Herons Reach – Blackpool
Tel: 01253 766156
18 hole – famous par 72
Championship golf course designed by Peter Alliss and Clive Clarke. The testing layout incorporates 10 lakes while the USGA green construction promises superb all year round play. You can get there in about 10 minutes by car
Tel: 01253 737390
18 hole – par 70
Lytham Green Drive is a pleasant tree lined course, which although within a mile of the Irish Sea still retains its parkland characteristics. Don’t be fooled by its apparent lack of length, at 6,305 yards it is indeed short by modern standards, but very small, well bunkered greens provide a more than adequate test.
The outward half is where one’s score must be made and although the back nine contains three Par 3′s, all of which are particularly testing, its long par 4′s will generally account for any shots saved on the front nine. The opening hole provides a stern test with out of bounds and trees flanking the right behind two well placed bunkers, forcing the player to direct his tee shot left, where he will be greeted by more trees. The signature 14th hole, Devil’s Elbow, has taken its toll on many. At 444 yards, this right angled dog-leg has a stream to the right which must be negotiated at least twice. There is also an Out-of-bounds that is very much in play on the corner of the dog-leg. Once within range of the postage stamp sized elevated green, deep bunkers must be avoided.
Used as a final qualifying course for the 1974, 1979 and 1988 British Open Championships held at nearby Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, Lytham Green Drive offers excellent facilities for visitors where they can be assured of a warm welcome.
Tel: (01253) 810576
18 hole – par 69
The opening 5 Holes run alongside the River Wyre so be aware; a slice spells a watery grave when the tide is in
One of the finest views in the Fylde area can be seen from the 3rd tee.
To the north is Morecambe Bay set against the background of the Lake District Mountains. One of the courses most infamous holes is the 11th hole 123yd par 3. At first glance this should pose few problems, however with water in front of and to the right of the green, out of bounds on both sides and to the rear of the green ‘mishaps’ often occur! When the wind is blowing this hole can vary from a sand iron to a 5 iron, the hole has ruined more promising good scores than any other hole.