The shores of England are home to so many illustrious golfing institutions with big names, and they tend to get a lot of the attention that goes around. But what really makes links golf so special in England is the surprising high quality of the lesser known arenas, the local clubs. West Lancashire Golf Club is a perfect example of this. An intriguing links battle awaits those lucky enough to make the trip.
West Lancashire Golf Club resides on the west coast of England, just a short distance up from Liverpool. The longer grass swishes in the wind, and keeping your tee shot on the fairway is a must. West Lancashire is one of those links courses that will test every club in the bag, and those with weak spots in their game will likely find themselves in trouble. The ability to properly execute a bump and run shot is vital, keeping the ball out of the wind’s grasp and letting the ground do the hard work. It is not the longest drive that wins here, but the best executed plan.
West Lancashire was founded in 1873, by Scottish men who were travelling into Liverpool docks on business, and brought their game with them. A rather unique aspect of West Lancashire is that the original course designer is unknown. The natural layout may well have simplified matters though, with this an ideal location for links golf. The punishing rough will make you focus extra hard on your tee shots, because there is a certain inevitability about dropped shots following wild strokes. It is all part of the fun at West Lancashire, where par is not a bad score, because good shots and bad shots are never separated by much.