Review for Cleveland

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My first visit to Yorkshire's only true links course turned out to be a rather pleasant surprise. Blighted for so many years by the neighbouring industry, particularly the huge steelworks which looms large at the far end of the course, this fine old links has quite possibly failed to receive the recognition it deserves. Following closure, many of the imposing structures are to Cleveland Golf Course - Photo by reviewer be dismantled but for those who can ignore what currently lies beyond the boundary fence Cleveland offers an enthralling round of golf. At 6,900 from the back tees the course could rightly be described as a beast, although it didn't seem to unduly concern Alex Fitzpatrick, younger brother of Matt, when he shot a 62 last year to break the course record en route to winning the Yorkshire Amateur Championship. As tough as it can play, particularly in the wind, the course is flat and easy to walk and a fun layout for anyone to play. A degree of strategy is required to find the best angles of approach to some rather interesting greens which have plenty of humps, hollows and pot bunkers in close proximity. The four par-3's are particularly good but there is more than enough variety amongst the longer holes to keep you fully engaged. New bunkers have been added this winter and I for one wouldn't be surprised to see Cleveland continue to rise up the rankings. A 4 ball rating at present that could well be heading towards a 5. Brian W

Date: February 06, 2018

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