Delamere Forest - Cheshire - England

Delamere Forest Golf Club,
Station Road,
Delamere,
Cheshire,
CW8 2JE,
England


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The Delamere Forest Golf Club originated in 1910 when eleven local business men got together informally and agreed on forming a golf club in the ancient hunting grounds known as Delamere Forest. The land was underwater during prehistoric times, making for a sandy foundation that allows for year-round golfing. Even after a heavy downpour, the greens still play like they haven’t seen rain in weeks.

The renowned golf course architect Herbert Fowler designed the original course and today it still has a fine collection of challenging par fives, short and difficult par fours as well as some long and testing par threes. This ‘hidden gem’ is certain to test your game.

The shortest hole, the 6th, is arguably one of the most challenging. Accuracy is everything, should you find yourself either side of the green you face an arduous chip to get yourself back on track. It’s a hole that has been known to strike angst into even the most experienced golfer – Lord Hawke, captain back in the ‘50s even had an alternative tee constructed in the trees, now known as Hawke’s Folly.

Off-course facilities take place in a redesigned 'Cheshire Black and White' style building, originally designed by the founding member Alfred Powles. Powles was a prominent architect who took a fancy to the designs and architecture of the surrounding area. Facilities include a new visitor's locker room, member's lounge, improved formal dining room, refurbished member's locker rooms, casual lounge, and a new Professional's shop. Sitting in the casual lounge after a day of golf will offer fantastic views over the course and the stunning Cheshire countryside.

Only four golf professionals have been employed at Delamere Golf Club since its inauguration. The original golf pro, renowned James Arundel, had a strong Scottish golfing background and provided professional services for 35 years. The last golf pro to be hired, Martin Brown, has been a qualified PGA Professional since 1990. He is currently a Level 3 Coach and Class AAT PGA Member.

James kindly contributed the above article.


John Mulder, former Hon Secretary of Delamere Forest Golf Club, contributed the following article:

Despite the word 'Forest' in its title, Delamere is a natural heathland course. Certainly, trees are part of the strategy on several holes, but, in general, Delamere Forest provides a glorious backdrop to the panoramic views from the higher parts of the course.

Fowler had no qualms about asking the golfer to undertake a number of blind drives, carrying some considerable distances and enjoying the healthy exercise of hill climbing. Overall, there is much variety in hole lengths and every kind of shot will be called for, but the opening five holes really stretch the average player.

There are many holes with character, for example the 5th, with a long uphill carry to the green with a pond to the left and below the green and the need to hold the shot up to that side. The 6th is a short hole from an elevated tee to a small green set at an angle to the tee with enticing views over the pond below the green to the left, with woods and fields in all directions. The 8th requires a long straight tee shot to find a narrow fairway to give a long iron shot to a steeply sloping green. This hole was reached from the medal tee in the 1970s by one of our past members, Mr George Johnson. The 15th hole is a dogleg left with a blind drive over a hill and an out of bounds in the Forest on the left. The raised plateau green is situated in a delightful dell with a bell to be rung to tell those behind that the coast is clear, with the finishing hole having a rough patch of reeds just short of the green.

The course leaves and returns to the clubhouse twice and players cross at the 6th and 16th tees.


In 2018, the club celebrated the conclusion of a six-year programme to restore its historic heathland course back to the original 1910 design intent.

Under the guidance of architect Tom Mackenzie, every bunker was returned to its Herbert Fowler design and greens were enlarged to provide new pin placement options and run-off areas.

Officially opened in 1911 with a challenge match featuring James Braid, Ted Ray, Sandy Herd and James Arundel, the course was altered in 1959-60 by Hawtree Ltd. Work included bunker remodelling, fairway realignment at #3, #6, #11 and #17 and greens reshaping at #1, #2, #3 and #18. Fred W. also suggested a tree planting programme, which the club duly implemented.

Nearly sixty years later, the course was more than ready for this Tom Mackenzie upgrade. New millennium alterations also included the addition of eight new tees to challenge better players and the lengthening of the 18th hole.

Past Captain Steve Lamb commented: “It’s been a long process of change for the club, but the outcome has been well worth the wait and all of the members are proud to show visitors just how well the course plays and how good it looks.

Delamere Forest has always had a strong reputation as a quality course with great turf and superb greens. Now we believe that reputation will be enhanced with the changes that we’ve made under the direction of one of the world’s most respected course architects.”

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Description: Delamere Forest Golf Club is a classical Herbert Fowler designed course where the architect made full use of the natural, undulating heathland. Rating: 8.6 out of 10 Reviews: 48
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Mark Knight
I was very impressed with the whole Delamere Forest experience from the pro's welcome to the beer in the bar afterwards. The course is just magnificent although the back 9 captivated me more than the front 9, but don't get me wrong all 18 are a class act. If you miss a putt on these greens it's down to your reading and putting as I think they are the truest greens I have putted on for a long time. Wayward shots can be punished heavily at this time of year with the knee high rough and particularly on the front 9 some really good shots can be penalised by an undulating fairway bounce, but I'm guessing its a lot of money to get a members bounce here!!! 2nd in Cheshire and deservedly so . Well worth a visit, in fact it's a must visit. I am not one for revisiting courses but I hope I get chance to come back here.
August 10, 2013
10 / 10
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Simon
Played on a lovely sunny day the course setup was fantastic and the greens superb, looks like the course is going through a bit of a change at the moment some of the new bunkering on some of the holes are awesome plus new tees that give the course some extra length as well speaking to a few members the rest of the bunkers and tees will be completed this winter which will make this golf course even more outstanding. Hope to be back very soon
June 01, 2013
10 / 10
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Brian Ward

