Harrogate - Yorkshire - England

Harrogate Golf Club,
Forest Lane Head,
Harrogate,
North Yorkshire,
HG2 7TF,
England


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  • Christine Calvert-Brown

  • Sandy Herd

  • Gary Stothard & Sam Everson

Located close to the centre of the charming spa town of Harrogate, the golf club has been in existence since 1892, when Willie Park Jnr laid out a 9-hole course over an undulating site at Irongate Bridge. Three years later, the club’s landlords, the Duchy of Lancaster, opened a slaughterhouse close to the clubhouse, forcing the club to relocate further out of town to a site owned by the Slingsby Estate at Belmont Farm.

The Huddersfield Golf Club professional Sandy Herd, who designed other Yorkshire courses at Pannal, Lees Hall and Wakefield, set out the club’s new 18-hole layout. Harry Colt subsequently recommended routing the course with inner and outer loops of nine holes and Alister MacKenzie is also credited with redesigning the 17th green to create “an entirely artificial plateau green constructed on flat land”.

The Harrogate course is laid out on gently undulating, wooded terrain and its tree-lined fairways are routed in two returning circuits of nine holes that each contain their fair share of carefully placed sand traps. Three of the five short holes on the card are faced during the outward half (at holes 3, 5 and 9) whilst the back nine concludes with a very strong finishing stretch of par fours from the 15th onwards.

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Description: Located close to the centre of the charming spa town of Harrogate, the golf club has been in existence since 1892 but it was five years later before a course came into play... Rating: 3.7 out of 6 Reviews: 3

I recently played at Harrogate Golf Club in the 36-hole Vardon Grip 36-hole open competition on an early September day with a tiny hint of autumn in the air.

The current course measures a little less than 6,198 yards and plays to a par of 69 but with an SSS of 70 it is no stroll in the park. It is played over relatively flat terrain and requires a great deal of accuracy and conservative play due to the tight, tree-lined nature of the holes. There are also plenty of fairway and greenside bunkers to avoid.

The round closes with four formidable two-shotters, three of which played directly into the wind on my visit.

There are no real stand-out holes at Harrogate but there is a nice consistency to the course and, although the narrowness of the fairways and the sloping greens ensure a stiff test, it isn’t going to beat you up.

It was also pleasing to have such short walks from green-to-tee and partly as a result of this our round took a little over 3 hours which is very good for this type of competition.

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3 / 6
Harrogate
September 09, 2017


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Played Harrogate on June 20th 2014, taking advantage of their £25 twilight rate (great value)It's a lovely course, without any really amazing holes, but with 18 very good ones.There's an excellent mix of golf holes, ranging from drive able par 4's, to the 13th - a monster of a par 4 at 464yards. Every hole feels different, yet clearly all part of the same course. Wonderfully mature trees and tight, springy fairways make it a tough test, despite the 6,200 yard length.Would definitely go back. It's challenging, and full of character.
4 / 6
Harrogate
June 21, 2014


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A traditional old parkland club. Very friendly with a course which is very well cared for with some very good holes starting with the 2nd but really on the back 9 with 11, 12 & 13. The day I played the greens were superb.The course is shorter on the front 9 with a few short par 4's. But the back nine starts to get you, with some fine long par 4's and 3's. One of my pet hates though, it seems they use those ride on bunker rakers. All they do is compact the sand and comb the top couple of mm's, which makes play very inconsistent.But really there is nothing to fault about this club and it was a pleasure to play. It is a good quality golf club designed for members to enjoy, with a very reasonable green fee rate.
4 / 6
Harrogate
July 31, 2011


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Michael Tung
June 01, 2013
I just played a few rounds this week during the twilight hours, superb deal and course is well maintained. The fairway and green seems bouncy to me comparing to courses in Asia where my driver shots rolls only 10 yards, here even my 9 iron roll longer.