Market Rasen Golf Club Course Review

Market Rasen Golf Club's relatively undiscovered Lincolnshire heathland gem is well worth a visit when you're next in the county

Market Rasen Golf Club - 11th hole
The view from the tee of the par-5 11th at Market Rasen
(Image credit: Ben Lowery)

Market Rasen Golf Club Course Review

GF Round: £26-£45wd; £30-£50we
Par 71, 6,249 yards
Slope 140
GM Verdict – Lincolnshire gem with a mix of heathland and tree-lined holes plus a lovely secluded setting a little way out of town.
Favourite Hole – The par-4 10th, a dogleg left where your approach is played over the River Rase, which crosses the fairway after hugging the left side early on.

Market Rasen Golf Club - 8th hole

Looking back up the par-4 8th hole

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Every so often you stumble across an unexpected golfing treasure in this line of work, and the lovely course just outside the famous horse-racing town of Market Rasen in Lincolnshire is a prime example. It’s a gem of a course, essentially heathland in nature with the trees that line many fairways making it a very secluded and peaceful spot for a round. It ranks among the best golf courses in Lincolnshire and deserves to be more widely known.

Market Rasen Golf Club - general view

You're in among the trees on a number of holes at Market Rasen

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The diverse selection of evergreen and deciduous specimens also means it will test your game, with accuracy from the tee of paramount importance. The River Rase also makes its presence felt from time to time as it meanders through the course. The club began life as a nine-holer to the west of town in 1912 before moving to its present site at Warren Farm south-east of town in 1922.

The dauntingly long par-4 opener is a bit of an early shock to the system straight out of the car, and it may well signal an instant dropped shot. But don’t despair. A glance at the card will fill you with renewed hope, for among the scores of very pretty holes you’ll encounter before the turn, the six remaining front-nine par-4s all start with a ‘3’.

Market Rasen Golf Club - 8th hole

A large bunker protects the front of the 8th green

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They must still be treated with respect, though, as you’re invariably in among the trees and heather – nowhere more so than the almost single-file 7th, where only position ‘A’ off the tee will give you a clear sight of the green. Eventually you find more open terrain on the 9th, and after the excellent dogleg-left 10th, you head out into a trio of fine new holes that opened for play in 2001 to replace three closer to the racecourse.

Market Rasen Golf Club - 10th hole

The testing 10th hole where the River Rase comes into play

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After rejoining the original holes, the 15th is a magnificent sprawling par 5, where working out just where to lay up is no pushover. The final hole is a long par 3 where the green, close to the clubhouse terrace, is partially obscured by trees from the tee, especially if the pin is on the right. 

Jeremy Ellwood
Contributing Editor

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly. He is an expert on the Rules of Golf having qualified through an R&A course to become a golf referee. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played 1,000 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts. He reached the 1,000 mark on his 60th birthday in October 2023 on Vale do Lobo's Ocean course. Put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.

Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf

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Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft

3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft

Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft

Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)

Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response