Hall Road West,
L23 8SZ ,
- +44 (0)151 924 1076
9 miles north of Liverpool.
Weekdays only, not before 9.30am
West Lancashire Golf Club is the oldest surviving golf club in Lancashire, although, strictly speaking, Blundellsands is now part of the borough of Merseyside. In 1901, Harold Hilton, one of the finest amateur golfers of all time, was the Secretary of West Lancashire Golf Club. That same year, he won the British Amateur Championship at St Andrews, beating J Low by one hole. Hilton was also the British Open champion in 1892 and 1897, a feat only surpassed by Bobby Jones, who won the British Open on three occasions, also as an amateur.
The club was founded in 1873. The course was originally designed by the hands of an unknown architect, but this is such a natural links that we suspect Mother Nature did most of the work. We do know that Ken Cotton and Fred Hawtree made significant revisions to the layout in the early 1960s.
Its esteemed Royal neighbours keep West Lancs out of the limelight but it is a truly classical links course, located on a charming stretch of prime links land. On a clear day, to the north, Blackpool Tower can be seen in the distance. To the southwest, there are panoramic views across the Crosby Channel to the Birkenhead peninsula and Liverpool Bay beyond.
The Guinness Book of Golf Facts and Feats tells the amazing story of Peter Richard Parkinson who, on 6th June 1972, at West Lancs, performed the British Isles’ longest hole in one. It was on the 7th hole, and clearly it was a mistake because the 7th is called “Folly”, a 393-yard par four. Either way, it was one hell of a biff!
This course is between a 4 and 5 Ball rating. I played here in about 2008 and remembered there was not a bad hole on the course, the price and value were excellent along with the experience. This has to be one of the most underrated courses as a whole experience, value, and pure links fun and test of ones game. How is West Lancs ranked in the 40's behind places like Burnham and Berrow, Woburn, and West Hill?!?! This is a can't miss course if you're in the area.
West Lancs is a super course, very friendly, and like Hillside would be more highly regarded if it didn't have such superlative neighbours.
Quality links golf here, distance is required and it's a very tough course with unforgiving rough and waste areas.
Highly recommended.and whilst a slightly "lesser" course it's quieter and more enjoyable and much better value than Hillside or Birkdale.
I revisited West Lancashire last week, almost ten years since I last played here, and the first thing to impress me was the makeover to the exterior of the clubhouse, which really looked tired and dated a decade ago. It may be one of the oldest clubs in England but it now possesses one of the smartest looking clubhouse buildings around, reflecting the way West Lancs appears to be going about its business, both on and off the course.
I can only endorse the sentiments of the last reviewer who mentioned that “the course has been opened up to define more of its link characteristics” because it was a delight to see the likes of the natural swales around many of the greens (such as the one to the left of the 3rd green) brought into play, allowing a recovery shot to be played when an approach shot had failed to hold the putting surface.
The same reviewer also wrote about there being “plenty of strong holes” and this is particularly true for the sequence of holes between the 3rd and 7th on the front nine and holes 12 to 15 on the back nine. The latter group of holes at the most northerly point on the course form a rather unique set of links holes, with the last two doglegging right around a line of trees and bushes that run along a sand ridge.
Some quality revetted bunker work has recently been carried out around the 15th green and I believe this is part of an ongoing programme of work that recently appointed Master Greenkeeper Stuart Hogg has planned for the course. He favours firm and fast playing conditions and the efforts of the green keeping staff under his direction are certainly being appreciated by the members that I spoke to out on the course.
I only hope Stuart decides to keep the two tiny pot bunkers in the middle of the 2nd fairway – God only knows why they were put there in the past – as they provide a whimsical talking point early in the round! West Lancs is often overlooked in favour of its more illustrious neighbours along the Golf Coast of England and that’s a real shame because it has all the traditional attributes visiting golfers could ever wish to find in a links layout.