Rudding Park has become one of northern England's most significant golf resorts which features a spectacular championship golf course designed by Martin Hawtree that sits amid mature parklands from the 19th century, a 6-hole short course, a driving range with state-of-the-art practise facilities. An award-winning hotel, outstanding amenities and top-class restaurants make this resort one of the UK's best choices for stay play as well as Spa and Golf Breaks.
Rudding Park, situated in and around the fashionable spa town of Harrogate in the root of rural Yorkshire, identifies itself as "the most extensive golf facility in the North of England."
Quite a claim, but it undoubtedly has most of the bases covered with an 18-hole championship course, a six-hole short course designed to USGA requirements, a Golf Academy with a floodlit 18-bay covered driving range as well as a beautiful 50-bedroom hotel with an award-winning restaurant.
The spectacular par-72 course passes through the core of the 19th-century parkland of the resort, and a picturesque trail is created by the Martin Hawtree-designed lay-out. The course has a look and feel of maturity beyond its relatively tender years, although it only opened in 1995, and manages to strike the correct balance between accommodating the inexperienced golfer while still giving the more seasoned player a challenge.
On the 18-hole Hawtree Course, which draws inspiration from Augusta National, Rudding Park has recently unveiled a new routing.
The Yorkshire club's unique 'Amen Corner' sees fairways and greens cut through mature woods on the 12th, 13th and 14th holes. The azaleas and dogwood are replaced by Rhododendrons, with Rudding Park's own version of Rae's Creek coming into play in two holes. Owing to the flourishing of colour surrounding the green during the season, the signature 14th hole, appropriately called Rhododendron Glade, is a 163-yard par 3, the green one which is well covered by three bunkers at the front with another concealed from view to the right. A hole that plays uphill and into the wind that prevails.
The luxurious 90-bedroom hotel also boasts an award-winning spa, gym, and private cinema with 14 places. If food is your desire, then look no further than the Clocktower, with rotating menus served in beautiful countryside surroundings using fresh, seasonal ingredients. You can enjoy the finest cuisine from the bar, restaurant, conservatory, or terrace, choose from a range of spectacular dishes whenever you decide to eat. Or experience modern fine dining at the three AA Rosette Horto Restaurant indulge in a seven-course sampling menu with the option of wine pairing.
Rudding Park Spa is for all occasions. The Roof Top Spa is a social space with a range of hydrotherapy & thermal experiences and the Escape Zone, peaceful, serene space for guests having a treatment. Guests can also maintain their beauty routine in the Nail & Beauty Studio, eat, drink & shop.
If you are enthusiastic about food, then look no further than the Clocktower, where modern British food is served in a comfortable atmosphere. Dine under the striking pink glass chandelier in the restaurant, relax in the bright and airy conservatory next to the 400-year-old olive tree, or simply enjoy a cocktail in the cosmopolitan bar or on the terrace facing south.
Head Chef Eddie Gray is committed to using local vendors and fresh produce from the Rudding Park Kitchen Garden, which has more than 500 different herbs, salads, edible flowers, and fruits (guests are invited to look around the garden from May to September), to make dishes full of flavour.