The course at Bradford Golf Club, known locally as Hawksworth, was laid out over high ground to the west of Guiseley by Herbert Fowler in 1923 where golfers are treated to wonderful views across Baildon and Rombald Moors.
I played the course in an open in August 2020. Fairways are generous but if you do miss them there are plenty of trouble to find. The greens felt small and were undulating and generally slightly raised so any shot short or slightly wide wouldn't make the green. On the day we played the greens weren't in there usual flat and true condition, it looked like they had not fully recovered from summer maintenance (maybe due to wet weather). Lots of great holes from a design & visual point. Though not the longest course it is great fun to play. forward to return here next year and will no doubt become an annual trip.
The Bradford Golf Club, known locally as Hawksworth, is a fine example of a good Yorkshire golf course. Perched high in the beautiful and peaceful countryside this part-parkland, part-moorland course is only a few miles from Bradford city centre but has the feeling of being in a much more remote location than it is.
I've played here on many occasions and it has always been in immaculate condition. The presentation of the course and the trueness of the greens are often head and shoulders above many other courses in the area.
Indeed the greens are the main defence of the course and you are introduced to this fact at the opening hole with a putting surface that falls from front-to-back and from right-to-left.
It is not an overly long course but boasts a handful of lengthy par fours and it is these that are the best holes on the course. Many of the holes run in the same direction and parallel to each other at Bradford although the routing of the course does not give you a feeling of going 'up and down'. There are just three par 3's on the undulating layout and it is mostly these that tend to run at right angles to the longer holes.
In summary Bradford is an enjoyable, well-presented course which has some good holes and requires you to putt well if you are to score well.
The recently refurbished clubhouse and welcoming staff set you at ease straight away here and it is a course I always look forward to returning to.
Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.