Leeds has so much to offer when it comes to golf with a tempting assortment of courses, many of which are served up in the north part of the city.
Whilst Alwoodley and Moortown are often prime choices on the menu, there is a feast of offerings outside of these and Scarcroft is right up there with the most appetising.
When the club was founded in 1937 its visionary approach included being able to see every fairway from where the clubhouse was being constructed and later every green- with one exception-could be viewed from the flat roof of the modern building.
This imaginative strand has been part of Scarcroft’s fabric ever since and is embodied today in the new Viking Flexible Membership Programme .It has been designed to offer membership to golfers who only wish to play a limited number of rounds per annum and maintain a handicap , but still want to enjoy the golfing and social benefits and “camaraderie” that comes with belonging to a club.
Scarcroft is not a power hitters paradise but more of a strategic test of golf and the opening three holes set the tone in the shape of a trio of tricky par 4’s.
The fifth is the first of the short holes and is a real peach, followed up two holes later by another one shotter which plays every one of its 184 yards. Two more par fours lead to the welcoming halfway house and the start of arguably the best of the two halves.
Three more testing par fours start the closing stretch with the 12th perhaps the most difficult, and any shots dropped can look to be recovered at the par 5 fourteenth, but where only the brave will prevail. There are also birdie opportunities in the closing stretch at the risk and reward 16th and the par five closing hole which can leave a satisfying taste in the mouth.
Thirsts can then be quenched in the well-appointed clubhouse which includes The Trophy Lounge,
the central hub of the club and an ideal meeting place for visiting parties. The Viking Bar features Sky Sports and has a terrace overlooking the 18th green with great views up the closing hole and across the course.
For bigger gatherings, the Blackburn Lounge seats up to 110 people for dinners and functions with panoramic views and can also be split to accommodate parties of between 24 and 60. It also boasts air conditioning and private bar.
Scarcroft is a modern and forward-thinking club with a very good golf course and deserves its place at the top table of golf in God’s own country.