Ilkeston - Autumn
On The Golf Course
w/e 12 November 2006
this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
As part of the Sport Erewash project, a new clubhouse has been
built on the town's municipal Pewit Golf Course adjacent to the
Rutland Recreation Ground. The site now goes by the name Rutland
Sports Park but the golf course has still retained its original
name. From the new clubhouse the first hole is a fairly straightforward
downhill shot with a view towards West Hallam in the distance.
mild weather seems to have delayed autumn this year but now that
we are into November the leaves are at last beginning to turn
and the colours certainly enhance the course. Seen here through
the trees from just off the first green are two tees. The golf
course consists of nine holes and the left hand tee of the two
is the ninth. The other tee is for the second hole (right) which
can be quite disconcerting for the novice golfer as any shot
to the left will end up out of bounds. The third hole returns
players to the clubhouse from where they have to walk across
the car park to continue their round.
to eight inclusive are separated from the first three and the
ninth by a number of allotment gardens and the tee for the fourth
hole is now near the old clubhouse seen here on the left. The
fifth hole where the tee has a downward lie (right) plays in
a similar direction to the fourth but crosses a valley. The difficulty
of these two holes is not helped by the fact, especially in these
cloudless conditions, that the golfers are playing almost directly
towards the sun. The course is described as "A short municipal
meadowland course" and has a par of just 60 for two rounds
of the nine holes with a yardage of 4072.
Elsewhere I have seen Pewit Golf Course described as "challenging
and mature" as is evidenced here by the trees and the long
shadows in this view towards the sixth green in the bottom corner
of the course. Some criticism has also been levelled at the "weed
strewn bunkers with compacted sand" typical of many municipal
courses but whilst I was capturing these images the fairways
were being mown and the greens looked good too.
The small trees at the front of the eighth green provide a natural
hazard and the footpath on the left with the allotment gardens
beyond delineate another out of bounds.
To reach the ninth tee (and the second that we saw earlier) from
the eighth hole a path leads between the allotments on the right
and the Nutbrook Trail on the left. Plans to extend the course
to a full eighteen holes appear to be on hold and may even have
been cancelled altogether but Pewit is open seven days a week
and is very reasonably priced. Although it will never see a major
championship and it is highly unlikely that a well known professional*
will ever grace its fairways, all in all, it is an accessible,
attractive amenity for the amateur golfer and even if like me,
you don't play, you can still enjoy the location.
*Since preparing this page I have had an email from John Carter
in which he says "As a pupil of the Ilkeston Grammar School
in the mid 60's, we had the great Dai Rees for a one day workshop
and after he had demonstrated a lot of techniques, we all went
across the railway line (oops, did I say that?) to the golf course
where he demonstrated his ability to hit every green off the
tee." I stand corrected - thanks John.