Moortown Golf Club

Harrogate Rd, Alwoodley,

Leeds, West Yorks LS17 7DB

  • Office

    +44 (0)113 268 6521
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)113 268 6521
  • Fax

    +44 (0)113 268 0986
  • Golf pro

    Martin Heggie (Head PGA Professional)

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open heathland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland and residential.

  • Designer:

    Dr Alister MacKenzie

SSS or slope






How to get there:

4 miles N of Leeds

From Leeds city centre follow the A61 direction Harrogate. After 4 mi at roundabout go straight over (crossing the Leeds ring road A6120) and continue to follow the A61 direction Harrogate. After o.6 mi Moortown is on your left, immediately after the Shell petrol station.

Moortown Golf Club

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1909

Moortown Golf Club: like its close neighbours Sand Moor and Alwoodley, Moortown occupies a wonderful tract of natural golfing terrain in the northern outskirts of Leeds. Within this mixed woodland and moorland habitat, the easy-draining sandy soil clearly merited the attention of golf enthusiasts in the early 1900s. On hand to lay out the course was local resident and distinguished golf course architect, Dr Alister MacKenzie (who also laid out Sand Moor and Alwoodley).

Crafted by MacKenzie, the Moortown layout is not characterised by too much undulation or elevation change. The lightly tree-lined avenues, with many stretches that are more open and heathland in character, guide you to large and immaculately maintained greens. Reflecting MacKenzie's philosophy, the bunkering blends naturally into the course, rather than intruding artificially onto it.

The natural elegance and challenging nature of Moortown guarantees its place amongst Britain's top heathland courses. It also has history on its side. It was here at Moortown that the Ryder Cup was first contested on European soil.

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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

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (May thru' Sept): weekdays £130; weekends £150. Shoulder season (April & Oct): £100/£120.

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

Other information

Players generally walk this course. Caddies available.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

In 1929, two years after the first official Ryder Cup match in Massachusetts, Moortown hosted the second encounter between the USA and GB&I. The result of this first Ryder Cup on European soil, was a 7 pts to 5 win for George Duncan's GB&I team over the USA team led by Walter Hagen.

Alister MacKenzie, one of the world's greatest course designers, was the designer of a wonderful and closely grouped triumvirate of courses here in Leeds - namely, The Alwoodley, Moortown and Sand Moor. MacKenzie was born to Scottish parents in 1870 in Yorkshire. He died in 1934 in California, leaving behind a blueprint for future golf course designs and a legacy of classic golf courses, of which Alwoodley was the first, and Moortown the second.

Published ranking

England's 32nd best course (Golf World, 2023).
Britain & Ireland's 81st best course (Golf World, 2022).


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    +44 (0)113 230 6000

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