Alwoodley Golf Club

Alister MacKenzie's original layout. The short two-shot holes are some of the finest ever laid.

 

Alwoodley Golf Club

West Yorkshire, England

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Alwoodley Golf Club sits atop Wigton Moor to the North of Leeds not far from the Yorkshire Dales and the town of Harrogate. Founded in 1907, it was built by the greenkeeper on advice given by Alister MacKenzie and Harry S Colt. Alister MacKenzie soon after became Alwoodley Golf Club's first Secretary.

Course policy is the course should be maintained and managed as closely as possible to the original Alister MacKenzie design concepts. The par 5 10th was the inspiration for the 13th at Augusta National. Throughout the round, taking on risk is rewarded if successfully navigated whilst playing safe doesn't give an advantage. Another hallmark is centrally placed bunkers on doglegs. Of interest, the greens here are large and not as undulating as some of MacKenzie's later work.

Recently, Ken Moodie has added some length and restored the bunkers. Now stretched to over 6,900 yards it plays to a par of 71, the work was done in preparation to host the 2019 English Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship or Brabazon Trophy. Up and coming golf course architect, Clyde Johnson, has been involved in restoring the nuances to the MacKenzie original. Alwoodley Golf Club is one of 15 clubs in the renowned Alister MacKenzie Society , with Moortown Golf Club as the only other English entry.

Sometimes it's not all about the golf... The clubhouse here is one of the best in the game; the original clubhouse now serves as the pro-shop.

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Ranked28/100in GB&I
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Featured Architect: Alister MacKenzie

As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: 1 - The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. 2 - There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. 3 - There should be little walking...

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West Yorkshire, LS17 8SA, England

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Joe McDonnell & Evalu18 Ltd

Featured Architect: Alister MacKenzie

As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: 1 - The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. 2 - There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. 3 - There should be little walking...

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