Daunting opening hole is a tough introduction

They are trusting folk in Settle.

The town made the national news when a trader opened his shop on Boxing Day and asked people to leave money in an honesty box – and no-one took advantage.

It’s the same at the small market town’s picturesque golf club. You are asked to leave green fees in the honesty box.

The club dates back to 1895 and had some tough times in its first years, almost closing.

Indeed, during the Second World War it was only kept going when member Harold Lambert paid the £25 rent out of his own pocket. He went on to be club secretary for 49 years.

Settle is now doing much better and has recently extended its course, making it longer and tougher.

Situated on the edge of the famous Giggleswick public school, its greens are usually in lovely condition.

The first hole, a par three, has to be one of the most daunting in the region. You get a small glimpse of the flag over a large mound, with two more mounds next to the green. Rocks and thick grass require an accurate tee shot.

The views are splendid, as you would expect of a course situated in the Yorkshire Dales, and streams and ponds have been skilfully used to make it an interesting proposition.

The imposing Buckhaw Brow towers above the course and provides an impressive backdrop.

Despite being in North Yorkshire, the club competes in the Cumbrian Union of Golf Clubs.

FACT FILE

Name: Settle Golf Club

Address: Giggleswick, Settle North Yorkshire, BD24 0DH

Website: settlegolfcourse.org

Telephone: (01729) 825288

President: Peter Johnson

Club pro: None

Annual fee: £395

Visitor fee: £20

Course length: 6,089 yards

Par: 72

Signature hole: 1st – par three with rocks and mounds around green

Shop: No