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The West Lancashire Golf Club was founded in 1873 by seven members of Royal Liverpool Golf Club anxious to expand the ‘Scottish national game’ by bringing it across the Mersey, making the West Lancashire Golf Club the oldest in the county of Lancashire and the 9th oldest club in England. 1891 saw the founding of The West Lancashire Ladies’ Golf Club which thrived alongside the men’s club before amalgamating with it after the Second World War.

The Wirral Peninsula and Welsh mountains form a panoramic backdrop to the matchless view of the Mersey Estuary, as seen from the clubhouse and links.  Following the laying out of the original 9 holes, the course underwent substantial redesign, initially in 1921 by James Braid. The present course, opened in 1961, was reconfigured by C.K. Cotton, bringing all 18 holes to the river side. A new clubhouse was built, marking a break with traditional construction, being a two-storey ultra-modern building, with the principal rooms on the first floor. It featured a broad terrace along the north side of the building and expansive windows affording magnificent views over the river and the course. The flexible layout provides customised, comfortable surroundings for groups of all sizes, where visitors are assured of a friendly welcome and efficient service in relaxed surroundings. In 2023, the club added a Halfway House allowing players a welcome pit stop.

In the 1870’s on The Warrens, sheep grazed and fertilised the links. Clubs then relied on seasonal workers and horsepower. Fast forward to the 2020’s.

On the Links now we see agronomic expertise, skilled workforce and a fleet of John Deere electric vehicles whizzing noiselessly around, ensuring the new order of sustainability and environmental care which is ‘front and centre’ in modern links management. By becoming GEO Certified, the green staff at West Lancashire have achieved the most widely regarded and credible sustainability distinction in golf.  The international certification was earned after the team successfully met industry-standard best practices and demonstrated our commitment to making sustainability of central importance to our golf facility.

We now boast a top-class course presenting a fair challenge to golfers of all abilities, with

six measured courses on offer enabling both low and high handicappers to enjoy a pure links experience which is second to none. The free draining nature of the land ensures year-round golf in consistently good playing conditions.

We take pride in being the oldest club in Lancashire and one of the oldest clubs in England. The history of both men’s and women’s club is honoured on the walls and within the display cabinets of the clubhouse. Membership thrives and competitive golf is an important feature for both men and women. Our teams participate in county and national team competitions. Social golf and club functions are also an important part of the club membership experience. The club is a proud signatory of the Women in Golf Charter.

Displays in the clubhouse are testament to some of our illustrious members’ many successes over the years, and a timeline displays highlights of our 150-year history in the Golfers’ Entrance.

The true championship test came in July 1976 with the 105th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club, when for the first time, West Lancashire was chosen to host Final Qualifying.  Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam were all in the field.  Remarkably, two of them would later win The Open and all four would become Masters Champions winning the coveted green jacket.

The West Lancashire continued to hold Final Qualifying in 1983, 1998, 2010, while also hosting Regional Qualifying in 2018 and 2019.

In 2006, the Club hosted Final Open Qualifying when, after an absence of 39 years, The 135th Open returned to Hoylake. It was a triumph, and Tiger Woods won.

West Lancashire hosted The Junior Open in 2014 when the 143rd Open championship also returned to Hoylake, with Rory McIlroy becoming Champion.

2023 saw West Lancashire beginning a four-year series of Final Open Qualifying alongside three other venues: Royal Porthcawl, Dundonald Links and Royal Cinque Ports.

On a fantastic links day with a typical breeze, Matt Wallace came through as the winner. A dream came true for Hoylake’s own, Matthew Jordan, who also qualified for the 151st Open at Royal Liverpool. Sergio Garcia, attempting to qualify for his 26th consecutive Open, and fellow LIV golfers, Mito Pereira, Scott Vincent and Graeme McDowell were also in the field.

Over the last five decades, West Lancashire has hosted many championships and tournaments.  The R & A, EGU and ELGA have all visited Blundellsands, for Regional and Final Qualifying for The Open, The Brabazon Trophy, The Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship, The English Women’s Amateur Championship, The Junior Open Championship and The Rose Ladies Series.

In 2024, the Club will be hosting the Rose Ladies Series on Monday 15th April Final Open Qualifying on 2nd July, and the Jacques Leglise and Junior Vagliano Trophies on 23rd – 24th August.

In 2023 the clubhouse underwent extensive refurbishment throughout the Players’ Entrance, Professional Shop, first-floor lounges and dining room. We offer comfortable, modern décor in which to enjoy food and drink of a high standard. Our Havers Suite provides an ideal setting for private dining and business meetings.

Gavin Abson, Head PGA Professional and his team in their well-stocked shop, are at hand to help and advise visitors to the Club, while Mr Starter is always happy to offer a few tips on course management. Our excellent practice facilities, very close to the first tee, are also a popular facility and the Club is fortunate to have generous, secure parking space.

Proximity to a frequent Mersey-rail Northern Line service from near-by Hall Road station allows visitors to enjoy the cultural and tourist attractions of Liverpool and Southport and to access excellent accommodation and entertainment. The famous art installation, Antony Gormley’s Another Place, is just a short walk from the clubhouse.

We welcome visitors to The West Lancashire Golf Club assuring them of the very best experience both on the links and in the clubhouse.

Location
  • West Lancashire Golf Club Hall Rd W Blundellsands Liverpool L23 8SZ

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  • Peter Styart
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    Played with Golf Guide on the 6th of August 2021….West Lancs GC….what a course!!!! it is just superb with great hospitality….Thanks

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  • Ian Cook
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    Had a fantastic days golf with the Golf Guide at West Lancs. We had heard only good reports prior to going, and being the first time we have played there the course was everything you could ask from a true links golf course. The set up was a good test for the competition and fair to enable us to enjoy the golf all the more. Everyone involved in the day needs to be applauded for making it a great day out.

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