Alwoodley is a natural heathland course, with springy fairways cutting through a profusion of heather, whins and shrubs. It features eye-catching and naturalistic-looking bunkers, strategic choices, and large, often undulating greens. The course runs almost straight out and back, the inward nine being tougher as most holes are played into the prevailing wind, so be sure to build yourself a buffer on the front nine.
Alwoodley was founded in 1907, and the course was laid out that year on land forming part of the Harewood estate, on the outskirts of Leeds. One of the founders was a certain local GP, Dr. Alister MacKenzie, who designed the course. This established his reputation as a golf course architect, and he went on to create masterpieces including Augusta National and Cypress Point in the USA, and Royal Melbourne in Australia.
The original MacKenzie layout remains, although now lengthened to 6,900 yards from the championship tees. The Club has been careful to retain the heathland character of the course, as well as the MacKenzie ethos of variety, natural beauty, and risk/reward shot making.
In recent years the high quality of the course has been enhanced by major investment, whilst maintaining the integrity of the MacKenzie design. In particular, the bunkering is increasingly prominent, emphasising the considerable challenge that the course presents.
Over 100 years on, Alwoodley continues to be a sought after venue for major tournaments, a regular venue for Regional Open Qualifying as well as elite level Amateur events such as The Brabazon Trophy, English Amateur and Ladies European Amateur.
One of Alwoodley’s greatest strengths is that it manages to balance being tough but fair perfectly. Each hole presents a different challenge, though good golf shots will be rewarded and bad ones punished, it is not often that you will find yourself unfairly punished.
Following your round expect warm hospitality in the magnificent clubhouse which sits atop the 1st tee and is a great vantage point to watch others tackle the 18th whilst you enjoy a pint of Yorkshires finest.
Ranked at 15th in England and 28th in GB&I, Alwoodley should be a must play for all discerning golfers.