Woodsome Hall Golf Club

Woodsome Hall Golf Club

Course Information

SITUATED off the beaten track outside Huddersfield, Woodsome Hall was designed by the five-time Open champion James Braid – the mastermind behind Carnoustie and Gleneagles’ King’s Course to name but two.

Woodsome winds its way through the undulating Yorkshire countryside, boasting impressive views and providing a real test of your iron play.

It is not the longest course, but more than makes up for that with its challenging combination of tight tee shots, narrow fairways, and small, fast greens.

The start can be an intimidating one, with the first tee shot taken directly outside the grand, stately home-style hall from which the club gets its name, and the 2nd – a par that plays longer than its yardage due to a steep hill – demanding two good shots to get home. 

From there, the course bursts into life, with the short 3rd and par-4 17th among the most memorable holes. 

At 6,191 yards off the tips, you could be forgiven for thinking it was easy to overpower with length, but that is not the case at all. In fact, driver is the wrong option on the majority of the longer holes, where a well-placed fairway wood or hybrid will set you up to score much better.

The 5th is a prime example. At only 291 yards, it is, on paper, in reach for the big hitter. But in reality, the right-to-left dogleg and raised green means that the best play is to take a long iron into the corner and attack the pin from there. 

Described as a hidden gem by the legendary Peter Alliss, Woodsome Hall will not disappoint. 

It is not the longest course, but more than makes up for that with its challenging combination of tight tee shots, narrow fairways, and small, fast greens.

Top Holes

By Joe Whitley, staff writer

3rd: 205 yards, par 3
ANY par 3 measuring over 200 yards is going to be a stiff test but this one is also special. With trees and out of bounds down the left, and an undulating fairway that makes any pitch shot from short a tough job, you have to pick the right club. The safe miss is to the right but you will be left with a downhill chip and a tricky putt for par.

8th 474 yards, par 4
ONE of the toughest holes you are likely to encounter this side of an Open venue, the 8th boasts plenty of length, several hazards and is a three-shotter in all but name. Out of bounds lurks down the right while a stream intersects the fairway to catch the longer tee shots. Even the bigger hitters will have a long club in their hands for their approach to a typically small, fast green that slopes from back to front.

16th 511 yards, par 5
A DEFINITE late birdie chance when played correctly, but a card-wrecker in the making. A sharp left-to-right dogleg, the smart play is to knock a lofted fairway wood to the corner and play down from there, but the bigger hitters can take the corner on to leave only a mid-iron to the green, which is sunken and, as you come to expect at Woodsome, quite slick as well.

 

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01484 602 034

Woodsome Road , Fenay Bridge , Huddersfield , West Yorkshire , HD8 0LQ