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Jeremy Ellwood heads to the south-eastern outskirts of Leeds to sample the grand Georgian hotel and golf courses at Oulton Hall
Oulton Hall Stay And Play Review
On course Calverley: par 71, 6,482 yards Hall: par 36, 3,600 yards
Oulton Hall is a four-star hotel with 27 holes of golf situated on the south-eastern outskirts of Leeds in Yorkshire, making it the perfect venue for a stay and play visit.
The 27 holes at Oulton Hall are arranged as the 18-hole Calverley course and the nine-hole Hall course. On the latter you get up close to the grand Georgian mansion by the green on the par-5 3rd.
The 6th hole on the Hall course is a mid-length par 4 down the hill. But get out of position and you may have to think about laying up short of the pond fronting the green.
The 8th is probably the toughest hole on this nine - a real toughie at 445 yards. You need to be a decent way up the left-hand side to open up a view of the green.
The back nine on the Calverley course has two extremely demanding par 3s early on in its 11th and 14th holes. The latter stretches to 230 yards between the trees off the tips.
Next you’ll encounter the unique short par-4 15th, which doglegs late as it drops down to a sunken green. It could perhaps be a risk-reward hole for some. But for most, the risk will be far too great unless the pinpoint raking hook comes naturally to you!
A strong trio of par 4s then closes out your round.
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This grand mansion at Oulton Hall cleverly combines the elegance of a bygone era with the relaxed atmosphere that many modern travellers prefer.
There are 152 tastefully furnished first-floor bedrooms, which again vary in character between the more classic styling of the rooms in the Hall itself and a more contemporary decor and feel in the modern wing.
There are lovely grounds to wander through, and good health and spa facilities for when the golfing day is over, including an excellent pool.
You can dine in the elegant Calverley Grill or the more informal Claret Jug restaurant in the golf clubhouse. There’s even a Champagne Bar serving 50 varieties of the fizzy favourite!
Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and even instruction despite his own somewhat iffy swing (he knows how to do it, but just can't do it himself). He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 89 of the Next 100. He has played well over 900 courses worldwide in 35 countries, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content. On his first trip to Abu Dhabi a decade ago he foolishly asked Paul Casey what sort of a record he had around the course there. "Well, I've won it twice if that's what you mean!" came the reply...
Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf
Jeremy is currently playing...
Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft
3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft
Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft
Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)
Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response
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