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Ganton

In 2003, Ganton become only the third club in Britain, after Muirfield and Royal Birkdale, to play host to each of the Ryder Cup, Walker Cup and Curtis Cup.

Despite being 10 miles inland of the seaside resort of Scarborough, Ganton has tangible links quality with its tight, springy turf and dense gorse bushes. There are also crops of pine trees and some of the biggest bunkers you will ever see on a golf course, which make it a hard course to pin down in terms of character.

Tees as good as most courses’ greens give the best possible opportunity of clearing the banks of gorse that separate many tees from the fairways and of splitting the gaps between the 111 bunkers that decorate every single hole. The closely-cropped turf is a ball striker’s paradise while the greens are fast and true, but with some evil humps and hollows.