Shaw Hill Hotel Golf & Country Club

Preston Road

Whittle-Le-Woods

Chorley

Lancashire

PR6 7PP

01257 269 221

Average rating

6.5

Course

6.9

Greens

3.9

Facilities

7.2

Value

6.4

Hospitality

8.2

    he course was designed by Laurence Allamby, a young golf professional who had studied Golf Architecture and Course Design under the world famous course architect Dr. Alister McKenzie. It was shortly after his 19th birthday that Allamby was recommended to a Mr Cross who resided at Shaw hill at that time. Allamby was invited to a meeting with the members of the Cross family, a local solicitor and other wealthy benefactors in the winter of 1923. It was after this meeting that Allamby was invited to submit a design for an eighteen hole golf course to be laid out on the 100 plus acres of parkland which surrounded Shaw Hill. The design was accepted and after hiring local labour the work commenced in 1924.

    The course took just over fifteen months to complete and the first rounds of golf were played in the spring of 1925. The scenic charm of the golf course belies a stern test for every level of golfer. Several strategically placed ponds, a meandering brook, internal out of bounds and hundreds of trees await any errant shots. With heavily bunkered greens, freuent dog-legs, long par threes and awkwardly placed ponds, good course management is a must. Yet the curious nature of the course rewards long hitting on the par fives in particular and accuracy on the shorter par fours and threes.

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    Full victim of the poor weather

    Average rating

    4

    14th May, 2018, by Kmurphy87

    Played here with bunkers golf society for our 1st major event on 15th April 2018.

    The lead up to us playing was atrocious weather wise so we have probably seen the course at its worst, but in my opinion it shouldnt of been open. The greens were like being on top of a water bed and if you was just in the fringe of the green you had to be carful that if you stepped near your ball the ground would rise and your ball would move! It was sodden all over and i think everybody that played lost atleast one ball through plugging in the fairways! It is harsh to give a poor review like this but i can only judge on what i have played and im sure it is a fantastic course in the summer as ive been told.

    Course

    5

    Greens

    1

    Facilities

    1

    Value

    4

    Hospitality

    9

    A victim of the poor weather

    Average rating

    6

    26th April, 2018, by The Housewife

    I play off 18.

    First visit of 2018 with Bunkers Golf Society. Played the course on 15th April. Unfortunately this review will not reflect the true potential of this Parkland course and I WILL return in the summer months.

    20 plus turned up for the event and it was a golf and 2 course meal for £40.

    Practise green was awful, unfortuanetly the weather had took its toll. Very wet ground gave way, grass very long. 2 practise nets next to first are ok but can put the golfers off when teeing off.

    The greens ruined the course very. Unpredictable, bobbly, grass too long etc etc. this i believe can only be down to the weather and the green staff have to take credit for doing the best they could.

    The course has a great layout and challenges you to keep the ball in play. it was very wet and the ball got plugged if you didnt hit the fairway.

    i will definitely return and give another review and hopefully a truer reflection but my adice would be to wait for the dryer months.

    food was excellent bar prices typical hotel and very expensive.

    Course

    6

    Greens

    2

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    6

    Hospitality

    8

    Bunkers 1st Major Event

    Average rating

    6

    19th April, 2018, by ganno77

    Our 1st Major of the year took us to Shaw Hill, known as an outstanding course of great variety. Obviously the atrocious weather throughout the winter and into the new year has had a severe detrimental effect on this course, it was boggy in many places with standing water at various spots on the course. The greens were so dissapointing and you have to feel sorry for the green staff trying their best to make it as playable as possible. The greens were very soft and slow with a marshy feel on most, 8 or 9 having some of the longest grass I have ever seen on a green. You can see the potential in this course and I would certainly like to visit later in the year when the course has had time to dry and recover form the poor winter weather. I'll never forget this visit though as I had my 1st hole in 1 on the 152yrd 2nd hole, thanks Shaw Hill!

    Course

    4

    Greens

    2

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    9

    Not in good condition

    Average rating

    5

    18th April, 2018, by Evo5468

    Course

    5

    Greens

    1

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    5

    Hospitality

    7

    Disappointing

    Average rating

    6.4

    18th April, 2018, by d1ashley

    I visited Shaw Hill for the first time on 15th April together with fellow members of Bunkers Golf Society....it is unlikely that I will return any time soon.
    The course was sodden with many areas of fairway and several bunkers being marked as GUR.
    It was clear that the majority of the greens had not been mown for many days and it frequently felt as though you were walking on a waterbed as you approached the flag.
    The staff were pleasant and courteous and the post round meal I thought, was delicious...so if you're looking for a bite to eat and a chat with friendly bar staff then this might be the place for you!

    Course

    8

    Greens

    4

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    5

    Hospitality

    8

    Wait until summer

    Average rating

    6.4

    18th April, 2018, by phil196

    Visited with Bunkers Golf Society. Let’s make it clear that yes the weather has been terrible for the whole winter and I understand the difficulties this brings...but some of the course was unplayable due to either the muddy conditions or the wet sponge like greens. Many places would or should not have opened as clearly a mower was not able to have gotten anywhere near the greens.
    That said, it is a pleasant layout and definitely has pedigree and potential to be a lovely summer course. I just hope that overplaying it in the wet doesn’t damage it for the rest of the year.
    On which note. I know I am part of the problem but putting two societies out back to back causes it to be a long day. I know some of our members suffered abuse from the pink ladies due to slow play caused by groups 7 or 8 holes ahead.
    On a positive note the staff were good the hotel bsr etc was nice and the food was lovely.

