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Shaw Hill Hotel Golf & Country Club

Preston Road

Whittle-Le-Woods

Chorley

Lancashire

PR6 7PP

01257 269 221

Average rating

7.4

Course

7.8

Greens

7

Facilities

7.6

Value

7.6

Hospitality

7.2

    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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    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