Sandiway - Cheshire - England

Sandiway Golf Club,
Chester Road,
Sandiway,
Northwich,
CW8 2DJ,
England


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Cheshire could easily be known as the “Surrey of the North” because there are a number of high-class heathland courses in the county. Sandiway Golf Club dates back to 1920, when Ted Ray, the 1912 Open Champion, was given the task of designing a course that should remain in keeping with the land.

Ray made fantastic use of the contours of the land and in 1925 Harry Colt made improvements that make up the course as it is today. Sandiway is a delightful wooded, heathland course and it’s quite rightly regarded as one of the best inland courses in the north of England.

It’s a pretty course with tree-lined fairways and many doglegs. Keeping your ball in play is a huge task with the emphasis definitely on accuracy. Measuring 6,400 yards from the back tees, with a par of just 70, this is a stern test, especially as six of the par fours stretch out beyond 400 yards in length. Factor in the rather small greens and it’s easy to see the challenge ahead.

Sandiway holds your interest right from the off with the opening seven holes having a different par to the last. The par three 3rd is a gloriously picturesque tree-lined hole to a bunker-guarded green. The tip here is to trust the yardage as the bunkers are further from the green than they look. The 10th has a stroke index of three and it’s certainly one of the hardest holes on the course. This par four measures 466 yards and the fairway slopes left to right, inevitably leaving a long uphill approach shot to a small green.

The course is respected highly in the game and has played host to several county championships and EGU events. Sandiway was also used as an Open Championship qualifier in 1969.

During WW2, American GI’s were stationed in the area and the evidence is still here. To the left hand side of the 5th and 8th tees there’s a copse of old trees with names carved into the tree trunks… does “Crawford, Ohio 1941” mean anything to any of our readers?

In 2005, member David Garnett had the remarkable feat of two holes in one on consecutive competition days. He aced the 6th on Saturday and the 3rd on Sunday. We reckon the odds for this to happen are approximately 64 million to 1.

