Driffield Golf Club
- Par 70
- 6025 Yds
IF the golf at Driffield were not so good, the club would be entirely overshadowed by its intriguing history.
Founded in 1923, the 18-hole parkland layout was moved to its current Sunderlandwick farm base in 1934.
The changes did not stop there, as the owners gave up nine holes’ worth of land for agriculture during the 1940s to aid the war effort.
It remained a nine-hole layout until the 1980s and did not officially reopen as an 18-hole course until September 2nd 1990, when it was unveiled by Ryder Cup star Howard Clark.
Since then it has blossomed as a venue, and a £300,000 clubhouse extension in 2001 was necessary to cater for its ever-growing list of visitors.
It is not hard to fathom why so many want to play the East Yorkshire layout.
Crafted into the surrounding parkland, the easy-walking 6025 -yard course provides a rare challenge. While the beautiful tree-lined fairways are striking, it is the water features that characterise the course, as an array of ponds and a trout stream impact on no less than seven holes.
an array of ponds and a trout stream impact on no less than seven holes
The jewel in the crown is most definitely the par-five 11th where, unsurprisingly, water is a major feature.
The hole is flanked by three ponds as well as an assortment of streams that put enormous pressure on the accuracy of your tee shot. As if navigating the hazards was not testing enough, the heavily-protected green is perilously narrow.
With such a challenge to prepare for, it is fortunate that the club offer a wide range of practice facilities that allow you to tune up both your short and long games.
A variety of competitive packages are available, and the club participates in the “local golf club exchange” scheme that gives you the opportunity to sample some of the region’s other golfing treats.
The club lies close to a number of cities in the north of Yorkshire and the east coast and is easily accessible from the A164.