A pleasant, mature course dating back to 1892 with design input from some of the great Golden Age designers.
A round at Harrogate is a very pleasant way to spend your day. It is relatively short by modern standards, laid out over relatively level land, with a good mix of holes; 5 par 3's, all over 170 yards off the tips, 2 relatively short par 5's, the rest par 4's including 4 par 4's to finish, inlcuding 3 over 400 yards and one of these reaching 454 yards. A tough finish to the round.
The par 3's are good but with 2 of them at over 210 yards, I would personally prefer a better mix with at least a couple shorter.
A gentle start to your round with a wide fairway on this short par 4, but position is key as the entrance to the green narrows with trees intruding from the left and bunkers to the right. But its a nice getaway.
The rounds stand out holes for me were the 7th, the 1st of the par 5's, which is beautifully framed by the trees, narrowing as you reach the green and protected for those trying to take it on in 2, by the brook about 80 yards or so back.
Also I really enjoyed the stretch at the start of the back 9 and the 15th, the 1st of the tough par 4 finish, beautifully framed and gently sweeping right to left.
The routing was enjoyable, the tree lined fairways a pleasure your way through and the bunkering impressed me.
Like reviewers before, I'd agree this course isn't easy simply because it is short; its challenging and tight, the par 3's seriously test your accuracy, but amongst the tough par 4's there are also some serious birdie chances on the shorter par 4's (holes 1, 4, 10 and 17) which helps keep the round interesting and one's hope to pull back one of the lost shots.
Date: January 08, 2021