We prefer to play…Ganton Golf Club
Surely Ganton is one of the few inland courses in the British Isles good enough to hold an open championship.
Unlike the Southport area where championship courses literally border each other in places, the Yorkshire Coast is not an established golf holiday destination. Suffice it to say that Ganton is well worth a long trip just to play its 18 holes.
It’s golf the way it was meant to be played, from the moment you enter a cozy dressing room, with a caddymaster and prints of famous courses and golfers decorating the room.
If the quality of a course can be measured by the caliber of names on its honor roll, then Ganton belongs in the highest society.
Golf was first played in Ganton in the summer of 1891.
The course was laid out by Tom Chisolm (of St Andrews) and since then the course has been touched by Mackenzie, Vardon, Colt, Fowler and more recent improvements led by leading architect Martin Ebert.
In 2003 they became the third club in Britain, after Muirfield and Royal Birkdale, to host the Ryder Cup, Walker Cup and Curtis Cup.
What makes it special
Aside from the tees which are as good as the greens on most courses, there is still plenty!
Ganton enjoys something close to its own microclimate, perfect for golf. As it is a sand-based course, its near-perfect condition does not change throughout the year.
Despite being 10 miles inland from the seaside resort of Scarborough, Ganton has tangible quality connections with its tight, springy turf and dense gorse bushes.
There are also pine crops and some of the largest bunkers you will ever see on a golf course, making this an incredibly difficult course to pin down in terms of character.
What is beyond doubt is its unparalleled quality.
Where is he?
Ganton is located in the Pickering Valley between York and Scarborough, approximately 10 miles inland from Scarborough.
For more information about the club and the course, visit their website or call them at 01944 710 329.
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