5 reviews of West Derby Golf Club
Last Sunday my club , Altrincham , had our annual day out at West Derby Golf Club . From the moment we arrived to the moment we left some 13 hours later we had a great day . Excellent catering , friendly staff and a lovely golf course . Not the longest course you will play but interesting enough . The greens were certainly in the top 3 of courses I have played this year . Smooth , quick (apart from about 3 holes) and challenging .
I would recommend this course to anybody who wants something different , pleasant and challenging .
Visited West Derby on June 3rd with a mixed party of adult and junior golfers. On arrival we were welcomed by the Club Captain, a lovely touch.On a glorious sunny day the course was in superb condition. Everyone connected to West Derby,members,green staff,bar staff and kitchen staff were very welcoming and made our day one to remember. Wouldnt hesitate to revisit.
Played towards the back end of September on a pleasant day after a number of days heavy rain had seen several local courses closed.
We were given a friendly welcome by the pro and those members that were kncoking around, with the same level of courtesy extended to us on the course by members and, after playing, in the Clubhouse when we had a bite to eat and drink. Everyone was very refreshingly welcoming, a real credit to the Club.
Overall this isn't a long course, irons off a lot of tees will see you fare batter than trying to boom the driver, particularly in dry conditions. The brook comes into play on several holes on the front 9, and this and other natural features are used well throughout the course.
The greens were not in the best of condition, due in the main to the recent inclement conditions to be fair, though the third from memory was in a real bad state - it looked like someone had driven across ift on a quad bike or similar. Several of these greens are relatively small targets, so accuracy in approach shots is a must.
Bunkers were holding water though relief could usually be found, but as you can imagine they were pretty solid - again the conditions made it difficult to comment on their normal standard. Tees and fairways were tidy enough.
Some nice holes on the course - the 3rd, despite the green's condition, 6th and 8th on the front 9 particularly, 13, 14 and 17 on the back 9. I'd guess the 14th is the signature hole, a lovely hole that could just do with being 20 yards longer (only 132 off whites).
Overall, though we thought the front 9 was a bit "samey" as you just seem to play up and down on alternate holes, we felt it was well worth a visit and decent enough value under the 2 fore 1 scheme.
Two visiting captains playing on a slightly damp day. We thoroughly enjoyed our round, helped by friendly pro shop staff and clubhouse.
The course was not overly tough, but you needed to keep straight to keep motoring. Brook can be easily negotiated to keep score together, but probably more of a problem for low handicappers.
Definitely some pretty holes - pretty views helped by mature trees. Par 3s needed thinking about, Par 5s interesting and well shaped to make you play strategically - I'd recommend anyone to spend a day here for a most pleasant knock.
I only speak as a member and would welcome any views friom visitors, but West Derby is now 112 years old and has developed into a demanding parkland course. Not overly long and not very physically demanding, but you will need every shot in your box of tricks to come anywhere near mastering it.
There is a brook that comes into play in the first nine on 7 holes and a pond that comes into play twice. The back nine is slightly longer and always regarded as the tougher side of the course. It also has a pond which comes into play mainly on one hole only although an errant shot on the previous hole could also find trouble.
There are a number of doglegs, but no unkind blind holes, where you don't know where you are going. The holes are tight from a driving test, with tree lined fairways, one commented on by old time pros as the Sunningdale of the North, although we prefer the title, the Wentworth of the North. You will also find the greens are considered tight in their approaches and size.
We pride ourselves on the quality of the lush fairways and greens and the quality of welcome from the management and staff.
We are a private members club, with open membership at teh moment, although applicants should come with referees. However, we are willing to examine applicants without such.
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