Bolton Old Links Golf Club

4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   Bolton Old Links Golf Club Est. 1891

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Bolton Old Links Golf Club: This excellent and relatively open, moorland golf course was opened in its present form in 1924 and owes much of its layout and design to the famous golf architect Dr Alister MacKenzie (responsible for Augusta National amongst other famous courses). The front-nine is played as an anti-clockwise inner loop of holes, enclosed within the very scenic and enjoyable back-nine, which run clockwise around the opening holes. With many straight holes, and only the par-4 18th having anything of a pronounced dog-leg, neither drawers nor faders of the ball should have too much difficulty with this layout. However, wayward hookers and slicers will need to contend with thick moorland grassy rough, as well as many strategically placed fairway and greenside bunkers. Mackenzie's design adheres to his basic principle of keeping the layout in harmony with its natural environment, in this case emphasising the natural features of the undulating moorland terrain to produce a series of colourful and testing holes. With parts of the course reaching 750 - 850 feet (270-310 m) above sea level, you can reasonably assume that the wind will be a factor in your round, although its direction could be anything but constant.

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Bolton Old Links Golf Club
Chorley Old Rd,
Bolton, Lancashire BL1 5SU
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Office   +44 (0)1204 842 307
Pro Shop   +44 (0)1204 843 089

  +44 (0)1204 497 549

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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Moorland course.
Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Open moorland
Designer: Dr Alister MacKenzie designed the current layout in 1924.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6470 6032 5494
Par 72 72 73
SSS or Slope 71 70
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How2Get There?

15 miles NW of Manchester
From the M61 motorway south-west of Bolton leave at exit 5 and follow the A58 direction Bolton. After o.7 miles turn left at traffic lights into Beaumont Road (still the A58). After 2.5 miles at roundabout turn left onto the B6226 Chorley Old Road (Montserrat Brow). After o.3 miles golf entrance is on your right.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, 18-holes in summer season: weekdays £25; weekends £35. [Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc].
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance. Proof of handicap required.
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Other Information
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire (if booked in advance).

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Did you know?

Bolton Old Links Golf Club (originally named Bolton Golf Club), began in 1891 as a small nine-hole course in Green Lane, Bolton before transferring to its current Smithills location in 1896. Golf has been played on the present site for over 100 years and part of that land still forms the far end of the present course. In 1908, the course measured 2841 yards. Around 1912 a number of members left the Smithills-based golf club for a new eighteen-hole golf course that was being laid out at Lostock Park, about 1 mile away. For some reason the new club took the name of Bolton Golf Club, with the original club assuming the name of Bolton Old Links Golf Club. Following the Old Links acquisition of 173 acres of land in 1921, a complete reconstruction of the course was undertaken. Dr Alister MacKenzie of Leeds, the notable golf course architect, designed a new eighteen-hole course, which was opened in 1924. This formed the basis of the present layout. The new course measured 6096 yards. A number of changes, particularly after the Second World War, have resulted in the course being lengthened to 6470 yards off the Championship tees. However, the essence of the course designed by Dr MacKenzie remains.

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Latitude: (53.593947)
Longitude: (-2.485093)
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DeVere Whites Hotel 4-star
De Havilland Way, Bolton, Greater Manchester BL6 6SF
+44 (0)1204 667 788

Whites is an ultra modern hotel with a difference. Not many hotels can claim to offer the perfect mix of comfort, style and football. This magnificent four-star hotel is fully integrated into the Reebok Stadium, home of Bolton Wanderers Football Club. From the M61 motorway take exit 6 and follow the A6027, direction Bolton. After 500 yards hotel is on your left in the Reebok Stadium.

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Holiday Inn Bolton Centre 4-star
1 Higher Bridge Street, Bolton BL1 2EW
+44 (0)870 442 0901

Newly refurbished and located in the town centre, Holiday Inn Bolton Centre is within easy reach of the M6, M61, M62 and M60 motorway networks making it ideally situated for both business and leisure. A deceptively large hotel boasting 132 bedrooms and 7 Executive bedrooms all with air-conditioning.

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