The first of an occasional series of online features for 2018 and in the magazine too, as we take a few steps outside the area to focus on a golf rich area that all Midlanders should aspire to visiting for a golf break.
We begin in Leeds, just an hour away from Nottingham on the M1 with a direct route up that takes you away from the congestion of the city centre and directly into a tremendous area for golf in terms of quantity and quality too. All share the same sandy base, many have the hallmark of quality guaranteed by the skills of the great Alister Mackenzie and there’s some Ryder Cup heritage in there too. Our two featured clubs on this page are Alwoodley and Moortown, situated remarkably close together on the outskirts of the city. But flick to page two and there are a few more examples too of great golfing here in Yorkshire. https://midlandsgolfer.co.uk/mg-in-leeds-best-of-the-rest/
But you don’t have to take our word for it, Mike Harrison is your ‘go to’ man for a trip to Leeds. What he doesn’t know about a golfing trip to Leeds isn’t worth knowing at all. Contact White Rose Golf Breaks to get the best deals for play and stay breaks in the area.
Welcome to White Rose Golf Breaks
“Managed by Golfers for Golfers“
White Rose Golf Breaks have over 16 years’ experience in arranging golf holidays for many clients and golfers throughout the UK. We have been using the majority of our hotels, clubs and courses for many years, and we know our clients will be well looked after. You can select courses from the Lancashire border, through Airedale, Wharfedale, North Leeds, Harrogate and the Vale of York, to the East Coast. If you find it difficult in choosing your own course we will create a tailormade package for you.
Choosing the right accommodation for your golf holiday can sometimes be difficult. We provide an approved list of comfortable establishments, from country inns to superior hotels to suit your budget and help with your choice.
During your holiday, White Rose Golf Breaks can reserve tee times at the Yorkshire courses of your choice. These include Ganton, Lindrick, Fulford, Pannal, Alwoodley, Moortown and Ilkley, as well as other lesser-known “gems”. If you would like to play a course that is not on our list, we will do our best to arrange this for you.
Prices and Packages
It is our policy to give the best value for your money. Our suggested packages start at £150 for two nights and three days’ golf.
Managed by golfers for golfers, our aim is to offer a personal service before, during and after your golf holiday. For information on the courses and accommodation we have available in Yorkshire visit our website:
Call on 01943 609888
MG’s Featured Courses
Alwoodley Golf Club
MG’s Leeds experience came about thanks to a kind invite from the officials at Alwoodley GC on the outskirts of town. Editor Phil, lady editor Mandy and her hubby Jean-Louis visited in September and were treated to the company of long time lady member Bernadette for the round. Mandy and Bernadette became firm friends and teamed up to beat the men convincingly – we blamed it on a lack of course knowledge!
Alwoodley is a wonderful, gently undulating wooded heathland course, some parts wide open and reminiscent of Sutton Coldfield GC, some more sloping and tree lined, Coxmoor is another fair comparison there. The turf throughout is springy and there’s an abundance of natural floral and fauna. With it’s sandy base it’s a course like most around here that copes with the elements effortlessly.
Another similarity to the local area is that Alwoodley is an Alister Mackenzie 1907 design, he certainly made his mark in Leeds. Although the course has been lengthened during the course of time, his legacy and traits remain untampered with, it’s a true treat to play here and those undulating ‘Mackenzie’ greens are a great test of your skills. Look out for the very prominent fairway bunkering too, few, if any are there just for show.
Despite the fact we (the men) were well on our way to a beating at this point, a great par including an inspired curling approach putt on the uphill par three 11th was a real highlight for me. What a great golf hole.
Nature lovers might want to look out for the pair of nesting Red Kites flying low across the fairways, a common sight in these parts. And finally, the stunning clubhouse is just about the best looking we’ve ever seen anywhere. Warm and welcoming inside too.
Moortown Golf Club
Moortown is a club that combines its prestigious history with a tough but fair golfing challenge. Founded in 1909, Moortown was designed by the World famous golf course architect Dr Alister MacKenzie, who also designed Augusta National, Cypress Point, Royal Melbourne and many other championship courses throughout the World.
Moortown is regularly used as an Open Championship Qualifying course and in 2017 played host to the Men’s Home Internationals. Over the past Century the Club has hosted over 50professional and major amateur tournaments, the most significant of those events took place in 1929 when Moortown was the venue for the first Ryder Cup on British soil. Tournament winners at the Club include Sir Nick Faldo, Danny Willett, Bernard Gallagher and Sir Michael Bonallack, former Captain of the R & A, to name but a few.
The club has recently completed a major course renovation programme, introduced to sympathetically return the course to its MacKenzie design origins. The work included the removal of over 2,000 trees in a major heather regeneration programme and the restoration of all 94 bunkers, this included the reinstatement of over 20 of Alister MacKenzie’s original bunkers which had been lost during war times.
Although steeped in history, the Club provides a range of modern facilities and prides itself on the warm welcome afforded to local, national and international visitors alike. Visitor information can be found at www.moortown-gc.co.uk
Visit page two of our Leeds feature to find even more choice http://midlandsgolfer.co.uk/mg-in-leeds-best-of-the-rest/