Welcome to the Glenbrae Tour 2017. Over the coming months we will be introducing you to some of our favourite courses around the country. First on our tour is the Huddersfield Golf Club, also known as Fixby– a wonderful blend of history with a 21st century course.
The club was founded in 1891 and the original heathland course were laid out by Tom Dunn, one of the leading golf course architects of the day. Fixby is known as ‘the Home of Yorkshire Golf’ and all the Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs' honours boards are displayed in the Centenary Hall.
The course has been changed several times in the last 100 years, with modifications by Alex Herd, W Herbert Fowler, Dr Alastair Mackenzie, Hawtree and Donald Steel, all great names in their day. To bring the course bang up to date the club has invested £0.5m project to re lay all the greens to USGA standards, which ensures they are playable throughout the winter, to the design of architect Cameron Sinclair. Most recently they have invested a significant amount of money in a bunker project designed by Will Swan of Swan Golf Designs.
The Club has hosted a number of prestigious events, both amateur and professional. For several years it was the venue for the Lawrence Batley Seniors' Tournament organised by the PGA. The Ladies' Golf Union and English Ladies’ Golf Association have used the course for a number of National and International events and Fixby has hosted numerous Yorkshire Championships. This June sees the club hosting the National England Captains event on the 1st and 2nd June, on the golf senior tour and in addition will hold the inaugural Glenbrae Golf Day on June 5th – an invitation only event for Glenbrae partners.
The club house is the historic Fixby Hall, an imposing building, which lies near the ancient Roman Road from Tadcaster to Manchester. The Fixby Hall Estate extends right back to the reign of King Henry III in the 13th century and the hall itself has parts that are many centuries old. It is thought that Charles Dickens’ Haversham Hall, in Great Expectations, was inspired by his visits to Fixby Hall. There is even a ghost called Mary.
The current Professional is Alex Keighley, a Glenbrae brand ambassador who is a fully qualified PGA pro and one of the growing band of women fulfilling this demanding role. She told us that her favourite hole is the 7th because of its interesting shape, but the 9th is probably the hardest because of the downhill lie and the wind you might encounter.
If you would like to visit the club, Alex advises you to keep an eye on twilight rates over the coming months.
The club have very generously donated a 4 ball which you can win by entering our giveaway here- https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28570cc5110/?