 4 uphill hole that shouldn’t cause too many problems off a straight drive and the 17th plays back down the same hill (on a different fairway) and poses problems with two giant oak trees at the bottom that may block the line to the green, a stream to cross and a very sharp upslope in front of the green that rejects anything short.

The finishing hole is great. Slightly uphill towards the clubhouse all the way. It can be a two-shotter but you must be aware of the cross bunker around 80 yards short of the green and of the very distinct McKenzie green. If you finish on the front there is a great possibility of three or even four putting.

From the course up to the clubhouse for a drink and a snack whilst watching the trials and tribulations of other golfers on the 10th and 18th holes.

We have a well-equipped Pro’s shop and welcoming staff throughout with everyone willing to help you spend your money.

Overall we are a friendly and welcoming Club with reasonably pitched green fees, buggy and trolley hire and tee booking facilities. Visitors, Corporate Days and Visiting Parties are always by arrangement.

Chesterfield is an historic market town famous for its ‘Crooked Spire’ church and as the last resting place of George Stephenson, of ‘Rocket’ fame, who is buried in Holy Trinity church, close to the town centre. It lies some 3 miles from the eastern borders of the Peak District National Park and 10 miles from Chatsworth House with Haddon Hall and the market town of Bakewell in the same vicinity. A range of accommodation and eating houses in both urban and rural surroundings are available in and around the town.


Chesterfield Golf Club – Matlock Road, Walton, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S42 7LA

Phone: 01246 279256   –   Email: secretary@chesterfieldgolfclub.co.uk   –   Web: www.chesterfieldgolfclub.co.uk


Shirland Golf Club

Shirland Golf Club

Hidden away at the head of a picturesque Derbyshire valley the established 18 hole course takes advantage of the breathtaking countryside yet is only a few minutes away from junction 28 of the M1.

Shirland’s manicured layout and easy walk ability combines brilliantly with the areas rugged beauty… creating an unforgettable golf experience.


On the southern edge of Peaks and Dales and hidden away at the head of a picturesque Derbyshire valley this established 18 hole course takes advantage of the breathtaking countryside yet is only a few minutes away from junction 28 of the M1.

Shirland’s manicured and easy walking layout combines brilliantly with the areas rugged beauty… creating an enjoyable golf experience.

The tree lined fairways and long par fives on the front nine will stretch your legs for sure but probably the bigger test comes later on the shorter and tighter back nine holes with an open aspect to attract the breezes.

But it also opens up some quite lovely views of the valley and Dales beyond and that’s what we’re here for!

Yet another very friendly golf club with a welcoming food and bar area in the first floor clubhouse lounge. Societies are welcome 7 days a week.

B&B – The Crown Inn, Stretton 01773 832310


Shirland Golf Club – Pit Lane, Shirland, Alfreton DE55 6AU

Phone: 01773 834935   –   Email: office@shirlandgolfclub.co.uk   –   Web: www.shirlandgolfclub.co.uk


Bakewell Golf Club

Bakewell Golf Club enjoys glorious views of the surrounding hills and is an ideal location for golfers just wishing to spend a few days in the Peak District. Our clubhouse has all the facilities you’d expect – changing rooms, showers, a bar and excellent catering facilities.



Nine holes and 18 tees, a real golfing gem in the heart of the peaks overlooking the historic town of Bakewell with glorious views of the Wye Valley and surrounding countryside.

A delight to play on undulating terrain that will test course management skills.

Look out for a good test of your short game skills too, relatively small but perfectly formed tricky greens with subtle borrows.

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Fully stocked bar, great food at great value from resident Chef Tim Galley in the relaxed and family friendly clubhouse.

From societies wanting a full day out with food, to individuals fancying a quick nine holes on a visit to the Peak District, Bakewell provides a satisfying challenge for players of all abilities. THE perfect venue for an early morning or twilight nine on a 27 hole Peaks and Dales day.

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9 Hole Golf Express weekday rate £10

18 Hole weekday rate £15 (weekends £20)

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Hotel – Rutland Arms, Bakewell – 01629 812812


Bakewell Golf Club – Golf House, Station Rd, Bakewell DE45 1GB

Phone: 01629 812307   –   Email: secretary@bakewellgolfclub.co.uk   –   Web: www.bakewellgolfclub.co.uk


Buxton and High Peak Golf Club

Buxton and High Peak Golf Club

Dating back to 1887, the course has been likened to an inland links course with the 4th, 5th and 6th holes proving the point. Buxton & High Peak Golf Club is the perfect host for your golfing day out.



Heading out of town on the A6 Manchester road you can’t miss Buxton and High Peak GC.

A gloriously natural course founded in 1887 on a free draining limestone base, parkland in the main but it has unique and rugged areas more akin to inland links. This way you get some welcome variety and a test of a different kind for your game.

Holes four, five and six highlight the contrast best, tucked away in a quiet little corner, no great length but they pack a punch through a bumpy landscape with small banked up putting surfaces to target.

Signature hole though is the 8th, a downhill par three, just 135 yards in length but the quite dramatic change in elevation and little pot bunkers short of the green can make it a bit of a card wrecker if you don’t judge the club wisely. Towards the close, a succession of very attractive par fours on gently undulating terrain take you back to the clubhouse, a lovely environment for golf, you’ll want to come back for more.

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The clubhouse has a well stocked bar, large dining area and excellent catering facilities. Visitors and societies welcomed seven days a week.

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Play and Stay BHPGC – Deals available in conjunction with 9 Green Lane B&B, Buxton – 01298 73731


Buxton & High Peak Golf Club – 27 Town End, Fairfield, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 7EN

Phone: 01298 26263   –   Email: admin@bhpgc.co.uk   –   Web: www.bhpgc.co.uk/


Cavendish GC - MG Peaks and Dales

Cavendish Golf Club

Cavendish is thought by some to be Dr MacKenzie’s most accomplished work in the UK and quite possibly the best layout in the world under 6000 yards. It illustrates how skilfully and creatively he blended the layout of the golf course into the surrounding landscape.



Cavendish Golf Club in Buxton has a very special design tale to tell. Dr Alister MacKenzie designed the course which opened in 1925 and it is regarded as ’The inspiration for Augusta’, the course he went on to design in 1932.

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The topography of the disused fruit farm in Georgia was very similar to land at Cavendish and MacKenzie adopted similar design solutions. Cavendish is regarded at the finest course in the world under 6000 yards and one of the most testing too.

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Beautiful in looks throughout, it’s an exciting layout, always with a gently undulating nature and always leaving you mindful of the elements too. Naturally you have the famous Mackenzie greens to contend with, and these are beauties, unchanged in over 90 years of play and retaining a great reputation as well as a fearsome one. Tough to pick favourite holes, Cavendish has very few weaknesses, discover your own highlights, but we’d imagine one or two of the short holes will be in there somewhere, a stunning collection. The final hole, a winding par four back to the clubhouse is a picture book delight from the tee.

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A warm and welcoming club to visitors and societies, with a spacious clubhouse lounge boasting panoramic course views, large dining room and spike bar. Cavendish also run The Cavendish Mackenzie Trail, a link between them and eight other Mackenzie designed courses within a 60 mile radius.

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Recommended Accommodation – Lee Wood Hotel, Buxton 01298 23002


Cavendish Golf Club – Watford Road, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6XF

Telephone: 01298 79708   –   Email: proshop@cavendishgolfclub.com   –   Web: www.cavendishgolfclub.com