Skipton Golf & Bowls Club

Skipton Golf Club

Colin Sharpe knocking another putt in with his trusty cart waiting by the green

Welcome to the online home of the Skipton Golf Club.

The Skipton Golf Club was established in 1929 and this year we are celebrating its 90th Anniversary.

The golf course was originally established as a sand scrapes course, however for the majority of the time, the course has had 9 very well designed greens.

Over the last 20 years or so Skipton and the surrounding area has had been affected by drought, which has made it more difficult for the local volunteers to keep the course in tip-top condition, however, the course is great for most of the year.

Whilst conditions may differ due to weather the fantastic course design is always a challenge to golfers of all levels and is a real gem. 

Skipton Golf & Bowls Club 19th Hole

Always a favourite for the discerning Golfer on any Golf Course is the 19th. 

It's actually so popular that during any golf event that the locals will drop by to chat with the  players, who in turn like to prolong their break between the 5th and 6th, or the 9th and 10th, or just to drop in to chat to friendly Bar Staff throughout the day. 

The friendly Bar Staff at Skipton ensure that the refreshments are always cold and the service warm to golfers as they pass the Clubrooms on a round of golf.  However the coffee always hot.

Bowlers meet on a Thursday evening "For A Roll" and enjoy the companionship and the comforts of the Club.

Throughout the Bowling Season the Club is all A-Buzz with full rinks of Pennant Teams and a full calendar of events to welcome visiting bowlers for special competition days.

One of The Best Kept Secrets in Skipton

Skipton Golf Club has "The Best Catering Team" available for your"Weddings, Parties, Anything's"  so if you are looking for a fantastic venue for your events:

             Contact Barb Pett - 5340 2054 - leave a message Barb will get back to you.

Also The Clubrooms are available for Hire:  Do your own catering.  

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View down 1st and 6th fairways.

Tough tee shot on the 12th.

Bridge crossing to the 4th tee.

Sun shining on the 8th green.

Home of the 19th.

Farewell Colin Sharpe - 1935 to 2019

Col’s golf cart, favourite mower and beloved Fairmont.

Unfortunately, the Skipton Golf Club lost one of its longest standing members recently with the passing of Col Sharpe who was a member for over 50 years. Col was loved by all and a true stalwart of the club, the surrounding area and a steady left-handed golfer who was always a great performer in pennant across the region. RIP Col, you will be missed by all.

 

SCN 42.19 Ambrose Event results of Col Sharpe Memorial event

With A full course of golfers and some fantastic Skipton hospiatlity all was in readiness to follow the cheery purple and green balloons to a great day of golf. Well done Everyone!!

Course tour

If you are traveling through the area please be sure to go out for 9 or 18 holes (white tees for front 9 and yellow tees for the back). Green fees are a great deal at just $10 for as many holes as you can muster.

Want to try something a bit different?

You can also play Skipton as a "Par 3 Course" - just follow the black and pink tee markers.

Separate Golf Cards have been prepared for the Par 3 Course and if time is short or you want to perfect your shorter game then give it a go.

Perfect for a group with mixed abilities as well as it is not everyone who can get around the longer course with a score that they want to brag about over a chat on the 19th!!

Please read on for more information about each hole.

1st hole (Par 4, 293 metres, index 15) and 10th hole (293 metres, index 14)

View from the 1st fairway. Nice spot to be hitting your second shot from.

A great opening hole that can be played in many different ways. Hitting driver can be risky with OOB on the left and large water hazard waiting to catch balls down the right but taking the risk and knocking one straight down the middle can turn it into an easy birdie. Personally, I take the safer route by hitting a mid-iron to the wide fairway and then going from there.

A par here on the opening hole is a good start and then depending on how your round is going you can potentially take a more risky approach and hit driver when you play as the 10th. The shape of this hole is fantastic - visually a great golf hole.

2nd hole (Par 3, 220 metres, index 1) and 11th hole (Par 4, 235 metres, index 18)

View from beside the 2nd green. A very risk and reward hole.

The two tees here set up for two holes that are polar opposites of each other. The 2nd is not only rated the hardest hole on the course but is also one of the longest Par 3's in the whole area if not the State. A relatively flat hole with a medium sized green where putts tend to roll visually uphill.

The second time around players tee off from just 15 metres behind the 2nd tee box, however, things play easier given it is now a par 4.

Save par here the first time around and target birdie the next time for a great outcome, but the hole has enough defenses to cost you plenty of shots if you aren't striking them well.

