The West Lancashire Golf Club, founded in 1873, is among the ten oldest clubs in England and boasts one of the most natural and testing links found anywhere in the British Isles.
The course was designed by C K Cotton, and is laid out on some 200 acres of land and succeeds in carrying out the ideal layout of a golf course – two loops of nine holes with the 9th and 18th greens in front of the clubhouse.
The course starts with a demanding dogleg par-4 and keeps you challenged throughout with a great run from the 7th to 9th. After the demanding par-3 12th, you climb up to a splendid view from the elevated 13th tee. From here on in it is one quality links hole after another – the challenge is non-stop and will keep you on your toes from start to finish.
Donald Steel wrote after several visits in the 1990’s -
“Only in Britain can one savour the true flavour of seaside golf of which West Lancashire is a perfect example. There are humps and hollows, greens on plateaux and greens in dells, contrast and comparative shelter in the inland holes and everywhere a sea of rough and wilderness to punish the wrongdoer. On summer evenings, as the sun casts its shadows on the links, the shipping slips silently by on the Mersey and there is time to reflect on the distant beauty, the realisation occurs that West Lancashire enjoys the best of all worlds”