Review for Shipley

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Around the world, especially in the USA, Alastair MacKenzie courses are held in the highest regard and incredibly sought after. In Yorkshire, home of the good doctor for a long period early on in his life, there are lots of MacKenzie courses to choose from. One example of this is Shipley, near Bradford

I’m sure it now plays different to how originally intended, with lots of trees meaning tight fairways, but there are interesting features throughout. The 2nd is a sharp dogleg to the right, which sets the tone for the course. The 4th and 5th are played alongside each other and have rumpled fairways that you might expect to see on a links course.

The 7th was a favourite hole, a downhill par 3 with a stream on the left on the green. This is followed by another par 3, an example of MacKenzie not worrying about back to back par 3s on the routing. The routing is unique, as the front 9 also has 4 par 5s. The 9th is one of these, and has an interesting bowl green.

The greens are well bunkered throughout, they don’t look threatening but after you keep finding yourselves in them you gain more of an appreciation for their placement. The 13th is a short par 3, which makes the most of the acreage as it plays straight across the 12th fairway, something you wouldn’t expect to be built nowadays. The 16th is a short par 4 where missing the green can lead to a big score, and the par 3 17th has some slopey run off areas round the greens. The greens are good in general, but perhaps not as undulating as other MacKenzie designs round Yorkshire.

Date: July 20, 2020

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