Hopwood Cottage, Rochdale Rd,
Middleton, Greater Manchester M24 6QP
18 holes. Parkland & moorland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Woodland and moorland.
10 miles NE of Manchester
From the M62 motorway, just south of Rochdale, take exit 20 and follow the A627(M), direction Oldham. After 1 mile take the first exit; at roundabout take the right hand exit, signposted Slattocks Industrial Estate. After o.5 miles, at large roundabout, take third exit onto the A664 (Rochdale Road), direction Middleton. After o.2 miles (just after railway bridge) turn right into golf club entrance.
Manchester Golf Club at Hopwood Park, presents a very pleasant mix of parkland and moorland golf, set in some 240 acres of rolling countryside between Manchester and Rochdale. It presents a thorough challenge to the low handicap golfer, yet the yellow course, at 6,235 yards, also offers a choice to suit golfers of all handicap levels. The layout occupies a ridge of wild and rugged moorland, the sort of environment one expects to find in the Lake District or Yorkshire Dales, rather than a few miles from the Cotton capital of England. The rolling plateau, broken up by woods of sycamore and birch, and crossed by a wide irregular ravine with a brook winding through the bottom of it, makes for scenic and testing golfing terrain. Many smaller gullies and other features contribute to the adventurous quality of some of the holes. The wild hitter will often discover some real 'tiger country', with long grassy rough, bracken and bushes all potentially in play. Three holes of around 500 yards and three more of 450-470 yards should be enough to satisfy most big hitters, but big hitting by itself will not earn low scores at Manchester. On this often boldly undulating layout, course management and careful shot placement is also at a premium.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and Sundays; no visitors on Saturdays.
Must book in advance. Proof of handicap required
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire (if pre-booked).
Manchester Golf Club was created in 1882 by eight Scotsman led by John Macalister, a native of St Andrews. Indeed the club was originally called "The Manchester St Andrews Golf Club", not only as a token of respect for its Founder-Captain, but also to distinguish it from another nearby club called "The Manchester Golf Club", which was established over 60 years earlier in 1818. In 1883 when it was considered that the latter club had ceased playing, the words St Andrews were dropped from the title. (The original Manchester Golf Club was then always referred to as The 'Old' Manchester Golf Club). When the Club was founded, the members played on a course at Manley Park. From there the club moved to Old Trafford, and it was not until a few years before the First World War that it entered into possession of its present home at Hopwood Park. The course laid out on approximately 240 acres, was designed by Harry Shapland Colt, one of England's foremost golf course architects. It was ready for members to play in 1912. Apart from relatively minor modifications, the general layout of the course has remained much as Harry Colt originally designed it, although it has been lengthened from its original 6145 yards.
Manchester Road, Castleton, Rochdale OL11 2X
+44 (0)1706 630 788Visit website
Set in picturesque grounds with views of the Pennine Hills, the 4-star Norton Grange Hotel is a peaceful haven not far from Manchester with 81 en suite rooms. Easily accessible via Junction 20 of the M62.
Bolton Old Links
Sparrow Hill, Rochdale, Lancashire OL16 1AF
+44 (0)845 345 0483Visit website
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Bolton Old Links
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