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Pike Hills

Played by NCG: Pike Hills Golf Club

A challenging parkland course that requires good course management.
 

Reason for a Pike Hills Golf Club review

I drive past the course every day on the way to work and thought it would be a good idea to pop in for a game in preparation for the York Amateur Championship, which was held there earlier this month.

Where is it?

Pike Hills is just 2 miles from York City Centre and is located just off the A64 Eastbound from Leeds.

What to expect

Pike Hills

A challenging parkland course that requires good course management. You need to consider your club selection with every shot as to avoid the well placed hazards off the tee.

My best bit

The 15th is a solid 156-yard uphill Par 3 hitting back up towards the balcony of the clubhouse. As with most holes at Pike Hills, the green is well protected with a greenside bunker to the left and a copse of trees on the right. Tip: Make sure to leave your ball short of the hole to leave yourself with an uphill putt and a good chance of a Par.

What to look out for

Don’t be fooled by the relatively shortness of the course, as the greens are the real protection at Pike Hills. The greens are in fantastic condition both firm and true. Tip: Use the slopes of the green to work your ball close to the pin.

When I go back

I will make sure to leave myself enough time to have a pint on the balcony.

Jordan Elliott

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Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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