Moortown Golf Club Course Review - A fabulous Alister MacKenzie design that has benefited from renovations to reinstate the heathland feel he initially envisaged

Moortown Golf Club Course Review

Green Fee Range: £45-£90

Medal Tee: Par 71 – 6,747 Yards

Visitor Times: Seven days, restricted until after 14:30 on Saturdays

Website: www.moortown-gc.co.uk

Significant Changes

Clubhouse refurbishment fully completed including all lounges, dining rooms and boardroom

On Course, final stages of bunker renovation work completed, selective transplanting & planting of specimen Scots pines on the course and gorse to protect/screen boundaries and full state of the art irrigation system installed

Moortown Golf Club Course Review

m12 fairway bunker

Moortown in Leeds was the venue for the first Ryder Cup match to be held on British soil. Despite the USA being strong favourites, the home side triumphed in that contest by seven points to five.

Over the years, the club has played host to countless championships, including the English Amateur Championship and the Brabazon Trophy. Bobby Locke, Henry Cotton and Bernard Gallacher have all won professional events at Moortown.

Moortown is a classic English heathland layout. The original design was by the great Dr Alister MacKenzie in 1908.

Large undulating greens and deep bunkers are evidence of his contribution. With heather, birch trees, burns and bushes to contend with, a round here requires precision and careful strategy.

Moortown Golf Club Course Review

Keep to the fairways and a good score is certainly possible, but stray slightly and the result will invariably be unfavourable.

Despite its proximity to urbanisation, there’s remarkable peace and serenity to be found on the course here. It’s hard to believe the track is only three miles from the centre of Leeds.

There are many excellent holes at Moortown, but the 10th – Gibraltar – deserves special mention. MacKenzie built the green into a rocky slope and the natural contours send any shots slightly off target towards the gaping bunkers left and right of the putting surface.

Moortown Golf Club Course Review – Golf Monthly Verdict

Great heathland course offering variety and value