Virtually every golfer who visits Slaley Hall wants to tackle the mighty Hunting course, but the Priestman layout is a superb course in its own right, offering quality support to the undoubted no.1 attraction. It may not be quite as challenging as its superstar neighbour, but nevertheless you’ll still need to pull out all the stops to get the better of the demanding Dave Thomas-designed track. There’s a plethora of gaping, well placed bunkers dotted all over the course – the sand traps are the layout’s biggest defence and you need to avoid them at all costs if you’re to score well. The Priestman picks up pace after a gentle pair of opening par-4s and has some cracking short holes, the 132 yards 11th to a ‘drop’ green over a burn being the pick of the bunch. But you’ll probably best remember the par-5 4th which involves a breathtaking elevated tee, offering to-die-for views, and a winding downhill fairway leading to a green lurking beyond two small ponds.