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 1912 with a challenge match featuring James Braid, Ted Ray, Sandy Herd and James Arundel, the course was more than ready for this upgrade a century later. Alterations also included the addition of eight new tees to challenge better players and the lengthening of the 18th hole.

Men’s 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 delightful Herbert Fowler designed course. Fowler made full use of the natural, undulating heathland. Rating: 8.8 out of 10 Reviews: 41
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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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Alex
Played 36 holes in May 08, and with the name FOREST in the title we were expecting a tree lined affair, but not at all, the course itself sits up high on a brow and the holes seem to bob and weave all around quite open plains with views of the rolling fairways. Each hole is different, well presented and a little bit of thought is needed where to place the tee shot. The downside to the holes is that the club is holding onto the ‘par 72’ scenario which we felt was mad as most of the Par 5’s should be made into Par 4’s (reason being the Par 5’s are only 428, 438, 492 and 458 yards and as some are downhill they were more than accessible in 2 shots). Overall I would visit again as the course provided a good day for our party of 12 (even though the greens should be made quicker), the food is good and reasonable priced compared to that of the Pro’s steep hike of £5 for a push trolley, £12 for an electric trolley and £40 for a buggy !!!!
May 09, 2008
6 / 10
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Martin Brown
June 02, 2008
Buggies at Delamere Forest are limited and are used by elderly and infirm golfers only. Consequently, due to the low number of buggies held at the club, our profit making is restricted. The hire charges quoted above were for a full day and not a single round and the prices are compatible to clubs of similar standing.
Charlie Oulton
Playing Delamere on a crisp February morning was a delight. A really natural course in excellent condition was a great start. The fact that I played my irons poorly and lost 5+4 to Neil Shepperton, despite 2 birdies was a shame. However my takeaway memory was a pure pleasure of a lovely set-up
February 15, 2008
8 / 10
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james
What a great golf course, theres a bit of links and heathland golf put together, greens where superb and the whole course was very well presented. Playing it again in the summer. fantastic!!!!
April 08, 2007
10 / 10
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john
Played in January 2007 i've played some great courses in the UK but this has to be one of the best, greens are fantastic like playing in the summer. Superb condition and a joy to play not one hole is the same, will play again this year in the summer over and over. deserves to be higher than 55th.
February 15, 2007
10 / 10
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John
What a stunning golf course. Immaculately presented, set in splendid Cheshire countryside, with plenty of breathtaking views to admire, whilst overcoming the tough challenges each hole has to throw at you. Can't wait to play again.
April 08, 2006
10 / 10
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Alan
Brilliant course, never thought a course could be this good in the winter. This hidden gem reminds me of memories of Hillside's parkland parts. Very hilly and beautiful features. Hard Par 3's that take your breath away. Will play again and again, a must for all golfers
March 24, 2005
10 / 10
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