American in design, Golf Course Architect Karl Litten and his team, also responsible for building the Emirates Club in Dubai, incorporated many of the natural features of this north Leeds countryside when creating Cookridge Hall. Since then continued reinvestment and design work has been key to the progression of the golf course recognised by all our members and visitors.
The front nine holes are littered with daunting water hazards and strategic bunkering, culminating in one of many memorable holes the short par 3, 6th. Although only 150 yards off the white tees, golfers have to carry the ball all the way to a Mackenzie green to avoid the fateful splash and being caught out by the huge lake. Good golf will be rewarded but beware any loose shots or inaccurate putting will be punished especially on the fast running and undulating greens.
The back nine could be classed as more forgiving with two par 5’s and two impressive par 3’s, after negotiating those successfully golfers are faced with a do or die decision on the 18th. Aptly named Temptation, the green can be found in one shot from the tee however standing guard to swallow any errant tee shot is the lake adjacent to the green. A conservative iron shot down the middle of the fairway leaves an awkward and often costly pitch across the lake to an undulating fast green; a par 4 is no guarantee. Be it a social game or in the heat of a match the 18th hole is a spectacle in itself and provides the perfect finish to a most enjoyable round.