Golf Course Review of Leeds Golf Club
Leeds Golf Course
Reviewed by Ed Battye -
Quick Summary: Established and traditional golf course in North Leeds
Our 5 Star Rating: 3.5
Leeds Golf Club sits proudly within the second tier of golf courses in and around the city it is named after.
It isn't at the exceptionally high standard of Moortown or Alwoodley and it cannot boast a set of par three's as strong as Sand Moor or greens as slick as Moor Allerton. But this is still one of the best courses of the many in Leeds.
The mature parkland course, often referred to as Cobble Hall, has a par of 69 and is not long by any stretch of the imagination but there are a wide variety of shots to be played at this well-established course, thanks mainly to the 100 acres of undulating terrain that it is laid out over.
The first five holes are all par fours and run up and down and parallel to each other. The key to successfully navigating these opening holes is to find the correct side of the fairway in order to enjoy the best angle of approach into the green. None is particularly long with the fourth being the longest at 410 yards.
The sixth is a delightful short par three and is followed by the signature hole on the course. A thrilling downhill drive from a high tee sets up a testing approach to a two-tiered green with a large bunker protecting the front left corner and shrubbery circling the back and right-hand-side. Longer hitters can gain extra roll by reaching a downslope on the plateau fairway but this can often leave you 'too close' to the green.
The next three holes play the longest on the course. The eighth is an uphill par four and is often played into the wind whilst the tenth comes in at 455 yards and although downhill usually requires a long iron for the approach. They sandwich the excellent ninth, a long par three played uphill to a green guarded by bunkers on both sides and out of bounds just over the back.
At this point on the course you are less than a short pitch away from the main Leeds Ring Road but whilst playing the course you wouldn't realise just how close to the city centre you were as there is a definite calmness and tranquillity about golfing at Cobble Hall.
The 11th is the first of just two par fives on the course and is played to a narrow green in the far corner of the course. The next has a blind approach compared to the 13th where everything is visible at this downhill par three.
Hole 14, named "Quarry" is an excellent par five played to a green that sits 50 yards on from the summit of a hill that must be carried with either your second or third shot. It's also a good driving hole where a line to the left is favoured but only if you don't block yourself out by a cluster of trees.
The 15th is a very steep uphill par three where par is always a good score. However, the 16th and 17th, both short par fours, offer the chance to improve your scorecard before the end of your round. The 16th is played to a huge green that is shared with the first and the 17th is driveable if you select the correct line. The course closes with another par three to a green that is not very deep, therefore, club selection is paramount.
It's also worth noting that Leeds Golf Club is home of the Leeds Cup, the oldest trophy in professional golf.
Club Website: www.leedsgolfclub.co.uk
Tournaments: Open golf competitions at Leeds Golf Club.
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