    Course

    7

    Greens

    2

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    6

    Hospitality

    9

    Challenging course

    Average rating

    6.4

    17th April, 2018, by Jpg1001@hotmail.com

    Course

    7

    Greens

    3

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    5

    Hospitality

    9

    Bunkers Golf Society day

    Average rating

    7.4

    16th April, 2018, by SMOGGER1

    The course was still quite wet, due to the wet winter we have had, The fairways where in reasonable condition, but the greens where bumpy,uneven and some where quite spongy. The course has a great layout and would probably be best described as a summer course, due to its many undulations. We had a 2 course meal after our round and the food and service was excellent. I look forward to returning to this course in the summer.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    5

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    9

    A summer venue

    Average rating

    6.6

    16th April, 2018, by Bunkers Golf Society

    We took our members to Shaw Hill for our 1st Major of 2018 on Sunday 15th April 2018.

    Having visit Shaw Hill in the past, and been recommended by a couple of their members in recent years, we decided to take the society to the club. The reputation meant we decided to book it to host our opening Major of the season and they provided a good deal of £40 per person for golf followed by two courses. We were looking forward to it immensely and hoped it would live up to the expectation.

    Its worth noting that we appreciate that this winter has been one of the worst and wettest in recent times, but we have to base any review on the condition of the course/venue as we find it on the day. Otherwise there is little point to leaving reviews on sites like this.

    The venue itself is impressive and starts things off on the right footing. The staff were welcoming and polite and took an interest in members as they purchased drinks from the bar.

    As we landed on the putting green and practice nets, it revealed what we would expect from the day. Which was a course that was battered by recent weather and if truth be told, should probably have been closed.

    As with most parklands this winter, the wet weather has taken its toll and the fairways, walk off areas and greens are saturated to excess. As this course is quite hilly in parts, it made it a real chore of a walk for quite a few people over the soaked land.

    The greens were quite simply unplayable. As you walked on them, they visibly moved under foot and were like walking on a mattress. Foot prints left in the greens from all the days player meant that balls were darting off on all kinds of angles whilst putting and it was pointless lining up putts - even from a foot or two away - as it was pot luck as to whether they travelled on the line picked. They were also multi paced and difficult to get into any rhythm to play on. The SI 1 hole [8th I think] was like putting in a back garden. The grass was long enough that balls sat down in it, it was super bobbly and had bare patches all over it [see photo] and having been told the greens had been ironed and rolled in the 24 hours previous, it was hard to see and was very disappointing.

    The course itself is a lovely layout with it being cleverly cut into the natural layout of the land and some creatively placed water hazards that provide real risk and reward shots. Its everything you would expect from a course designed by Laurence Allamby, a young golf professional who had studied Golf Architecture and Course Design under the world famous course architect Dr. Alister McKenzie.

    The tee boxes on the whole were flat and playable and there were lots of part of the course that were GUR [some were clearly marked, others not so].

    Its fair to say that Shaw Hill will be a very different venue in the summer months, with the trees in full bloom it would be a very tricky course to navigate and I know historically that the greens are good and that this visit isn't a true reflection. However, in comparison to other parkland courses in the North West, Shaw Hill is sadly some way behind a lot of their competitors at this stage of the year - even some historically 'wet tracks' seem to have fared better in dealing with the horrendous weather.

    We appreciate it is a tough decision for a course as to the balance between staying open and preserving a course and closing and upsetting members and guests alike. In some instances, it must feel like they can't win in that regard. However, discussions between our group post round were that as long as clubs are open and honest and offer to work with members and guests, then golfers appreciate that sometimes courses just have to close for their long term benefit. Even if it means consecutive days at a time. Being charged full price for substandard golf that subsequently ruins a course is not the way forward [in our view]

    In summary, Shaw Hill probably isn't a club we would ever look to return to unless it was peak summer months and a better chance of getting it in a suitable condition - which is a shame.

    Course

    6

    Greens

    3

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    8

    Enjoyable layout - Poor condition

    Average rating

    6

    16th April, 2018, by Kevblue

    I played here with Bunkers Golf Society.

    I found many of the holes here interesting and found myself thinking about club selection frequently. I think this has the potential to be an excellent course (it probably has been in the past)

    Unfortunately, this is where the positives regarding the course end. The course had endured a lot of rain in the preceeding weeks but so have many other courses and they weren't as sodden as Shaw Hill.

    Me and my playing partners found ourselves looking for plugged balls in the first cut if rough which is certainly not ideal.

    The greens were nothing short of appalling. Putting here was literally a lottery with the ball spending as much time in the air as it did on the green. At times i found myself wondering which way the putt would bounce rather than which way would it break. The length of grass on the 8th green was completely unacceptable. It was like putting in the first cut of rough.

