The Alwoodley Golf Club

Wigton Lane,

Leeds, W. Yorkshire LS17 8SA

  • Office

    +44 (0)113 268 1680
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)113 268 9603
  • Golf pro

    John Green (Club Professional)

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Heathland course. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Rural countryside.

  • Designer:

    Dr Alister MacKenzie

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How to get there:

5 miles N of Leeds

From Leeds city centre follow the A61 direction Harrogate. After 4 miles at roundabout go straight over (crossing the Leeds ring road A6120) and continue to follow the A61 direction Harrogate. After 1 mile turn right at traffic lights into Wigton Lane. Golf is 100 yards on your left.

Alwoodley Golf Club

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1907

Alwoodley Golf Club, like its close neighbours Sand Moor and Moor Town, occupies a wonderful tract of prime golfing terrain. Here in the northern outskirts of Leeds, this large area of gently undulating, easy-draining heathland was eagerly eyed by golfers in the early 1900s. The land, which forms part of Wigton Heath, merited the attention of a top-quality designer. This it got from Dr Alister MacKenzie, at the time a local resident and later acknowledged as one of the greatest golf course designers of all time.

The Alwoodley course follows an absorbing out-and-back design, offering up an enjoyable variety of golfing challenges. The layout remains much the same today as in 1907 when it was originally laid out, although lengthened over the years to its present 6,900 yards. Tightish, springy fairways are bordered by heather, gorse and occasionally woodland, while the excellently maintained and often large greens will thoroughly test your putting skills.

In keeping with most MacKenzie designs, the bunkering is plentiful, constantly posing a threat from the tee and around the greens. The back-nine is frequently played into freshening winds, further adding to the golfing test at hand.

List of courses: England - North


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance. Handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (May thru' Oct): £175.

Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].

Other information

Players generally walk this course.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

The layout at Alwoodley Golf Club was the first of many designs crafted by Dr Alister MacKenzie. The renowned Yorkshire-born golf architect went onto design neighbouring Moor Town and Sand Moor, as well as a host of household name courses around the globe. Augusta National, Cypress Point and Crystal Downs in the U.S., and Royal Melbourne in Australia are considered amongst his finest creations.

MacKenzie was born in 1870 in Normanton, near Leeds, the son of Scottish parents. Although christened Alexander, after his paternal grandfather, he was called Alister from birth (which is Gaelic for Alexander). He died in 1934 in California, leaving behind a blueprint for future golf course design and a legacy of classic courses. Often referred to as the 'Course Doctor', MacKenzie was a founder member of Alwoodley Golf Club.

Published ranking

England's 11th best course (Golf World, 2023).
Britain & Ireland's 36th best course (Golf World, 2022).
World's 57th best public access course (Golf World, 2023).


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    +44 (0)113 244 0099

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