On a trip up to the North West to watch the 2017 Open at Royal Birkdale, which Jordan Speith won in spectacular style, we were lucky enough to include West Lancs in our rota of courses whilst in the area. Playing as a fourball of single figure golfers, the challenge of this hard, fast running, classic links course gave us all a stern test of our golfing ability.
Stretching out to over 7,000 yards from the black tees, WLGC has stood the test of time and technology and requires long accurate driving on all the par 4’s and par 5’s. The amount of bunkers doesn’t seem as vast as neighbouring courses, particularly Royal Birkdale, but the strategic placements have you thinking on every drive about where to hit it.
The start of the back 9 is where a score is made. The run from 11-15 demand a selection of shots to a good mix of holes, each having their own individual style. On 14 the drive needs to be to the right of the church tower, as there is more room than it appears from the tee for a well hit drive.
The last 3 holes that head for home don’t disappoint. A simple yet strong par 5 followed by a par 3, where the bunkers and run offs around the green are magnificent, and remind you of the presentation and attention to detail throughout.
I’m sure the members and the course staff are very proud of the ‘lesser known’ North West Links course. Having played a number of them I feel this one holds it’s own, and should be a very serious consideration for anyone visiting the North West coast area.
P.S. Beware of the drive on 7 and land the ball where you can see it!
Date: July 25, 2017