Posted on: April 8th, 2014 by Nathan Horner No Comments

Introducing “Keep it Simple 2″ – an exclusive 3-day golf course

Back by demand following last years successful 3-day seniors course, Bill Ferguson, PGA Master Professional, and Jim Pape, PGA Fellow Professional will be hosting Keep it Simple 2. This exclusive course will be run on consecutive Wednesdays allowing time for you to benefit from a level of coaching that has benefitted Ryder Cup legends and royalty!

  • Price is £180 per person
  • Dates: 30th April, 7th May & 14th May


Day 1

  • 9.30 – Check in and coffee on arrival
  • 10.00 – Tuition
  • 12.00 – Light lunch (time for reflection and prayer!)
  • 13.00 – Tuition (120 mins)
  • 15.00 – Finish

Day 2

  • 9.30 – Check in and coffee on arrival
  • 10.00 – Tuition
  • 12.00 – Light lunch
  • 13.00 – Practice/Play on The Oaks course
  • 15.00 – Finish (approx.)

Day 3

  • 9.30 – Check in and coffee on arrival
  • 10.00 – Tuition
  • 12.00 – Light lunch
  • 13.00 – 9 hole tournament (Wike Ridge course)
  • 15.45 – Prize presentation and ‘thank yous’

Entry to this superb three-day course costs just £180 per person, with numbers and therefore availability strictly limited. For more information or to book, visit the Golf Shop or call 0113 288 6000.

Raise funds for Leeds Autism Charity whilst you enjoy a golf lesson at The Leadbetter Golf Academy

Posted on: March 25th, 2014 by Nathan Horner No Comments


Leeds Golf Centre celebrates the first anniversary of the Leadbetter Golf Academy this Tuesday and will be running a full day of tuition for any golfers on April 1st, waiving the normal cost and requesting donations only, with all proceeds going to Leeds Autism Services, a care service for adults with autism.

The event takes place on 1st April 2014 with tuition running from 10am until 7pm. The Leadbetter team of Dan Seaman, Josh Hirst and senior instructor Chris Parker will be taking the lessons, which can be booked through the Leeds Golf Centre Golf Shop (0113 288 6000).

Leeds Autism Services, which was founded in 1988, is a charity that offers a range of autism-specific services for adults. They are accredited by the National Autistic Society and provide support for people either in their own homes, community settings or one of their own facilities.

Since April 2013, David Leadbetter, one of the most famous names in golf tuition, has been using the home of modern golf – Leeds Golf Centre – as the UK headquarters for his prestigious golf academy. With thousands of customers coming through the doors, the “Leadbetter Way” has been a big hit with golfers.

Nigel Sweet, Operations Manager at Leeds Golf Centre said: “The Leadbetter Golf Academy has had a really successful first year, we’re all delighted with the results. We wanted to give something back to celebrate this anniversary so the event is a great opportunity for local golfers to receive some expert tuition, while helping raise money for Leeds Autism Services.

Karl Wilson, Charity Fundraiser for Leeds Autism Services said: “We’re delighted that Leeds Golf Centre is using the one year anniversary of the Leadbetter Academy to help raise awareness and money for Leeds Autism Services. The service has been running in Leeds since 1988 and it’s always very heartening when local organisations show their support.”


Free Golf Tips from The Leadbetter Academy – HOW TO LOWER YOUR SCORE

Posted on: March 18th, 2014 by Nathan Horner No Comments


This tip comes from Chris Parker, Senior Leadbetter Instructor at the Leadbetter Golf Academy in Leeds.

Compared to the full swing there is relatively little written about the short game and it seems that many golfers tend to avoid working on this area of their game. The putt is probably seen as the simplest shot played in golf, but quite possibly the most important shot if you want to lower your score. Whilst it’s true that not every golfer has the talent or the physical capability to make the consistent putting stroke of a tour professional, it is also true that every golfer has the possibility to improve there short game and consequently save a handful of shots each round.

