Ogden Golf Course in Autumn Halifax UK

Here at The Insurance Emporium we’re lucky enough to be based in the biggest and most beautiful county in the UK – Yorkshire. From rugged moors to sweeping dales, dramatic coastline to historic castles, it really does have something for everyone. We’re also blessed with impressive sporting credentials; there’s no denying that Yorkshire people know how to make the most of their surroundings, and golfers are no exception. Danny Willett, for example, was born in Sheffield and was a member of Rotherham Golf Club, becoming the second Englishman to win The Masters.

With this in mind, we thought we’d look at some of the best golf courses in Yorkshire.


Rated in the top-100 courses in the world by Golf Digest, Ganton Golf Club was founded in 1891 and is steeped in golfing history. Situated just outside the Victorian seaside town of Scarborough, it’s hosted several professional competitions, including the 1949 Ryder Cup, the 2000 Curtis Cup and the 2003 Walker Cup. With over 100 cleverly placed bunkers and natural beauty, it really is worth a visit for any golfer.


Situated on the outskirts of York, Fulford Golf Club was founded in 1906. It’s hosted several PGA European Tour events, including a Benson and Hedges International Open in 1981 that became famous after German golfer Bernhard Langer climbed into a tree to play his third shot. They’ve also hosted a few international amateur events, including the European Ladies Team Championship in 2013. (We interviewed Tracey Maddison, Chair of Greens at Fulford for her insightful take on women in golf).

Ogden Golf Course  autumn color ,  Yorkshire uk


Founded in 1907, Alwoodley Golf Club was the first golf club designed by the architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie, a man famous for designing golf courses around the world including Cypress Point, the Royal Melbourne and Royal St. Georges. Set on heathland on Wigton Moor, outside Leeds, it’s thought of as one of the best inland courses in the UK.


Lindrick Golf Club was founded in 1891 near Worksop. It hosted the Ryder Cup in 1957, the first time Great Britain had won since 1933, and the Women’s British open in 1977. The course is situated on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It’s an unusual course as it’s split by the A57, with holes 1-11 and 18, on one side, and holes 12-17 on the other, with two tunnels. The 18th hole is included in ‘The 500 World’s Greatest Golf Holes’ and is one of Peter Alliss’ favourites.


Founded in 1909 near Leeds, Moortown Golf Club is another MacKenzie-designed golf course. In 1929 it hosted the first Ryder Cup to be played in the UK and has been a regular on the British PGA circuit. It’s ranked number 33 in England and is set in a dramatic mix of heath and moorland with stunning views. And while the fairways might seem wide and inviting, it can still be a tough course.

Aerial view of the golf course at Norland in the early morning, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, UK


Set between Sheffield and the Peak District, Hallamshire Golf Club has fantastic views and interesting and varied holes that are a mix of tree-lined fairways, and hilly terrain. The 6th hole – The Saucer – where the tee shot must carry across a deep, heather–filled valley, is its signature hole. It’s got a mixed landscape that includes heather, gorse, woodland and grassland.


Established in 1892 and built on the site of a Roman settlement just 5 miles from the city centre, Headingley Golf Club is the oldest club in Leeds. It started out with just 9 holes but quickly expanded to 18. It has great views; it looks out over Eccup Reservoir, and its dramatic terrain is a great test of skill for any level of golfer.


York Golf Club, also known as Strensall, is set on a lowland heath and has recently been redeveloped. Originally on the Knavesmire in York, close to the city centre, it was moved in 1904 out to Strensall, next to the Army Training Barracks. The 7th hole is their signature hole – a par 3 over water – but all the holes provide the right amount of challenge, and the bunkers are excellent.

aerial view of a golf course near Ferrybridge in Yorkshire, UK

These are just some of the incredible golf courses available in Yorkshire; the Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs is one of the largest in the country, with over 180 clubs as members.
Here are some other notable mentions in Yorkshire:

  • Bingley St. Ives Golf Club
  • Pannal Golf Club
  • Ilkley Golf Club
  • Rotherham Golf Club

But if you want to go further afield you could check out some of the most scenic golf courses in the UK.

If you’re looking to improve your game you could also take a look at some of our golfing blog posts that give advice on issues such as how to stop a slice, correcting your golf stance, improving your putting and golf swing tips. We’ve also got one for the best exercises for golfers. Have a look and see if there’s one for you.

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