As we leave winter behind, we have selected five golf courses, which not only have a great selection of holes, are situated amongst the vibrant towns and scenic countryside of Yorkshire.

Alwoodley, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Alwoodley Golf Course — one of three in Alwoodley — was designed by Dr Alister MacKenzie. Dr MacKenzie originally trained as a surgeon and served as a civilian doctor in the Boer War and World War I where he made significant contributions to military camouflage, which he saw as closely related to golf course design.

As a founding member of Alwoodley Golf Club, he designed the golf course and went on to design more than 50 golf courses around the world.

Alwoodley is a natural heathland course, with springy fairways cutting through a profusion of heather, whins and shrubs. It features eye-catching and naturalistic-looking bunkers, strategic choices, and large, often undulating greens.

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Kirkbymoorside, York, North Yorkshire

As one of the top 30 golf courses in Yorkshire, Kirkbymoorside Golf Course is a 18-hole course, just north of the town. It has an unsurpassed view of the moors from the 13th tee.

The town of Kirkbymoorside has had a market since the 13th century, making it one of the oldest market towns in Yorkshire.

There is plenty of accommodation nearby such as the Kings Head Hotel and the luxury Feversham Arms Hotel which features a spa and outdoor pool.

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Hallamshire, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Ranked 93rd in the top 100 golf courses in England and 6th in Yorkshire, Hallamshire Golf Course is nestled between the City of Sheffield and the Peak District National Park.

Originally opened in 1897, Harry Colt, who worked with Alister MacKenzie, redesigned the course in 1937 to introduce the current 18-hole heathland layout.

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Ganton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Ganton Golf Course lies in the Vale of Pickering between York and the seaside town of Scarborough and was once host to the Ryder Cup in 1949.

The nearby coastal town of Scarborough is host to numerous open-air concerts and events. Tom Jones performed at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre in 2015 and this year Gary Barlow, Bastille, Lionel Richie, Britney Spears among others will also be making an appearance.

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Romanby, Northallerton, North Yorkshire

Romanby Golf Course spans 200 acres of serene parkland near the town of Northallerton; an equal distance away from both the Yorkshire Dales National Park and North York Moors National Park.

The 18-hole championship standard golf course follows the meandering route of the River Wiske. The natural landscape lays out a challenging but rewarding experience for all golfers.

The country club caters for weddings and hosts a jazz club with regular events throughout the year.

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