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Charles A. Mackenzie, Mackenzie & Ebert
Fulford Golf Club is located just one mile from the centre of the historic city of York. It's a high-class heathland/parkland course, home to the Benson and Hedges International Open during the 1970s and 1980s. This televised tournament immediately made Fulford a household name and gave it nationwide recognition as one of the country's best inland courses.
The club was founded in 1906 but it moved to its current site in 1935 after James Braid identified the land a few years earlier. Major Charles MacKenzie, the brother of the legendary Alister MacKenzie of Augusta National fame, designed the course on predominantly sandy ground. A major renovation has recently been completed by Mackenzie & Ebert.
The fairways wind their way between avenues of trees. But there's one particular tree at Fulford that will remain a monument to Bernhard Langer for as long as it lives.
In the 1981 B&H International, Langer hit his approach shot to the 17th into the branches of a large ash tree. Amazingly, the ball remained lodged. Rather than taking a penalty drop, Langer decided to shin up the tree and play the shot from where it lay. From a precarious and unusual stance, Langer chipped out and to everyone's astonishment, the ball landed on the green. A plaque on the same tree now commemorates Langer's remarkable feat.
Measuring 6,779 yards from the back tees, Fulford is a serious test for the handicap golfer, but the course is too short for today's long hitting professionals. Just ask Ian Woosnam. "Woosie" posted the All-Comers' course record in 1985 with an amazing 62.
It is most unlikely that we'll have the chance to score 62, but we'll certainly enjoy Fulford. It's a fine golf course in a beautiful part of the country and, thanks to Langer, it will always be remembered.
An excellent golf course in a beautiful setting with a plethora of interesting holes. Flat terrain means it is not an arduous walk for older people. Holes are tight and it is essential to make an accurate tee shot on most holes, particularly the par threes. Approach shots are tough, but the greens are straightforward as they are mainly flat. They are, however, the best greens I have played on (by a distance) this year. A friendly club and well organised. One of the best clubs in the north of England.
Read the reviews below, and visited Fulford in late September. It lived up to all expectations. My 4 ball were all very impressed, (all cat1 golfers). We were given permission to play from the championship markers and this provided a great test for us. Very good traditional golf course, far better than I remember from last time I visited about 10 years ago, great food, and most importantly the staff we met were so friendly. I wish I lived nearer I would love to be a member, and I agree with previous comments below.
Was it Mark Twain, who said that a round of golf was a good walk spoiled? Well in that case he did not know about Fulford GC.The greens are always quick and true, the fairways generous, and the bunkers in the best condition.Fulford is a great test of golf for golfers, of all handicaps and ages.I have played a number of courses in 2010, some in Scotland,Northumberland, Yorkshire, and Co Durham. Fulford came out on top.I am now looking forward to my annual visit in July; I know that I will not be disappointed.