Yorkshire is home to many of the UK’s top golf courses. Thanks to Yorkshire’s wonderfully diverse landscape, you can be pitching on a challenging Yorkshire Coast links course one day and driving on a 100-year-old historic fairway in the Yorkshire Dales the next.
So if you are not of the view that golf spoils a good walk, read on to discover Gorgeous Cottages' guide to the top 10 golf courses in Yorkshire.
Top 10 golf courses in Yorkshire
1. Fulford Golf Club – Est. 1906
Fulford Golf Club is set on picturesque lowland just outside the historic city of York. It has played host to many top class international golfing events in its 100-year history, the most recent of which was the European Ladies Championship in July 2013. The course itself is a joy to play, with gentle wood-lined fairways, sandy heathland and heather hazards to navigate. And when you’ve finished playing you can head into town and enjoy the many delights of York itself.
2. Ganton Golf Club – Est. 1891
The prestigious and historic Ganton Golf Club is regularly listed as one of the top clubs in Europe and indeed the world. Set in the Vale of Pickering between York and Scarborough, Ganton has hosted the Ryder Cup, Walker Cup and Curtis Cup at various points in its impressive history. The course is firm and fast, with a blend of links and heathland throughout. Watch out for the round-destroying bunkers! Ganton is a beautiful course and a true reflection of Yorkshire’s place in British Golfing heritage.
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3. Alwoodley Golf Club – Est. 1907
Ranking in the top 100 golf courses in the world, Alwoodley Golf Club is set just outside Leeds and like many of Yorkshire’s top golf clubs, has many awards and claims to fame. It was the first course to be designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie who went on to design the world-famous course at Augusta. The course itself has a natural moorland character with heather banked fairways and scenic holes.
4. Huddersfield Golf Club – Est. 1891
Said by some to be the home of Yorkshire golf, Huddersfield Golf Course at Fixby is certainly one of the finest golf courses in the North. Spacious but challenging fairways, stunning views of the Pennines and a charming Grade II Listed Clubhouse combine to create a rather magical golfing experience.
5. Pannal Golf Club – Est. 1906
Set just south of Harrogate, it’s said you can see the spires of the York Minster from the fairways of Pannal Golf Club. This is another of Yorkshire’s grand historic courses, dating back over 100 years. A Yorkshire moorland course, it is a regional qualifying course for the Open and as such can be a testing course.
6. Moor Allerton Golf Club – Est. 1923
Again set just outside of cosmopolitan Leeds, the course at Moor Allerton Golf Club was designed by famous golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Senior. The course is set within 220 acres of undulating Yorkshire countryside with natural water features throughout to challenge even the most seasoned professional. Playing host to golfing greats such as Gary Player and Seve Ballesteros and with a host of impressive facilities to boot, it's easily one of Yorkshire’s top 10 golf courses.
7. Ilkley Golf Club – Est. 1890
With a beautiful river setting, the course at Ilkley Golf Club is one of the most scenic golf courses in Yorkshire. Ilkley is where Colin Montgomerie learned his trade here and said of the course ‘it combines a challenging test of golf with breathtaking scenery and it is always a pleasure to play there.' A wonderful recommendation from one of the world’s top players…
8. Lindrick Golf Club – Est. 1891
In 1957 Lindrick Golf Club was the setting for the first victory by Britain & Ireland in the Ryder Cup since 1927, reason enough for it to hold a fond place in many golfers' hearts. This beautiful Yorkshire course has a reputation of being one the UK’s best inland courses. Expect fast and firm greens, gorse-lined fairways and excellent playing conditions, whatever the weather.
9. Hawtree at Rudding Park
The championship 18-hole golf course at Rudding Park is set within stunning 18th-century parkland in the grounds of this prestigious Yorkshire Hotel. Just a hop, skip and jump from central Harrogate the course itself was designed by renowned golf course architect Martin Hawtree and is a testing course for a keen golfer.
10. Saltburn Golf Club – Est. 1894
Designed by legendary course architect James Braid, this charming golf course sits on the outskirts of the charming town of Saltburn on the Yorkshire coast. There are bigger and grander courses in Yorkshire, but we think Saltburn deserves its place in the top 10 golf courses in Yorkshire both for the panoramic views of Yorkshire’s coastline and a particularly good par 3 on the 12th hole.
Where to stay: Pheasant Cottage
So there we have it. The Gorgeous Cottages' guide to the top 10 golf courses in Yorkshire. So what are you waiting for? Come and visit our historic golf courses and enjoy a golfing holiday like no other!
All of the cottages listed above sleep at least six adults, have ample room for club storage and are close to some of Yorkshire’s top golf courses. If you would like more recommendations on our golf-friendly holiday cottages please get in touch on [email protected]