    The staff we encountered were all very helpful and polite and the food served after the round was nice.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    2

    Facilities

    6

    Value

    5

    Hospitality

    9

    Bunkers Society - 15th April 2018

    Average rating

    6

    16th April, 2018, by dtnalex

    Starting with the positives, lovely location, nice course layout, associated hotel very nice, food post round was also very nice and the staff very polite.

    This winter has seen a lot of rain put down and a lot of parkland courses struggling with boggy ground in patches as a result. That said, this course is a lot wetter and boggier all over, when compared to other local parkland courses in similar area I've played this year. The amount of GUR was very high across the whole course with unsightly open drainage works not marked off on some holes. I imagine this will be different in a month or two's time.

    The greens were horrendous, they were reportedly mowed and ironed the previous day but i cannot see how. Yes they were very soft with balls plugging but sometimes that is out of green keepers hands. The length of the grass on the majority of the greens (the 8th being the worst) was very disappointing and the visible bumps and uneven surfaces of the green made putting a total lottery with putts taking many visible high bobbles and changes in direction.

    I was really looking forward to playing Shaw Hill for the first time as i had heard good things about the course, but walked off feeling very disappointed. Yes the weather hasn't favoured parkland courses this winter, but there are many courses within a short distance (municipal and private) that are playing a whole lot better at the same point in the season.

    Maybe one to visit in the summer if we play again, but i think a reduction in fee wouldn't go a miss for the disappointing winter golf course conditions we played yesterday.

    Course

    7

    Greens

    3

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    5

    Hospitality

    8

    Shaw Hill G.C

    Average rating

    7.2

    15th April, 2018, by Mfields94

    Alot of G.U.R's in play although not on every hole, there's enough to get alot of ball plugging action. The tee boxes were in good condition considering the recent rainfall. Green were too bumpy and unreadable in places alot of plugs on the greens from the high balls too. Overall a fantastic set up, but I'd give it til the weather perks up, then the fairways and greens would be a dream I can imagine. The hotel was immaculate inside and the dining was excellent. Worth another visit in the summer.

    Course

    7

    Greens

    4

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    6

    Hospitality

    10

    Great Course, definitely worth a visit

    Average rating

    9.2

    11th September, 2017, by Billy_AGS

    Played at Shaw Hill for the first time on Sunday 10th September. Heavy rain recently would have closed a lot of Courses but this one survived and although wet in places, it held up well. All areas had been mown and were in good order. The Bunkers had water in so can not comment on the amount of Sand or raking. The Greens had become soft and had some footprints which affected the ball but that is in no way the fault of the staff as weather conditions have been awful. We were given a warm welcome and all members of staff that I encountered wished us good morning. I will definitely return to this Course as it would be really good in drier conditions. It is quite a tough walk.

    Course

    9

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    10

    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    10

    A light of other years

    Average rating

    7.4

    21st July, 2016, by SteveG

    I have played Shaw Hill many times over the years, and have always enjoyed the course layout, which mixes long and short holes with a variety of dog-legs and water hazards. It is not overly long at around 6000 yards, but the changes in elevation make it a decent challenge.

    The course has always tended to be fairly wet, and on my latest visit in July 2016, I was disappointed to see this still to be the case. The far end of the course in particular on hole 11 had a large muddy area including standing water where a number of land drains have been dug. For a large corporate venue, it seems there has been little investment in improving the golf course.

    Greens were particularly slow, and the whole course was strewn with cut grass which had not been collected, on both the fairways as well as in the rough.

    Tees and fairways were at best tatty, which is sad to see in mid-summer. Weeds and bare areas abound everywhere.

    The course is a pale imitation now of what it was around 15 years ago, and the green fees have been greatly reduced to reflect that.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    6

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    6

    A good challenge

    Average rating

    6.6

    7th June, 2016, by src1981

    Played here a couple of times in 2015. Once on my own and once with the society (October). Both times found the course to be in good condition with the greens smooth and rolling well.
    Its a fair test of your skills with plenty of trees to get you in trouble and a fair few dog legs to keep you thinking.
    Slightly expensive i'd say in comparison to some of the places we've been to but well worth a visit if in the area

    Course

    7

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    6

    Value

    6

    Hospitality

    7

    Shawhill

    Average rating

    7.8

    6th June, 2016, by npedley_CSGS

    Played it many times & was eager to get back to see what has developed. Course in good shape, though it does allow some wayward hitting & allows easy recovery for the lower handicappers, I personally like to see stray shots penalised & thus make the golfers have more control and keep the ball on the hole you're playing. Greens were running well & thoroughly enjoyed the day.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    7

    Pretty Parkland

    Average rating

    6.2

    7th March, 2015, by SimonB

    Unfortunately when I have played this course there has been a fair amount of rain before and it seems to struggle with drainage. There is some spectacular holes set in stunning parkland. The clubhouse is beautiful and the food of a good standard. Pro shop is fairly small but well stocked. Would like to play the course when it's dry,

    Course

    7

    Greens

    6

    Facilities

    6

    Value

    6

    Hospitality

    6