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Manchester Golf Club

Manchester: A true gem in North West England

Why we’d rather be playing this beautiful inland gem in North West England

 

It is not often that you find a course with moorland and heathland properties in the north of England, but Manchester Golf Club provides exactly that.

The course has a rural feel to it, but also offers up views of central Manchester from its location. Designed by Harry Colt, the course winds its way through trees and heather, and offers different challenges for golfers throughout a round.

The English Women’s Amateur Championship has been held at the club in the past, along with the Northern Counties Championship, Reid Trophy and several other major amateur events.

History

1882 was when the club was founded by eight original members. They played, at the time, over a short 9-hole course, which measured less than 2,000 yards.

The course changed its name from Manchester St Andrews Golf Club to Manchester Golf Club a year later, and in 1898, the club moved to Trafford from its original location. It would move again prior to the First World War, settling in Hopwood Park in northeast Manchester.

The great Harry Colt – who designed the likes of Swinley Forest, St George’s Hill, Sunningdale (New), and both the East and West Courses at Wentworth – was the man brought in. The course he laid out is relatively unchanged since, with only an extra 300 yards being added to his original design.

Why is Manchester Golf Club special?

It’s a Harry Colt masterpiece, known as ‘Lancashire’s Best Inland Course’.

Moorlands, heathlands, water, and plenty of bunkers. There is a lot to look out for and a lot to enjoy during your round at Manchester Golf Club.

There are also incredible practice facilities, with a 350-yard driving range. The facility was opened in 2023 after a three-year development, and bays also have the added bonus of TrackMan technology.

Where does it rank?

204th in GB&I, 160th in England

Where is Manchester Golf Club?

The club is located the north of England’s third largest city. It sits just south of Rochdale and is easily accessible from the M62, which runs east-west from Hull to Liverpool. For international visitors, Manchester Airport is less than half an hour from the golf club.

Get in touch with Manchester Golf Club

For more information about the club and course, visit their website or call them on 0161 643 3202.

You can play at Manchester on the NCG Top 100s Tour this year!

  • Register now to play in our 2024 Manchester event on June 20th here.

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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