Description

Drive along the A556 on the Manchester to Chester route between the villages of Hartford and Sandiway on the Northwich bypass and you could be forgiven for missing a sign on the left that denotes Sandiway Golf Club. If you missed the sign you would have driven past the entrance to one of the finest clubs and one of the highest quality inland golf courses in the region. That opinion is supported by the fact that over the years Sandiway has been singled out to host international, national, regional and local championships. So many, in fact, it would take too much space to list them all. Suffice to say they briefly include the qualifying events for the Open Championship, the Girls British Open Championship, the PGA Club Professionals Championship and a number of Cheshire and Northern County Championships.

Its fairways are generous, but tree-lined with mature oak, beech and birch; the classic inland course trees predominate, and the picturesque back nine offers unrivalled views of Petty Pool, an old Cheshire mere, which forms a stunning backcloth, particularly on the eleventh and twelfth holes. The greens, although small by modern standards, are of the quality expected on a championship course.

As the Club’s name indicates, the course subsoil is sand and hence drainage is excellent, allowing year-round golfing in excellent conditions.

From the white tees &yellow tees it is a par 70, and from the red tees, it is par 72. The course slope rating for the tees are on the scorecards and on the website.

Golf Club History
Founding of The Club
The origins of Sandiway Golf Club are founded in the old Mid-Cheshire Golf Club which was formed by Northwich golfers in 1902 with a course laid out in Winnington. The original course was, by all accounts, very short and of poor quality. A second nine hole course was laid out in about 1908 on land which is now the Moss Road/Cromwell Road area of Northwich and was a considerable improvement over the original course. The 1914/18 war caused a virtual cessation of golfing activities and after the was the Mid-Cheshire Golf Club was forced into liquidation because the land it occupied was required for road making and housing development.

Sandiway Golf Club was formed with the financial assistance of Brunner Mond & Co. and was incorporated on 20th October 1920 Under the Articles of Association Brunner Mond &Co. had the right to appoint the Club Secretary and a majority [five out of nine] of the Committee. At the time of the first Club committee meeting [18th November 1920] construction of the course had begun under the direction of Mr Edward [Ted] Ray. This had
followed the agreement to lease approximately 115 acres of Lord Delamere land lying to the south of the Chester Road at Sandiway.

Golf was being played on the new Sandiway course from the middle of 1921 although it was not until 1923 that it was considered ready for an official opening. The need for some sort of clubhouse was, by late 1921, very pressing and once again Brunner Mond & Co. provided assistance by giving to the Club a building known as Bachelors Hall. By the autumn of 1922 a number of Club competitions had started and correspondence with the R&A began the process of obtaining an official scratch score for the course.

The War Years
From the start of the war a large number of troops were stationed in the district, first British and later American. The golfers among these servicemen used the course whenever possible. However, the 14th and 15th fairways were ploughed for food production so part of the course was temporarily lost. The course was maintained by three able bodied men, all over 70, supervised by the professional on a part-time basis.

One American golfing visitor carved his name on the trunk of one of the beech trees by 5th tee and this inscription can still be seen today. Another legacy of that period is the mens 4th tee. That was created during the war by bulldozing a 30 foot high horse-show shaped mound to be used as a rifle butts for American soldiers where they practiced their shooting skills prior to the invasion of Europe.
The Upheaval of the Fifties
The decision by the Ministry of Transport to complete the western portion of the Northwich bypass resulted in the loss of the 3rd hole and the abandonment of the 2nd and 4th holes. 49 acres of new land was acquired to the south of the course. This land now accommodates the 13th, 14th and 15th holes. A happy result of these enforced changes has been the legacy of the old 4th which is now retained as a very acceptable spare hole for occasional use.
Modern Times
During the 1960s and 70s Sandiway Golf Club enjoyed increasing membership and made improvements progressively to the course. An indication of the Clubs standing in the golfing world came in 1967 when Sandiway was chosen as one of the two Clubs to host the qualifying competitions for the Open Championship - the finals being played at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake. From that time on Sandiway has been the venue of both
amateur and professional national competitions as well as innumerable County competitions and Inter-county matches. Indeed, Cheshire County Golf Executive has used Sandiway clubhouse as its unofficial headquarters for many years.

During this period the clubhouse has been extended and many improvements to facilities have been undertaken; a professional's shop has been constructed; large investments in machinery and equipment to maintain the course have been made; and not least, leases have been purchased so that that club now owns the freehold of its assets.

2024 Open Events
May 7th - Men's Senior 4 Ball Better Ball Stableford £100 per pair
May 14th - Ladies teams of 4 £140 per team
June 25th - Men's Open AM-AM 2 scores from 4 to count £200 per team
July 14th - Mixed 4 Ball Better Ball Stableford £100 per pair
August 19th - Junior Open £15 per player
August 27th - Ladies AM-AM teams of 4 £140 per team
September 3rd - Men's Seniors 4 Ball Better Ball £100 per pair

Location
  • Sandiway Golf Course, The Clubhouse Chester Road Sandiway NORTHWICH CW8 2DJ

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