Moortown is a Golf Club steeped in history. Not only was it one of Dr Alister MacKenzie’s first designs (he arguably went onto bigger and better things), but it was the venue for the first Ryder Cup to be held on British soil and the first attended by Samuel Ryder.
The superb clubhouse does a wonderful job in showcasing this history and it’s a great place to while away a few hours pre and post round, with a lounge overlooking the 18th green and a snooker room neighbouring the members bar.
The course itself is a Moorland course, with a few Heathland holes thrown in. It’s an amenable 6746y off the Whites and most of that length comes on the front 9. The opening half requires distance off the tee and offers generous fairways to compensate for this. The back 9 requires much more accuracy and asks you to plot your way to a score and this was certainly my preferred half.
The course opens up with a scoreable short Par 5 which should be a great confidence builder to your round. I then found the next stretch from 2-7 a little straightforward with the routing heading back and forth, albeit with an enjoyable short Par 4 5th which doglegs over a creek that runs across the course.
The course then really comes alive from the halfway hut. The 10th is a cracking one shotter and the best hole on the course for my money. Called “Gibraltar” it plays up to an elevated green which contours wickedly from all angles with a huge bunker front left to catch any timid approaches.
The next four holes are heathland holes and although it could be claimed they are a little out of place on a Moorland course, are an excellent run using elevation to their advantage. The long Par 5 downhill 12th in particular is a great hole. The finishing stretch from 16 to home shows brilliant design and really makes you think about how to play them with the 18th being a fabulous finishing hole requiring a long straight drive down a narrow fairway and the approach being played over some superb bunkering.
In fact the bunkering throughout is a real strength of Moortown. Large, strategically placed, with none wasted. They force you to think strategically, especially on the back 9.
This is a lovely members club with good facilities, friendly staff and a course that improves throughout the round. Moortown really is a great place to spend the day, both on and off the course.
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Date: November 09, 2020