Moor Allerton Golf Club
- Par 71
- 6843 Yds
A number of the game’s great and good have been associated with Moor Allerton along the way.
Dr Alister MacKenzie, who designed the likes of Augusta National and Cypress Point, provided the original 18-hole design when Stanley Trapp, an assistant to the great Harry Vardon, was installed as the club’s first professional.
By the mid 1960s, with the club outgrowing its original site, a new 27-hole course was designed a few miles down the road with Robert Trent Jones Sr – think Hazeltine and Spyglass Hill – commissioned for his first piece of work in these isles.
The course opened in 1971, Peter Alliss would become its professional, and it was then shortlisted to host the Ryder Cup just six years later.
And those of you with a razor-sharp memory might recall it hosting the inaugural Car Care Plan International in 1982 before it moved to nearby Sand Moor and Moortown.
Today, among 220 acres of rolling Yorkshire countryside, the course remains a treat. Over 20,000 trees have been planted to add some definition but the Trent Jones hallmarks of huge teeing grounds, plenty of water and large, sloping greens, which are genuinely outstanding in the summer months, remain.
Sometimes it is the case with three loops of nine that one is generally weaker than the others, but not here. All start and end at the clubhouse and all cater for the low and high handicapper alike.
Sometimes it is the case with three loops of nine that one is generally weaker than the others, but not here. All start and end at the clubhouse and all cater for all levels.
Top Holes, James Whitaker, head professional:
12th 402 yards, par 4
In order to give yourself the best view of the green, as well as a level stance, you need to find the right-hand side of the fairway.
From there it should only be a mid-iron in but a huge bunker guards the entire front and left side of the green, which drops away at the back. Only two solid shots, followed by two mindful putts, will guarantee a par here.
17th 168 yards, par 3
This is the course’s signature and is a sublime short hole over water. Only a real mis-hit will end up wet but only a properly struck mid-iron shot will find the putting surface with sand featuring on all sides.
A beautiful, subtle MacKenzie green, which slopes from back to front, ensures that you will have to be on your mettle to secure your par.
27th 568 yards, par 5
Onlya strong gust at your back and a fast-running fairway will present the opportunity to the big boys to get up in two from an elevated tee.
The left side of the fairway should be sought, with a fairway bunker down the right placed to catch out the safer tee shot. Something in the order of a 5 iron will leave an approach, played across water, to another well-guarded green.
There are likely to be more disasters than heroics here and, if the wind is in your face, a par falls into the latter category.