In 1906, Headingley Golf Club moved from Beckett’s Park to its present location at Adel. Within a few years, Alister MacKenzie was called in to remodel the course before Harry Colt subsequently advised on bunkering.
Headingley is one of the many golf courses situated on excellent golfing land to the North of Leeds in West Yorkshire. This is a very fine parkland layout, housing firm running fairways, with even a hint of heathland towards the far end of the course.
In a completely rural setting the course benefits from many wonderful views and has several memorable holes which make full use of the varied and dramatic terrain.
The standout holes include the downhill opener which features an approach, potentially from an elevated position, played over a stream to an inviting green. The seventh, the first of back-to-back par fives is also an excellent hole where the player who can drive it long and straight has a chance to reach this 556 yarder that has a superb large, angled and multi-tier putting surface.
There’s also a really good stretch of holes at Headingley between the demanding 456-yard par-four 12th and the short but tricky 17th. A wide variety of strokes are required on this six-hole run but it is the green locations of the 13th, 16th and 17th that really set the pulse racing. Each one is very natural in appearance yet features significant contours around and about them which make approach and recovery shots very interesting and asks the golfer to use some imagination and creativity.
Headingley is definitely a course you should seek out and play if heading to Yorkshire. It isn’t in the same class as nearby Alwoodley, Moortown or Sand Moor but it’s not too far behind the last of that trio and certainly makes for a highly rewarding days golf.
Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.