West Lancashire - Lancashire - England

West Lancashire Golf Club,
Hall Road West,
Blundellsands,
Liverpool,
L23 8SZ ,
England


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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.

Stuart King commented on James Finnegan’s description as follows: “I have been a member at West Lancashire for over 40 years and never seen the 14th tee that is reported as being in the sandhills!”
James Finnegan, in his book All Courses Great and Small, articulately sums up the characteristics of West Lancs: “On the 355-yard 13th, we fire away from an elevated tee, the fairway curving left along a dune-framed valley to a green on a cunning low plateau. The next hole, 412 yards, also begins on a high tee in the sandhills, but this time the downhill drive is blind, over a ridge, and the fairway bends sweepingly right, around a thick stand of pines, finally disclosing a raised green tucked in the lee of a wooded hillside.”

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!

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Description: Its esteemed Royal neighbours keep West Lancashire Golf Club out of the limelight but it is a truly classical links course, located on a charming stretch of prime links land. Rating: 7.9 out of 10 Reviews: 37
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Max Monroe

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.

October 13, 2016
8 / 10
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Dan Hare

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.

July 15, 2016
8 / 10
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Jim McCann

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.

West Lancashire Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

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.

West Lancashire Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

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.

Jim McCann

May 17, 2016
8 / 10
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Marty Brown
Played middle of March and thankfully caught it on a calm day. Having played the course with the wind blowing I know how tough the course can be. Not that playing without wind means the course is easy. Links golf often offers dry conditions and West Lancs provided that. March is a favourable time to play these style of courses, they are dry under foot and due to the lack of growth this time of year you can hit it, find it and hit it again, thus making an enjoyable game without looking for to many golf balls. I could see how the course has been opened up to define more of its links characteristics certainly down the far end of the course. Plenty of strong holes although playing off the tees we did; it made many holes much shorter and easier. I enjoy hole 3, a short but tricky Par 3. Missing the green makes par hard work. Same on the short 6th hole. Picking the right club and aiming for the middle of the green is a wise move most of the time. Hole 8 is in my opinion one of the best holes. A sweeping right to left dogleg in which the tee shots needs to do the same to set up your approach shot to a large green. Know your yardages here, even after a good tee shot your 2nd shot can be 3 clubs different depending on the pin placement. Hole 9 again requires a drawing tee shot but don’t be greedy aiming for the pin if it is close to the left side of the green where it runs away and again makes an up and down unlikely. Another strong par 3 on hole 12 which requires a well struck flighted shot to a tricky green. Holes 12 to 15 I guess are West Lancs Amen Corner. Nothing but good shots will be rewarded. Not that holes 16 to 18 give anything back. Hole 16 a long par 5 and 17 another good par 3. The last requires your best efforts avoiding water on the right and fairway bunkers down the left. Walk off with a 4 will make you feel proud. West Lancs probably deserves more accolades than it gets and I’ve always felt if it was further up the coast it would be spoken of far more. I look forward to playing in the summer months when the course will be at its best. Marty Brown
March 21, 2016
8 / 10
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Michael Frankel
Recently visited Lancashire on a golf trip, and have played here in the past. W. Lancs is a delightful course to play - and they were kind enough to solve the "where can we get on on Saturday" problem. Well worth a visit!
July 08, 2013
8 / 10
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Tim
December 25, 2014
Have played here many times with the friendly members and it is a terrific and very underrated course. Harder than Birkdale but very fair. In my view better than a no of links on the Open rota.
David Mattana
A fine and very testing course, particularly when the wind is stiff. The terrain offers very little shelter from the elements. A "pure links" course.The staff and members are extremely welcoming. My only disappointment was the clubhouse. Its architecture fails to enhance the atmosphere of a club with a long and rich history.Still a hell of a course.
April 26, 2013
8 / 10
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Craig Samuels
Played West Lancs this past week in beautiful weather and unusually quite a gentle breeze. Thank goodness the wind was not up because the course was very tough indeed.After a wet summer the rough was mountainous and any shot off line was as good as lost. I don't know if the hard set up was deliberate as the course was used for LFQ for The Open. Despite being very hard I enjoyed my round as I played well but some of my playing partners who play of 11-13 did not enjoy because of the difficulty. Greens fantastically true and quick. We teed off around 8am and green fee was £30 less than standard so no complaints on the price for this true championship course steeped in golfing history. Despite being a Lancastrian by birth this was my first experience of England's golf coast and I would certainly return but for the high price charged for no doubt top quality courses in this part of the world even the second tier courses such as Hillside and Formby. If compared to courses such as Harlech which in my opinion is a high quality championship course but around £50/round lower in price.
August 11, 2012
8 / 10
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kevin charman
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.
October 16, 2011
8 / 10
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john waite
Just returned home after playing two rounds over West Lancashire. A true test of golf, played in a' testing wind'as one member described it. Played from the white tees, you have to be at your best from the tee to find the fairway and avoid the many bunkers and punishing rough. I have played Birkdale, S&A, Hillside, Hesketh and Royal Liverpool. But West Lancs is the best of them all. Slick greens, Good bunkering and variations in direction make for a great test of your golfing skills. A must for any serious golfer
October 04, 2011
10 / 10
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Max Monroe
Awesome golf course, not so much is the clubhouse. The course as good a Links as you will find, not sure why it is getting no respect in the rankings. As far as I can remember every hole requires the best of shots and skill, I believe almost every hole is in the sand dunes, when I played here I thought of the course as a poor mans Birkdale. Too many excellent holes here not to be rated a lot higher. A must play with any golf trips to the area.
July 24, 2011
10 / 10
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