Away Days: Manchester
Away Days: Manchester
As summer comes to a close and the autumn season kicks in, is it time for another home city break? We’ve found with studies that show that travel within the UK & Ireland among UK & Ireland residents has been growing. More of us are exploring every corner of the isles and discovering the hidden gems and must-see spots that fortunate to be close to ‘Home.’
In our Away Days series, we look at the top UK & Ireland city break destinations and showing you that when you’re packing your weekend bag, you should be sure to make room for the golf clubs. In this edition of the series, we look at the great city of Manchester!
Each Golf Club we feature has been recognised for its proximity to the city centre, ease of access, customer reviews and/or their clubhouse facilities.
Fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south and the Pennines to the north and east, Manchester is a stone’s throw from some of the most beautiful courses in England. A great modern cultural city famous for its music and sports, Manchester is home to two of the biggest Premier League football clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City. Also home to some of the best bands to come out of Britain such as Oasis and The Stone Roses.
So here are 5 courses you and your travelling squad should consider when making the trip…
1. Prestwich Golf Club – 3 miles from Piccadilly Gardens
So, to begin located 3 miles northwest from the city centre in Salford presents the closest course on the list to all the action Manchester has to offer, Prestwich Golf Club. You’ll be able to reach Prestwich Golf Club by either car or getting off at the closest train station, Clifton and then a taxi is required for the 2.5-mile distance to the golf course.
Established in 1908, Prestwich Golf Club has traditionally been a parkland course set over a hilly terrain bordering Kersal Moor, the site of the Original Manchester Golf Club, the second oldest golf club constructed in England. International Golf Architect Paul Thomas designed it to be a modern fast playing course while still retaining the best of the old course.
Whilst Prestwich Golf Club does not have the longest course measuring 5001 yards and a par 68, it still provides a challenge to golfers of differing levels.
2. Chorlton-cum-Hardy Golf Club – 4 miles from Piccadilly Gardens
Chorlton-cum-Hardy Golf Club is situated just off junction 5 of the M60, the club is easily accessible for everyone. For those travelling on train the closest station is Burnage and then is a 2.5-mile journey to the golf course.
Chorlton-cum-Hardy Golf Club is the closest golf course on this list to the famous Old Trafford stadium home to Manchester United football club. Makes it a potential hot stop for golfers and football fans staying over the weekend for the big match.
An oasis in the heart of the city, Chorlton-cum-Hardy Golf Clubs tranquil surroundings make it hard to believe the course is just four miles away from the centre of Manchester. Chorlton-cum-Hardy has a rich history and is a true test of golf for all abilities.
3. Davyhulme Park Golf Club – 9 miles from Piccadilly Gardens
So, next up in our list comes Davyhulme Park Golf Club a 9-minute drive from the Trafford shopping centre, this sure is the perfect place to enjoy a game of golf after a day of shopping around. However, if you’re coming in from city centre you will need to split a tax as it is a 9-mile driver.
Set in 99 acres of parkland, Davyhulme Park offers seasoned and learner players a great challenge in equal measure with a blend of both long and short and inviting par four holes.
A classic 10 fours, 4 fives and 4 three’s par 72 course. Davyhulme is easy on the legs, pleasing to the eye and deceptive in its challenge.
4. Fairfield Golf & Sailing Club – 4 miles from Piccadilly Gardens
Situated 4 miles from the city centre brings us the next course on the list Fairfield Golf & Sailing Club. It is the closest golf course (15-minute drive, 3.8 miles from course) in Manchester to the Etihad Stadium home to Manchester City. Makes this a perfect spot for golfers and football fans staying over the weekend for the game!
Fairfield Golf & Sailing Club is played alongside a reservoir affording great views of the surrounding area. The par 70, 18-hole course measures 6,058 yards and affords great views of the reservoir it runs alongside. With some tight tree lined fairways, accuracy of the tee is paramount which quick greens will test all golfers!
5. Reddish Vale Golf Club – 6 miles from Piccadilly Gardens
So, the final course on our list is located 6 miles southeast of the city centre but is a 30-minute drive depending on traffic. If getting the train, make sure to stop off at Reddish station as it is only a 10-minute walk from the golf course.
Our community of golfers love the challenge at Reddish Vale Golf Club, so don’t just take our word for it, check out the reviews!
“Short by modern standards but the green complexes are superb and the constant elevation changes make judgement of distance essential. Greens are also tricky with borrows reminiscent of Cavendish which is another Mackenzie course. Would play again & hopefully par the 18th next time round!”
With excellent greens, and with no two holes alike, much of our course will remain lodged in the mind until long after you have played here. The view from our Victorian clubhouse must be with ease, the best view in Stockport. As a result What’s not to like?
Five courses to ensure you’ve completed the Manchester; city break in style. Go Play!