3rd hole (Par 4, 352 metres, index 5) and 12th hole (Par 4, 310 metres, index 12)

View from the 3rd tee with a large fairway ahead. The 12th tee is hidden in the trees to the right.

You may be on a 9 hole course playing the same holes twice but here you will find two very different tee shots. The first time around is a large hitting area for your tee shot to attack with driver leaving a mid-iron into a small and well-protected green, which is defended by mounds on the left and a steep drop off to the right so you need to be accurate if chasing a birdie.

When playing next time you need to navigate a tough shoot to manage your shot through and although it plays shorter than the 3rd the hazard crossing the fairway comes more into play. You will find both times you play this hole that you have plenty of options to play aggressive or safe.

4th hole (Par 3, 170 metres, index 11) and 13th hole (Par 3, 190 metres, index 4)

View from behind the 4th green showing the two tee areas in the distance.

The first of the split tee Par 3's both tough holes. On the 4th you will face a slightly uphill tee shot with a mid to long iron with out of bounds down the left. Most shots if landing before the green tend to bounce to the right.

On the back 9 the hole becomes a much longer Par 3 where many rely on hybrig or more to read the putting surface. The green itself can be very difficult to hole putts if you are pin high or beyond the whole with a significant slope to be faced. Making pars both times around on this hole is a difficult task, but can setup a great round if you can manage it.

5th hole (Par 4, 300/268 metres, index 13) and 14th hole (Par 4, 268 metres, index 16)

View back down the 5th with the 9th green in the distance.

The final hole on what locals call the outside 5, where each hole follows the fence line with out of bounds down the left-hand side. The hole has historically been a split tee, however, the drought hasn't been too friendly to the 5th teeing ground further back in the trees, therefore the hole is played from the same spot each time around.

The hole itself is a relatively short Par 4 so a great spot to be aggressive, however, too far left or right there is plenty of trouble to be found. Another great green here with some difficult to read breaks.

6th hole (Par 4, 380 metres, index 2) and 15th hole (Par 4, 380 metres, index 3)

View from the 6th tee, a great driving hole, be careful of the trees on the right which make things difficult if you hit their way.

A grand old hole with a great dogleg around to the right. Although there is no out of bounds on this or the following three holes there is plenty of tree troubles to be found without a solid tee shot.

If you safely manage your way to the fairway you will be faced with a long second shot to a small green that is defended well. A bogey is ok here on the holes where most people will get a shot anyway but pars here could help you towards a great score.

This is another green with small breaks so make sure you spend some time reading your putts.

7th hole (Par 3, 117 metres, index 17) and 16th hole (Par 3, 150 metres, index 10)

View from behind the 7th green which demonstrates the great shaping of the green and the two different tee shots required.

A hole that plays very differently depending on if playing the first or second time around. As the 7th it is a short hole and birdie opportunity that highlights the terrific shaping of the green and mounds. Although short there is plenty of trouble, long and left making a difficult up and down. The green itself is great to putt on as has some good defense as not the easiest to read.

When you get back around to the 16th tee it is a longer hole that brings into play a large gum tree making a shoot to hit through to the well-protected green. A par here on most days is well done.

8th hole (Par 4, 350 metres, index 7) and 17th hole (Par 4, 350 metres, index 6)

View from the 8th tee, which shows the hole's dogleg to the right.

A great driving hole with an excellent shaped dogleg to the right opening up to a downhill second shot to a wide but shallow green.

Risk and reward again from the tee with a shot left or right likely to make par difficult but have a go with driver anyway and turn into a real birdie chance. If you should hit your approach shot through the green, you will be faced with a very tricky up and down so best to be short if not on the green. 

Putting here is once again quite deceptive, but basically, every putt on this green, if you have enough speed, will be straight.

9th hole (Par 5, 466 metres, index 9) and 18th hole (Par 5, 469 metres, index 8)

View looking back down the long Par 5 9th from the green with the dogleg in the distance.

The only par 5's on the course that doesn't measure as long as those found on other courses, but given the uphill fairway doglegging to the left plays relatively tough. 

A strong and straight tee shot here is vital given the trouble that can be found in the large trees down both sides.

Most of the locals will play this as a true three long shots hole, but if you are long enough from the tee getting close to the green or even on is possible for a shot at eagles and birdies (an Albatross has even occurred here many years ago).

Once on the green most putts break a little more than you think and can be more uphill too so speed is important.

A great closing hole to a diverse and very well designed course now in its 90th year.