The following edited extracts are taken from the John F. Moreton and Iain Cumming book James Braid and his Four Hundred Golf Courses:
“Little has changed at Scarborough since Braid planned his eighteen hole course, to replace the nine hole course of 1909. His short 4th is gone, giving way to the present par three 11th. Otherwise, this much played course would be instantly recognisable.
The five holes on the clubhouse and seaward side of the road, 1, 2, 16, 17 and 18, give no real idea of the rest of the course. All is open and panoramic, if tricky. The other holes are on rolling terrain and among the trees, parkland rather than seaside.
In a stunningly detailed article, the Scarborough Mercury 20th July 1928 describes the opening ceremony performed by the mayor who proceeds to miss the ball on the 1st tee, takes off his chain, and then manages to dispatch the ball.
Braid takes part in two matches, a fourball and a foresome, which end up all square.
In the mayor’s speech (he says): ‘I would like to say a word about the constructor, Mr. J.R. Stutt. I consider it has been wonderfully good work to have been carried out in such splendid time, and we owe his firm a great debt of gratitude.’
Braid and Stutt would have been modestly pleased with this accolade.”
Scarborough North Cliff Golf Club co-hosted The Amateur championship in 1991 when Gary Wolstenholme beat Bob May 8&6 in the final at Ganton Golf Club.
Scarborough North Cliff Golf Club dates back to 1909, the present course was designed by James Braid and established in 1928.
The course starts on the cliff top relatively gently and then moves inland threading its way between woodlands with lovely views of the North Yorkshire Moors and the North Sea, from the 5th onwards the course has a feel of a Portugal layout, really good and perhaps goes below the radar of some. A good stretch of strong holes ensue before the course crosses the road returning to the cliff top for the final three holes. An exceptional course well worth a visit if in the area and a fitting one for my mate to get his 300th course up.
Greg, you have rated the 23rd best course in Yorkshire the same as the 9th best course in the world (St Andrews Old) and the 14th best (Muirfield). I haven't played Scarborough NC and it maybe worth 4.5 balls - as there are only 2 reviews of the course it may be difficult to assess. Agree with your rating of Trump International Golf Links however.
This is a nice course, in my opinion the best in Scarborough and can play very well. The first is an interesting and teasing hole that can play differently each time as it overlooks the coast and therefore gets hammered by the wind sometimes.
Some very nice tree lined holes in the middle of the round keep you thinking and some good opportunites for eagles and birdies.