Otley

Otley

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Otley is one of those course it is all too easy to underestimate – both in terms of its quality and its challenge.

The club in this West Yorkshire town is, like the market town itself, tidy, picturesque and extremely charming. You can also add friendly to that list; rarely has NCG been welcomed so warmly to a club – and we get about a fair bit!

Yet it also offers a rigorous test of golf. It might be located in one of the most beautiful settings in the Wharfe Valley, but the presence of two streams meandering towards the river Wharfe affects play on seven holes.

This natural water hazard allied to plenty of trees, gently sloping fairways and smallish greens gives Otley plenty enough bite to keep even strong players interested.

For example, it begins with a seriously tough 1st and the next few are no pushover either. Outside of championship tests such as Ganton, it is one of the most exacting starts in the county.
When NCG visited, the mature parkland was in superb nick, no doubt a legacy of the major investment in machinery, drainage, irrigation and manpower.

The club was founded in 1906 and the magnificent, wooded Otley Chevin creates an impressive backdrop in this gorgeous Wharfedale area.

When NCG visited, the mature parkland was in superb nick, no doubt a legacy of the major investment in machinery, drainage, irrigation and manpower over the past decade.

The central situation of the clubhouse makes it an ideal course for nine holes before lunch and 18 afterwards. Two excellent practice grounds can be found adjacent to the clubhouse.

Off the course, Otley boasts excellent clubhouse facilities which have been further improved by a complete refurbishment in recognition of the club's Centenary year in 2006.

Both the dining room and mixed lounge bar afford panoramic views across the course to the valley and moorland beyond. Although the spacious dining room can accommodate up to 120 diners, with room to spare for a band and dancefloor, it can also be divided into smaller more intimate dining areas providing privacy for speeches and presentations.

The club has invested heavily into providing modern and spacious kitchen facilities from which emerge a mixture of traditional cooking and intricate a la carte menus to suit all tastes.

A sun terrace and patio leading from the lounge, provide an idyllic spot for enjoying warm summer evenings.

The 19th hole is for the more traditionally minded, where a selection of hand-pulled ales and lagers can be sampled while enjoying a frame of snooker.