Discover the courses and countryside of Yorkshire and Humber

30th May, 2022 by The Caddie

Discover the courses and countryside of Yorkshire and Humber and why you have to visit.

Yorkshire and Humber is England’s fifth largest region, with a population of five million people. 15 districts split the region up, providing beautiful countryside, picturesque villages, and wholesome towns.

Amongst the beautiful landscape, there are golf courses – 190 to be exact, and although we would love to run through all of these, we’ve keep it short and sweet, and are bringing you our recommended courses and what to get up to while you are there.

Owston Hall

Owston Hall

Located just 20 minutes from Leeds, Owston Hall is a glorious golf spectacle. The ‘Robin Hood’ parkland course used to measure 7,000 yards off the back tee’s, however, has seen some extensive work done to make it a more playable, enjoyable golfing experience. Key holes which stood out for us were the 292 yards par 4, 9th. Two ponds sit in the middle of the fairway just 200 yards of the tee so a long iron or a 3 wood is required here to avoid finding the drink and a shot penalty.

Another favourite of ours is the short par 3, 13th. Measuring at 151 yards and with water running down the entire left side of the hole, pulling it isn’t an option. In fact, slicing it isn’t even that bad a shot here to avoid the water. Our advice here is pick the right club and commit.

The Hotel offers a luxury stay for everyone to enjoy. From exclusive suites to heritage and family rooms, Owston Hall provides guests accommodation for overnight stays, spa weekends or long getaways from the hustle and bustle we all experience every day.

If you fancy getting out of the hotel for the day, we recommend you head south and visit the Potteric Carr National Reserve centre. Home to many wildlife animals and beautiful walks, (not to mention some excellent cake and coffee!), it’s a place where you can soak up the Yorkshire countryside and get your steps in.


Ganton Golf Club

One of England’s most illustrious golf clubs, never mind Yorkshire’s, Ganton Golf club is a must-do at least once in your lifetime. A host of national events along with Curtis, Walker and a Ryder Cups, it’s safe to say Ganton is an exceptional course.

You know when you turn up and see blue tee’s, you’re at a good golf club but don’t worry, unless you’re a big hitter, we would recommend sticking to the white or yellow tee’s to give yourself a chance of enjoying it! Stand out holes for us were the 4th hole and 17th. Measuring at 408 yards, the 4th hole requires a well hit drive to a wide fairway with a well struck second shot to an undulating green which is surrounded by bushes and bunkers – sounds easy right?
The short par 4, 17th is only 247 yards long, but a very tight fairway and a green surrounded by six bunkers make it a very challenging hole. The decision to take it on maybe appealing but sometimes a lay up and a short flick on to the green is the angle of attack.

Situated just in Scarborough, North Yorkshire,Ganton is only 45 minutes away from the beautiful city of York. However, if you’d like to stay a bit more local, we would recommend staying at ‘The Ganton Greyhound’ which is located one minute away from the course – you can literally roll out of bed and onto the first tee. For something to eat and drink, take the short drive to the town of Filey,where there is a vibrant nightlife with loads of bars and restaurants, including the famous Boathouse, a gin focused street food venue. Insider tip – you can’t go wrong with their pizzas.

Alwoodley GC

Designed and built by Dr Alistair MacKenzie, Alwoodley is classed as one of the world’s best inland courses. MacKenzie was also involved in the development of courses such as Augusta National, Cyprus Point and Royal Melbourne, so it’s safe to say he knows what it takes to make a good golf course. Despite his impressive CV, Alwoodley was MacKenzie’s first course he designed therefore it’s nicknamed the original MacKenzie.

Measuring just over 6,900 yards of the championship tees, Alwoodley has kept its unique characteristics to ensure Dr Alistair MacKenzie’s legacy lives on. Known for its bodacious par 3’s and intimidating back nine, it’s no wonder so many struggles as the wind increases courtesy of the Yorkshire Dales.

But don’t worry, it’s still an absolute pleasure to play! As we said, MacKenzie helped in the development of Augusta National (yes, THE Augusta National) so it’s only fair to admire holes like the 10th, a dogleg par 4/5 (depending on what tee’s you’re playing off) which is replicated exactly like 13th at Augusta. A fairway which slopes directly to the green gives the big hitters a chance of reaching in to, but be warned, going big can leave you with a tricky putt or chip as its horrendously quick.

Located only 15 minutes’ drive from Leeds City centre, it offers visitors the opportunity to visit some of Leed’s most famous landmarks such as the Royal Armouries Museum, Headrow and Briggate (bring your camera) and Leeds Corn Exchange where you’ll find a brilliant selection of shops, whilst soaking in the history of Leeds.

Want to find out more about Yorkshire and Humber? Why not call a member of our team on 0141 212 8889 to help you start planning a dream golf break today or look at our current offers.