The oldest golf club in the Harrogate area by some considerable margin, the Harrogate Golf Club was initially formed in May 1891, properly meeting together from 1892 onwards. Initially based at Birk Crag, the Club moved location in 1899. It has enjoyed a long history and is very well respected throughout the country having hosted both National Championships and County events.
The original course, laid out by Willie Park, was about a twenty-minute walk from the town’s railway station. The Club is now based on a site halfway between Harrogate and neighbouring Knaresborough.
As well as being a site for a round of golf, the Harrogate Golf Club is also a great venue for hosting events. They offer catering and aim to meet event requirements that people may have, be they a member, guest, visiting golfer, private diner, wedding, family celebration, funeral tea or children’s party.
The Club is proud to be a member of the MacKenzie Society, as the course was originally designed by the great Alister MacKenzie, and is the club where current European Tour star John Parry started playing golf as a youngster.
The course measures around 6200 yards, and is consistently regarded as a true test of golf. The Mackenzie style greens and tree lined fairways provide an enjoyable challenge for all abilities. The course is maintained to a superb condition throughout the year. What better way to immerse yourself in the rich Yorkshire landscape?
Regardless of any golfing handicap the club promises to have something for everyone. Whether you want an 18-hole, Par 72, 6614-yard course recognised by the R&A as an open qualifier venue or a nice easy scenic round with some interesting challenges, then the versatility of Harrogate Golf Club can meet the range of needs.
After a rewarding round of golf, what could be better than to retire to the onsite bar, the ‘19th’, for well-deserved refreshments from a local ale selection or a refreshing cup of classic Yorkshire tea.
Unlike at Birk Crag, the current course is on fairly flat terrain. It is widely regarded as a fair test of golf, requiring accuracy rather than distance off the tee. The course layout does however penalise any golfer who may strays off the fairway, with subtly placed bunkers and copses of trees presenting a challenge to the accuracy of any player.
Many mature trees line the fairways making the course play more difficult than its length suggests. The last six holes on the course are each designed to create a unique challenge, with four of them exceeding 400 yards.