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Putting & reading the green

The most common misconception about reading greens is that learning to judge the breaks and slopes is purely down to experience and time. This is not entirely true! There is a method and an easier way to read a putts. So here are our two wonderful, practical tips to help you in your game:

Find the fall line.

As seen here in the picture 1.1 we are looking for the fall line – this is the line that has no break at all, that is to say it’s the only line on a slope that you can putt straight both upwards or downwards. The line stretches out across the hole to about a one metre radius. It is important because this line helps identify the point where the ball will begin to roll. Generally speaking around every pin position on a green you can find the fall line, as the green keeper should find an area on the green that has a consistent planer break (i.e. a flat surface that maybe on a angle) with around a one meter radius.

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So once you have identified the fall line you will know the following:

  • Which direction the ball will break.
  • Where the easiest putt to play lies*

* To make it abundanlty clear, you are looking for the fall line downhill from the hole!

Every top tour pro and their caddy will use a green plan card / course guide on which they note down where the fall lines are around all likely pin positions for every green. This means that when playing onto any green they can position the ball for the best chance to make an easy putt.

Action point! Why not make a note of the pin positions and fall lines for your home course in a course guide? (Pic 1.2)

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The spider effect

The “spider effect” can seen in picture 1.3 – all putts on the one side of the circle break from left to right and on the other side they break from right to left. Identifying this will allow you to make a clear decision when a difficult putt lies near to the fall line (based on whether the putt will break one way or the other).

This knowledge of how the putt falls and breaks in that last meter will give you a better understanding of how the ball will (theoretically!) enter the hole.

Using these methods and consistently putting them into practise will help reduce putts and improve your score!


Then why find out more by clicking here or call us on the number below.


Posted on: March 18th, 2014 by Nathan Horner No Comments

A great season sees Wike Ridge Golf Club recognised with a big trophy haul!

Thursday 13th March saw the Leeds and District Union of Golf Clubs (LDU) Annual Dinner in Leeds United’s Banqueting Suite. Following strong performances during last season, Wike Ridge we rewarded with a wonderful FIVE trophies!

Top of the bill was Scratch Team Captain Barry Hardcastle who was presented the prestigious “LDU Player of the Year Shield” - the main award of the evening. In addition to Barry’s wonderful achievement Nigel Sweet won The John Keightley Trophy, Dean Wright won The Swithenbank Trophy, the Scratch Team received the Division One Champions trophy and the Nett Team their section’s match play cup. Congratulations to all of our winners.

Here’s to a great 2014 golf season!

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Easter Holidays Junior Golf Camp

Posted on: March 13th, 2014 by Nathan Horner No Comments

The Easter holidays are coming…

… so why not book the young golfer in your life a real treat – a junior golf camp?

Leeds Golf Centre is running is junior golf camps over the Easter school break. Camps are run by PGA Professional and Junior Development Manager Josh Hirst who is committed to creating a fun and relaxed environment where juniors can improve their golf, meet new friends and progress with others. From advanced juniors to beginners we accommodate all level of golfer from the ages of 5-15.

  • Timings: Daily from 9am to 4pm – new longer hours!
  • Dates: Monday 7th April – Friday 11th April & Monday 14th April – Friday 18th April
  • Cost: £150 for the whole week or £40 per day

ENROL TODAY - CALL 0113 288 6000

A year in review by Martin Ward

Posted on: March 11th, 2014 by Nathan Horner No Comments

Our outgoing captain, Martin Ward, bids us farewell in the coming weeks and has taken the time to reflect on his year as the top man.

“From the beginning to the end of my year as Captain…
… You stand on the first tee and your only concern is to hit the ball! Not out of bounds, past the red blocks “please”, down the middle would help, but for goodness sake don’t top it. You have done very little preparation that would matter other than to provide the assembled crowd with a tot of whisky. Now you stand very much alone, the crowd is silenced, the announcement made, the £1 wager is forgotten and the expectation is a possible Air Shot!!. You cannot remember the swing, you search for the ball, and there it is, not dead centre, not too high, a few cheers, past the 150 marker. Relief! The start of the year as Captain. Thereafter it’s all downhill… so it should be?

