Trouble can loom with ditches alongside course

The famous Black Dyke Mills Brass Band is perhaps Queensbury’s most famous export – Queensbury Golf Club shares its roots with the band.

Both were started by the Foster family, owners of the Black Dyke Mills in the village. In 1923, the Foster family built the course for their workers. The mills are gone, but the club lives on.

At first it was just a six-hole club and later the members bought it out and turned it into a private club. But those early philanthropic ideals and community spirit live on.

Queensbury has purchased some land to extend the course. But the members have decided against going down the road of becoming an 18-hole course as they feel they would lose that social community feel. So the nine-hole course will be made longer.

It is known as a short yet difficult course with some longer uphill par fours.

There are some testing holes which require good iron play and a steady short game; otherwise you will find it hard to score well.

Despite being 1,000 feet above sea level, there is a surprising number of trees on the course, cunningly integrated into the layout to ensure you have to play for good position on many holes.

Another feature of Queensbury is the ditches which run alongside and sometimes across the course.

And there are plenty of bunkers about and surrounding the greens to ensure that you have to treat Queensbury with respect – especially when that lengthening project is completed.

FACT FILE

Name: Queensbury Golf Club

Address: Brighouse Road, Queensbury, BD14 1QF

Website: None

Telephone: (01274) 882155

President: Tony Trudgill

Club pro: Gareth Murray, pictured

Annual fee: £540

Visitor fee: £16 Mon-Fri, £21 weekend

Course length: 5,008 yards

Par: 66

Signature hole: 7th – elevated tee and bowl-shaped green

Shop: Yes