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Ilkley – home to the great and the good

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It reads like a who’s who of golfing legends when you study the names etched on the honours board at Yorkshire club Ilkley.

Many of them graced the original Rombalds Moor course prior to switching to its present location which included such luminaries as James Taylor, James Braid, Harry Vardon and Tom Vardon

Add the names of John Ball, Harold Hilton, Peter Thomson, Christy O’Connor Snr, Gordon Brand and former Walker Cup captain Rodney Foster who still plays at the club and once competed as an amateur at the Masters.

Ilkley also has strong connections with famous course designers such as  Harry Colt, Alister MacKenzie and James Braid.

The club is where Colin Montgomery was taught how to play and, more recently, where Mark James, a Ryder Cup captain, was made an honorary life member.

Andrew Driver was appointed professional in 2015 when previous incumbent John Hammond retired after 36 years.

He said: “The membership at the club does not change very much over the years and the players like to keep the course to themselves! We have 230 male members and 400 all together. A few holes have been changed in recent times, most notably the lengthening of the 18th.”

Meanwhile, Sophie Potter, 22, plays an important role with the juniors and oversees the ladies’ section.