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The four counties that make up Yorkshire cover such a vast area that it stretches from the North Sea to within ten miles of the opposite coastline near Blackpool.

From the Pennines to the Peak District, this proud part of the world boasts both quality and quantity when it comes to teeing it up.

With 191 clubs officially forming the Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs, its eight district unions have everything across one of England’s golf hotspots.

There is plenty of our sport’s storied history to soak in, too, with many courses dating back well over 100 years mapped by classic designers such as Dr Alister MacKenzie, Harry Colt, JH Taylor, and Trent Jones.

Yorkshire is brimming with world-class courses, and you’ll know about a few of them – Ganton, Alwoodley, and Moortown, in particular – if you read issue 201 of bunkered.

For that reason, we’ll not be covering them again, but we do highly recommend paying them a visit.

From Ryder Cup venues to blueprints for Augusta National, they deserve a place in this guide, but we’ve opted to show you what else Yorkshire has to offer.

That doesn’t take away from the appeal, though, as several other clubs still boast stunning views, iconic holes, and rich heritage. And with hidden gems and value-for-money options, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a golf break in what the locals call ‘God’s Own County’…

Go-to venues

Bingley St Ives

Par 71; Yards 6,470

Home to Billy Foster and featuring a treasure trove of memorabilia from the legendary caddie, Bingley St Ives is one of the best value-for-money venues around. Set in the St Ives Estate, this testing course weaves through parkland, moorland, and woodland to give you a real experience of what the county has to offer. Bingley’s honours list from its days hosting the European Tour includes Sandy Lyle and Sir Nick Faldo, and it combines tradition with a modern layout to underline itself as a top quality venue.

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Crosland Heath

Par 71; Yards 6,073

One of Dr Alister MacKenzie’s more subtle projects, but visitors won’t be able to complain about variety on this excellent heathland course. Over 100 years old, Crosland Heath is a traditional Yorkshire classic, offering spectacular views across to Huddersfield and beyond. The par-five first hole leads you into the nearby quarry complex, a memorable feature that sticks out at the golf course, while four other holes are played through old remains. At just over 6,000 yards, it’s not overly demanding, but is a scenic value-for-money treat.

croslandheath.co.uk

Renishaw Park

Par 71; Yards 6,132

Situated on the Derbyshire border near Sheffield, this magnificent course is a tale of two very different nines, with a testing up-and-down opener before a long open stretch to close your round. The course was opened in 1911, and despite retaining many of the original features, Renishaw Park is well known for the quality of its greens, regarded as some of the best in the area. The old-school clubhouse is tucked away inside the premises, and you’d be daft not to pop in to get a proper feel of this wonderful historic Yorkshire club.

renishawparkgolf.co.uk

Seaton Carew

Par 72; Yards 6,658

Steeped in history, Seaton Carew is the 10th oldest golf club in England. The championship links golf course was extended to 18 holes in 1891 after originally being laid out as a 14-hole venue. Visitors will encounter several different playing options which combine to form a range of courses on site. With five different variations, Seaton Carew is a no-brainer for avid players who can’t get enough of authentic golf. In 2024, the club will celebrate its 150th anniversary, something which is apparent in the fantastic clubhouse.

seatoncarewgolfclub.co.uk

Lindrick

Par 71; Yards 6,503

Lindrick is the third Yorkshire course to have hosted the Ryder Cup. It proved a memorable one for the home side, too, as in 1957 Great Britain secured a first win in 24 years and just a second overall. Originally designed by Old Tom Morris, accuracy is vital here on a challenging course, while deep bunkers are easy find and quick greens will catch many players out. Very well regarded in the area, former Masters champion Danny Willett is a member here, while the 18th hole, a fantastic long par-three, is globally renowned.

