Bingley St Ives Golf Club

West Yorkshire

  • 18 Hole
  • Par 71
  • 6289 Yds

NCG Rating:

Bingley St Ives was the first championship course I ever played, and it was treated with according respect. Not that the appreciation was mutual – frankly its combination of wind, heather and much more length than I was used to meant it chewed me up and spat me out.

The Lawrence Batley International, a European Tour event, was played here three times in the early 1980s and the winners were Sandy Lyle (twice) and Nick Faldo.

This was in an era when the tour pros really did compete on the kind of courses that we amateurs could play on. At the time, St Ives was a municipal, and in 1990 it was privatised by the members, who added a new clubhouse a couple of years later.

It measures a shade under 6,500 yards from the back tees but you could be forgiven for thinking it was nearer 7,000 when playing the moorland holes on a breezy day.

Unusual in character, it begins as parkland then woodland as you climb towards the Yorkshire moors brought to worldwide fame by the books of the Bronte sisters.

The best, and certainly hardest, holes are those furthest away from the clubhouse.

Though the fairways are generous, the knowledge that missing them will result in a trudge into the heather borne out of optimism rather than the realistic hope of a) finding your ball and then b) being able to advance it very far adds a certain pressure.

In truth, these holes are very fair and good shots are well rewarded, but you will need to know how to play in the wind to preserve your score. Either side of this middle section, there are some chances to make up ground. If you can avoid out of bounds to the right on the first two, for example, a short 4 and 5 respectively.

Similarly, the 15th is drivable, if tight, while the last three holes are downhill all the way.

Unusual in character, it begins as parkland then woodland as you climb towards the Yorkshire moors brought to worldwide fame by the books of the Bronte sisters.

Top Holes by Dan Murphy, editor:

8th, 354 yards, par 4

On the face if it just a wood and a pitch. In reality, it is more due to a blind drive to a fairway sloping to the right and lined by trees. From a good drive, you get a clear view of the long green – choose your club carefully.

9th, 490 yards, par 5

Beginning in the trees and ending on the exposed moor, expect the wind to play its part here. The drive gets tighter the further you go, thanks to the angle of the dogleg and sand. Keep it in play and you can run the ball up to the green and leave yourself a chance of birdie.

16th, 451 yards, par 4

The elevated tee gives you fine views down towards the town of Bingley. A lone bunker guards the angle of the dogleg so play between this and the out of bounds on the right to set up a running approach downhill to the green.

Address

St Ives Estate
Bingley
Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD16 1AT England

Telephone

01274 562 436
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