Situated on England’s Golf Coast in Southport, Hesketh is just four miles north of 2017 Open Championship venue and the number one course in England Royal Birkdale, and also neighbours links powerhouses Hillside, Formby and West Lancashire. As the oldest golf course in Southport, you won’t be surprised to get that historical feeling when you drive up to the clubhouse at Hesketh. The short par-3 16th on your left-hand side, was described by Henry Cotton as “the best short hole in Lancashire” – and for good reason. A pitching wedge into a green surrounded by bunkers and dunes offers a stern test.
You can expect a tough test of golf where precision off the tee is paramount, the first hole being a prime example. Anything sprayed left or right and you won’t be able to see the pin and then it’s a guessing game as to where you are aiming your approach shot.
The 15th hole is another where precision off the tee is the most important part of the hole. After a lot of rain over the last few months you’d expect the majority of golf courses to not be in tip top condition.
That was not the case here at Hesketh. Just one temporary green – at the 18th – was in operation and that was only because of renovation work. The tee boxes were in really good condition and about 90 percent of the fairways were dry.
The greenkeepers have done a marvellous job of the place over the winter months and I am really looking forward to going back in the summer one day to see just how good this place can be.