This gem of a heathland course tucked away in the heart of Cheshire is a joy to play all year round. Another Herbert Fowler classic designed over 100 years ago, the course is well routed with some fine changes in elevation. Undulating enough to be described as rolling maybe, but without ever feeling hilly. Two days before our visit we had experienced rainfall of biblical proportions and yet the fairways and greens had drained perfectly, the greens being in excellent condition for the time of year.

The pars 4’s are well varied in length and will test both your course management and club selection to the full. The picturesque 14th, classically designed 8th and demanding 5th being my favourites. You can be left with a very tricky put on all of the par 3’s but getting on-board in the first place is no easy task. The 4th and 16th are both around the 200 yard mark, and the 6th is an inviting downhill shot to a small green surrounded by bunkers and a pond to the left. None of the par 5’s are particularly long but have plenty of character, the 18th being my favourite, driving from a raised tee over the corner of a wood which runs the full length of the hole.

Although relatively short by today’s standards the club have employed course architects Mackenzie & Ebert to redesign many of the bunkers and to extend some of the Championship tees. This will stretch the course to around 6600 yards for big events helping to combat continuing advances in technology. A traditional club with a relatively small membership, Delamere always seems to have a welcoming feel to the place. Brian W

December 03, 2012
8 / 10
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Vorndron
A fantastic course and a great winter venue. The course was in amazing condition given the time of year and weather we have had of late. Not a wet patch on the course, run on the fairways and the greens were slick and very true. The course itself is a good test and not too punishing if you are wild off the tee so its a real enjoyable course to play. All the holes are good with the 8th, 10th and 14th my personal favourites. The members are friendly and the pro shop staff very helpful. Highly recommended, make a visit to Delamere you wont be disappointed .
November 08, 2012
8 / 10
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antony
Easy to get on and very reasonable green fees. This is a course in a lovely setting and in great condition. Greens were fast without being impossible, and were full of subtle undulations that made reading a really good challenge.There's a demanding start, with a hight proportion of holes on the front nine over 400 yards, though including some short par fives. The downhill dogleg 9th has an enjoyable drive, and the back nine is a lot of fun to play, with more hilly country coming into play. The 14th is really pretty.Definitely worth coming back. Well appointed clubhouse - nice food, clean and smart locker room, and fabulous views of four holes from the lounge windows.
October 14, 2011
10 / 10
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Vorndron
After reading the previous reviews I was expecting great things from Delamere, but have to say I left a little disappointed. I preferred thd back 9 to the front 9, I thought the holes were more interesting and less open than the front 9. I cant fault the condition of the course though, especially the greens, which were very true.
September 18, 2011
6 / 10
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tjc
Played the course on 14th August 2011. the first 5 holes are very tough - long, undulating, tight and harsh rough - a great test of anyone's golf. There after the course is easier but very enjoyable. A classic.
August 17, 2011
10 / 10
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Rob
August 26, 2011
A beautiful course that is a true test of course management. I would suggest that playing the course with a member will help your enjoyment as with out some local knowledge you can easily become frustratated. A great course.
F Guguen
Played my first round there earlier this week.Now live in France after having lived in Cheshire for 7 years prior to that and utterly regret not to have set foot on this wonderful course earlier.A pure golfer's delight.It is only because it lacks 2-300 yards that I could not give it a 6* rating.Still, the fairways are narrow enough and the rough is penal enough to make you pay with any errant shot.Stiff outward 9 + Quircky back 9 is how it could be best summed up.Not a bad hole or transition hole on the course.The greens are superb.The balance and height of semi-rough / rough is perfect to get you to understand the need to find the fairways but allows you to still find recover your ball if you have decided to go sideways!A totally inspiring experience that gets you to test the full panel of your game.A must play!
July 28, 2011
8 / 10
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Carl Tushingham
This is a super golf club that has kept all its traditions to this present day. It is one of the quietest courses I have played in every way, very few people about at the weekend and no road noise anywhere. It is a stern test of your golf particularly the opening 5 holes, with some long uphill par 4's. Not as much heather here as the southern courses, but plenty of troubles lies in wait! The course was in fantastic condition on my visit, excellent greens. Well worth a round if you're in the area and you will receive a warm welcome, especially from the pro, many thanks for looking after us on our visit. I have played over 60 of the Top 100 in England and feel this is placed slightly higher than I would of thought and I am surprised by so many 6 ball ratings. Highly recommended course all the same though.
June 22, 2011
8 / 10
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andy
Played last week in our golf society and once again the course was in superb condition the greens as always were outstanding smooth and very well paced. A warm welcome from the clubhouse made the day most enjoyable if you ever get the chance to play this fantastic course you won't be disappointed.
May 21, 2011
10 / 10
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