Mottram Hall Golf Club
- Par 72
- 7006 Yds
The courses surrounding the city of Manchester are plentiful, yet few of them can match the refined splendour offered by De Vere Mottram Hall.
Set in rolling Cheshire parkland with views out towards the Derbyshire Peak District, the centrepiece of this venue is the iconic 18th-century Georgian country house that was once the home of the Calveley family, but is now a lavish hotel where the rich and famous come to relax.
High society also surrounds this area south of Manchester and the odd football legend or Premier League player can be found wandering the fairways.
Rumour has it that Manchester United and England legend Sir Bobby Charlton has aced the par-3 7th and, back in 1993, Sir Alex Ferguson was playing the course when he found out that his team had won the league title for the first time in 26 years.
Designed by Dave Thomas, it is a course of two distinct characters with a flat meadowland feel on the outward nine and a more undulating woodland-style back nine that incorporates what is regarded as one of the best closing stretches in Manchester.
Add into the equation the manicured fairways, true-rolling greens and a well-equipped clubhouse that can take care of every need – from individuals wishing to relax in the bar to large groups enjoying a post-round BBQ on the spacious balcony – Mottram Hall has it covered.
It is a course of two distinct characters with a flat meadowland feel on the outward nine and a more undulating woodland-style back nine.
Top Holes, Tim Hudspith, head of golf:
3rd 176 yards, par 3
This is a glorious short hole. The wide but shallow green is closely guarded by bunkers, a pond and encroaching trees.
With a variety of fiendish pin positions to choose from, you are best advised to suppress the temptation of going for glory and safely aim for the centre of the green.
15th 368 yards, par 4
This is a superbly strategic hole that gives you two options.
A conservative drive away from the pond will leave you a medium iron into a two-tiered green surrounded by majestic pine trees.
But should you take the tiger line over the water, a carry of 235 yards will reward you with a straightforward pitch and a definite chance of making birdie.
17th 463 yards, par 4
Described as “probably the most picturesque hole in Cheshire” by BBC pundit Ken Brown, the 17th is played from an elevated tee to a generous fairway.
However, water lurks on the right and a bunker on the left means that only hitting the fairway will do.
With water 60 yards from the front of the green and bunkers left and right, great care must also be taken with your approach if disaster is to be averted.