Played West Lancashire a couple of weeks ago on a benign but rather damp day. Having played all the other links courses on the Lancs coast from St Annes Old Links in the north to Formby in the south, it was exciting to play West Lancs (the most southerly links course on this amazing stretch of coastline). If I lived in this part of the world, West Lancs is probably the club where I’d most like to be a member. The other clubs may have better courses e.g. Formby, Hillside and S&A but non seem as friendly overall as West Lancs. Despite being a little rough around the edges, West Lancs reminded me of a bit of Donegal (Murvagh) and had a striking similarity to Western Gailes. WL has a cracking set of par threes, some excellent putting surfaces and friendly routing that takes you back to the clubhouse after nine holes… highly unusual for an old-fashioned links. I’d put WL on any itinerary when planning a trip to this part of England. Take time to savour the panoramic views from the clubhouse balcony where you can watch the ships sail by on Liverpool Bay… a thoroughly enjoyable experience but don't expect an easy ride as this course is more than 7,000 yards from the back tees.
Date: October 04, 2010