Bolton Old Links - Lancashire - England

Bolton Old Links Golf Club,
Chorley Old Road,
Bolton,
Lancashire,
BL1 5SU,
England


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  • Stuart Heaton

  • Alister MacKenzie

  • Sean Owen

Bolton Old Links Golf Club was established as Bolton Golf Club in 1891 and the original members played on a 9-hole course in Green Lane before moving to Smithills five years later. The club name was changed in 1912 when a number of members left to form another golf club. Once an additional 173 acres of land was acquired, this led to the redesign of the course by Dr Alister MacKenzie and the new course opened for play in 1924.

Laid out in two loops of returning nines with the inward half routed around the outside of holes 1 to 9 and the course follows the contours of an undulating landscape to great effect. “Kicking Donkey”, the par four 12th hole, is set at more than 800 feet above sea level and from this high point on the course there are panoramic views to drink in.

Incidentally, despite its Old Links name, the course – described variously as inland, open country or moorland in nature – has neither the correct geographical location nor landform of a proper links, so first time visitors shouldn’t expect to tee it up here amongst towering sand dunes that have magically appeared 30 miles inland from the nearest point on the coast.

However, expect a real golfing examination, especially when the wind blows as it often does here. The club has hosted numerous professional tournaments over the years and also hosts the annual Northern Order of Merit event, for which the “Old Links Trophy” is contested.

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Description: Bolton Old Links Golf Club is laid out in two loops of returning nines with the inward half routed around the outside of holes 1 to 9... Rating: 4.3 out of 6 Reviews: 3

Bolton Old Links est un parcours très intéressant et spectaculaire. Les fairways sont larges et les vues sur les collines environnantes sont saisissantes. Un vrai plaisir, aussi bien sur le plan golfique que sur le plan esthétique!

Bolton Old Links is a very interesting and spectacular course. The fairways are wide and the views of the surrounding hills are striking. A real pleasure, both golf wise and on the aesthetic level!

5 / 6
Bolton Old Links
July 27, 2017


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Two of us having enjoyed BOL once as a two ball on the way up to Scotland, our society then played the course as an unofficial event as 8 of us and thoroughly enjoyed both the game of golf and the drinks and hearty good value meal afterwards in the stately yet a little faded club house afterwards. Like most moorland courses in my experience, the golf is highly enjoyable and fair, giving elevation changes with the views and accompanying club selection challenges particularly if it's the first time you are visiting. Great fun, and great value.

4 / 6
Bolton Old Links
April 12, 2017


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BOL is an interesting course and I’m not sure whether I prefer Bolton more, it’s a tough call. The old.links is moorland not links and it’s savage up here in the winter but on a summer’s day there are few better places to be, the surroundings are that uplifting. An interesting Dr Mac design that is not too punishing in terms of length – no P4 is over 400 yds but the terrain is far from easy and makes scoring difficult. If visiting Bolton, hardly on the tourist route, play both courses as they represent decent tracks in the Lancs heartland.
4 / 6
Bolton Old Links
July 20, 2011


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