Top golfers are attracted by challenging course

It can be tricky finding your way in to Keighley golf course (watch out for new signs), but it is well worth finding.

The course runs along the banks of the River Aire, and on some holes it is a daunting prospect.

Keighley’s course has been maturing for more than a century, and recent tree-planting and course improvements such as an open drainage ditch have made it even better.

It offers a thorough test for the most accomplished golfer, as well as a challenge which the high-handicapper can face without fear of being overpowered.

There are a number of long par fours where you need to hit a good long ball off the tee if the green is to be hit in regulation.

Even then, fairway woods and long irons are often needed to reach the target.

The par threes can be tricky. The second is guarded by a large oak tree which overhangs the green and the 11th might be just 125 yards off the medal tee, but the green is up a steep hill with dense jungle to the right and behind the hole.

Keighley’s good condition and testing challenge attracts top golfers.

It has produced three Yorkshire champions – Arnold Fell in 1931, Roger Mitchell in 1975 and Phil Wood, who achieved the feat in 1990 and 1994.

Beware the 17th; the marker post for the blind drive is on the left edge of the fairway – it’s not telling lies!

FACT FILE

Name: Keighley Golf Club

Address: Howden Park, Utley, Keighley, BD206DA

Website: keighleygolfclub.com

Telephone: (01535) 604778

President: A J Smith

Club pro: Andrew Rhodes, pictured

Annual fee: £789

Visitor fee: £35 Mon-Fri, £25 Sun

Course length: 6,141 yards

Par: 69

Signature hole: 17th – don’t try to take on the corner; go well left

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