Peace and tranquility within a stones throw of Huddersfield. Played last week and course in very good condition. Well manicured fairways and excellent greens. The start is gentle enough but the run from 2 to 4 is reasonably challenging - the 3rd in particular a 200 yard par 3 with very little space to miss the green has the potential to wreck your card. The front 9 is generally more demanding - the 8th in particular is as hard a stroke 1 as you will ever play. A mere 474 yard of the whites, OB all down the right, dogleg right and uphill to a well guarded and tricky green. If you make a par you will feel like you have stolen at least 1 shot from the course. The back 9 is a lot easier and if I am honest the finishing run is slightly disappointing. The 15th is a 300 yard par 4, the 16th is an eminently reachable par 5 as long as you find the fairway, and then 17 and 18 are pretty straightforward relatively short par 4's. The clubhouse is quite remarkable and the beer they served was excellent. Course was very quiet for a Friday and this definately has the feel of somewhere you would happily play week in week out. Having played its near neighbour Fixby a few times I would say that it just about has the edge but both are fine courses in their own right. My only criticism would be the 'bus shelters' on the excellent practice ground. Whilst they are no doubt very practical they look awful against the backdrop of a fine course and an amazing clubhouse. Well worth a visit.
Date: July 27, 2011