The North West of England is golfing heaven with perhaps the highest concentration of top quality golf courses anywhere in the world. There are no less than 15 classic courses within an area spanning no more than an hour’s drive and there are three Open Championship venues within these. There are also top quality golf clubs with excellent facilities and many other golf clubs of every style and price.
The North West is sure to provide you and your golfing friends with the kind of golfing experience you are looking for. One of the best things about playing golf is that you have the opportunity to walk on some of the most beautiful open areas, as well as enjoying the great outdoors taking in all of the natural surroundings and breathing in all of that lovely fresh open air. Playing golf is both rewarding and energising whilst being socially and emotionally pleasurable.
A great thing about playing golf is that you have plenty of time to think. Walking the golf course can give you the chance to start to focus on some of the simple things in life. Golf also provides an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. It gives you time to reflex on what’s really important. Some players are lured by the refined aura of the sport, the sweeping links and velvety greens. Others are obsessed with golfing gear: the latest drivers, spiked shoes and fancy putters. Still others simply enjoy driving around in the golf cart.
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Northop Golf Club
Set in stunning 247-acre parkland course opened in 1994 was designed by former Ryder Cup player John Jacobs, the Northop Golf Club, located in the heart of Northop, Flintshire, is among the most celebrated golfing venues in Wales.
Northop Golf Club has hosted numerous professional events, the Welsh PGA Championship, the British PGA Championship, the Welsh Ladies Championship, and the first-ever European Challenge Tour event to be held in Wales in 2004. The course has been transformed back to its former glory and is now host to the PGA Cheshire & North Wales Trophy again since 2015.
Well-known for its fantastic views, brand new clubhouse and top class golf and practice facilities, the course retains all the ingredients that brought about this success; USPGA greens that result in 365 day a year 18 hole golf, championship tees that provide a stern challenge of the golfers abilities. The Club’s extensive tee complexes, however, mean that Northop can accommodate golfers of all abilities. Situated just of the A55 Expressway it is the ideal location for start or end of your holiday in North Wales.
Societies experience a warm and friendly welcome at Northop Golf Club with packages to fit all budgets. Northop Open Competitions are extremely popular and tend to fill very quickly visit our website www.northopgolfclub.co.uk to download your entry form.
Follow in the footsteps of no fewer than six past Ryder Cup Captains in trying to master the 6,635-yard par 72 Wilmslow course.
Located only two miles from Wilmslow town centre and within 10-15 minutes of the motorway network, the figure-of-eight layout embraces a meandering stream which is a feature of the opening
hole and three par threes. The greens and fairways are in excellent condition throughout the year and the course provides a true test of golf for all levels of golfer.
Wilmslow is proud of its history and ability to attract the big names in golf as former host venue for the Greater Manchester Open and Martini International and having also been a regional qualifying
course for The Open and the venue for many county championships and inter-county matches. The Club is the chosen venue in 2017 for the England Golf Seniors Tour Event and the England Golf
Captains Event, with the English Women’s Amateur Championship following suit in 2018.
The quality and consistency of the free-draining course matched by the award winning Clubhouse hospitality and backed up by the well-stocked shop of Professional Matthew Gillingham, keep visitors, societies and tournaments returning to this parkland jewel in the Cheshire countryside time and time again.
The UK’s Fastest Growing Sport Arrives at
Whitefield Golf Club
The UK’s fastest growing and most talked about sport – FootGolf has taken Whitefield Golf Club by storm when it all ‘Kicked Off’ in May
FootGolf uses the basic rules of golf but instead of using golf clubs and a golf ball, the player uses their feet to kick a size 5 football in to a 21” hole in as few shots as possible avoiding the usual hazards found on a golf course such as bunkers, trees, ponds & streams.
Whitefield is open for FootGolf on Friday & Sunday evenings throughout the season and is a fantastic sport for players of all ages & abilities.
No experience is necessary, no lessons are needed and you don’t need any special equipment. Just book your round by visiting www.ukfootgolf.com and turn up wearing a pair of trainers. The course will even supply the ball if you don’t have your own!
Gareth May, Head of UK Development for the sport’s National Governing Body, said
“It is fantastic to see Whitefield Golf Course embrace the sport of FootGolf, and develop an 18 hole course on their complex. FootGolf is a truly inclusive sport, it can be played by persons of any age or sex, whether it be an individual looking to get in to a new sport, a football club looking to focus on some training elements with players, a company looking for a fun corporate and team building day, or parents and grand-parents looking to take their children to play outdoors, all can participate in FootGolf.”
FootGolf has grown massively over the past few years and is now officially the fastest growing sport in the UK. The UK’s first course opened in 2012 and with Whitefield Golf Club the latest course to join the ranks, the UK FootGolf Association now has over 200 courses offering FootGolf across the UK.
As well as being a new and exciting leisure activity FootGolf is also played competitively. The UK’s first FootGolf tournament was held at Sewerby Hall and Gardens near Bridlington on September 2012, where the golf course was transformed into a FootGolf arena for the very first time, with players from around the UK and Hungary participating.
In 2016 there are over 70 tournaments being played that will form part of the Regional and National Tour – The richest FootGolf series in the world with total prize funds in excess of £30,000.
Whitefield will be hosting Stage 7 of the North of England Regional Tour on July 10th. The winner of this tour will win a trip to Palm Springs in the USA to compete in a Ryder Cup style event against the Americans in January 2017.
