Ben Rhydding Golf Club
High Wood, Ben Rhydding,
Ilkley, West Yorkshire LS29 8SB
Tel : +44(0) 1943 608759

The original course at Ben Rhydding Golf Club was laid down between 1885 and 1895 for the Ben Ryhdding Hydropathic Establishment. The club was formed in 1947 and the final land purchase was computed in 1980 when two new holes were created forming the course almost as it is today.

The clubhouse was extended in 1996-97 to provide new locker rooms and an enhanced clubroom. Vacancies currently exist for some lady and Junior members. Apart from a comprehensive golfing calendar, the club runs a thriving social section. 'Fore' magazine has nominated the course as one of the top ten 9-hole golf courses in the United Kingdom.

From East,A65 Ilkley, From Skipton, pass through Ilkley to Ben Ryhdding. Turn up Wheatley Lane, straight up beyond railway bridge,(do not follow curve of road to right) fork left at Wheatley Grove. Taking 1st exit on left into club drive.

Further Information
Information herein provided by the club 21 Oct 1998.

Course Details

Course Name: Ben Rhydding Holes: 9 Yardage: 4711 SSS: 64
9-Hole moor-side course, some of the holes on the back nine are played from different tees. Basically two clockwise loops starting both times from adjacent tees, next to a picturesque lake in the centre of the course.

The opening hole, a par 5 in summer takes you east with the prevailing wind on your back - overshoot the green and you could be out of bounds. Turn about to play a par 3 with bunkers at either side of the entrances. Next a steady climb to a re-surfaced 3rd green. Then comes this famous Khyber hole played firstly from the lower tees and second time round from a much higher tee alongside the 3rd green. Play the 5th towards the lake and then complete the back four holes which ends in a rarely achieved par 3 to a small green alongside the lake.
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  • Europe Golf courses reviews Ben Fowler, Jnr Captain, Hdcp 13 04/01

    Ben Fowler, Jnr Captain, Hdcp 13 wrote on: Mar 31, 2001

    Ben Rhydding is a unique course - but a tough old trek! The signature hole of the course is the 4th - The Khyber. Golfers face a tough drive over the best hill for sledding in the area (according to Radio Leeds!) avoiding the thick, sloping rough on both sides and steep banking and out-of-bounds on the left. The second shot to the multi tier green is usually just a pitch if you are successful with the drive, but the ball is well below your feet if you go over the hill. Position A* is sat on top of the hill off the drive. Not many golf courses finish with three par 3's, and even the more experienced golfer would be delighted to par all three. Ben Rhydding is a true test of golf, requiring the golfer to shape and manufacture shots in various ways to tackle the course properly. The tough walking is compensated for by stunning views of Ilkley and the famous Cow and Calf Rocks.