The Royal Oak Inn - Local Golf

Golf Around Nidderdale

The Royal Oak at Dacre Banks is a great location to base yourself for playing golf courses around the Harrogate area. We in are in the heart of Nidderdale, centrally located for playing golf around Harrogate, Ripon, Otley, Masham, Knaresborough and Skipton. Most courses can be reached to in about 30 minutes or less by car.

Below are various courses and a few details about them that you may like to play.

Skipton Golf Club

Since the move to the present site in 1896, Skipton has matured into one of the finest courses in the North of England and continues to improve under the control and stewardship of Ian Brown and his team.

Visitors never fail to be impressed by the beauty of Skipton’s setting and the challenge that the course presents. From the seemingly innocuous opening Par 3 1st Hole to the challenge of Skipton’s very own “Amen Corner” comprising 13, 14 and 15, the course offers golfers of every standard a test of their golfing skills.
Once you have played Skipton for the first time, you will join the many hundreds of golfers who return year after year. Telephone 01756-793257

Masham Golf Club

Masham Golf Club situated in North Yorkshire, boasts an attractive mature parkland golf course and welcomes both new members and visitors.

“A lovely nine-holer in North Yorkshire.” Peter Alliss, The 2012 Open, Royal Lytham. Telephone 01765-689379

Knaresborough Golf Club

The course at Knaresborough is laid out over beautiful, gently undulating North Yorkshire countryside. Parkland in nature, with many mature trees and strategically placed hazards, it’s a pleasure to play.

The holes and the course have just been further developed. In particular – the 8th a par 5 which provides an exhilarating drive from an elevated tee, the 13th hole, a dog leg left demanding an accurate well placed tee shot and the 14th hole, a long par 4 presenting a very interesting and testing undulating green.

The club employs a 3 colour system to indicate the position of the flag on the green. Red indicates the flag on the front third of the green, yellow for the middle and white for the back third. 150 yard markers on each side of the fairway are to the centre of the green.

The club has excellent practice and warm up facilities to both members and visitors. Telephone 01423-862690

Harrogate Golf Club

Established in 1892 the Club is the oldest in Harrogate. It has a long history and is very well respected throughout the country having hosted National Championships and regularly staging County events.

It has been named as a 'Top 100 Hidden Gem' in the British Isles by Golf Monthly magazine. The Club is very proud to have been awarded the Golfmark/Clubmark award by England Golf. This is testament to the excellent work done in the areas of junior and beginners golf.

The Club is proud to be a member of the Mackenzie Society, and is the course where European Tour star John Parry played his junior golf. Telephone 01423-862999

Ripon City Golf Club

The uniqueness of the Ripon City course is that it is almost two courses in one. The old nine-hole course opened in 1908 moved to eighteen in 1993.

Starting the round on the original ‘old nine’ of undulating parkland and mature trees, golfers are met with some challenging fairways and many interesting features to negotiate including well positioned bunkers and water hazards. Accuracy is required and club selection sometimes means that discretion, rather than power will keep bogeys at bay. The spectacular par three holes at five and seven make for very satisfying pars. The slick, and sloping greens hide unseen borrows to test the putter too. The view from the tee at the fourth to its elevated green is as magnificent as those from the seventh over Ripon Minster and from the sixth green to the moors.

From the dogleg tenth starting the back nine, the golfing experience changes to more open parkland and longer holes where the driver is the club that can make the most difference. After the long par four eleventh and a satisfying approach to the par five thirteenth, the signature hole at fourteen, overlooked by the clubhouse bar, brings a fountained pond into play. Birdie opportunities are firmly on offer on fifteen and sixteen before the ‘risk / reward’ ninety-degree dogleg seventeenth. Then its down the last for the end of one of the best golf experiences in the county of North Yorkshire and a well-deserved visit to the welcoming nineteenth hole. Telephone 01765-603640

Otley Golf Club

Golf simply does not get better than playing this gem of a course situated in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales.

Otley Golf Club celebrated its centenary in 2006 and offers a course of the highest quality. This is situated in one of the most attractive locations in the county and presents a testing round of golf. Two streams meandering through the course influence shot selection on seven of the holes and the centrally positioned clubhouse is ideal for playing 9, 18 or 27 holes. Once the round has been completed, it is time to sample the delights offered within the clubhouse. The excellent catering and wide choice of beverages available from the bar can all be sampled whilst enjoying the panoramic vista of the Wharfe Valley. Telephone 01943-465329

Oakdale Golf Club

Oakdale is one of the premier golf clubs in the North of England and, as such, visitors and societies are guaranteed to receive a warm welcome both on and off the course.

You are assured of a great day out so why not come along and experience the delights that this 'Yorkshire Order of Merit' course has to offer." Telephone 01423-567162

Pannal Golf Club

Pannal is the only course in Harrogate and North Yorkshire recognised by the R&A as an Open qualifier venue. You may have played others in Yorkshire but Pannal will provide a most enjoyable and challenging test for any keen golfer. This beautiful course is an 18-hole, SSS Par 72 6,614 yards layout, lying in woodland and heathland with outstanding views of Harrogate and surrounding areas. The signature 17th hole provides the most stunning view of all, it’s a great course and said by many to be Harrogate’s best golf course. Telephone 01423-872628