The “New” course, a new challenge and a new handicap. Well the course is a far cry from the old one and I for one have a sense of pride when talking about Wike Ridge and Leeds Golf Centre. I even want to invite people to play here, as well as to see the swing studio, restaurant or Jaguars in the car park. The course is certainly a challenge and I will appreciate the opportunity to visit the new half way house from the indigo tees on the 14th tee or indeed view Alwoodley Golf Club from the 15th tee. However, I should not complain the handicap came down this year, I even got to 18 (not for long), “about time” I hear them say.

Well the weather plays a major part in any Captains year and it certainly did in mine. I have played most Mondays, Wednesdays and of course Saturdays and only got slightly wet twice. We have set off on a few occasions looking skywards threatening to do only 9 holes or wondering why we had started at all. But always finished, always completed 18 holes and the waterproofs tucked away in the bag. Lucky!? Well it snowed in March, but I was doing the Bardsey Beer Festival at the time, and if it rained latterly  I was either in bed or having a cup of tea in the club house.

The sun shone and continued to shine for most of the year - so lucky indeed. The weather brought the numbers out and I cannot remember a competition that was not over subscribed or whose numbers had not increased substantially on previous years.  From St Georges Day to the Ryder Cup and on to the Guy Fawkes Trophy the number of players were impressive. The support we got for all the mixed events was “heart warming”. That’s what Colin said as he counted the money! It was no different for the “Wigton Chase” or indeed in September for the Captains away day at Wakefield Golf Club.

Captains Day is always the big event, always the one to haunt you and dominate your year. You think the Vice Captains Day is difficult or indeed the Easter Eggstravaganza, but “oh no”;  it starts when they hand you the marquee the year before and only finishes when you get over the hangover on the Sunday after. Will the weather be kind? Will people turn up? Will the food be good? Well the weather was brilliant, people turned up, the evening was different and Taste Cuisine saved the day. Just what was there to worry about?

I have a great affection for the Captains Group, it is where I started playing and where most of us started at Wike Ridge. We probably wandered in on our own looking for a friendly face and hoping not to score more than 120. What three cards!! Handicap!! Initially will anyone play with me?? Well how different it is now for each of us, for there are very few clubs where you know and have played with so many.

It is a different ‘Beast’ now, on one occasion there were over 70 players stretching back to 11.00 hrs. Not the cosy 36 that sat around the table for 2 hours, only leaving after an hour or when all hope of winning the Captains Challenge was lost. It is with regret that I could not find a way of continuing with the “captains challenge”, hopefully someone else will  come up with a solution to the problem in the future. However, let us celebrate its success and I hope it always continues to prosper. In many cases the friendships that developed on Saturday mornings have now transferred to the middle of the week. Long may it continue.

The year has passed quickly and I hope that future years are longer. I look forward to playing in the ‘new’ Seniors competitions during the mid-week. I hope that the discussions that take place over the next year are about expanding and consolidating “The Seniors”. The work going on in the background should be applauded, especially the introduction of ”divisions” especially for all those of us who feel we win nothing! Equally we should give support to other initiatives such as ”forward tee placements” which would increase participation and offer an alternative to the Par 3 Course. Food for thought?

On to the “Farewell event” and I hope everyone turns up in only to make sure I have gone! I hope you have enjoyed the year as much as I have enjoyed being your Captain. I cannot go without saying a big thanks to my partner in crime Sheila without whose support and humour throughout the year would have been so much more difficult. There are not many who would have put up with me so “Thank you”. Another big, big thanks to my long suffering wife Gill who has kept an eye on me and guided me with a firm grip. Good Luck to Jim who has been an exceptional Vice Captain and am sure will also be an exceptional Captain and have a successful year. Last but not least,  a big thank you to the staff for all their support and a welcoming smile especially on a Saturday morning. And finally, before I forget, thank you to all the Saturday ladies for being quicker than the men. Sorry Men!!”

