Dating back to 1912 the course at Garforth Golf Club is one of a number of Alister MacKenzie’s Yorkshire productions and the good doctor made good use of the Cock Beck which snakes its way across the course.
Alastair Mackenzies input is evident all over his native Yorkshire. Garforth is a parkland layout that was built by the good doctor. The course is characterized by lots of doglegs, forcing players to either shape the ball or choose how aggressive they want to be with their line from the tee. Another characteristic is the rumpled fairways meaning that you can get lots of different stances, even with a tee shot that finds the fairway.
The course has some quirk, there is the bush and brook that acts as a cross hazard on the par 5 2nd and par 4 11th. The 6th is a par 4 with a blind tee shot followed by a downhill approach to an interesting green. Another standout is the monstrous 15th, a 443 yard par 4 that also plays uphill, and with a brook in front of the green. The green is a hard target to hit, made even more so by the reality that most players will have fairway woods or long irons in their hands. Despite the challenge it is a fun shot to try and pull off.
There are some interesting features at Garforth, and some good bones, and in my opinion with some restoration work this wouldn’t be far off the standard of nearby Sand Moor or Headingley.