Fulford - Yorkshire - England

Fulford Golf Club,
Heslington Lane,
York,
YO10 5DY,
England


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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.

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Description: Fulford Golf Club will always be remembered for the tree-climbing exploits of Bernhard Langer in the 1981 Benson & Hedges International. Rating: 7.3 out of 10 Reviews: 28
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Ian Fulford
From an Australian golfer who has played on 6 continents and several hundred courses I can say that Fulford is one if not my favourite course. I loved playing at Fulford and found my 2-4 handicap was well tested the greens could offer a slightly improved in terms of fall and contour. The length of the course using big burther was still challenging.The layout is beautiful and for the critics that complain about the water why didn't you go to another course, simply you could not as they were unplayable.The best thing about Fulford is that many of the senior players would return tomorrow if Fulford decided to host a seniors tornament.If the greats of the game speak so highly and would return then I am in great company and this supports the fact that I will return no doubt.Best regards Ian
October 03, 2008
10 / 10
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Mondeo
Played the course about This time (September) last year and was disappointed. The course wasn't in great condition which surprised me as we played just after the Yorks am. The waterlogged fairways obviously didn't help but i don't know that lengthening it would bring back any glory days as has been suggested.
September 24, 2008
4 / 10
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simon smith
I also played this course during a very wet period in June 07 and i thought the course held up very well. It isn't a long course but it is tight therefore you have to play for position on alot of holes. I've played lots of other great courses (just like the rest of you no doubt) and in my opinion this is a very nice course. Don't expect anything spectacular because it is not like that. The greens are remarkably flat and in excellent condition - go play
July 24, 2007
8 / 10
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Gary F
Played course after what has admittedly been a wet period, but generally disappointed. Happy to take our £170 for a four-ball on a course virtually unplayable due to waterlogged fairways! Playing off 6, played to handicap, think course living off past glories, very flat & very samey. This was also the opinion of my playing partners. At this price there are better courses in the area, i.e. Alwoodley. No more than an average local club course & not good value for money.
July 24, 2007
4 / 10
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Dennis Swannell
I have played Fulford twice and I find a testing course that is not too intimidating for mid handicappers.One of the best in Yorkshire
November 07, 2006
8 / 10
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Graeme Miles
I would say that it is too short and, in truth a little too samey. Would disagree that the holes are varied. All par 5's were short and many holes were a case of hit it staright and its ok. Fun, but not all i'd hoped for
June 06, 2006
4 / 10
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Bowlesie
My first experience of Fulford was a damp late May Friday morning with a fair breeze in your face for the first 5 holes.The club house has a slightly dated feel ,but the course was in excellent condition with long punishing rough alongside generous fairways.For the handicap golfer in these conditions it was a stiff test with the highlight being the par 5s which are varied and testing.I managed a birdie on the par 5 18th having hit the green in 2 so i went away happy, but good bunkering and that rough meant you had to earn your score.Very enjoyable traditional course with an excellent 19th overlooking the last green.DB
May 29, 2006
8 / 10
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Hugh
Fulford is a great course, but despite the mature trees it’s fairly open and inviting off the tee. Clearly modern technology has caught up with the course…it’s certainly not a championship test these days but it certainly provides some fun for mere mortal handicappers. I was a bit annoyed when I played here last summer as I forgot to look out for Langer’s tree. I was impressed with the condition and Fulford is certainly an easy walk in the park there are few ups and downs. It’s not the cheapest place to play in Yorkshire, I think it was about £50 when I last played…a bit steep for my wallet.
May 22, 2005
6 / 10
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