Crosland Heath Golf Club sits high on the hills above Huddersfield. It has commanding views of the town and down through the Colne Valley and as its name suggests this is a pure heathland golf course.
It's made all the more special by no less than five holes that are played over old quarries.
'The Heath' is one of my personal favourite courses because you have to conjure up a wide variety of shots, especially when the wind blows, which it often does. Some of the recovery shots you are faced with can be quite daunting and as a result many of the holes are played on edge, something I like and what few courses can do. The property is also well draining and thus makes it playable 12 months of the year.
The first hole is a par five and the quarry, which we are immediately introduced to, comes into play for the approach whether it be your second, third or fourth shot! A delightful par three follows, again over a deep depression, where if you miss the green you are in real trouble. The fourth, played tight alongside the out-of-bounds practice ground, and the fifth are both strong par fours.
The 7th is driveable in length but requires you to thread the eye of the needle through a narrow fairway flanked by heather and a deep bunker just shy of the green.
The front nine ends in dramatic fashion with a par three that is virtually an island green as it is surrounded by the quarries, heather and bushes.
The stretch of holes from the 10th to the 15th is played over less interesting ground and it is this middle part of the course that is the weakest but still doesn't disappoint.
Undoubtedly the best hole on the entire course is the 16th. It has a fairway that slopes and angles slightly left to right and is played uphill to a narrow green hidden between two large hummocks. Setting up a birdie chance here requires two of your best shots on a hole that has wrecked many a scorecard.
The round closes with another par three over the quarry, albeit a much larger target this time, before a downhill hole with a blind drive but an inviting green surrounded by bunkers.
If your golf ever takes you to the Huddersfield area this is certainly a course you should play.
Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.
Date: September 11, 2019