Hesketh Golf Club

Cockle Dick's Lane

off Cambridge Road

Southport

Merseyside

PR9 9QQ

01704 536 897

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Average rating

7.8

Course

8.1

Greens

7.4

Facilities

8.4

Value

6.8

Hospitality

8.2

    The course, which is situated at the northern end of the Merseyside sand dune system, presents a challenge to all standards of golfer. Whilst pre-dominantly a links course, changes over recent years have led to the course now having a slightly more diverse landscape for seaside golf.

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    Course

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    10

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    Value

    8

    Hospitality

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    Average

    8.4

    Thursday, 5th February 2015

    I very much looked forward to playing one of the clubs I had not yet managed on the famous Southport coast. This area has golf clubs in abundance and the quality is superb. On arrival at the pro shop we were greeted with a pleasant welcome, the shop itself was well equipped with a wide range of premium brand products. We did not make use of the practise facilities but there are putting greens, practise nets and a full practise area.

    Unfortunately we played the course from winter tees that were a considerable way forward from the official tee boxes. That said the first hole is a great start with a green that is surrounded by high grass mounds, leaving a narrow entrance to the green. The next few holes were ok but I think it is holes 6 and 7 where you start to take a bit more notice on the tee shot. Both holes are flanked with danger either side of the fairway and have bunkers in the right areas on the fairway, the tee shot demands respect and sets you up nicely if you can find the right surface. I must say we did struggle with directions from green to tee on a few occasions and the route from the 9th green to the 10th tee was very confusing as we nearly ended up on the 14th! More prominent signage would be helpful. The 14th and 15th are memorable holes both of which the fairway weaves its way through the high grass banks. The finishing hole is a par 5 and I would have loved to play from the official tees as this was again shortened by 70 yards, it was a great close to the round and finished off with a birdie!

    The condition of the course was fantastic throughout and the greens were superb, I can only imagine how quick they can be in the height of summer. It will be nice to comeback and play from the full tees and see a bit of rough shape the fairways.

    We finished off with an excellent ham, egg and chips in the clubhouse and a very pleasant conversation with some of the clubs members who were most welcoming.

    At £30 a round it is great value and we will be back in the summer to see the course in its finest.

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    Hesketh on a summer evening.

    Average rating

    9.4

    27th July, 2017, by tapitin

    Played this fantastic course many, many times in the past .we usually play in the festival week.On this occasion we played on a summer evening after it had rained most of the day. You would never had know it had rained at all as the course still was still fast and firm with not mud being picked up by the ball. This is as good a golf course as you find anywhere. Evidence of a lot of work being done to keep it up-to-date. With new bunkers and tees . It's a course that requires precision of tee, as if you go in the rough it will make avoiding the bunkers on approach difficult.
    This course has held many Open qualifiers , and it not hard to see why. Go and play it ....you won't be disappointed.

    Course

    10

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    10

    Much better back nine than front nine

    Average rating

    7

    4th July, 2017, by Robems

    Played here for the first time having played a number of courses in the area. It has good practice facilities though they are a good walk from the first tee. The staff were pleasant on arrival and we got off on time. I find the front nine a little bit uninteresting but thought that the back nine was good. Greens were in good condition. Worth a visit.

    Course

    6

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    8

    Hesketh GC

    Average rating

    9.2

    8th November, 2016, by SamEfc98

    Hesketh is the best golf course that I have played to date! I thoroughly enjoyed my day and would recommend to anyone! The greens were fast and the fairways in fantastic condition! As an amateur I found the course challenging but rewarding at the same time!

    Course

    10

    Greens

    10

    Facilities

    10

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    8

    A mixed bag

    Average rating

    7.2

    12th August, 2016, by SteveG

    Played here for the first time in a while in August 2016 on a very blustery day.

    This really is a course of two halves - the start and finish are in the main good links holes with the expected dunes and turf to match. The rest of the course is a wetter, parkland layout which feels a little tired and bland. It is also very exposed to the coastal winds.

    The greens were in only average condition for mid-summer, and overall we were left with the feeling that the club has seen better days in the past.

    Certainly it will always be a poor relation to its illustrious neighbours, but it is worth a visit if in the area.

    Course

    7

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    8

    Wicked day out with a reality check!

