West Lancashire is one of the most natural links on England’s Golf Coast, and a fine example of genuine seaside golf. Founded in 1873 it is rightly proud of its status as one of the oldest clubs in the country.
The greens provide a tricky challenge at the end of each hole, and a well struck approach is required to hold them. If you don’t quite manage that, the chances are that you will find yourself in one of the many run-off areas or in a pot bunker – either way you will have a struggle to save your par.
There is an outstanding collection of par 3s at West Lancashire and each one deserves praise. The 3rd is played downhill to an upturned saucer green, and you can’t afford to miss the short 6th on the right. On to the back 9, where the 12th and 17th greens are both set at awkward angles meaning the tee shot is all the more difficult to judge.
To summarise, if you love your links golf to be rugged and unspoilt then West Lancashire is certainly a course for you. Make sure it features on your itinerary if you are heading to this fantastic part of the world for golf.