Architect: Cotton
2006 position: 82
Stats: 6,772 yds; par 72; SSS 73
GF: £40-£100
T: 0151 924 1076
W: westlancashiregolf.co.uk

As a Liverpool University student golfer I had the privilege of playing West Lancs for a tenner a time, and the many rounds played there during my three years helped teach me the intricacies of links golf.

But as a relative newcomer to the game, what I don’t think I appreciated was just how tough the course was.

A recent visit during Open week this year underlined the severity of the test and our fourball lost a combined total of 22 balls in the high winds and wild rough.

The clubhouse, which has hitherto been an eyesore, is currently being redeveloped, so surely can only improve. MH

+ A very searching test; very welcoming staff; good practice areas
– Bleak in poor weather; brutal for high handicappers; ugly clubhouse

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