Cheshire is the most southerly of the northern regions and is home to roughly 80 golf courses across a large area of North West England taking in cities like Crewe, Warrington, Chester, Stockport and Northwich. With plenty of golf courses to choose from and their high number of accommodation providers your golfing trip to Cheshire will be a fantastic adventure.
The Wilmslow Golf Club enjoys the distinction of being the only course in Cheshire where it was once possible for European Tour professionals’ to earn Ryder Cup points. That was in the days when the club proudly hosted the Greater Manchester Open and the Martini International, two of the tournaments which heralded the arrival on the European scene of the great Spanish and German golfers.
In more recent times Wilmslow has been a regional qualifying course for The Open and has been the venue for many county championships and inter-county matches. Located only two miles from Wilmslow town centre and within 10-15 minutes of the motorway network, the parkland course has a figure-of-eight layout and embraces a meandering stream which is a feature of the opening hole and three par threes. The greens and fairways are in excellent condition throughout the year.
Prestbury Golf Club. An undulating parkland course designed by Harry Colt and founded in 1920; many of Harry’s original features still remain. The course demands a certain level of skill and imagination, which creates a true test for any golfer’s ability. The holes of particular merit on this delightfully situated course, are the 9th (with its three-tiered green guarded by bunkers on both sides) and the 17th (over a valley). Prestbury Golf Club regularly hosts county and national competitions such as the English Seniors and regional qualifying for the Open Championship.
Sandiway Golf Club, one of the finest clubs and one of the highest quality inland golf courses in the region. That opinion is supported by the fact that over the years Sandiway has been singled out to host international, national, regional and local championships. So many, in fact, it would take too much space to list them all. Suffice to say they briefly include the qualifying events for the Open Championship, the Girls’ British Open Championship, the PGA Club Professionals’ Championship and a number of Cheshire and Northern County Championships.
Its fairways are generous, but tree-lined with mature oak, beech and birch; the classic inland course trees predominate, and the picturesque back nine offers unrivalled views of Petty Pool, an old Cheshire mere, which forms a stunning backcloth, particularly on the eleventh and twelfth holes. The greens, although small by modern standards, are of the quality expected on a championship course.
Founded in 1910 and designed by the distinguished architect Herbert Fowler, Delamere Forest Golf Club is widely regarded as one of the finest traditional heathland golf courses in England. The club’s current rating as the best inland course in Cheshire and 44th in England by Top 100 Golf Courses is well deserved. Situated in the heart of rural Cheshire but with easy access, Delamere is often described as a ‘hidden gem’. Its rolling fairways are interspersed with heather and gorse, crowned by fast, subtle greens which are typical of Fowler’s early designs. As a result the course offers a fair but tough challenge to visitors and members alike. The original clubhouse built over 100 years ago to the Cheshire ‘black and white’ design has been substantially improved in recent years providing excellent facilities for members and visitors. These include new locker rooms, dining room and a spectacular viewing area where golfers can enjoy the delights of the course both before and after their round. In addition the club has an excellent fully stocked Professional Shop and teaching facilities staffed by Head Professional Martin Brown and his experienced team.