This is has been a bucket list course I've wanted to play for a few years now and I finally got the opportunity to play Fulford GC last week. It certainly lived up to expectations, a brilliant heathland/parkland course which is a cracking test of golf. The Out and In layout means the wind direction plays a major factor round this track providing it stays consistent. The Par 4's are the biggest challenge round Fulford, long and relatively straight but in general you have gone to hit it straight otherwise the trees, gorse and heather will gobble you up quickly and big scores will be shot. Fulford is a fantastically bunkered course, very similar to Alwoodley and Moortown in that sense so positional play is a must off the tee, even with some very long holes. You then have the huge greens that have large contours with the challenge with your approaches being getting the distance correct as every green is around 40/50 yards long. My personal favourite holes were the 14th Par 3, a beautiful little hole where the green is perched just over a small beck surrounded by the blossoming flowers/bushes. I can imagine this hole in the summer looks visually stunning. From 14 onwards you have a strong set of very tight Par 4s with the famous 17th been another standout. The hole made famous by "Bernhard Langer's tree shot" is a fantastic hole. At only 350 yards don't be fooled by the yardage, a 3 wood off the tee down the left side is ideal otherwise you'll be blocked out then a 130 yard approach to a relatively large green nestled just over another small beck. Langer's tree really does cut into the left hand side of the green and it is easy to see how he ended up stuck in it. You then have a tricky little Par 5 to finish, arguably the narrowest tee shot on the course where a fade off the fairway bunkers is required. If played well you can then a birdie is very make able on this hole. I just missed a 15 foot eagle putt which would have been a great way to finish but all in all Fulford is a beautiful course which doesn't get the attention it probably deserves. So glad I was able to tick this course my list!
Date: April 12, 2015