The Harrogate Golf Club

Forest Lane Head,

Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 7TF

  • Office

    +44 (0)1423 862 999
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)1423 862 547
  • Fax

    +44 (0)1423 860 073
  • Golf pro

    Gary Stothard / Sam Everson

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland, open countryside and residential.

  • Designer:

    Original layout designed by Sandy Herd. Many others, including Dr Alister MacKenzie, designed later course improvements.

SSS or slope






How to get there:

20 miles NE of Leeds

From the centre of Harrogate follow signs for the A59, direction Knaresborough. After approx 3 miles (1 mile before Knaresborough) golf is on your right.

Harrogate Golf Club

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.

Est. 1892

Harrogate Golf Club: Although many golf courses in this part of Yorkshire are undulating and moorland in character, Harrogate bucks the trend. Here you will find a more refined, parkland style layout, which has existed on the same site for well over one hundred years. Most of this very well presented course is relatively flat, with the inner front-nine loop enclosed by the anti-clockwise outer ring of the back-nine.

The majority of holes are pleasantly, but not too densely lined with a wonderful variety of trees, both young and old, large and small. Water is seldom an issue here, but wayward drives, especially on some of the tighter holes, will invariably need a careful shot back out of the tree-line onto the fairway - and usually a shot dropped ! If water is not much in evidence, then excellent bunkering most definitely is.

Small earthmounds also play their part in adding to the challenges around the delightfully "MacKenziean" greens (subtly undulating and not overly large plateaus, raised from front to back with tricky bunkers on either side). Occupying one of the few undulating areas of the course, the par-3 12th signature hole, designed by MacKenzie in 1910, is played from a raised multi-level tee. The green, wonderfully defended by four bunkers, is a tough read for the most experienced golfers.

Although not overly long at 6241 yards from the back-tees, Harrogate is a course of immense charm that will give golfers of all abilities a very pleasant and challenging round.

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Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays; more restricted on weekends.

Must book in advance. Handicap required.

Green fees

Contact club for green fee details.

Other information

Players generally walk this course.

Practice facilities

Good. This long and narrow practice ground will sharpen-up your straight hitting, especially with woods and long-irons.

Did you know?

Harrogate Golf Club moved to its current site in 1898. Previous to that its members played on a nine-hole course on land which now forms the western end of Oakdale Golf Club. The current location was formerly part of the ancient forest of Knaresborough.


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    Bond End, Knaresborough, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG5 9AL

    +44 (0)1423 863 302

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    This attractive 15th century house / Best Western hotel stands in pleasant gardens on the western outskirts of Knaresborough.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Harrogate; Pannal.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

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  • The Majestic Hotel4-star

    Ripon Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 2HU

    +44 (0)1423 700 300

    Visit website

    The Paramount Majestic is a grand Victorian hotel set in 12 acres of landscaped grounds and is centrally located within walking distance of Harrogate Town Centre.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Harrogate; Pannal.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Alwoodley; Moor Allerton; Sand Moor; Moortown.

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