Huddersfield - Yorkshire - England

Huddersfield Golf Club,
Fixby Hall,
Lightridge Road,
Huddersfield,
West Yorkshire,
HD2 2EP,
England


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Huddersfield Golf Club was founded in 1891 and its course was laid out by Tom Dunn, who was one of the most prolific architects of his day. Subsequent revisions to the layout were made by Sandy Herd (the club’s first professional, who won the Open in 1902) and a host of others, including Herbert Fowler, Alister MacKenzie, Fred Hawtree and Donald Steel. In 2004, Cameron Sinclair also upgraded all eighteen greens to USGA standard.

Today, the layout extends to 6,506 yards from the back tees. First time visitors teeing off on the par five 1st hole may be a little surprised to see golfers on the par four 9th cut across their path as the old-fashioned routing crosses over the two fairways at the start and finish of the front nine holes.

The toughest hole on the card is played at the 512-yard 4th (“Gernhill”), an uncompromising par five that doglegs right across a row of cross bunkers to a green surrounded by another three sand traps. The 419-yard 12th (“Wells Ing”) is another stiff test, the hole veering sharply left to a green that’s protected by a solitary bunker to the front of the putting surface.

The course has hosted many prestigious competitions, both amateur and professional, down the years. The PGA used to hold the Lawrence Batley Seniors Tournament here and the Ladies Golf Union and English Ladies’ Golf Association have used the course for national and international events, including the Ladies Seniors Home Internationals in 2014.

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Description: With Fixby Hall as the magnificent clubhouse, it's no surprise that Huddersfield is one of Yorkshire's finest and most respected golf clubs. Rating: 4.4 out of 6 Reviews: 7

Huddersfield Golf Club is probably not given the sufficient coverage it deserves on a national scale. It's a very, very fine golf course.

As a regular host to the Yorkshire County Championship, former venue of a European Seniors Tour event and lauded by locals it is well respected within the White Rose County of Yorkshire. But ask golfers further afield and the majority don't know about 'Fixby'.

The club has teetered on the edge of the various English 'top 100' golf course rankings in the past but has never managed to establish a foothold within them. It's a shame because this course is well worthy of inclusion and certainly the effort to pay a visit.

It has an excellent location in terms of access; close to the M62 and just over t'hill from Lancashire but it lacks support in numbers from other quality clubs around it that other venues, in say North Leeds, may benefit from. The course also has a beautiful setting, glorious grounds and a magnificent clubhouse located in the centre of the large estate which is reached thanks to an enticing drive through part of the course. From a playing perspective this can however disrupt play at the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth holes!

The fast-running and well-draining moorland-esque course draped over a big property will test every element of your game and a good score here is always well deserved. At times, when the rough is thick and the wind is up, it can perhaps become a bit too difficult but it always remains fair.

The greens, re-laid at the turn of the millennium, have improved the putting surfaces and surrounds immensely. If you miss a green there is always a number of ways in which you can play your recovery shot and the condition of them in the winter months is usually exceptional.

A similar restoration of the bunkering, which is becoming outdated and tired, would breed new life into this course and elevate it to one of the country's best.

Huddersfield is definitely a thinking course and one that requires a number of rounds before you truly understand how to score well around it.

Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.

4 / 6
Huddersfield
April 27, 2017


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Heard a lot of good things about Fixby, so was great to finally get out and play what is the 9th of the top 10 in Yorkshire I've played.. (only Hallamshire left). From the moment you drive in and see the crossover par 4's you get a sense of the place being wide open with some impressive views. The clubhouse is unbelievable, and something different to I've ever experienced before. Inside there is such an old fashioned, special feel, it seems very similar to what you'd expect to find at Augusta not that I've ever played there. Huddersfield Golf Course - Photo by reviewerLooking at the scorecard, you notice 4/5 par 4's over 440 yards.. Don't be fooled, firm fast and extremely downhill fairways means they play no more than a driver and a mid iron. It had that same springy turf you find at Moortown and Alwoodley, but it's much more open and expansive and in my opinion is a bombers paradise. There are some stunning holes, inparticular on the back 9, 10 a great driveable par 4 up and around the clubhouse, 11 a great par 3 across a small valley then arguably the 2 signature holes on the course. A beautiful par 4 that sweeps round the valley then a brutally tough par 3 back across the valley to a tiny sloping green. Looking back on the course you really can score on it and even though the yardages suggest it being tough, you really can take advantage of the downhill holes inparticular the par 5's. The greens however are the main defence of this course, for this time of year they were very quick in places so I can imagine come peak of summer they get much quicker and firmer and therefore almost impossible in places if you miss them in the wrong spot. All in all it is a very good track, not as good as the so called "big 4" heathland style courses in Yorkshire but nevertheless an impressive course with views to die for. I would recommend playing here in the summer when it is playing firm and fast and enjoy the amazing views but be warned, it is one of the hilliest courses you will find anywhere.
4 / 6
Huddersfield
April 30, 2015


