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: 47
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Coz Lawton
What a great course, I can’t believe that I have not played here before. Hand mowed greens and full tees in the middle of January. WOW, played better than a lot of courses iv played in the summer.After the round I enjoyed a delightful pint of locally brewed beer and a homemade eccles cake.A day that was truly enjoyed and I will be returning again soon!!!
January 17, 2011
10 / 10
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Rick Wakefield
Always in fantastic condition , due to its sandy base . It can be raining heavily and the greens still play like its not rained for weeks . I'm guessing that it probably only shuts when the course is under a blanket of snow .Beautiful clubhouse setting , would be quite happy to be a member there !
December 15, 2010
10 / 10
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adam
Delamere Forest is one of Cheshire finest courses, a fantastic heathland track with an abundance of character and amazing scenery. If part of the allure of golf is the surrounding scenery and the call of nature, then this place is definitely for you. Set admist one of England's finest forests, it is no surprise that the course is a haven for wildlife and flora. Indeed, in September when the heather is at its finest, the course is always in fantastic condition with superb greens, this is one of the most picturesque places around. your game is tested from the outset, Indeed, the opening holes are arguably the most demanding on the golf course. Overcome the first five holes in respectable numbers and you have a really good chance to post a good score. While I have to confess to preferring the front half more than the back nine at Delamere, there are still some great holes near the finish. The most obvious ones being the fourteenth, fifteenth and eighteenth. Both the fourteenth and fifteenth are well under the four hundred yard mark but require some astute tactical shot making if they are to be played leaving the card unscathed. Driver is not the club from either tee, as in both instances you are likely to run out of room, i could go on saying how good this course is but please try it for your self. Great
November 25, 2010
10 / 10
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ian andrew
The course turned out to be a huge surprise and a perfect finish to the week. The golf course is designed by Herbert Fowler and is a beautiful heathland course built over very undulating open land on a sandy property set in the low hills south of Manchester. The golf course featured sweeping panoramas, accents of heather, huge undulation in the fairways, elevated tees and greens and the most beautiful clubhouse clearly in view from half the course.

The golf course is friendly with ample room off the tee, some holes were lined with trees while others were framed in by long fescue, but always there were openings out to the surrounding landscape beyond. The rolling land, views into the surrounding hill and copses of wonderful spruce and oak made this a beautiful English Landscape that Capability Brown would have been impressed with. The opening set of long par fours are brilliant. They were part of the changes made by Fowler when he returned to expand the course in the 1920’s. All the fours on the front are challenging since each makes perfect use of the terrain and asks for a different approach from the other ones. The threes are also tough and excellent and it’s only the breather offered by a simpler five that prevents this from being one of the best nines in golf, it’s that good!

The nines turned out to be contrast. The front is big, strong and rock solid whereas the back nine is much shorter and more quirky. There were some really cool shorter holes like the cross-sloped 13th and the downhill 14th, but the quirkiest and perhaps coolest hole of all was the short 15th played to a very Mackenzie like 15th elevated green. Perhaps the best hole may have been the 16th which involved a long par three played into a bowl where the player can either fly or feed the ball into the green. The back nine has more options and more opportunity which is a nice way to finish. The golf course was full of excellent lessons in design. I’m quite interested in all the greens that are set “into” the land rather than placed “onto” a promontory. Fowler used this at a number of the courses we saw over the week. It’s not as flashy an approach, but does lend a certain subtle charm that is rare in golf there days. I liked his routing because he so clearly emphasized the land as the strategy. I liked an unusual move with some bunkering where he placed the emphasis on the contour of the landing at a corner rather than making the bunkers the strategy by moving them to the inside. This is not the modern target bunker, but a much more interesting style of creating a parallel line that I thought was a cool concept worth looking at.

Delamere is exactly the course I would like to join. They have a friendly membership that plays fast. The golf course is a pleasure to play, but will still test your game. It’s simply a beautiful place that has everything you could possibly want and great golf too. I feel very fortunate to have played there.
May 03, 2010
10 / 10
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Marty Brown

Delamere is such a delight to play. From the moment you turn into the drive you lose yourself in the tranquillity of the place, that is if you find the place to start with! Sentiments echo that if you picked the course up and placed it in the Surrey / Berkshire sand belt then Delamere would not be out of place.

Much has changed recently mainly to the clubhouse facility. The new pro shop and visiting changing room are most impressive and blend seamlessly into existing traditional Cheshire clubhouse, a facility to match the wonderful course. The club is instigating a programme to retain the “Heathland Feel” or “Our Heathland Gem” as the club call it. You’ve only got to look at heathland programmes undertaken at Walton Heath and Worplesdon to understand the merits of protecting this delightful style of course.

I so enjoy playing here and with the removal of silver birch and the re-generation of heather and gorse it is only going to make golfing here even more enjoyable. For years Delamere was known as a hidden gem, well if you haven’t found the place in the clubs first 100 years, (Delamere celebrates their Centenary this year) then make the effort.

April 28, 2010
10 / 10
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max king
Played on a lovely July day as part of a golf tour to the area. Very pretty course, not long but you really have to think about the tee shots...keep the big dog in the bag unless your very straight! Very good greens and not a bad hole on the course. Most enjoyable. One tip for visitors...pro shop doesn't accept cards so take plenty of cash.
July 26, 2009
8 / 10
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Martin Brown
August 08, 2009
The proshop does take credit cards for shop purchases. The business of greenfee sales belongs to Delamere Forest golf club. The club have recently approved credit card facilities for greenfee sales so this won’t be an issue in the future.
andrew
I had the pleasure to play delamere today and i was not disappointed. the course was in great condition there wasn't a weak hole on the course the greens were ture and fast, starting to brown off a little with the hot weather which added to the day because it had a links feel to the course. well worth a visit and hope to be back soon. Great!!
June 23, 2009
10 / 10
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Tony Clarke
October 23, 2009
I live fairly local to this course and have played it several times. I have to say I have enjoyed it every time, but I do not understand the lofty position you have given it in your list. For example it sits above Moortown which is definately a far superior course, and it is also ranked way above Sandiway which also makes no sense. Would like to know how these things are worked out.
J Place
WOW!!! what a golf course, was recommended to me by a good golfing friend and upon playing i now realise what he meant! a truly enjoyable round of golf with some of the best greens ive played this year, the rough determined accurate tee shots were needed on nearly every hole and this also gave the course plenty of character and charm. each hole is different and each one is a test of its own, my favourite hole would have to be the par 4 14th that requires accuracy off the tee and if acheived, sets up a stunning approach shot to a green guarded by grass and sand bunkers and surounded by the forest.the new golf shop also offers all the latest equipment and the professional staff were very helpful and helped make my day memorable.this course is highly recommended to anyone who is thinking of playing somewhere new that emmulates golfing heaven and a steal for only £40!!!
August 20, 2008
10 / 10
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Donald Currie
Invariably in good condition, Delamere Forest is a course for all seasons. Like an inland links, the undulating fairways of tight old heathland turf lead to true greens that are as playable in November as in June. Although not a long course, Delamere will rarely reward the golfer who uses brawn rather than brain. Facilities have recently been expanded and improved with excellent service from the pro shop and the house staff alike. Green fees are very reasonable for a course of this quality. Recommended for all thinking golfers.
August 03, 2008
10 / 10
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andy
Played the course on the 14th of may. I've heard lost of good reports about Delamere so i decided to give it ago, what a place to play golf superb layout and in great condition, greens were out of this world each hole has something different to offer.The pros nice and friendly and so are the bar staff which made my visit a truely enjoyable one, look forward to playing again.
May 13, 2008
10 / 10
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