Chapel en le Frith Golf Club is 18 holes, and measures 6400 yards, representing an interesting and enjoyable challenge, in the most beautiful countryside. It is situated in the beautiful location of Derbyshire, near the town of Chapel-en-le-Frith.
Chapel en le Frith golf club is something of an enigma: being on the edge of the Peak District National Park you’d assume you need to be physically fit and able to tackle this course… but you’d be wrong. It nestles in a valley and is easy walking with the peaks merely acting as a beautiful backdrop.
Situated on the edge of the Peak District National Park in north Derbyshire, Chapel-en-le-Frith Golf Club is a challenging and enjoyable golf course and is considered one of the most picturesque in the north Midlands.
The Front Nine at Chapel en le Frith Golf Club
The golf course is situated on the valley floor between Chapel-en-le-Frith and Whaley Bridge with beautiful views of the surrounding peaks and ridges. Set on the edge of the Combs Reservoir this is a great front half with many interesting holes. The par 4 fifth presents a true golfing challenge and is one of those holes that makes you want to come back again and again! The brave golfer can opt to cut the dogleg by driving over the field and the trees to be rewarded, if successful, by a simple 8 or 9 iron to the green. Those who opt for the safer route are faced with a driver and a long iron or fairway wood to cover the same distance. The most beautiful hole on the course is undoubtedly the par 5 eighth. It has the reservoir running along its length and as you play directly down the valley, with the hills rising around you, the views are truly breathtaking.
The Back Nine
Play well around the front nine and you are going to be in good shape, however, there is still plenty of work as you face the second nine. The back nine at Chapel is considered to be amongst the most testing in Derbyshire. All of the holes offer individual challenges, like the fourteenth, where you are asked to play across the pond and stop the ball within a few yards to have a reasonable chance of making a birdie. And, if you are still in contention after the fifteenth, you are faced with a real test over the final three holes with two long, tricky par fours and a par five to finish.
The holes our team likes :
This 90 degree dog leg left demands a tee shot of around 200 yards aimed at the marker to set up a short approach into the green, although depending on the wind direction it can often play a lot longer off the tee. The green is defended by a narrow stream and two large trees making a clean strike essential into the up sloping green. Longer hitters may be brave (or perhaps foolish) enough to take the green on from the tee, even though it demands a shot played over two lines of trees (and the out of bounds) aimed at a green that cannot be seen from the tee. Some succeed, but many never see their ball again.
Hole 18th :
The final hole, and a wonderful example of a classic par 5. A well placed tee shot to the central fairway sets up a straight forward second between the trees to the end of the fairway. Take care as you play your approach shot between the trees, over the stream, avoiding the inconspicuous deep bunker left, onto the rambling final green. As you would expect, many interesting, challenging breaks are well hidden, force you to concentrate right to the very end.