Bishop Burton is blessed in the number of golf courses that may be found within a 30-minute drive. Here is a quick introduction to some of them with links to their various websites.
The nearest course is the historic Beverley and East Riding Golf Club that straddles the Westwood, the area of common pasture that lies between Bishop Burton and Beverley. It’s quite unlike any other course in the area. The course meanders across the Westwood offering spectacular views down towards Beverley and the Holderness Plain. The course is shared with dog walkers, picnickers and cattle who graze there for much of the year so you need to be patient and tolerant. The holes are well-spaced and there are many changes of level. It’s not an especially long course, but you will feel you’ve had a good challenge and decent exercise; you’ll appreciate the refreshments provided in the clubhouse all the more. Beverley Golf Club link
A rather less demanding and more compact course is that at Cherry Burton. It is a nine-hole course but there are two sets of tees that mean you can get 18 holes. The course is presently closed.
To the south-east, you will find the adjacent courses of Cottingham and Skidby Lakes, now in common ownership. These are fairly new courses and extensive facilities are offered including a health club and log cabins for accommodation. Skidby Lakes offer meal + round special offers in the winter months. The website for both clubs is here
If it’s a well-drained course that you need – not that the weather is ever anything other than perfect here – then Hainsworth Park at Brandsburton is sure to be the last course you’ll find closed since it’s built on very gravelly soil. Brandsburton is about six miles to the east of Beverley on the road to Bridlington. Their website is here
Ten miles or so the north you will find Driffield Golf Club. Set in pleasant parkland it offers a good variety of holes and is not physically challenging. It can be a bit wet if the weather has been poor but its vicinity of the start of the river Hull adds to its attractiveness. Driffield golf website
Skipsea, some 15 miles to the east, is a fairly new course but is nicely placed right on the edge of the North Sea. It particularly caters for visiting players. Try it in February and you may well see a barn owl flying low across the course. Search for Skipsea golf to find references to the club.
If you are a resident of Bishop Burton then you may be interested in joining the Bishop Burton Golfers a society comprising men and women that meets at a different course in the area every six months or so. Information about the latest meeting may be found in the Bishop Burton newsletter or by contacting Bryn Jones by email at email@example.com or check the calendar on the Activities menu of the village website.