Review for Sand Moor

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Next door to Alwoodley and Moortown, Sand Moor is another Yorkshire MacKenzie design, that deserves its place in the neighbourhood.

The layout is over hilly terrain with lots of interesting holes. Early on, players are faced with lots of doglegs such as the 2nd, 3rd and 6th. The approach to the 3rd is played steeply downhill, and reminded me of the shot into the 4th at Lindrick.

For me, the course is characterised by two main things. Firstly, the shapes and features that you would expect to see on a MacKenzie design, but also the large quantity of bunkers. Particuarly prevalent on the par 3s, any members here should be well versed getting out of sand traps.

The 13th hole is my favourite here, measuring just 336 yards and played downhill, but with OB long of the green, iron is the play off the tee. Players must also consider where to play their tee shot to give themselves the best angle. Although any out of bounds is never a welcome addition to a course, I think with it playing just over the back of the green it does add a strategic interest. You only have to look at the 5th at Royal Portrush for a great example of this.

Although not top of peoples agendas on a Leeds golf trip, Sand Moor would provide a great foil for it’s two more high profile neighbours. It’s also great to see the work the club has put in to the course over recent years, including tree removal and a new bunkering style.

Date: July 20, 2020


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