York Classic Golf Tour
A collection of excellent courses in easy reach of the stunning City of York
York Classic Golf Tour
A collection of excellent courses in easy reach of the stunning City of York.
Ganton has been the venue for matches and championships of the highest quality including the 1949 Ryder Cup, 2000 Curtis Cup and 2003 Walker Cup. Ganton has hosted a succession of major amateur and professional tournaments for men and women. In staging the Amateur Championship in 1964, 1977 and 1991 Ganton remains the only inland course ever to have done so. The course is laid out on quiet undulating heathland which with a sandy subsoil is very free draining. The fairways are predominantly bents and fescues, which provide a firm base for well executed shots. Golfers will find that Ganton puts a premium on accuracy rather than length. Impenetrable gorse abounds within the open nature of the heathland. There are few trees other than those on the boundaries; with plenty of space the original open character of the terrain has been retained. As to the bunkers, Ganton has few peers; the player who is bunkered is punished for his error. Gary Player once said that Ganton is the only inland course worthy of holding the Open Championship. It provides a relentless test for those aspiring to the greatest achievements in the game; the fast running fairways and the firm true greens require the highest quality of shot making and control.
A terrific heathland layout which really bursts into life around the turn. Fulford is one of England’s most decorated inland courses and is steeped in history – 23 successive European Tour events in the 1970s, 80s and 90s firmly put the course, located in a heathland and woodland setting just a mile from the centre of the historic city of York, on the global golfing map.
Furthermore, Fulford also hosted the inaugural Women’s British Open Championship in 1976 and five years later was the scene of the Benson & Hedges Championship and one of the most dramatic shots of all-time – Bernhard Langer played his third shot from the ash tree by the green on the penultimate hole.
York moved to their current site at Strensall in 1904 and J H Taylor designed the course of around 6,000 yards and it was among the longest and most testing in Yorkshire. Now it measures 6,301 yards with tree-lined fairways but has retained its natural heathland and heather heritage and has some wonderful holes including a fine starting 436 yard par four which is usually into the wind. The 426 yard sixth is also tough with a stream running across the fairway and while the eighth at 466 yards is the stroke one hole, watch out for the 154 yard par three seventh and its pond and the 182 yard 17th with a bowl-shaped green surrounded by bunkers.
Aldwark Manor Golf & Spa Hotel in the breathtaking Vale of York offers an easy-to-walk golf course in quite secluded surroundings yet within easy reach of many places of interest, including York. The 18-hole par 72 course is set in 120 acres of parkland around a 19th century manor, measures just under 6,200 yards and features both long and short par fours averaging about 300 yards. The interesting lay-out demands the use of every club in the bag with some tricky holes. Beware of losing balls in the River Ure that meanders through the course. Invariably in tip-top condition with affordable green fees.
Aldwark Manor Golf and Spa Hotel
Aldwark Alne, York, YO61 1UF
Set within 120 acres of parklands, Aldwark Manor Golf & Spa...
6,187 Yards Par 72
Fulford Golf Club
Heslington Lane, York, Yorkshire, YO10 5DY
Fulford Golf Club rated 82nd in England is a fine...
6,743 Yards Par 72
Ganton Golf Club
Ganton Golf Club, Ganton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England, YO12 4PA
The stunning Ganton Golf Club, rated 8th in the whole...
6,734 Yards Par 73
York Golf Club
Lords Moor Lane, Strensall, York, YO32 5XF
2015 is a special year at York Golf Club (Strensall) where...
6,290 Yards Par 70