For more details, pictures and videos visit our website: www.ukfootgolf.com
Located only a couple of miles from Wilmslow’s busy town centre and with easy access from the M6 at Junction 18 or the M56 at Junction 6, The Wilmslow Golf Club nestles in wooded Cheshire farmland with a meandering stream crossed by four of its eighteen holes, and is a perfect haven from the stress of business and the cares of daily life.
Rated one of the finest inland courses in the North West of England, always in first-class condition and playable in all but the most extreme of weathers, Wilmslow Golf Club has played host to fields of European Tour stars, Open Championship aspirants and amateur golfers of the highest calibre.
Nobody has taken the course apart, yet it is not a daunting prospect for the higher handicap golfer. This is a subtle course which rewards intelligent play.
Wilmslow offers an ideal blend of old and new, traditional and modern. Founded in the late 1880s, it is one of the oldest clubs in Cheshire and has occupied its present site for over a hundred years. The present course was opened in March 1903, but over the following years right up to today it has been modified and developed so that it continues to provide both a stern challenge for the most gifted of golfers and a fair test for all.
Wilmslow regularly wins golf industry awards, not only for the course where it is recognised as a leader in the environmental and ecological priorities of golf course management, but also in its service with both the Professional and Clubhouse teams winning national awards . All in all Wilmslow is the perfect venue for golfers of all abilities to enjoy a social round with friends, a society day out as a group, or participate in the Club’s Open Events.
The members at the celebrated John Jacobs designed Northop Golf Course have secured a deal to ensure the future of the Club and course is in the hands of the membership When asked why he believed the members would bring a rosier future to the Club, Matt Pritchard the PGA professional responded “I think most golfers would agree that members who play on a regular basis are best placed to identify the changes needed on a golf course to ensure the it is both an enjoyable and challenging test of golf. He added with a glint of a smile – “obviously with the input of the professional and Greenkeepers!”
Northop Golf Club was opened with high expectations in 1994, partly because it was designed by the legendary Ryder Club captain, John Jacobs. The course, set in 247 acres of spectacular Welsh countryside, lived up to those expectations as it hosted numerous amateur National events, the Welsh PGA championship, the British PGA championship and the first ever European Challenge tour event to be held in Wales.
The course still has all the ingredients that brought about this success; USPGA greens that result in 365 day a year 18 hole golf, championship tees that provide a stern challenge of the golfers abilities however the extensive tee complexes mean that Northop can accommodate golfers of all abilities.
The new state of art clubhouse is now fully open and driving range will be up and running from the 1st April 2015.Over the next 12 – 18 months the club will be upgrading the drainage, continue with a general cosmetic makeover to the course and surrounds, substantially increasing the buggy fleet and completing the buggy path.
The extensive range of discounts and offers open to new members, visitors and societies are available on the club’s website www.northopgolfclub.co.uk. We suggest that it may be an idea to pop down to Northop to see what they are doing and maybe even join them in helping ensure golf courses remain in the hands of golfers!
There has never been a better time to join a championship golf club.
What you get when you arrive here is tradition with a twist: respect for the history of golf combined with a fresh laid-back attitude and bold passion for pushing players, our course and the game to the limit. Views across the Yorkshire Wolds provide a striking backdrop to The KP’s 18-hole championship course. It tests every aspect of your game, with 120 acres of rolling terrain adding a challenge to each shot of its 6035 yards par 70. We have hosted the Yorkshire final of the William Hunt Trilby Tour for the last three years.
Another reason is that golf is a sport that is available to people of all levels of fitness. Although it will help your game to be fit, you
don’t necessarily have to be down at the gym every week flexing your muscles! In fact, golf in itself can help you to keep fit, particularly in later years. Think about it, how far do you walk around the golf course for a round of 18 holes? A lot of golf courses are in the region of 6-7000 yards which equates to around a 4 mile walk. And that does not take into account any zigzagging across the course that you might do! How often would you otherwise go out for a 4 mile walk?
The Rising Popularity of Golf
A lot of people wonder why golf is so popular. One factor is that it is a sport that you can take up at any age. Whether you are a small child that has aspirations to be the next Tiger Woods, or if you have just retired and want something more to fill your leisure time, then golf
Another reason for the popularity of golf is that it is a sport that you can enjoy with your friends, family or work colleagues. You can have a business meeting on a golf course, catch up with friends and gossip with
family members. could be the sport for you.
Also, those who play golf at the top level are from a variety of backgrounds and ages. This is a sport where you have Tom Watson competing with players less than half his age and sometimes coming off better!
There are lots of opportunities too for taking up golf – within Yorkshire there is one of the widest selections of golf courses in the country. It is also very possible nowadays to play some of these courses reasonably cheaply and you can always start off on a par 3 course until you think you are able to play a full course.
So, if you are looking to take up a new sport – Golf is a great one to consider for all people of all ages – as it combines exercise, skill, fun, being outdoors as well as all the great social aspects of golf.
Want to see what Scotland has to offer?
If you want to experience Golf in Scotland then you can see the ‘Official Golf To Scotland Guide’ by clicking on the cover of the magazine to your right. This is an indispensable bible for both Scottish golfers and visiting golfers alike. It comprises contact details, green fee rates, locations and full details of club amenities and facilities for each of the 500+ golf courses in Scotland.In addition, it offers great pointers on places to consider playing should you not be too well informed when it comes to Scottish golf, as well as a host of other exciting and informative content, complemented by the very best in golf photography and cutting-edge design. It is truly a ‘must have’ guide for all golfers in Scotland.