Hesketh today was bathed in sunshine with barely a breath of wind. Given the recent rain it was remarkably dry and the greens were very good for the time of year. It is a course which has seen much improvement gradually within the last ten years. New greens have been constructed, former marshland drained creating ponds and bunkers moved/changed. The holes around the clubhouse are completely different in character to those on the other side of the road and the pick are 14 & 15 which are played when you cross the road back to the clubhouse side to play the final 5. Holes 3 to 14 are played on the much flatter seaward side and it shouldn’t be forgotten that the raised public footpath which runs to the left of holes 6 & 7 is the former sea wall. The pick of these holes are 3 & 9 which both require good drives to set up the approach shot to the green. Hesketh is the ugly duckling of the four Southport courses (including S&A, Hillside and Royal Birkdale) and I do think £60 is a little steep to play there with £40 is nearer the ‘value for money’ marker, we played on a 50% green fee deal and undoubtedly this was good value.
Date: September 14, 2011