    Average rating

    7.6

    10th June, 2016, by benjaminchef7

    Has very fortunate to play the historic Hesketh golf club On Wednesday, 9 June with Bunkers golf Society.
    After introduction from Dave the present taking the Mickey out of people with a few cheeky jokes the mood was set for enjoyable day out.
    Apart from my stomach rumbling with no pre round food. Which I found a bit disgusting not to have with paint £45 on a Wednesday morning!
    As you do you go out to get your golf clubs accessories and go for a warm up, the range was about a three minute walk away from the first tee with free range balls which is nice.
    In my opinion
    A course of two halves. The 7 links holes far outweigh the 11 parkland holes. Hesketh GC is unique and definitely worth a visit. I just wish all of the holes were links.
    Looking forward to playing this course again

    Course

    10

    Greens

    6

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    6

    Hospitality

    7

    Great Day Out!

    Average rating

    7.8

    9th June, 2016, by d1ashley

    Like many other enthusiastic members of the superb Bunkers Golf Society and having never visited the venue before, I arrived at the prestigious Hesketh Golf Club with a great sense of anticipation. After the recent spell of warm, dry conditions we hoped to find the course just about at its very best.
    We were delighted to receive a warm and courteous welcome from the Club Professional, the club-house staff and indeed from several members.
    After the customary greetings, humorous ribbing and general banter it was out for a short session on the excellent practice putting green then off to the first tee.
    The layout was an interesting and attractive collection of holes typical of those you might find at parkland, heathland as well as at links courses. It was very nice indeed and for the most part beautifully kept with only one or two areas of GUR slightly spoiling what might otherwise have been regarded as an immaculate layout. Post-round comments from the majority of players confirmed the somewhat disappointing and rather bobbly condition of several greens one of which unusually had two large areas of GUR marked on it. Despite this scoring for most of the lads was surprisingly good with only three players from a field of 18 recording scores of less than 30 points with the winner on the day amassing a very creditable 40 points!
    At £45 for golf only though - on a Wednesday morning in early June - I'm not certain that the experience was one which gave full value for money on this occasion.

    Course

    9

    Greens

    6

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    6

    Hospitality

    10

    Great course on Englands Golf Coast

    Average rating

    8.2

    9th June, 2016, by Roper1592

    I visited Hesketh Golf Club with Bunkers Golf Society on 8th June 2016 and this was my first time playing at the course, although I have visited the club itself before.

    Firstly, all dealings with the staff during the booking and paying process; in the pro shop on the day and within the clubhouse were a joy and everyone was supremely happy to chat and were helpful. I must say, this was repeated on the course with members – which can often be a problem at long standing established clubs where the welcome afforded to guests can be ‘frosty’ at best – not here!!!

    The course is a beautiful mix of links, healthland and parkland and has a mix of everything you would want from a course. Some holes requiring distance, some needing accuracy and some demanding good course management. Enough to keep all levels of ability and various handicaps happy.

    The course was beautifully presented for the main part with defined fairways that were cut short and provided a lovely platform to play from. The rough wasn’t too penal and unless you went ridiculously off line you stood a chance of finding your ball. The bunkers were raked and well stocked and the course has a very mature and well-presented appearance generally.

    There were a couple of niggles which I should mention in the interest of fairness. The greens were the biggest surprise as they were mostly slow paced and actually played uneven with the odd one being much quicker in pace and this makes it very difficult to play as you don’t quite know what you are going to get. There were also a couple of greens that looked damaged and one had patches of GUR on it.

    The other point was that some of the tee boxes were a bit uneven and provided subtle uneven stances. I appreciate that due to the winter that some courses are a bit behind, but we were on the back of a 10-day heat wave and some beautiful summer weather of late, and it was a surprise to see a course that positions itself in the upper echelons of golf in this area with such issues. However, they never detracted from what was a widely enjoyed days’ golf and is probably more critical purely because of the reputation of the club.

    We didn’t eat pre or post golf, but the clubhouse was a pleasant place and the staff were very pleasant. Prices were standard and the variety on offer was good.
    The main reason for not eating was purely the costs that the day would have risen to. We paid £45 for golf only on a Wednesday morning – which I thought was a touch higher than it probably warranted for that time of week. I do appreciate the level of the market that Hesketh is aiming at, but when clubs such as Warrington, Vale Royal, Heswall and Ormskirk are coming in at around £5 to £10 less midweek [including snack] – it does make it slightly on the pricier side – but we knew that when we booked it and willingly did so.

    However, this was an extremely enjoyable day on a course that is beautifully crafted. I would like to pop back again and just make some comparisons with slight issues mentioned above – but regardless of the slight niggles touched on above during our visit, this should be seen as a positive review of what is a wonderful local club and one I would happily recommend to my golfing friends.

