The first hole is unusual, teeing off from right outside the clubhouse; it is a short par three over the road, a hole to focus the thoughts from the outset. Not a long course at just over 6200 yards, it is certainly picturesque, with super views from the 13th tee, past the village of Gillamoor and over the moors and the Hambleton Hills.
The drive from the elevated 7th tee is the toughest on the front nine and the hole is rightly index two. The tenth, and a stroll down a leafy bowered path, is very tight, and is not christened the Widow Maker for nothing. There are eight par 4’s over 400 yards, so the driver had better be working well if you hope to finish with a good card, especially as there are only one par five and three short holes. A SSS of 70 can be a tall order at the first time of asking.
All in all, a delightful golfing treat, in manicured condition and a well presented course that is a credit to the greens staff and all concerned.”