Howley Hall Golf Club

West Yorkshire

  • Par 71
  • 6454 Yds

Howley Hall dates back to the early 1900s. This course is renowned locally as one of the best in the area, so it is surprising that its popularity and reputation have not stretched even further than the immediately surrounding area.

Not quite off the beaten track, Howley is less than eight miles from Leeds city centre but enjoys a fine location. This parkland and woodland gem looks out over the Calder Valley, with the best views to be enjoyed from the 16th and 18th tees.

Howley is by no means long and placement rather than distance is the key to counter some sharp doglegs. 

Stray off line and you will invariably be playing your second shot out of the trees that border almost every fairway.

In its 110-year history, the layout has been tweaked a number of times, notably by Dr Alister MacKenzie who advised on course alterations in 1913, but also in 2008 when the club toughened up three of its holes.

The par-3 8th now has a ditch running in front of the green, while the 12th features a pond on the angle of the dogleg forcing you either to lay-up from the tee or attempt to carry the lot. 

Finally, the par-5 16th also has a ditch in front of the green and is now a genuine three-shotter for all but the biggest and bravest of hitters.

A modern clubhouse tops off the impressive facilities of a friendly club that ticks all the right boxes.

Stray off line and you will invariably be playing your second shot out of the trees that border almost every fairway.

Top Holes, Will Spence, staff writer:

4th 479 yards, par 5

PLAYED from an elevated tee down into the valley below, a good tee shot will set up a second shot that is easily within reach of the green. However, your approach will be unsighted and a number of hazards, including a ditch, bunkers and gorse bushes are all waiting to catch you out should you get it wrong.

15th 461 yards, par 4

AS the toughest, and best, hole on the course, your tee shot is played uphill and requires a slight draw to get the best look at the green. You’ll also be required to hit a sweet long iron or wood to find the green in regulation. If this is not left short of the pin you will face a treacherous downhill putt. Played into the wind, this can be a fearsome hole.

18th 197 yards, par 3

A SUPERB closing hole, especially in matchplay. Played from an elevated tee, club selection is vital to avoid the two bunkers either side of the green below and out of bounds at the back. The green is particularly tricky, sloping from back to front. 

With the clubhouse directly behind, you may even have to cope with the pressure of being watched by those in the clubhouse. 

Address

Scotchman Lane
Morley
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS27 0NX

Telephone

01924 350 100
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