14th Jun, 2022 by The Caddie
North West England; home to many successful sporting teams, bands, countless wildlife and fantastic golf courses.
We recently had the pleasure of visiting the North West of England and wanted to share our top three picks.
Fromby Hall Golf Club
Located in Southport, just 5 miles south of the town centre, Fromby Hall opened its doors in 1996. This 18-hole championship course didn’t waste any time putting its name on the map and being host to many professional events on the European Challenge and Senior tour.
A key hole which stood out for us was the 178 yard par 3, 16th. Water located from tee to green, it’s not a hole we recommend hitting a poor tee shot on as you will be requiring your scuba diving gear to retrieve your ball. Four bunkers surround the green with a mischievous fifth bunker sitting nicely behind the putting surface, a real challenging, but fantastic par 3.
Post round, we suggest nipping into the hotel. The 4-star complex offers guests a relaxing overnight stay with views overlooking the resort and golf course. For Those wishing to venture back into the town, you can take a short 12 minute drive to Kalash Divine Indian. Guests can enjoy some authentic Indian food which will hit right on your taste buds – the butter chicken is the business.
The West Lancashire Golf Club
Classed as one of the oldest clubs in England, West Lancashire Golf Club prides itself on being known as the most natural links course in the UK – which we can definitely agree with. The undulating fairways and natural sloping on the greens can make it very difficult, especially on a fiery summer afternoon.
Our favourite hole of the round was the 411 yard par 4, fourth. A tee box with spectacular views, which on a clear day allows you to see across to Wales. You must spend a few seconds to admire it before taking on the daunting tee shot which will shortly follow. OB on the left with very thick rough to the right, accuracy off the tee is required in order to have a chance of hitting the green, which as you can imagine, isn’t easy. It’s a real challenging par 4, which only very few can make par on – sounds fun, right?!
Located just 9 miles from Liverpool city centre, it’s a prime golf course to play and then enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city. You can also get a train directly to the golf course for those who want to indulge in some post-match drinks. Those wanting to experience a classic Liverpool beer should visit the Jacaranda Club, a traditional Liverpool pub which provides some excellent live entertainment. Be sure to check the schedule before visiting to see who is on the line up.
Hesketh Golf Club
Known for being the oldest club in Southport, Hesketh Golf Club can be found just north of the town. A short 10 minute drive away can see you from your bed to the first tee. Often in the shadows of Royal Lytham & St Annes, Hesketh has its own identity as a golf course. Guests will be pleasantly surprised at this course offers a mix of both parkland and links across the holes – a feature not many in the North West possess.
Despite it providing 18 championship holes, we found our favourite hole came sooner than expected – the short par 3, 2nd. Measuring only at 157 yards, the narrow green which requires you to take half a club more requires accuracy in order to hit the green. Anything left or right leaves you with a very challenging up and down in the thick rough. Our advice, blade it up the middle of the fairway and hope for the best!
Once you’ve beat your peers and put the golf clubs away, we recommend you visit the Bliss Kitchen. Located on the 1st floor of the Bliss Hotel, (we stayed here it was excellent; friendly staff, great food and a great atmosphere) it offers guests the chance to try some tasty food and fantastic cocktails or beers.
Want to find out more about the North West? Why not call a member of our team on 0141 212 8889 to help you start planning a dream golf break today or look at our current offers.