Martin Ward, Wike Ridge Golf Club Captain 2013-2014

Leeds Golf Centre revealed as venue for Leeds’ Lord Mayors Golf Day

Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by Nathan Horner No Comments

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Leeds Golf Centre is delighted to have been chosen to host the inaugural Lord Mayor’s Golf Day in support of LOFFTY and Leeds Children’s Charity which offers holidays to disadvantaged young people at their centre in Silverdale overlooking Morecambe Bay.

In his official invitation letter Lord Mayor Thomas Murray said “This year I am delighted to have the support of Leeds Golf Centre (Wike Ridge). The club have offered me their facilities for a tournament on 1st May 2014 with a 1.00pm shotgun start for 18 holes.

We are looking to organise 24 x 4 Am-Am teams to take part. The entry fee is £350 per team and will include lunch, dinner and goodie bag prizes. There will also be:-

  • an indoor Par 3 simulator competition
  • a Putting competition
  • Beat the Pro and more on-course challenges

I would be delighted if you could join us on 1st May.”


If you want to get involved and help change lives for the better you can do so by entering a team or donating a prize – simply  contact lordmayorsoffice@leeds.gov.uk or telephone 0113 2474194.

The Leadbetter Golf Academy team are back and ready to coach!

Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by Nathan Horner No Comments

Champions Gate, Florida

The Leadbetter Golf Academy team from Leeds have recently returned from a trip to The Leadbetter Golf Academy global headquarters at Champions Gate in Florida. These trips are always educational eye-openers with a larger dose of inspiration, providing opportunities for us to learn from some of the worlds most foremost and pioneering coach coaches and experts. One of the highlights is also the chance to spend time with David Leadbetter himself and gaining further insight and training.



Dr Bob Winters teaching


First up we enjoyed some fascinating seminars from Dr Bob Winters,  and expert golf psychologist, who explained the components of a well rehearsed pre-shot routine and how to create the conditions of a quiet mind at impact. A very lively question and answer session ensued with lots of further information as we delved deeper into the subject matter. It was a fantastic educational day of advanced thinking and learning that impacted all of the team giving us both food for thought and some extra ideas to bring to our own coaching.

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Leeds Golf Centre course report 13 January 2014

Posted on: January 13th, 2014 by Nathan Horner No Comments

So, whilst it has been wet this week, for golfers and greenkeepers alike, this is better than snow! Whilst it might hamper some of our works, the courses remains one of the most playable in the region. Here’s what’s been going on this week with course maintenance:

“This week will see us continuing with the construction work on the course with the tee signs to be completed this before our next report. We will also be carrying on with the new paths starting down the 18th.

With all the wet weather we have seen recently, the new ditch hazard across the 17th fairway is still ongoing with days where this work needs to be put hold.

Unfortunately this week we will be saying goodbye to a member of our team as Glenn leaves the business – we wish him all the best for the future.

Don’t forget you can follow our progress and get daily course information from our greenkeeping Twitter account by following @LGC_Greens.”

Chris Green
Head Greenkeeper

* during the works the 17th will be a shorter, par 4 hole on a temporary green.


Posted on: January 10th, 2014 by Nathan Horner No Comments

At Leeds Golf Centre , the home of modern golf, we strive to connect and communicate with our members and visiting customers in as many ways as possible. With breaking news being announced especially on Twitter and Facebook first – we are well aware that it can sometimes be overwhelming, so to make sure you don’t miss out, we thought we’d help with a little directory of where you can stay in touch with us!

  • TWITTER – connect with us @leedsgolfcentre for news, offers, little updates and photos from our staff and friends PLUS Wike weather alerts and daily weather report! Why not also connect with the Leadbetter team @LGC_Leadbetter and @LGC_Greens for up to the minute course news?
  • FACEBOOK – you’ll find us sharing news, photos and the odd funny or interesting golf story from around the web.
  • LINKEDIN – you’ll find similar news and updates as on Facebook but with less of the funny stories!
  • GOOGLE PLUS – if you like Google and Android, then we here for you too – whilst you are there, why not write a review?


Of course, we still send email updates direct to you inbox, and whilst email is changing, it is still the best way to ensure that you receive the most relevant information! Not signed up yet? No problem, just sign up by clicking here.