Played West Lancs over the weekend and was mightly impressed. I visited Southport earlier in the year (and played Royal Birkdale, Hillside and Hesketh) and West Lancs is well within that bracket. As a complete 18 it just shades Hillside (which has a stunnning back 9 but an average front 9), with West Lancs having no poor holes. Visually appealing, with many elevated tees and every hole carved out through the dunes and humps of linksland, there is a wonderfully clear definition to every hole. In that respect it is similar to the great Royal Birkdale. The four par threes in particular are set beautifully and as good as a collection as you will see on any course. The condition of the course was first class and the clubhouse facilities, warm welcome and superb first floor spike bar made for a memorable day; if you visit the area West Lancs should be on your short list.
Date: October 15, 2011