By Max Baker
A West Yorkshire golf club are looking to attract new members and professionals by investing £1m to improve the course.
Bradford Golf Club 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.
Course manager James Washington aims to improve the standards of the club.
He said: “We know that this club has a lot of potential, but with adverse weather conditions and the complicated layout of the fairways, we felt it was vital to make some changes. Hopefully these can be completed in the next few years to ensure an immaculate standard for the members.”
Alterations have been made to three of the bunkers along with an investment towards green keeping equipment and draining. The club aims to expand the fairways on certain holes and cut down trees to make a larger area for the members to play in.
Being one of only two courses in Yorkshire designed by William Fowler and Matthew Simpson in 1922, the course’s development program looks to ensure the course continues to retain its open moorland aspect and unique features of William Fowler’s original design.
Club professional Andrew Hall has been playing at the club since 2006. He said: “I am very eager to see the vast changes to the course. It is a beautiful course to play on already and with the development program I am certain that this will only attract more audiences and improve competition.”
The Golf club claims this plan is on-going and have not only made changes to the course, but have also invested £360,000 in the clubhouse, spent to refurbish all the interior including the bar, members lounge and banqueting section.
Jane Hurst manages the club house and is delighted to see such an improvement to the section. “It’s improved the atmosphere and I can already notice that the members are thrilled with the improvements.”
Washington aims to have the plans completed by 2020 just before the summer competitions.