RYDER Cup fever is building ahead of this weekend’s tournament between Europe and USA in golf’s biggest event – these are Bradford’s best golf clubs if you are feeling inspired.

Starting on Friday, Europe’s finest face Team America at the Whistling Straits Golf Course in Wisconsin in a weekend’s golf, looking to defend their Ryder Cup crown.

Europe won the last tournament in France in 2018, and will look to repeat that on the shores of Lake Michigan this weekend, a year after the bi-annual event was due to be held until Covid-19 forced its postponement.

The biggest names in golf will be facing off against each other, including Europe’s Rory McIlroy, current US Open champion Jon Rahm and Lee Westwood, and for the USA there are Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and reigning Champion Golfer of the Year Collin Morikawa.

The Ryder Cup is arguably golf fans’ favourite event in the calendar, and also draws new fans into the sport to cheer on Team Europe.

If you’re inspired to take up the game, or get back into golf, here are all of Bradford’s golf courses where you can get involved.

Bradford Golf Club – Based in Hawksworth, Bradford is one of Yorkshire’s top courses and one of the district’s toughest tests.

Bradford Moor Golf Club – A patch of green surrounded by houses, the nine hole course provides a good test of golf and a friendly welcome for all.

South Bradford Golf Club – More than 100 years old, the Odsal club boasts a hilly nine-hole course and is a challenge to all golfers. The club is welcoming to players of all abilities and newcomers to the sport.

West Bradford Golf Club – Designed by famous golf architects Hawtree & Son, the Heaton-based course provides a good test for golfers of all levels at affordable prices.

Clayton Golf Club – Unofficially the longest nine hole course in Yorkshire, it presents a challenge for shorter hitters and the 8th, a 245 yard severely uphill par 4 – is featured in the book Britain’s 100 Extraordinary Golf Holes.

Headley Golf Club – A tricky 9-holer based in the rolling hills around Thornton accompanies by the popular Headley Venue.

Queensbury Golf Club – Another 9-holer along the rolling hills outside Queensbury, with beautiful views of the area, and is relatively short providing good fun for beginners and veterans alike.

Northcliffe Golf Club – Cut into Northcliffe Woods in Shipley, it is one of the district’s best golf courses and presents a challenge for golfers of all abilities.

Express Golf Centre – Located between Heaton and Shipley, it features a nine hole course and also a driving range equipped with TopTracer technology, which lets you “play” famous golf courses around the world.

Shipley Golf Club – Actually located in Bingley, it is one of Bradford’s most renown courses with a reputation for always being in immaculate condition and providing a stern test to all.

East Morton Golf Club – Known locally as Fardew, the friendly and relaxed 9-hole course has beautiful views of the countryside around Keighley.

Bingley St Ives Golf Club – On the lush St Ive’s Estate, it is packed with wild flora and fauna and a relatively short course.

Keighley Golf Club – 100 years have matured this course into a picturesque routing that provides a true test of golf, with great food on offer in the clubhouse after your round.

Branshaw Golf Club – The work of two of golf’s greatest architects (Dr Alister Mackenzie and James Braid), this course just outside Haworth provides a stunning day’s golf with great holes and panoramic views.

Baildon Golf Club – As close as you’ll get to links golf in Bradford, it winds across the bare, exposed landscape of Baildon Moor to provide a testing day’s golf. When it’s windy this course is as tough as they come.

Hollins Hall – The Baildon hotel boasts an impressive and tricky course with a wide variety of holes, and with the hotel facilities is perfect for a golf stay-cation or charity day.

Ilkley Golf Club – Ranked in the top 10 courses in Yorkshire, this scenic and challenging course runs alongside the River Wharfe with cracking views of the countryside.

Ben Rhydding Golf Club – Great golf holes? Check? Great views of the Cow and Calf? Check. This small club packs a lot into its beautiful 9-hole routing.

Bracken Ghyll Golf Club – Situated up in Addingham, the course is kept in immaculate condition and is surrounded by stunning Wharfe Valley scenery.

Ghyll Beck Driving Range – Nestled in Esholt, this cracking driving range is probably the cheapest in Yorkshire and is a great place to learn and practice the game.

Silsden Golf Driving Range – Another bespoke driving range in the district to practice your game before hitting the links – or to have fun with family and friends.

In surrounding areas

Cleckheaton – A prestigious course that has hosted a number of professional tournaments and welcomes visitors to test their game.

East Bierley – A picture perfect 9-holer nestled in the centre of the village, it’s short but demanding holes will test your game.

Lightcliffe – Another tricky 9-hole course just outside the district, the 114-year-old club offers a warm welcome to all.

The Manor, Drighlington – With an 18-hole Championship course, driving range and 6-hole par 3 course, there’s something at the Manor for all ages and abilities to enjoy some golf.

Willow Valley – Between Brighouse and Hartshead, Willow Valley has two 18-hole courses, a 9-hole course, an academy course and a driving range – as well as foot-golf – meaning there is something there for all.

Crow Nest – This 9-hole track in Brighouse has been ranked as one of the best in Britain, and also boasts a driving range and practice facilities to hone your game.

Calverley – Tucked just outside Bradford, the course presents a tough challenge especially when the wind picks up. Also has foot golf.

Fulneck – In the historic Fulneck Moravian Settlement, you start down the hill and finish slogging up it in a testing 9-hole circuit with stunning views across the Tong Valley.

Woodhall Hills – Just up the road from Calverley, it presents another stern challenge of your golf game with manicured fairways and plenty of trees to swallow up any errant shots.

Otley – One of West Yorkshire’s finest courses, you’re sure of a warm welcome and for your game to be tested, with water in play on seven of the 18 holes.

Rawdon – Another quirky 9-holer, you start with an uphill par-5 and it doesn’t get any easier as you make your way round the lush, picturesque course.

There are golf shops all over the district to get equipped for the links, and almost if not all clubs also offer lessons to help you pick up the game that bit quicker.

The Ryder Cup gets underway on Friday lunchtime and runs until late on Sunday, with Europe needing 14½ points to retain the Ryder Cup.