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. Looking 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.
Date: April 30, 2015