Alwoodley Golf Club Course Review - This natural heathland course was the first work of the great Dr Alister MacKenzie

Alwoodley Golf Club Course Review

Green Fee Range £50-£100

Medal Tee – Par 71 – 6,900 Yards

Visitor Times: Weekdays and weekends subject to availability – contact Club for details

Website: www.alwoodley.co.uk

Significant Changes

The course has been lengthened, particularly around the 18th tee – tree work at the 9th and 10th tees – the clubhouse has a new bar area and new extended terrace, plus a completely refurbished men’s shower area

Alwoodley Golf Club Course Review

This heathland course on the northern outskirts of Leeds is where it all began for Dr Alister MacKenzie’s second career as a golf course designer.

Alwoodley Golf Club Course Review

MacKenzie was a founder of the club in 1907, and it was here he would first get to paint his fairways and greens into the natural landscape.

The layout, which starts off with a delightful-looking opener, is still predominantly MacKenzie’s design, and indeed, the current five-year improvement programme has seen a number of his original bunkers brought back to life.

The greenside bunkering really comes alive from the 5th, with the challenge of the hazards you have to negotiate invariably related to the length or difficulty of the shot.

On the par-3 7th, which measures just 143 yards, large bunkers guard the entire front half of the green.

Alwoodley Golf Club Course Review

On the longer 179-yard 11th, the bunkers may be more numerous, but they are confined to the left and front of the green, leaving a little margin for error on the right.

If you can thread a good drive away between the out of bounds and the right-hand bunkers on 17, the steep bank short of the hidden green will often propel balls on to the putting surface – a pleasant surprise when it finally comes into view.The long, narrow 18th is less accommodating though!

MacKenzie’s premier Leeds creations, here and at Moortown, have both taken major steps to further better themselves of late, and while there’s much local debate as to which is superior, it’s his original creation that still just leads the way in our rankings.

Alwoodley Golf Club Course Review – Golf Monthly Verdict

An excellent test of golf and a true heathland challenge