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Description: Sandiway Golf Club holds your interest right from the off with the opening seven holes having a different par to the last. Rating: 8.4 out of 10 Reviews: 23
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t cooper
First class course. Narrow, established tree lined fairways and small greens mean you really have to plan/think your way round Sandiway. A great test and would love to play here everyweek. The best course in cheshire without a doubt. The best parkland course in the north west in my opion.
December 22, 2009
10 / 10
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Wayne
December 22, 2009
Best inland course in the North West?……. one of the best I agree on that, best in Cheshire, I think not. Delamere Forest has the edge and it’s a Heathland course. Read response to review dated 24th Jan 09 below. Both are excellent courses and well worth a visit.
tjc
One of the best. Can someone please tell why this does not feature in the top 100 in British Isles. the course plays great whatever the weather, I recently played in heavy rain and the course was very dry. Requires total concentration and will reward those that respect the course.
October 25, 2009
10 / 10
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Antony Eden
I really can't understand why this course isn't rated higher than it is. Sandiway is a fantastic test of gof, and we make an effort to play there at least once per year as a consequence. The course has some great holes, such as the par 5 4th from an elevated tee, the long par 4 10th and the uphill par 4 14th.
July 08, 2009
10 / 10
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Harry Barker
I believe that I have played every decent golf course in Cheshire, if I could only play one of these ever again in my life it would be Sandiway.Even the clubhouse is just perfect, just as a golf club should be, no corporate nonsence only comfortable surroundings.This is what golf is like in my dreams.
June 29, 2009
10 / 10
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Blake Norton
Played the course today and it should never be 126th in England. It should be at least in the top 60. Superb golf course, some fantastic holes with some fantastic views. Only disappointment was that we weren't told that all the greens had been hollow tined when we asked. I've played Delamere Forest on numerous occasions and thought that was good but for me this is better.
March 19, 2009
8 / 10
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Andrew Grant
What a great course. I play off 3 and found Sandiway to be an excellent test for my game. It's small greens and tight fairways certainly promote you to think your way around the course rather than blast a few drives into the trees.A lot of work has been carried out in recent months to clear trees and scrub which just add to the beautiful surroundings you find yourself in when walking the course.I can't wait to get back there and play the 18th again, the out of bounds can be a real scorecard wrecker!
August 26, 2008
10 / 10
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RAG
August 27, 2008
The club has 50 catagory one players - that tells it's own story. It is a great course for lower handicap players, especially the testing par fours on the back nine.
John Banks
A livley test of golf, a good mix of short holes and testing long par fours. The greens are small whcih puts a premium on accuracey from the fairway and the pins can be very brutal when they are put near the edges, this can leave some impossible chips. I love the first hole, a shame it is so early really. The appr0ach to the ninth is beautiful as is the view of the lake around the 10th to 12th. My favourite is the 14th - a great long dog leg par 4 with a linksy feel to it, a tough approach to a tight green uphill. The 17th is fun despite the review below - its a real birdie chance but there is the potential for disaster, that's what a short par four is all about. If you like flat courses don't come here as there are not many flat parts, so club selection needs a bit of thought but I think is is what makes the course the test it is and keeps it interesting. Well worth a visit if you get the chance.
March 24, 2008
10 / 10
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SC
January 24, 2009
Sandiway is indeed a very good course. However i'm afraid to say over the years the course has turned into a shadow of its former self. Partly due to no fault of the club (the building of an expanded road caused 3 origional holes to be lost in the 50's) and due to mis-management throughout the years by club committees. Sandiway was origionally a fairly open heathland course with fine turf. At the time of opening people were very excited at what a excellent course had been built by Ray (lated amended by Colt). Early photos show Sandiway to have much heather, long rough and rugged bunkers. Gradually over the years comittee members thinking they knew best in 'screening' the holes with trees (which was a massive lack of knoweldge of Colt who thought trees were a 'bad hazard' and had no place on a golf course) has killed off almost all of the heather, which has not been managed properly or actively encouraged to come back. Now almost all of the holes have become suffocated with trees and it is becoming one of those 'former' heathland courses and could almost be considered woodland or parkland it pains me to say. he woodland areas in places are messy and some of the older trees cannot be seen because of scrub trees which have grown in front of them. As a great lover of Sandiway i really wish the club would embrace its heathland origins and really do something about this. Although this winter some of the trees have been thinned out largely in areas out of play (behind the first green), more trees have been planted for instance inbetween 9 and 17, where the bunker there has been largely ignored it would seem for a number of years, as trees were planted in front of it in the 80's! I hope this doesn't sound like a rant but i think something really needs to be done otherwise the course could carry on in a bad direction. They have recently contacted a golf architect in regards to repositioning of bunkers. Seeing these plans they are fairly conservative but provide some good ideas(mainly the renovation of existing bunkers), however they do not reinstate some of the interesting origional features such as the diagonal cross bunkers on the 5th which is a classic Colt feature, which only one bunker remains and i only descovered two more used to exist recently. Although these proposed changes may give the course a bit of a 'face lift' it will not address the much more urgent bigger picture.
Carl
A great course that is never dull. Based on sandy turf and on undulating land this is a real treat of old fashioned design and good quality golf. A good mix of testing drives in places but not too many that make it impossible with the emphasis on good approach play as the greens are heavily guarded. Greens are fast and true with some subtle borrow so bring your putting game. Great short holes that are fun to play and some really testing long par fours which are excellent. Views of petty pool around 10th to 12th are fantastic. Very friendly club to boot and food is excellent.
March 19, 2008
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Pantera_Heath
Sandiway is a exellent test of golf in a different way to a course like the Oxfordshire is. The small greens and general tightness make this course a serious test if your not on your game. Some of the par fours on the back nine such as 10, 12 and 14 are particually challenging. The tee-shot off the 4th tee is breathtaking.
March 28, 2007
10 / 10
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First off, Sandiway is one of the friendliest clubs I’ve ever been to. As a visitor to and old-fashioned golf club, the welcome could not be better. When I played here in late September 2005 the notoriously excellent greens were far too fluffy and slow and, as per the previous review, a few too many blind shots to call Sandiway a classic, but it’s a nice entertaining course and worth playing if in the area.
September 10, 2006
4 / 10
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PT
September 01, 2007
Lots of classic courses in the Isles have blind holes: Royal County Down, Lahinch, Prestwick, North Berwick...