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Open Days continue to be popular

Open Days are a great way to travel around the county and play new golf courses in a competitive atmosphere, and clubs are reporting record entries.

There are still lots of opportunities to enter Open Days across the county and here are a couple of options.

Bentham Golf Club is holding a Mixed Summer Open on Sunday July 11 and teams of two will compete against each other in a 4BBB format with ladies receiving a full handicap allowance. The entry fee is £30 per pair and entries can be made on the club's website

Often described as the ‘Diamond of the Dales’ and nestled in the foothills of The Three Peaks, the views of Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside are stunning on a clear day, with a beautiful backdrop of the Lake District Fells.

If you’re looking to make it more than a day-trip to play in the Mixed Summer Open, there’s luxurious accommodation on the doorstep. Wenningdale Escapes offers lodges for 2 to 8 people and bespoke glamping pods, accommodating 2 people, in either twin or super king beds.

Founded in 1887 Cleveland Golf Club holds the distinction of being the only links course in England’s largest golfing county and the oldest golf club affiliated to the Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs.

It is on the “bucket list” for many a golfer and is hosting a number of Open events including a Summer Special Team Open where £1,400 worth of Callaway products are on offer. The entry fee is £40 per player and the format is two from four to count ,with a shotgun start at 9.30 am. Also included is coffee and a bacon roll on arrival plus a two-course meal after golf.

Other Open events at Cleveland include the Coors Open, a 4BBB event for men and this format will be repeated on August 22. This will be followed by a Ladies Open for teams of four on August 27 and a Mixed Texas Scramble on August 29.

There’s a three man team event on Monday August 30 and the final event of the year is for senior golfers on Monday September 27. Online bookings can be made here.

Architects Old Tom Morris, Harry Colt and latterly Donald Steel laid their hands across this wonderful piece of golfing terrain. In 200 Steel fashioned three new holes -the 14th to the 16th - and the course now measures 6,921 from the back tees playing to a par of 72.

The doyen of golf writers, Bernard Darwin, in his book A Round of Golf on the LNER wrote: the course of the Cleveland Golf Club at Redcar is as fine piece of natural golfing country as you can imagine…at the end of the course looms a vast steel works its tall chimneys pouring out their smoke.”

He continues: “Look away...the seas and the sandhills and the bents and the ground that undulates so gently and perfectly; you will feel grateful for such a piece of ground and forget about the steel works.”

The front nine is made up of three par threes, three par fours and three par fives, and begins and ends with a short hole. The journey home begins with a series of daunting par fours culminating in the dogleg 14th (“Gair”) and finishes with a birdieable par 5 closing hole.

Cleveland has hosted top class professional and amateur events over the years including the Yorkshire Amateur Championship when in August 2017 Walker Cup player Alex Fitzpatrick set the course record of 62.