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Address: Harrogate Road | Alwoodley, Leeds LS17 7DB, England
Phone Number:
+44 113 268 6521
08:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Founded in 1909, Moortown was designed by the World famous golf course...

Founded in 1909, Moortown was designed by the World famous golf course architect Dr Alister MacKenzie, who also designed Augusta National, Cypress Point, Royal Melbourne and many other championship courses throughout the world.

Well-known around the World as the host of the first Ryder Cup match on British soil, in 1929, Moortown is regarded by many as one of the Country’s finest inland golf courses. Over the past Century the Club has hosted many professional and amateur tournaments with winners that include Sir Nick Faldo, Bernard Gallagher and Sir Michael Bonallack, former Captain of the R & A.


The founders were fortunate that in 1908 Dr MacKenzie was in the district having nearly completed the layout at Alwoodley, which was already very popular. He joined they meetings, was elected a Vice-President in 1909, and in 1913 he was Captain. As the Club leased more land, and the holes re-shaped, he continued as constructional adviser and Vice-President. deliberations at Moortown, and was soon to realise that here was golfing country par excellence. Features of the original course at Moortown which received much comment were the bunkers, being perfect examples of artificial hazards imitating natural seaside contours. Secondly was the change in green design, where Dr. MacKenzie adopted the larger, undulating seaside greens.

Dr MacKenzie often chaired many of the early meetings, was elected a Vice President in 1909, and in 1913 he was Captain. As the Club leased more land, and the holes re-shaped, he continued as constructional advisor and Vice-President.

Signature hole 10th – ‘Gibraltar’. MacKenzie used a rocky slope to construct a short hole with contours which would deflect the imperfectly struck shot into an army of bunkers scooped out of the edges of the putting surface. With a number of different pin positions, playing strategy varies daily.

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Easily the best in the area.

World class golf course, that epitomizes the best of its architect. Lots of history. Great pleasure to have played it. Real atmospheric Clubhouse. Greens in good condition and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Perth, United Kingdom
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Perth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

World class golf course, that epitomizes the best of its architect. Lots of history. Great pleasure to have played it. Real atmospheric Clubhouse. Greens in good condition and much better than its neighbour at Alwoodley.

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Mirfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

I last came to Moortown in the mid 80's, to watch the Car Care Plan Open, Faldo, Lyle, Woosnam and many more great players of the era on show. As soon as you walk into the clubhouse, you know you are in a club with great history, and there are plenty of images in the bar area to remind you... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

For anyone wanting to play golf at a really good friendly golf club where you are welcomed with open arms by the members DON'T, whatever you do, go and play at Moortown. I played as a single visitor in January 2017 and everything was fine, the weather, the course and my game (I was 4 under my handicap at the... More 

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Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Fantastic course, not a bad hole on the course, greens excellent, everything is done correctly and couldn't find fault with a thing, can't wait to play it in summer.

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Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Read all about the history, the GB won the Ryder cup here, the course was the 4th course designed by Dr Alister MacKenzie, the par 3 10th Gibraltar held up as one of the best holes he ever designed. It is a classic, well laid out, interesting, challenging, in places it is just beautiful. It has a reputation for being... More 

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Reviewed 11 October 2016

We visited as a fourball midweek as part of a golfing tour. Without mentioning their competitors overall Moortown was considered the best venue we visited all week. Special mention to the pro shop staff who were very helpful and could not be faulted. A pre-arranged buggy could not be immediately provided due to a mechanical issue but the staff delivered... More 

Thank GordonBeasley
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

One of the best conditioned courses I,ve ever played. Immaculate from tee to green. The greens were fantastic with subtle borrows and as true as you can get. The clubhouse reeks of history and serves fantastic food and drinks. A real gem and a must for all competant golfers.

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Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

One of the finest inland golf courses and rated on the Top 100 Golf Courses UK. Host to the first Rider Cup played in the British Isles. The course condition is excellent with rippling fairways crisscrossed by streams. The heather and gorse will punish any wayward shots. Fairway bunkers are strategically placed to catch your drives. Greens are true and... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 June 2016

Excellent test of golf, course in great condition and very personable staff. This is must course for those lovers of Alastair Mackenzie courses

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 August 2015

I played at an invitational at Moortown and wow what a treat. The clubhouse is excellent, with a large lounge overlooking the 18th green and a great panorama over the course. We started out with a brilliant full English breakfast which was very welcome as the course is long ! The course was in brilliant condition, the greens were superb... More 

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