    Course

    9

    Greens

    6

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    10

    Visited with Bunkers Golf Society

    Average rating

    7.4

    9th June, 2016, by Kevblue

    I thought this was a quality golf course with a really interesting layout. Many of the holes feature excellently placed hazards meaning that selecting the correct club is vital. As with most quality golf courses, inaccurate shots are severely punished.

    One big plus for the course is that no 2 holes are similar - nothing worse than courses that are "up and down"

    A few minor criticisms - Some of the tee boxes were uneven meaning at times tees shots involved hitting a ball above/below your feet.

    Some of the greens were a little bit bobbly and it was difficult to get the ball to stop at times.

    The green fees seem a little bit expensive considering some of the more illustrious courses Hesketh is competing with.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    6

    Hospitality

    8

    Great hospitality and course

    Average rating

    8.6

    8th June, 2016, by chuck5314

    Course

    9

    Greens

    6

    Facilities

    10

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    10

    A real test

    Average rating

    8.6

    5th June, 2016, by MattyAdams13

    Club was accommodating as we were running late on a busy Friday. The clubhouse is very grande, the course is a true test of any golfers abilities. The course is quite flat and well spread out, this is not a cramped course. Hazards are commonplace with deep bunkers aplenty and tough rough never far away. Greens are fast and true and fairways are tight. Well worth a visit if you like a challenge.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    8

    Couldnt get started

    Average rating

    6.8

    1st October, 2015, by golfers4justice

    I have played here twice over the summer months. The first time I was playing poorly and didnt enjoy it so I came back to give it the benefit of the doubt. I don't know what it is but I can't take to the course. It is looked after and maintained well, the greens weren't fantastic, but the fairways were fine. The course just seemed to lack character and felt a bit tired. The 14-16 stretch is a good 3 hole but for me that wasn't highlight enough for me to go back. The £60 green fees also seem a bit steep in price, there are as good if not better around for as much or cheaper.

    Course

    7

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    5

    Hospitality

    7

    Good course in the shadow of its lofty neighbours

    Average rating

    7.6

    19th June, 2015, by joncy123

    A stunning links layout slightly overshadowed by its better known Southport neighbours.easy walking great scenery, well worth a visit to the top-notch restaurant too.

    Course: Par 72 6,703 yards. Location: Cockle Dicks lane, Southport, Merseyside PR9 9QQ Facilities: Practice area, Putting Green Pro-services, Bar & restaurant.

    Course

    7

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    6

    Hospitality

    8

    March Society Day

    Average rating

    7.2

    24th May, 2015, by DavidS

    Very soft underfoot in places which meant we didn't see this course at its finest, although good to play summer tees and greens in March. Would love to play it at its best, but becomes too pricey for our Society then.

    Course

    7

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    6

    Hospitality

    7

    Excellent course. Needed better weather though

    Average rating

    8.4

    30th March, 2015, by PeterStan

    Course

    8

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    9

    Hesketh GC

    Average rating

    6.6

    24th March, 2015, by MikeW

    Played Hesketh GC as part of a group on 24th March, as we paid a little more than normal I was expecting great things and was left feeling a little disappointed with the course condition. Ball was getting muddy and. Too many bare lies around the greens for me. That said we had just had a period of heavy rain. There are some great golf holes with those on same side of the road as the clubhouse looking a nd playing like a championship course. I would like to visit again in the summer. Fabulous clubhouse!

    Course

    6

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    5

    Hospitality

    6

    First time at Hesketh

    Average rating

    6.6

    24th March, 2015, by JonnyC

    Played a full day here (9 in the morning, 18 in the afternoon) recently.
    It was our first time at the course, and with a fairly hefty price we were expecting much.
    The course layout is good and challenging, however the condition of the course wasn't great, the greens and approaches to the greens in particular weren't in the best condition. Maybe a bit harsh given the fact it was late March, however played cheaper courses that have been in better condition in January.
    All in all a good day and probably would go back if the price was right, just disappointed with the condition.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    6

    Facilities

    6

    Value

    5

    Hospitality

    8

    Society visit.

    Average rating

    7.8

    2nd February, 2015, by bluesimo

    Visited Hesketh G.C. On Sunday 1 February with Cargill golf society. 19 players paid £30 green fees. The course itself was in very good condition considering the recent weather in the area. We played on full greens which were in good condition. The only downside was having to play from the first cut of rough to protect the fairways,but this was understandable. All in all a good day out on a good course. A good winter course.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    7