Located near the River Don and accessible via the A18, Wheatley Golf Club has enjoyed something of a varied history over the years. The current course was designed by Scottish professional golfer and architect George Duncan, who also designed courses at Flixton and Royal Dornoch.
Wheatley first opened to the public in 1913, with the onsite club being founded in 1914, however, it relocated to its present site in 1933 where it has stood ever since. Covering a distance of 6405 yards from the tee on the first hole to the pin on the eighteenth, the course offers a par of 71, a good indication of the level of challenge that is provided by the undulating landscape and various traps along the way.
Laid out on luxurious parkland, overall the Wheatley golf course is fairly flat, but there are plenty of hazards to keep players entertained as they make their way around.
The report from the Yorkshire Evening Post in 1913 said that “There is a proposal on foot for having a golf course laid out in Wheatley Park. It is said that the park, now owned by a development syndicate, is eminently adaptable for such a purpose, and that its area would allow of the laying out of an eighteen-hole course.”
The first 18-hole course was laid out under the supervision of the well-known golf course architect, Dr Alister MacKenzie of Leeds. Sir William Cooke, then owner of Wheatley Park, was told by MacKenzie that “it would eventually be a course second to none in Yorkshire.”
However, it was not to last, and so the new course, designed by George Duncan, was opened at Armthorpe Road on Thursday 29 March 1934.
This fast-running parkland course, laid out over sandy terrain, has a number of very good holes, many excellent green complexes and some splendid strategic bunkering. There are particularly well defended by deep sand-traps for a course of this style. It is looked after by a team run by one of the country’s top green keepers.
The current layout routes the holes through majestic birch, oak and pine trees in two circular routes of nine that use the clubhouse as a hub for all of the golfing activity.
It is said that the greens are always maintained to an exceptionally high standard. Balls will always run fast and true on the course, and is apparently good for making sure that all golfing clubs are used across the range of holes. The clubhouse for members keeps the atmosphere welcoming and warm.