If you wanted only one reason to visit Alwoodley it would simply be this: It was the first ever course designed by Dr Alister MacKenzie, who went on to give us Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Cypress Point and, of course, Augusta National.
And don’t think that in any way he used Alwoodley for practice, his thoughts on course design were honed over many years and here he was finally able to put them into practice.
An inland track, second only in quality to Ganton among Yorkshire courses, it is a moorland layout that features many mature trees, springy turf, the usual heather and whins that should be avoided at all costs, and fearsome bunkers, not all of which are immediately apparent.
As for the greens, the good news is that they are large, and therefore fairly generous targets. The bad news is that they are large, with many undulations, so to escape without a three (or even four) putt is cause for celebration.
The design is of such quality that very few alterations have been made and not many courses combine a stiff, fair challenge with such scenic beauty.
Forming part of the famous stretch of golfing territory on the northern fringe of Leeds in Yorkshire.
The Alwoodley Golf Club was the first course to be designed by the famous golf architect, Dr Alister MacKenzie, whose other masterpieces included Augusta National, Cypress Point and Crystal Downs in the United States, and Royal Melbourne in Australia.
Alwoodley ranks as one of the top 50 Championship courses in the UK & Ireland and regularly hosts county and national tournaments.
The course layout forms part of Wigton Moor and is of a natural moorland character. Springy fairways cut through a profusion of heather, whins and shrubs, with the trees particularly striking in autumn which American visitors find especially appealing. In addition to its scenic beauty, the course is plentifully and cunningly bunkered and has undulating and interesting greens.
Over the years this impressive course has stood the test of time and is now in the best condition it has been for many years. Today only the 10th and 11th greens have been altered from the original designs. They have been in place over 70 years.
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