The course architect, Dr. Alister MacKenzie, created a layout at Alwoodley of rare subtlety and sophistication.
Alwoodley is a natural heathland course, with springy fairways cutting through a profusion of heather, whins and shrubs. It features eye-catching and naturalistic-looking bunkers, strategic choices, and large, often undulating greens.
The course runs almost straight out and back, the inward nine being tougher as most holes are played into the prevailing wind.
At Alwoodley, the Stroke Index does not always equate with degree of difficulty - the indices were devised in 1907 when golf was mainly matchplay!