The idea for a golf course here at Houghwood came about in the late 1980’s when local farmers, Peter Turner and Richard and Trish Valentine agreed that the spot looking over the Lancashire Plain was a perfect area for an 18 hole golf course. Professional golfer David Clarke oversaw the complex planning permission applications and eventually work was started in 1994, with the course opening for play 2 years later in 1996.
Although a very recently conceived golf course compared to many similar courses, it has gained a reputation for being one of the finest in the North West, and a little bit of a hidden gem in the golfing world. A challenging parkland style course, membership applications soon came flooding in from the local community and further afield, and the clubhouse we see today was also finally completed in 1996, offering a full golfing experience to rival any other.
Over the years since it opened for play, a staggering 35,000 trees have been planted at the site, which will over time mature to create one of the finest parkland courses that the country has to offer, and the trees will grow to create the feeling of intimacy and enclosure that the holes deserve.
With magnificent views across the Lancashire Plain and further on a clear day over towards the Welsh Hills, Houghwood is both an interesting course in terms of play and a fabulous one in terms of scenery available. A par 71 for men measuring a generous 5,841 meters from the back tees, it definitely isn’t a championship course, yet it shouldn’t be taken lightly as the course offers challenges that will test the ability of every golfer, regardless of their handicap.
With well kept, tree lined fairways and immaculate greens, the natural landscape has really been integrated into the design of this course, yet natural hazards are also in plentiful supply and so focus on each shot is a necessity in order to score well. With the naturally hilly ground on which the club is situated, some shots will be undoubtedly tricky and require a combination of powerful drives and accurate putting. Also please note that due to the hilly terrain, it is recommend you hire a golf buggy to transport you around the course, as it can seem very long and tiring walking between the holes on the contoured land. Thankfully due to the construction of a permanent track, golf buggies can be used all year round, regardless of the course conditions.
Course conditions are generally very good all year, with the naturally hilly ground helping the water run off the course during the wettest weather. Green fees are also very well priced, with the club priding itself on offering a friendly and fun golfing experience for everyone, regardless of ability. Tee times should be booked in advance in order to secure the time and date of your choice. Many green fees can also be purchased in conjunction with snacks from the clubhouse, which serves a fantastic selection of food and drinks to help you relax before or after your round. Many of these facilities including the restaurant and some function rooms can be hired privately by groups for weddings and other functions, and corporate days are also welcomed at the club, please contact them to find out more!
Conveniently located just off the main M6 Motorway between St Helens and Wigan, the course is easy to reach via car or public transport. For drivers, you should follow the A570 Rainford By-Pass which can also be reached via the M6 and M58 Motorways. Following local signs for the village of Billinge will direct you to the club. For those wishing to arrive by public transport, the nearest railway station with good connections is either Wigan Wallgate or Wigan North Western if you wish to connect with the mainline to London/Glasgow. Wigan Wallgate offers direct train services to Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Victoria too, where customers can connect with trains to Manchester Airport for those who are coming from overseas.
Take a look at the reviews and ratings we’ve obtained from fellow golfers, regarding the club at Houghwood. They are located just to the left of this page!
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