Doncaster - Yorkshire - England

Doncaster Golf Club,
278 Bawtry Road,
Bessacarr,
Doncaster,
DN4 7PD,
England


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Doncaster Golf Club was founded in 1894, with members playing on a rather rough and ready course at Cockhill’s Park initially before the club relocated to Town Moor the following year.

In 1907, the club was on the move again, to its current heathland location, known as “The Warren,” where an initial 9-hole course brought into play. Alister MacKenzie was called in six years later to extend the course to a full 18-hole layout.

In his report to the committee during construction, MacKenzie described the course as “having more the character of the real seaside Links among the sand dunes and any inland course I am acquainted with.

The Links are of even a sandier nature than Ganton, the sand extends to 20 feet deep in places, and… the Links are so dry that it would be quite possible to play in carpet slippers during the wettest of winter months without one’s feet being wet.”

The construction of the M18 motorway during the 1970s impacted on several holes in the northwest corner of the property, prompting the club to call in Fred and Martin Hawtree to design replacements for the old 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th holes.

Since 2011, Jonathan Gaunt has been advising the club. Much of the work carried out has concentrated on restoring the general environment from parkland to heathland, involving a woodland management programme and the regeneration of heather. A phased bunker remodelling project has also been undertaken to drain, re-shape and re-line all the sand hazards.

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Description: Founded in 1894, Doncaster Golf Club moved to its present location near Rossington (known as “The Warren”) in 1909 to a layout designed by Alister MacKenzie. Hawtree & Son remodelled the course in 1978 to make way for the M18 motorway. Rating: 4 out of 10 Reviews: 2
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Dan Blyth

Living locally to Doncaster, this course has been one of those 'ill get round to playing it some day', and this easter weekend was that time. Probably not the best move to tee off at 3 pm on Good Friday, initially the pace was slow but did pick up and I was eventually round in a little over 3 and 1/4 hours.

Having read the only other review on this site, I did not have much of an expectation, and like the other chap before me, I was somewhat suckered in by the images on the website - the course really did not live up to those pictures. I went into it having played Wakefield GC the same morning and was bemused from what I'd seen online, that it could be rated 10 or so places lower in the Yorkshire ratings, but in my view, the ratings do not lie.

There are a few standout holes and while the course is overall pretty flat and easy walking, the subtle undulations in the terrain do make it interesting in parts, the tee shot on the second plays semi-blind, and then either from a downhill lie or the flat if you run it down the slope, the fifth is a strong, mid-length par 4 - requiring an accurate long tee shot, played to a raised green. The 11th is probably the best hole on the course - a 200yard, par 3 played from an elevated position to a relatively sloping and well guarded green - its quite odd however as the green area is seemingly surrounded by acres of ground - its almost a stadium par 3, where galleries would adorn the open space.

The drivable par 4, 16th, short 17th, and pretty strong closing, 400yard par 4 present challenge and opportunity and equal measures. The holes in the middle of those I've mentioned are largely similar and forgettable. With 13 par 4's, and only 1 par 5 on the course, it's certainly somewhere to be on your game off the tee.

April 16, 2022
3 / 10
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Andy Cocker

A nice flat parkland course laid out over sandy soil sandwiched between the M18 and the new link road to the Doncaster Sheffield Airport. It’s a well conditioned and looked after course but I have found it a bit too flat and to a certain extent uninteresting and in my view the photos of it on it’s website look better than the actual feel of playing it.

With it being sand based, it’s rarely closed and off main greens as it drains well which is a big plus.

I’d recommend playing if you’re in the Doncaster area along with Wheatley

November 08, 2019
5 / 10
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