Alister MacKenzie, H. S. Colt
At the turn of the 20th century when the club’s first members set eyes on a piece of heath and farmland alongside the picturesque Norman church at Adel they had the vision to see a great natural golf course. Over 100 years later the course is still in a completely rural setting, enjoys many wonderful views and boasts many memorable golf holes which make full use of the varied and dramatic terrain. The land has also proved most suitable for year-round golf and much to the members’ approval the “Course Closed” sign is very rarely used. One of the country’s most talented young Head Greenkeepers, Andy Stanger (2010 Toro Greenkeeper of the Year) joined Headingley in 2013 and since then has been overseeing a comprehensive and ambitious Course Improvement Plan ensuring that the course continues to be a venue of choice for discerning golfers. It is hard to define the character of Headingley as this traditional out-and-back layout is stretches to Alwoodley with views of Eccup Reservoir, on such varied terrain. Part heathland, moorland and parkland the holes are all challenging and distinctive and with 4 sets of tees can be enjoyed by all levels of golfer.