The Mere

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The Mere | NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Resorts

The Mere is named after the pocket of water that the resort sits next to. The golf course, designed by James Braid, works its way along the side of The Mere and Little Mere, offering stunning views over the water. The resort also has an award-winning spa and health club, along with a newly renovated Fairmont hotel. 
James Braid, five-time winner of the Open Championship, was the man behind the design of the championship golf course at The Mere. The layout, which sees the 1st, 2nd and 18th holes run parallel to the water’s edge, is a tricky Par 71 course measuring almost 7,000 yards. There is barley a straight hole on the course, with all the longer holes seeming to turn one way or the other. The resort is also the home to the only fully floating ball driving range in the United Kingdom, with golfers hitting balls out onto The Mere during their practice time.  
The spa and health club at The Mere is an award-winning facility and has incredible amenities. There is a heated indoor swimming pool, along with a steam room, aromatherapy room and Hammam, while there are six treatment rooms for guests to indulge in either a massage of facial treatment during their stay.  
The hotel closed over the 2023/2024 winter season to allow for renovations and refurbishment. When it reopened, it was the new Fairmont Cheshire at The Mere, with a glorious range of rooms and suites, some of which overlook The Mere and the championship golf course.  
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Golf by the Water

James Braid designed the championship golf course at The Mere, with the course first opening back in 1934. Almost a century on from then, and the course remains similar, with The Mere and Little Mere coming into play on the opening couple of holes and the final par 5 of the championship course.  
The Par 71 layout is just shy of 6,900 yards from the back tees, and remains a challenge for all golfers. The layout starts and ends with par 5s, both of which feature the water hazard on their right. The opening hole on the course is a good birdie opportunity if you can keep the ball on the straight and narrow. A drive flailed out to the right on the 2nd is also in danger of finding The Mere, while the 3rd is a short par 3 that has a small water hazard in front of the green.  
Both the 7th and 8th also have water features in front of their respective greens, with the latter being the second short hole on the layout. 13 is the longest par 4 on the course, pushing over 480 yards from the back tees, making it a par 5 for most players. A small stream runs across the 15th fairway, with the water then back in view on 18, as the final hole winds its way round The Mere. A double-dog-leg, with the fairway split into three pieces and the green facing back out to the water, it is a very tricky final hole.  

Fairmont Cheshire at The Mere

The hotel at The Mere is currently closed as it is undergoing an extensive refurbishment. When it reopens, it will be under the Fairmont branch, and called Fairmont Cheshire at The Mere. 
The range of accommodation at The Mere was already sublime prior to the renovations and rebranding, with a variety of rooms and suites available. However, that will be further improved by the Fairmont chain.  
Club Rooms, Mere Rooms and Mere Lake View Rooms all came in Twin and Double options, while there were three suite options – Junior, Queen and Premier – for a stay of utter luxury at The Mere.  

Spa & Health Club

The Mere has an award-winning Spa & Health Club on site. The facilities include a 20-metre heated indoor swimming pool, a Hammam, caldarium, aromatherapy room and steam room, along with six treatment rooms.  
In those treatment rooms, guests are welcome to enjoy massages and treatments, including skincare and purifying rituals and facial treatment, with Natura Bisse and Aromatherapy Associates products in use.  
There is also a state-of-the-art gym for guests to work out in, with a range of high-tech fitness equipment. The Health Club has over 60 fitness classes each week, which take place in the gym and the outdoor garden studio.  

FAQs about The Mere

Where is The Mere?  
The Mere is just north of Knutsford and lies just off the junction of the A50 and A556. Warrington is just ten miles north up the M6, while Manchester is 15 miles to the northeast.  

What is the nearest airport and station to The Mere?
Manchester Airport is easily the closest airport to The Mere, just ten miles to the east of the resort. Manchester Airport is the busiest airport outside of London in the United Kingdom, and provides flights to most European countries, along with flights to North and South America, Africa, and the Middle East. 
Knutsford is the nearest train station to the resort, just three miles south of The Mere. Trains run between Manchester Piccadilly and Chester via Knutsford, with trains running every hour in both directions.  

What golf facilities does The Mere offer?
Along with the James Braid-designed championship golf course, there is a driving range – the only floating ball driving range in the United Kingdom – with balls hit into The Mere itself. There is also a two-tier pitching green, putting green and bunker practice area to allow golfer to practice before taking to the course.  
There is also a well-stocked pro shop on site at The Mere, with the likes of Galvin Green, J.Lindeberg and plenty more brands on offer.  
Does The Mere offer golf lessons?  
Should you be looking for coaching and tuition during your time at The Mere, there is a team of PGA-qualified professionals on site who can aid with that. Both individual and group lessons are on offer for guests and members alike. 

What are the green fees at The Mere?
The price of a green fee at The Mere changes throughout the year, depending on the season. It is also different depending on whether it is a weekday or weekend. There are also stay & play packages available at the resort.  
For more information on current green fees at The Mere, visit their website here

What accommodation is on offer at The Mere?
The hotel at The Mere is currently closed for renovations. When it reopens, it will come under the Fairmont branch, known as the Fairmont Cheshire at The Mere.  

What other resorts are nearby?
The Mere is one of several venues on the NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Resorts list that is in the northwest of England. Mottram Hall, Portal, Wychwood Park, Carden Park and more are all within an hour from The Mere.  
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