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Played late March 15 on a very windy (is there anything else at Fixby?) day. The 12th and 13th were closed for winter work but there is space for 2 extra short par 3's around the 15th hole to allow an 18-hole winter course to be played.The views are indeed spectacular on either side of the course. The front nine looks north-eastwards towards Leeds; the back nine over Huddersfield and the Pennines in the distance. This of course implies the track is hilly, which it is, but the undulations in most places add to the experience rather than detract. However, I'm not sure that helps on the 18th where there is a very narrow ridge at driving distance (at least it is in winter conditions from a forward tee) and a mere extra 5 yards carry can give an extra 50-100 yards roll down the other side leaving a 2nd shot of under 150 yards into a par 5. It seems a little too much reward for a good drive. [Before you ask, I didn't reach the ridge, while my playing partner did - although I made birdie to his par!].Against this one gripe, several holes stood out. A tough opening 1st at 440 yards; the 6th, a par 4 with attractive cross-bunkers and the 16th, with an opportunity to hit downhill and downwind with the Emley Moor TV mast as your guide in the distance. The clubhouse oozes class and is very traditional whilst the staff in the bar and restaurant were very helpful and friendly. I'd definitely visit Huddersfield again in the summer to play the 12th and 13th - they look great from a distance - and experience the greens (which were fairly quick in March) at full speed.
4 / 6
Huddersfield
April 02, 2015


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Played Huddersfield for the 1st time on 20/05/13 in their Team Open. Definately should be rated higher than 10th in Yorkshire. Good mix of holes with 3 of the par 3's playing long off the White tees. Outstanding holes for me, a lover of traditional golf clubs were the 12th, a sweeping longish par 4 followed by a classic 210yard downhill par 3 at the 13th. Highly recommended. 1 note of caution is that you would need to be fairly fit to attempt 36 holes - perhaps this is a contributing factor to the undeserved lowly rating. Dave A
5 / 6
Huddersfield
May 22, 2013


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Played fixby today, in very nice late september weather, and i was very impressed indeed. The greens are the best i have played i have played this year and although not 'fast', they are true to putt on but subtle with the breaks. The overall course condition was very good and i would recommend that any serious golfer should take time to play fixby. The food in the club house is very good and the pro shop is well appointed
5 / 6
Huddersfield
September 28, 2011


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I really enjoy playing at 'Fixby', I've played here 3 times now and I think the course is fantastic. Not too demanding but can play long especially from the back tees. The greens are true and some are very tricky and the overall standard of the course is top notch. The course doesn't beat you up either so is a real enjoyable round. I'd recommend any serious golfer to make the effort to play at fixby.
5 / 6
Huddersfield
September 09, 2011


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Ah, good old Huddersfield, a club of tradition and values which scoffs at modernity. Make sure you check their rules before play as the members may tell you off! That said and the fact that finding the course is like looking for a needle in a haystack even though it’s set just north of the town centre, it’s an excellent mature parkland course with quality greens. The ground here is quite hilly and if you plan to play 36 holes then a buggy is recommended for all but the fittest golfers. Some tough 4s and a couple of devilish 3s make Fixby a challenge on which to play to handicap. Not as well known as it should be but a very nice old-fashioned members club with an outstanding 19th hole where the food is great.
4 / 6
Huddersfield
January 16, 2008


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Edward
July 27, 2011
Huddersfield is a course which has recently undergone considerable changes to the green surrounds which has transformed it from being a good course into one which is worthy of closer inspection. The course demands a wide variety of shots to be played and places great emphasis on strategic play from the tee and into the greens. In summary the course is demanding but also offers variety and playability for all golfers regardless of their standard. It has also hosted a number of national amateur events and European senior tour events.