Huddersfield Golf Club Course Review

Although Huddersfield Golf Club is perhaps less well known outside the area, its inclusion in the Golf Monthly Next 100 is more than justified…

The tenth green looking down at characterful Fixby Hall

Although Huddersfield Golf Club is perhaps less well known outside the area, its inclusion in the Golf Monthly Next 100 is more than justified…

Huddersfield Golf Club Course Review

One of golf’s real joys, as discussed in the recent article on Hidden Gems (opens in new tab), is encountering a course about which you knew little but which turns out to be an absolute delight. One such design, now a part of the Golf Monthly Next 100 (opens in new tab), is the beautiful course at Huddersfield Golf Club (opens in new tab), known to its friends as Fixby Hall.

With a par of 71 and five lovely short holes, there is great variety throughout the course which has benefitted over many years from the creativity of Herbert Fowler and Alister MacKenzie (opens in new tab) among others and was one of several I played on a trip to the area last Summer (opens in new tab).

It opens with a long but downhill par 4 where there is plenty of opportunity to open the shoulders from the start.

The inviting approach at the opening hole

The next pair come back up and down the hill before a pretty par 3 at the 4th, and you then climb again to the highest point via a dogleg par 5 which is SI one and the par-4 6th.

Looking back over the valley from the sixth green

The 7th is an pretty par 4 that runs gently from right to left, and this is followed by a well-bunkered short hole.

The green at the seventh hole, Orangery

You then head back down the hill via the 456-yard par-4 9th, which rather oddly crosses the fairway of the opening hole and so demands that you keep your eyes open for traffic approaching from the right.

A long par 4 completes the front nine

The back nine starts with a climb up the hill on the other side of the very impressive clubhouse, and then a very pretty par 3.

The eleventh is a lovely short hole over the valley

The next two are absolute corkers with the 12th a sweeping par 4 along the side of the hill to a green that you mustn’t miss left. Indeed, it is safest to play up to the right as the slope should bring it back down.

The side-hill twelfth is as tough as it is attractive

The short 13th is another beauty, played from an elevated tee down over all manner of jungle to a slanting green. This time it is better to miss left!

The view from behind the thirteenth green

The next four are all quite varied with some lovely views, the best of which is the long par 4 at sixteen. It is then time to launch one up to the brow of the hill at the closing hole where a good drive will offer hopes of getting home in two.

The approach to the closing hole from the top of the hill

Once at the green, and indeed afterwards on the sunny patio, you can look back on a course that has great charm and style, which will offer something new on every visit, and which is kept in great condition.

The eighteenth green with the clubhouse beyond

I am lucky enough to play new courses very regularly, but it is rare to be so surprised and so impressed as I was at Huddersfield last June.

Rob Smith
Contributing Editor

Rob Smith has been playing golf for more than 40 years and been a contributing editor for Golf Monthly since 2012 specialising in course reviews and travel. He has now played 1,150 different courses in almost 50 countries. Despite lockdowns and travel restrictions last year, he still managed to play 80 different courses during 2021, 43 of them for the first time. This included 21 in 13 days on a trip to East Lothian in October. One of Rob's primary roles is helping to prepare the Top 100 and Next 100 Courses of the UK&I, of which he has played all but nine. Rob is a member of Tandridge Golf Club in Surrey where his handicap hovers around 16. You can contact him at r.smith896@btinternet.com.