This is golfing heaven! As a good an inland course as you will find anywhere. Described as an inland links (the sea inlet used to come this far inland several hundred years ago), from the minute you turn onto the property you are stepping back into a different era, where class oozes out of every pore, as if you are stepping back in time. The most recent reviews cover the course in great detail so I won't repeat but knowing the Ryder Cup has been played here, and the greats that have also played at this course, together with the atmospheric and old fashioned clubhouse steeped in history really make you feel this place is special. And the course is. From the 1st tee with the starter calling you off, through 18 holes of pure class. Whilst I agree with others that the 17th and 18th are perhaps a bit weak and the 17th in particular off the white tees a brute of a par 3, it would be wrong of me to be too critical of these. Yes, I think the 17th could be shortened across the road to make a fairer test and the quirky last with its dog left left and easy to run out of fairway off your tee shot isn't my favourite or the best finishing hole, theses courses were built significantly time ago when clubs hit different distances and I love the quirkiness you get with older courses.
Apart from the 17th, I enjoy every hole at Ganton. The Greyhound pub at the end of the drive offers great overnight accommodation and beer! and there are new dorms house accommodation so you really can make a trip of it here.
Combine with a night in Scarborough and playing North Cliff and perhaps Moortwon or Alwoodley on your way back and this can be a really memorable golfing weekend.
Date: July 11, 2019