Moortown Golf Club

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Moortown is one of the jewels of Yorkshire, and situated within a couple of miles of Alwoodley, Moor Allerton and Sand Moor. 

Originally designed by Dr Alister MacKenzie, the man who was also the brainchild of Augusta National and Cypress Point, Moortown is set in 175 acres of stunning Yorkshire land.

Moortown was the venue of the 1929 Ryder Cup, which was the first edition of the competition to be held in England. 

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A Brief History of Moortown Golf Club

Moortown Golf Club was founded in 1909, with the clubhouse being built six years later. The building remains operational to this day.

Dr Alister Mackenzie is the man credited with the design, while the founders of the club - Frederick Lawson-Brown, J R Greenhalgh, H Leach and J H Mountain - were the men to find the correct site for the golf course to sit on.

James Braid and Harry Vardon, with ten wins at the Open Championship between them, were invited to play an exhibition match in 1910 to open the course to the world.

Twenty years after being founded, Moortown was thrust into the golfing spotlight, as it hosted the first Ryder Cup to be played on European soil. Percy Alliss, Sir Henry Cotton, Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen and Al Watrous were among those who played, as Europe won the match 7-5.
There have been plenty of other prestigious tournaments played at Moortown over the years. The Senior Open Championship has been held there twice, while the English Amateur Championship, Brabazon Trophy also being played at Moortown. Men's, Ladies' and Boy's Home Internationals have also called Moortown home in the past.

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Moortown stretches over 7,000 yards of Yorkshire countryside, and is one of the country’s best inland venues. Trees line the fairways, with gorgeous heather and well positioned bunkers making it a tough test. The Par-71 course measures at 7,001 yards from the Championship Blue tees.

The course opens up with a 486-yard par-5 and an early birdie opportunity. That is then followed by two par-4s of over 400 yards in length, before a 181-yard par-3. The 5th provides another birdie opportunity, and some respite after a tough run of holes. At just 380 yards, this could see as little as a wedge for your approach.

The 6th is the hardest hole on the course, measuring in at 446 yards. It’s a par-4, but the majority of the time, you will be happy to come away with a bogey on 6. The second par-5 on the front side follows, before a 218-yard par-3. A par on 8 is a result. The opening half comes to a close with a 473 yard par-4, the longest par-4 on the property.

Moortown’s second nine is slightly easier, starting with three birdie chances. The 10th is a par-3 of just 170 yards, before a 365-yard par-4, which can easily be dissected with two good shots. The 12th is the longest hole on the course, at 556 yards, but as a par-5, it is reachable for the big hitters to set up a possible eagle.

Four par-4s, three of which measure over 400 yards, follow through the middle part of the back nine, as the Moortown course starts to make its way home. The last par-3 is the penultimate hole on the course, and measures at 183 yards from the Championship tees. The closing hole at Moortown is a 436-yard par-4, and provides one final chance as you make your way towards the clubhouse.

Where is Moortown Golf Club located?

Moortown Golf Club sits just five miles north of the city centre of Leeds. It is based within ten minutes of several other wonderful clubs, including Alwoodley, Moor Allerton and Sand Moor.

International visitors have a couple of options. Leeds Bradford Airport is just 20 minutes away from Moortown, while Manchester Airport has more flights daily. Manchester Airport is within 90 minutes of Moortown.

What are the green fees at Moortown Golf Club?

The most expensive green fee at Moortown will set you back £150. That is if you want to play at Moortown on a weekend during the summer. Throughout the week, the green fee lowers to £130. In the shoulder months, those prices are £120 and £100 respectively, with winter golf being the cheapest, at £75 through the week.

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