A flavour of Flamborough Head GC
Flamborough Head Golf Club is nestled in the corner of East Yorkshire, formerly Humberside, east of Bridlington and midway between the towns of Scarborough & Hull since its founding in 1931. Our 18 hole cliff top links course has been carefully moulded around the contours of the famous headland that gives the Club its name. It is surrounded by some of the most magnificent and panoramic views of the North Sea to be found on the East Riding of Yorkshire coast, including both lighthouses, one of which can be found on the course next to the 5thtee.
The cliffs which drop steeply from the boundaries of the course are home to a large variety of sea birds, including the colourful and comical puffin. The lucky visitor may also see seals basking in the sea below the cliffs and depending on the time of year, unusual, and sometimes rare, species of migratory birds both on and off the course.
Indeed here at Flamborough Head Golf Club we have achieved accreditation under the English Golf Environmental Certification Scheme for work undertaken to improve the condition of the grasslands and Gorse on the golf course. The grassland has been managed to improve the species composition for golf, but in such a way as to preserve the ecological value for ground nesting birds such as the Sky Lark, which can be heard calling across the course. Gorse is also a feature of the course and attracts Stonechats and Meadow Pipit. On golf holes that play along the cliff edge Razorbills, Puffins and Gannets can be spotted flying in from the sea.
Apart from the breath-taking sea views and passing ships and fishing boats in the North Sea, golfers are often treated to spectacular air displays by Royal Air Force Typhoon jets fighters using the coastline for training purposes and the bright yellow helicopters of the Air Sea Rescue on training and sometimes actual rescue missions.
For those with a sense of history the oldest surviving lighthouse in England, built in 1674, stands within the course at the back of the 4th green and to the side of the 5th tee. Also the course overlooks the site of the famous Battle of Flamborough Head, fought on the night of September 23rd 1779, in which the American John Paul Jones in his ship the Bonhomme Richard defeated the British man-of-war Serapis and part of the course stands on the site of the farmhouse where he is reputed to have spent the night, a fact which is reflected in the name of the 13th hole.