Filey Golf Club was established in 1897. The original course was situated on land to the north of this fine old North Yorkshire fishing town. The course moved to its present site on the south side of town two years later. The design of the "new links" is credited to James Braid and examples of his design features can be seen on the course.It has been suggested that Dr. Alister Mackenzie, during his period of residence in Leeds, made amendments to the original design. During his period as club professional at nearby Ganton, Harry Vardon would often play challenge matches over the Filey Course with his fellow Channel Islander Fred Beck, the Filey Club Professional. The course has been modified over the years to take into account modern technology but still retains the original Braid layout.