The North Region of the PGA is based at Bolton Golf Club so it’s no surprise to learn that the challenging Lostock Park course is a regular venue for county and other prestigious fixtures.
According to club history, the original course was laid out in 1912 by R. Hermon Crook. Subsequently Harry Colt was consulted and made suggestions as to the order in which holes were played. However, Bolton Golf Club (unlike Bolton Old Links) does not appear within Colt & Co's catalogue raisonnés, so we can't absolutely vouch for the course's architectural provenance.
Played in an open this week, the course was in good condition though greens were on the slow side. I found the course very dull and not very interesting. Holes 2 & 17 were the best of a bad bunch.