Bradford Golf Club extends a warm and friendly Yorkshire welcome to all its visitors. Set in peaceful and tranquil countryside near the hamlet of Hawksworth, it is only 10 miles from Leeds and 8 miles from Bradford.
It is one of the oldest and most prestigious golf clubs in Yorkshire. Established at Baildon in 1891, as The Bradford St Andrews Golf Club, the club changed its name in 1894 and was relocated to its present site in 1899.
The original Clubhouse was opened on 9th November 1900 by the Rt. Hon. A.J. Balfour MP, Leader of the House of Commons and Prime Minister (1902-05). In 1925 it was destroyed by fire and rebuilt on the same foundations. In 2012 the clubhouse was fully refurbished to offer an updated feel and more contemporary look.
In 1922/23 the course was substantially altered by the golf architect Herbert Fowler and proudly stands alongside his other English masterpieces - Walton Heath, The Berkshire and Delamere Forest, to name but a few.
Fowler’s original moorland layout is remarkably similar to the course you see today. Commanding stunning views over Baildon and Rombald Moors, it runs in two natural loops with the 10th and 18th holes finishing outside the Clubhouse. Many holes are played along well defined, tree-lined fairways to fast and testing greens with subtle borrows.
Fowler created some of the finest examples of heathland golf, which so closely resemble the traditional seaside links courses. Over recent years our current course has become more parkland. We have started an 8-year plan, showcasing our Fowler heritage, by removing trees and adding back original bunkers. If you have visited us before, come back and see how dramatic the transformation is.
Fowler believed strongly that courses should follow the contours of the land, and have a natural feeling, shunning the use of "man-made contrivances," believing that topography could test the world's best golfers just as adequately. Fowler felt that only side hazards should be put in during construction and that any cross-bunkers should be left until he could see how the ball would run.
In any case, he believed that bunkers on the sides and especially near greens were the prime requisite, as players sliced and pulled more than they topped, and that as a slice was the greater fault, more bunkers should be placed on the right. Bunkers, he thought, should be shaped like an old hip bath, not with a steep bank and flat base as at many inland clubs, but having a gradual curve from top to bottom so that balls did not lie hard against the face, but ran down towards the centre. However, they should be deeper than on most courses. Indeed, they became known as ‘Fowler's Graves.' So long as a green was well guarded and the approach shot difficult, the hole would always be considered a good one. Far more so than if its main difficulty lay in the tee shot.
He was described in a book by Bernard Darwin as "perhaps the most daring and original of all golfing architects and gifted with an inspired eye for the possibility of a golfing country”.