Fulford Golf Course Review

Course review and three unique holes

Charlie Lemay's picture
Fri, 10 May 2013

Bernhard Langer’s tree climbing exploits on the 17th put Fulford Golf Club on the map but there is much more to this course than the German’s antics.

Designed by Charles MacKenzie, brother of legendary golf architect Alistair MacKenzie, the club was founded in 1906 before moving to its current site in 1935.

Surrounded by beauty, this parkland course hosted 23 consecutive European Tour events and a Women’s British Open.

At 6,743 yards from the Championship tees, the course is now too short to host top-level competition but it's still a challenging round that will test all golfers – especially a 12-handicapper who is a little rusty such as myself.

My visit to Fulford defied the weather forecast with the sun coming out just after lunch and staying out all afternoon, almost tempting me to take my jumper off at the turn.

The greens are struggling but this is to be expected after the horrific weather we had at the start of spring which has forced the green keeper to spike all the greens.

On the other hand, the fairways were in immaculate condition and the rough isn’t too treacherous which came in handy when my habitual power-fade, or ‘banana ball’ as my family call it, reared its ugly and infuriating head.

While clearly not the toughest golf course you’ll ever play, the well-kept course and friendly atmosphere makes the visit well worthwhile.

Instead of monotonously going through and describing every hole, I will descibe three unique holes that stick in my mind:

·         The inevitable hole where everything goes wrong which, to be honest, normally occurs more than once every round.

·          The hole where everything seems to click and golf seems like the easiest thing in the world. These holes happen about as frequently as catching Nick Faldo talking about someone other than himself

·         My favourite hole - the one that will stay in my dreams forever…or, depending on how i play it, nightmares.



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