lindrickgolfclub.co.uk

Cleveland

Par 72; Yards 6,704

Another cracking choice for those looking to fork out less on the green fee – but don’t be fooled by the price tag, this is one of the finest links in the country, a fast-running setup with some of the truest greens and fairways around. Founded in 1887, Cleveland is the oldest club in the Yorkshire Union, and it’s one you won’t get bored of playing, with each hole offering a different challenge and spectacular views of the North Sea and industrial Teeside. Rising star Alex Fitzpatrick holds the course record here, an impressive round of 62.

clevelandgolfclub.co.uk

Notable mentions

York

Founded in 1890, ‘Strensall’ is a treat. A serene blend of parkland and heathland, it’s in immaculate condition and will provide visitors with one of the county’s more generous tests. MORE INFO

Hallamshire

This Harry Colt-design in the Sheffield hills is a classic heathland layout with spectacular views. The home club of US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick, this a testing and fun course. MORE INFO

Sand Moor

Situated five miles north of Leeds city centre, Sand Moor offers wide views over the Eccup reservoir and is known for its tricky par-three holes. The championship course is a great test. MORE INFO

Scarcroft

This gently undulating parkland venue is within easy reach of Leeds and York and is renowned for its warm welcome. The course is just as pleasing, with plenty opportunities to put a score together. MORE INFO

Huddersfield

Fixby, as members know it, is one of the oldest and finest clubs in Yorkshire, holding great pride in its history. The course has hosted numerous prestigious events and is a must-visit if possible. MORE INFO

Ilkley

Ilkley is one of the most enjoyable courses in the area, thanks to its outstanding beauty and test of golf. Colin Montgomerie is among some of the high-profile members here. MORE INFO

Pannal

One of Yorkshire’s best courses. Pannal has hosted several top events in recent years, as the classic design plays to an incredibly high standard. The luxurious clubhouse is the icing on the cake. MORE INFO

Halifax

Known to the locals as ‘Ogden’, Halifax is a course sure to please. The natural, undulating landscape provides a true challenge, while the iconic 17th is one of the best par-threes in Britain. MORE INFO

Where to stay

Comfort off the course can be found in abundance in Yorkshire, and Waterton Park (watertonparkhotel.co.uk) is a good place to start. The four-star hotel, near Wakefield, sits in the heart of its own lake and is surrounded by a championship course. It’s reasonable, too, setting you back about £150 per night. Sandburn Hall (sandburnhall.co.uk) is another serene option, coming in at around £200 per night. It’s somewhat of a hidden gem and is situated in a quiet spot just outside the historic city of York. If it’s luxury you’re after, then Aldwark Manor (aldwarkmanorestate.co.uk) is the place to be. Prices start around £350 for the night, but this traditional building with a modern spin is too good to miss.

Where to eat

Yorkshire folk love good food, and the surrounding areas have plenty of traditional choices. From country pubs to award-winning restaurants, there’s something for everyone. The Star Inn (thestaratharome.co.uk) in Harome has Michelin-starred menus, and you’ll find the same menu in the bar and restaurant. The Crab and Lobster (crabandlobster.co.uk) near Thirsk is a busy seafood restaurant and is certainly worth a visit. Or for a real taste of the county, try the Lister Arms (listerarms.co.uk) in Malham, a welcoming pub that will make you want to stick around.

Getting about

For all the big cities that make up Yorkshire, you can expect a buzzing transport scene, and it’s what you’ll find. The major cities of each area – Leeds, Sheffield, York and Hull – can all be accessed by motorway and frequent rail links. The national rail network serves Yorkshire well, and is an ideal way to travel, as it is home to several heritage railway lines. Buses, coaches, and trams all lead through Yorkshire, so you’re covered on that front, while Leeds-Bradford is the county’s largest airport.

Things to see and do

Whether it’s been a good or bad day on the course, the nightlife in Leeds will be a welcome sight and offers everything you want from a bustling city. If you’re a football fan, why not take in a game at one of the 11 Yorkshire clubs in the top four divisions of the English game? If the kids are in tow, then the Yorkshire Wildlife Park (resident owl pictured), near Doncaster, Cannon Hall Farm, near Barnsley, and Xscape, in Castleford, are all great options.

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