Oulton Hall Stay And Play Review

Jeremy Ellwood heads to the south-eastern outskirts of Leeds to sample the grand Georgian hotel and golf courses at Oulton Hall

Oulton Hall and the 3rd green on the Hall nine (Photo: Kevin Murray)
(Image credit: Kevin Murray)

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 3rd green on the Hall nine at Oulton Hall (Photo: Kevin Murray)

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.

Water guards the front of the 6th green on the Hall nine (Photo: Kevin Murray)

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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Off course

This grand mansion at Oulton Hall cleverly combines the elegance of a bygone era with the relaxed atmosphere that many modern travellers prefer.

Oulton Hall's grand Georgian mansion and grounds

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.

Room styles at Oulton Hall vary between the Hall and 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
Contributing Editor

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. He is an expert on the Rules of Golf having qualified through an R&A course to become a golf referee. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played 1,000 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts. He reached the 1,000 mark on his 60th birthday in October 2023 on Vale do Lobo's Ocean course. Put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.

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