Magical moorland courses

Start with 'Wuthering Heights'

Bob Warters's picture
Fri, 10 Jan 2003


‘Experience the raw beauty of Wuthering Heights at Branshaw Golf Club (01535 643235) in the heart of 'Bronte Country’ – that’s the message of one of the finest moorland courses in England.

This West Yorkshire hillside course will teach you much about how to play the game in tough conditions with fickle breezes blowing across the moors whatever the weather and small greens tucked into hillsides. Moorland golf is one of the greatest challenges. Get out and try these, too…


Marriott Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire

01332 832235

Designed by Donald Steel as an addition to the long-established parkland Priory course at the hotel complex, the Moorland course is true to its name high above the Derbyshire countryside. Windswept fairways, designed by Donald Steel, provide an enjoyable alternative to the tight, wooded holes of the other course.

Westwood (Leek)

01538 398385

A challenging course set in beautiful open countryside with an undulating front nine. The closing holes are more open and longer with the River Churnet coming into play. Visitors must book in advance


Catterick Garrison, Yorkshire

01748 83268

Scenic course of championship standard with good views of the Pennines and Cleveland hills. The first and sixth holes are particularly testing.

Austerfield Park, Bawtry

01302 710841

This long course of 6,900 yards has a challenging 618-yard seventh hole followed by its own postage stamp par-3. A short course and a driving range are attached. Close to the A1.

Hillsborough, Sheffield

0114 234 9151

If you’re looking for a tough course perched into the prevailing wind, this is it. Hillsborough’s 500 feet above sea level offering beautiful views and quality conditions. Complete the first four holes into wind to your handicap and the challenging 14th will seem a doddle.

Ben Rhydding, Ilkley

01943 608759

Terrific little 9-holer just below ‘The Cow and Calf’ rocks on Ilkley Moor. Lots of blind holes. It’s a bit ‘mountain goat country’ but very welcoming to its wooden clubhouse with terrific views. My brother-in-law's club president and loves the place.


Dinnaton, Ivybridge, Devon

01752 892512

Nine-hole course overlooking the South Hams with five par-4s and four par-3s, lakes and tight fairways. You need to be accurate to score well. It’ll test your short game.

Wrangaton, South Devon

01364 73229

A mixture of parkland and moorland and two differing nines. The course is within the Dartmoor National Park with rugged terrain and views across to the sea. Natural hazards and fairways provide shelter for sheep and wild ponies.

Yelverton, Devon

01822 852824

Rated one of the best courses in the south west it also has three of the best holes in Devon (12th, 13th and 16th). This Dartmoor venue has tight fairways and fast greens and all the hazards you’d need.


Morlais Castle, Dowlais, Wales

01685 722822

Beautiful place for a course, overlooking the Brecon Beacons National Park. An interesting 18-hole layout close to a Mountain Railway.



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