Enjoyed a lovely spring afternoon at Moortown. Warm welcome in Pro Shop and from members (despite it being a busy Medal Day). Excellent practice ground with balls included in green fee. Atmospheric clubhouse and good food. We were encouraged to play from the White tees and the course was a fair and lengthy challenge with the long clubs having to fire on all cylinders as early as holes 2 and 3. Good parkland holes at the par 4 7th, par 5 8th and par 3 9th rounded off a pleasant 9. The back 9 is more open and moor / heath in style. A welcome contrast but a bit of an underwhelming up one hole and down another feel at times. ood finish with a neat par 3 and a corking par 4 at the 18th, where you simply must find the left half of the fairway from the tee. The surrounding houses are also a bit more readily apparent on the back 9. Greens in good order for early April and signs of extensive work around the course, especially t the bunkers. Not entirely convinced by the "American" look to some of the new bunkering - the sand was very bright and soft and fried egg lies were frustratingly common. However, the refurbishment may bed in over time. All in all, a very good day out thanks to the club and its employees and members but the course was arguably not quite as top notch as I had expected and hoped for.
Date: April 17, 2011