Wallasey - Cheshire - England

Wallasey Golf Club,
Bayswater Road,
CH45 8LA,

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"Wallasey," wrote Bernard Darwin in The Golf Courses of the British Isles, "is another course of mighty hills: indeed I do not think I have ever seen a course on which the contour of the hills and valleys was so infinitely picturesque." It's certainly true today, Wallasey still has its fair share of dramatic dunes, but they are fewer than in Darwin's day, owing to coastal erosion.

Wallasey Golf Club is situated on the cusp of the Wirral Peninsula with views across the River Mersey. It's here, on the Wirral, that we start (or end) our journey after playing a host of classic links courses along England's magical northwest coastline - St Annes Old Links, Royal Lytham & St Annes, Fairhaven, Royal Birkdale, Hillside, Southport & Ainsdale, Formby, West Lancs, and then Royal Liverpool, which is also on the Wirral Peninsula.

Old Tom Morris originally designed the course in 1891, but Wallasey was put on the map by one of its members, Dr Frank Stableford. Irked by his rising handicap, he developed the Stableford scoring system following a discussion with Duncan Taylor whilst walking down the 2nd fairway. In 1932, a competition at Wallasey took place utilising his new-fangled scoring system - the rest is simply a blob in history!

The opening five holes are engaging and immense fun, with several raised plateau greens and elevated tees. Long, straight driving is key to scoring well, because Wallasey is a lengthy challenge, measuring more than 6,500 yards from the back tees. On the surface, 6,500 yards doesn't seem long, but factor in the wind, and this will test the very best.

Wallasey hosted Open Championship Qualifying when the Open returned to Royal Liverpool in 2006, although nobody was able to repeat Bobby Jones's amazing feat. In 1930, Jones came through Open Championship qualifying at Wallasey and went on to win the Open at Hoylake. It was a good year for Bobby Jones. In 1930, he won the British and US Open Championships, the British and US Amateur Championships. After that, he retired. Who can blame him?

"It is quite likely that we have played very far from well," wrote Darwin, "since this country of mountains and deep dells is always difficult for the stranger, and our host has probably ways and means of reaching the green that we are apt to regard as ways of darkness, but we have found the golf infinitely pleasant and exhilarating."

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Description: Wallasey Golf Club, world famous as the "Home of Stableford". An undiluted links course with its undulating fairways framed with spectacular dunes. Rating: 8 out of 10 Reviews: 32
Considering Wallasey is right next door to Hoylake, there is a marked difference between the two...there are some serious dunes at Wallasey and Hoylake is as flat as a pancake. Wallasey's condition is remarkable and it's surprising that it has never been ranked in a Top 100, it's much better than it's lowly ranking. You need to bring your best driving boots with you, miss the fairways here at your peril. This is a true gem and should be better known - play it with Royal Liverpool and see which one you prefer.
November 21, 2004
8 / 10
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Played here for the first time in July what a treat!! I will certainly be back. They must rank as the best greens I have played after St Andrews. It's hard to pick a favourite hole but the first par 5 called seaview is a tremendous hole playing from an elavated tee. The sea is out of bounds on the right with lots of bail out room on the left but this then makes the hole very long. The par 3 16th is another beauty about 200 yards into the wind and not much room for error. Fantastic old club house with an original large signed picture of Bobby Jones hanging above a traditional old fireplace worth the visit just for that. You will not be disapointed with this wonderful golf course.
September 23, 2004
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