Chorlton-cum-Hardy Golf Club
- Par 70
- 6039 Yds
Chorlton-cum-Hardy is a golfing paradise tucked away on the edge of the modern day rat race.
Set in tranquil surroundings, it often easy to forget that you are just four miles from Manchester city centre.
Set in the grounds of the 13th century Barlow Hall, the par-70 course offers a great test with four par 3s and two par 5s that wind their way down narrow fairways and around the banks of the Mersey.
The round opens with a hole that Peter Alliss has said was one of the toughest stroke index 5s in the country. This is because the first is a par 4 of 431 yards, guarded by out of bounds on both sides of the fairway and a well-protected green.
Your round moves through the gears by the time you arrive at the 4th, a tough par 3 that averages 4.6 strokes. Either a good carry over the front guarding bunker is needed, or go slightly right for the bail-out area by the trees and chip and putt for par.
The 7th is one of the longest par 4s in the North West and is deservedly stroke index one due to its length of 470 yards, with an uphill finish.
A World War Two bomb crater is a unique feature on the right of the 14th, before the difficult 15th comes into play.
Another tough par 3 starts the back nine, with out-of-bounds down the left and front bunkers catching any poorly-struck efforts.
A World War Two bomb crater is a unique feature on the right of the 14th, before the difficult 15th comes into play. The hole is long and narrow off the tee, out-of-bounds on the left and trees on the right. If you make it to the green intact, you may have to navigate Chorlton’s ‘Valley of Sin’.
The 16th offers you more chances to ruin your card, with ruins and trees on the right, a pond on the left, a couple of grass bunkers, some ditches, a small copse of crab apple trees and a pot bunker halfway up the hill.
The 131-yard 17th is regarded as the signature hole. A small oak tree forces a lofty tee shot on this short but spectacular par 3.
Chorlton-cum-Hardy was founded in 1902 in the Mersey Valley, north of the River Mersey. In 1905 the members leased the historic Barlow Hall as their clubhouse and opened the 18-hole course.
The members purchased the land and hall in the 1950s. There has been a hall on the site for over 800 years and it was rebuilt during the reign of Henry VII when Sir Alexander Barlow occupied it.