Sickleholme Golf Club Course Review

Sickleholme Golf Club in the rolling hills of Derbyshire is a delightful place to play…

The setting at Sickleholme is as peaceful as they come

Sickleholme Golf Club in the rolling hills of Derbyshire is a delightful place to play…

Sickleholme Golf Club Course Review

I won’t deny it; before researching an off-duty golfing trip with friends to the Peak District, I had never even heard of Sickleholme Golf Club. Sitting on the hillside above the Hope Valley, it is just ten miles from the centre of Sheffield yet feels remote and is wonderfully peaceful.

There is a huff and puff start as you work your way up the opening pair of par 4s, but once up, the views more than compensate.

The second green with Derbyshire's industrial history in the distance

The third is a 451-yard par 4 played from on high, and here there are panoramic vistas over the valley that will put a spring back in your step even if you don’t make par.

There is an inviting drive at the downhill, long par-4 third

Well-bunkered short holes are often a delight, and the par-3 4th here is exactly that - a hole where slightly long is certainly better than slightly short.

The fourth is one of four very different short holes at Sickleholme

The course then works its way back up to the far corner where the 8th features a lovely old barn which is the line off the tee before it turns away to the left. The ninth offers another inviting drive from way up high to a fairway bisected by an angled ditch.

Don’t drive too long on the 396-yard ninth

There is some more down and up, including two very tough par 4s, before you arrive at the photogenic short 13th. There is often a cross wind here, and bunkers will attract anything off-line whilst a deep chasm will swallow up anything short.

There is another lovely par 3 at the thirteenth

The only par 5 comes at the 17th, but it is back down the hill, and the round concludes with a strong par 3 played from an elevated tee down to a narrow and well protected green close to the clubhouse.

Distance control is vital at the downhill par-3 eighteenth

Most of the people I know love to play less well-known courses in scenic locations. Many of these are not quite so demanding or technical in terms of pure golf, but what they lack on that front is more than made up for by the views, fun and feelgood factor.

And on all of these, Sickleholme scores highly!

Looking back up to the tee at the closing hole
Rob Smith
Contributing Editor

Rob Smith has been playing golf for 45 years and been a contributing editor for Golf Monthly since 2012. He specialises in course reviews and travel, and has played more than 1,200 courses in almost 50 countries. In 2022, he played all 21 courses in East Lothian in 13 days. Last year, his tally was 81, 32 of them for the first time. One of Rob's primary roles is helping to prepare the Top 100 and Next 100 Courses of the UK&I, of which he has played all but seven and a half... i.e. not the new 9 at Carne! Of those missing, some are already booked for 2024. He is a member of Tandridge in Surrey where his handicap hovers around 16. You can contact him at