Yorkshire

The white rose of York is the main symbol of identity for the largest county in England and it’s worn with pride by every Yorkshire man or woman – especially, some would say, by those who represent “God’s Own County” in sport. The county covers a vast area that stretches inland from the North Sea coast to the Pennines, bounded to the north by the River Tees and the Humber estuary to the south. Historically, it was divided into three ridings of East, West and North.

The Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs was formed in 1894 and it’s the largest of the county unions affiliated to the EGU, with 191 club members divided into eight district unions. The Yorkshire Union is a member of the seven member EGU Northern Counties Group where it has won the annual round robin league in 13 of the last 27 years.

Yorkshire Ladies’ County Golf Association started out in 1900 as Yorkshire County Golf Club, with 47 members affiliating that year. It didn’t take long for the women to get into their stride as a County Challenge Bowl was played for the following year then a County Championship took place the year after that when the Men’s Union donated a trophy for competition. The association has come a long way since those early days, flourishing into the successful governing body that now operates in the modern era.

Four county courses stand out as Top 100 tracks in Great Britain and Ireland, three of which have hosted the Ryder Cup, they are Ganton, Alwoodley, Moortown and Lindrick. These courses are at the very top of a Yorkshire play list that should extend to at least a dozen others if real justice is to be done when golfing in this region.

Our Yorkshire Best in County golf course rankings were updated in 2015. Click here to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Yorkshire

Ganton

1st Yorkshire - Best in Area

This sandy, gently undulating site was once a North Sea inlet. Consequently, Ganton Golf Club has all the characteristics of a links and a heathland course.

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Alwoodley

2nd Yorkshire - Best in Area

The Alwoodley Golf Club is home to one of the finest and most subtle inland courses in the British Isles, located in a secluded spot.

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Moortown

3rd Yorkshire - Best in Area

Moortown Golf Club is classic moorland golf course with lovely peaty turf that provides the bouncy cushion-effect when walking, a course that is gentle on the feet.

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Lindrick

4th Yorkshire - Best in Area

Lindrick Golf Club is remembered passionately because it was here in 1957 that Great Britain and Ireland beat the USA to win the Ryder Cup.

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Fulford

5th Yorkshire - Best in Area

Fulford Golf Club will always be remembered for the tree-climbing exploits of Bernhard Langer in the 1981 Benson & Hedges International.

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Hallamshire

6th Yorkshire - Best in Area

The course at Hallamshire Golf Club was once part of the Duke of Norfolk’s estate and it was laid out in 1897 when 100 acres of land was leased for golfing purposes.

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Pannal

7th Yorkshire - Best in Area

The charming course at Pannal Golf Club enjoys lovely views over the North Yorkshire moors and on a clear day to York Minster.

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Ilkley

8th Yorkshire - Best in Area

The river setting at Ilkley Golf Club is inspiring, it's a delightful place to play golf and it's a testing course too.

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Huddersfield

9th Yorkshire - Best in Area

With Fixby Hall as the magnificent clubhouse, it's no surprise that Huddersfield is one of Yorkshire's finest and most respected golf clubs.

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Sand Moor

10th Yorkshire - Best in Area

Dr Alister MacKenzie’s trademark greens are still in evidence here at Sand Moor Golf Club which has hosted a number of leading amateur and PGA events over the years.

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