Scarcroft is a lovely little golf club set amidst some of Yorkshires finest moorland courses. The course is a parkland layout with rolling fairways and holes flanked by tall trees. The design feels very Alistair Mckenzie but was actually created by his younger, and less renowned brother Charles. Theres certainly a lot of similarities between Moor Allerton and nearby Alwoodley.
The warm up facilities were very good and our group really liked the short game area and pristine nets located adjacent to the 1st tee, although the practice putting green was very poor and I did expect higher quality for the green fee and region in which it resides.
The course is quite tight from the tee and most shots require pin point accuracy. The greens are small in size so the premium is on hitting straight shots. If you’re a little bit wayward the course will punish you and I made all my bad scores on holes where I hit a poor tee shot.
Scarcroft was very consistent, I enjoyed the opening stretch and there are only a few weak holes within the 18. Hole 14 was the stand out hole, a great risk reward par 5 with longer hitters having the chance to go for glory in two clearing a large lake below the raised green. Many of the par 4s were good holes also and many very pretty. The last three holes I wasn’t as keen on, they were too short with the last hole being just too easy playing more like a long par 4 than and par 5, still enjoyable but not challenging enough for better golfers.
My big disappointment though was the condition of the course. This didn’t reflect the green fee and of its standing as 19th best in such a competitive region. The greens were very poor. I wanted to give the benefit of the doubt (for covid) but they were so poor that I don’t think excuses can be made. The fairways were also below standard and I cant recall playing a course with such a good design but with the conditioning of an average municipal. It took a little of the shine off a great day at a course we all thoroughly enjoyed, but for me greens rank highly in my judgement and because of that I don’t think id return. If living locally I might give it a second chance as I did really like the course and hopefully they can improve these issues in the near future.
Date: May 09, 2021