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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Andy
Certainly cant argue that this is a decent course; but there are far too many blind shots for this to be up there with the great courses. Enjoyable and will play it again but it appears to have risen in these rankings a touch fast and a touch too high. 10th and 12th are great holes but cant say the same for the par 3 11th or the ultra short par 4 17th over a valley with big oak in the way of the green - very strange hole really.
September 07, 2006
6 / 10
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Charles Wright
January 22, 2009
You did not play the 17Th well then!!,keep it up the left,what oak tree
Cags
March 11, 2009
That would be the 60 foot high oak tree directly in line from tee to green, which forces you up the left?
Tarby
With a course built on a sand base, hence its name, its of no suprise that its condition is good and drains well.The are many fine driving holes here with particular favourites being the 1st, 4th & 17th where you'll need one of your better efforts just to reach the fairway.Toughest holes are the 5th,10th & 14th. Par here is an excellent score.The course also has 5 par 3s, but this does not deflect from its toughness. Coming in at just over 6400 yards it is not the longest course you'll ever play but it will certainly be one you will not forget.Get it on you play list.
October 22, 2004
10 / 10
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David Richards
Each and every hole at Sandiway is a joy, and you cannot say that about many courses. I am always pleased when I talk to someone else who has played here, as you hear so little about it that I just love talking about the place. A good undulating test of golf, with heavily protected greens. Plenty of subtle borrow on the greens and some tight tee shots ensure a thoroughly testing game.
October 03, 2004
10 / 10
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