Front Nine

Leyburn Road

A classic risk and reward par 4 to open your round. Beware of the pond short and left.

Dingly Dell

This par 4 is stroke index 1. A tight drive through trees, with out of bounds to the right, and the “dingly dell” to the left. Shot two requires accuracy also as you must carry a ditch, to a low lying green, whilst missing the large tree to the left. Par is a great shot here!

Sunset

A long and strong par 4 into the prevailing wind, with shot two played into a green surrounded by trees. Despite having no bunkers this hole is one of the toughest on the course.

The Oaks

A short par 4 but accuracy is everything. Drive past a copse of large old oaks to a fairway flanked by trees left and a ditch right. Shot two is played over the ditch and up to an elevated green.

Pumphouse

A testing par 4 which requires a drive to the right side of the fairway to ensure a good look at all of the green, which is tucked behind a tall copse of trees on the left. Bunkers short and right of the green will snatch errand second shots.

Keeper’s Walk

A very reachable par 5 for the big hitters, the danger is on the right off the tee as out of bounds awaits the stray tee shot. Three solid shots should tee up a good birdie chance!

Rest-Bite

Named after the Half-Way-House close to the green, this long par 4 has mature trees both sides of the fairway, 4 is always a good score here.

Shady Nook

The first par 3 is played to a well-bunkered green that nestles in the corner of the course, making it both extremely pretty and challenging with out of bounds to the left.

Back Nine

Timber

Named after the magnificent tree dominating the right-hand side of the fairway, this long par 5 plays into the prevailing wind making getting home in two a rare event! Once you reach the green it is guarded by two bunkers and a small run-off area to the left. A very challenging start.

Elbow

This par 4 is a 90 degree dogleg to the right. Big hitters will be tempted to carry the corner, but a lot of trees await on the far side. Once around the corner the green is protected by three bunkers on the right hand side.

Curlew Call

The second par 3 is into the prevailing wind and slightly uphill. A par here always feels a well-earned one off the medal tee.

Marshes

Often called the ‘Signature Hole’, long-hitters go straight over the marsh, whilst the more cautious take the safe route down the left to the green which is cut into the banking producing green with tricky putting.

Big Dipper

Once over the top, a good shot will run on a long way leaving a shorter shot to a well-bunkered green.

The Reveller

Named after a famous 18th Century racehorse, reputed to be buried under the tee. All of the trouble on this hole is on the right, out of bounds awaits stray tee shots, whilst wayward approach shots can fall down the large bank.

Rough Shot

The last par 3 on the course and the shortest on the card, but don’t be fooled by the yardage, if you miss this green getting up and down is a rare feat.

Jubilee

Named after the copse to the left of the green planted to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. These trees together with the one guarding the green on the right, make for a difficult approach and require imagination to find a shot to the green.

The Ha-Ha

A great finishing hole that plays up the hill towards the clubhouse. A good drive and a good approach are rewarded, anything that strays will find trees to the right and out of bounds to the left of the green. Always a rewarding par to finish.

Another great day at Bedale Golf Club on our annual trip to Yorkshire, always a friendly welcome and excellent course.

Lee Hammers

Rochford Hundred GC, Essex