BRILLIANT BOWER LANDS BRABAZON

Jamie Bower struck yet another blow for Yorkshire by winning the Brabazon Trophy by a stroke in a thrilling final round at London Golf Club. The Meltham golfer shot two-under par 70 to finish on 12-under, pipping long-time leader Cameron Davis, whose title challenge fizzled out with an untimely three putt on the final hole. Bower with the trophy The final round of the English men’s open stroke play championship had everything: brilliant shots, missed opportunities, upsets, nail-biting tension – and a dramatic suspension of play when the leaders, locked at 12-under par, were both on the 18th green and waiting to putt. A violent thunderstorm forced the last group off the course and when they r

Northcliffe Golf Club Course Review

MY KNOWLEDGE of golf course architecture is probably not too unlike my golf game itself – occasionally-fair to generally-ropey. I know a good golf shot when I see one (generally from someone I’m playing against) and I know a good or great golf hole when I see one. I know very little about the great course designer James Braid other than what I’ve read about one of the game’s greats. However I think I can say with some certainty, that when he settled on the final layout for Northcliffe Golf Club, in the hills above Shipley and the Aire Valley, he ‘started’ with the 18th hole. Back of the clubhouse The start and finish of this high quality members club must have provided Braid and the contempo

Low Laithes Course Review

Tucked away on the outskirts of Wakefield, Low Laithes is a thriving members '92 club with lots to be proud of. Danny Lockwood reports. Low Laithes Golf Club is hardly the county's best kept secret, but for a course that rubs shoulders with the nearby M1 motorway – without the golfer ever being aware of it – it's one that strangers might need a satnav to find. Tucked into a sheltered valley between Wakefield and Ossett, literally just a minute from junction 40 of the M1, this Alister MacKenzie-designed members club has been quietly going about its business for over 90 years. The club has a friendly and thriving membership of close to 600, and while new professional (of 12 months) Adrian

Forest of Galtres Course Review

THEY’RE celebrating a special anniversary at the Forest of Galtres Golf Club, a few miles north of York. So, a happy 21st birthday to major factotum Sue Procter, her husband Philip and his brother James, the club proprietors and sons of the course founder, the late Geoffrey Procter. It’s a fitting coming of age for this friendly, family run parkland club and course, crafted literally out of the ancient royal Forest of Galtres, established by the Norman kings nearly 1,000 years ago, and which as ‘recently’ as 700 years ago comprised 60 villages in 100,000 acres of land, extending from Easingwold to the city walls. Any Scottish visitors to the locality might want to beware if they’re approachi

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