Pleasington Golf Club Course Review

With way more variety than most, the ever-improving design at Pleasington Golf Club is a real crowd pleaser

Pleasington Golf Club - Hole 18
Looking back from behind the dogleg par-4 closing hole
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Pleasington Golf Club Course Review
GF
Round: £40-£75
Par 71, 6,327 yards
Slope 135
GM Verdict An unusual, intriguing and constantly improving parkland design that offers great value for money
Favourite Hole The super-tough but very attractive par-4 4th that runs alongside the railway

Pleasington Golf Club dates back to 1891 and is situated in a remarkably attractive and peaceful location not far from the M65 between Preston and Blackburn. Its pretty course is coming to the end of an impressive and sympathetic 5-year renovation and upgrade under the expert guidance of architect Ken Moodie.

Pleasington Golf Club - Hole 4

The excellent par-4 fourth runs beside the railway

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Beginning with three recently improved par-4 parkland holes, this George Lowe and Sandy Herd design really takes off from the 4th, an outstanding dogleg left played down towards the railway and up to a green with bunkers waiting short and right.

Pleasington - Hole 6

The drive-and-pitch sixth with the ninth running parallel to the left

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This is followed by a sublime par 5 calling for a semi-blind drive over a rolling hill. As you scale the brow, there is a superb vista as the hole unfolds before you running through a scenic valley with a stream snaking through the rough on the right. You now cross the railway via a bridge not far from the delightfully named Hoghton Bottoms Viaduct to play half a dozen very interesting holes on the northern side of the tracks. These start with the 6th, a short but heavily-bunkered par 4.

Pleasington - Hole 8

The eighth is a very pretty par 3 at the far end of the course

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The 7th was one of the most eccentric par 5s, perhaps too quirky for some, and has benefited from the recent upgrade which has made it a great deal fairer with a far better view of the green. Beyond it, at the far end of the course, the 8th is a very pretty short hole.

Pleasington - Hole 9

A view back down the hill from behind the par-5 ninth

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The front nine at Pleasington Golf Club (opens in new tab) finishes with the last of the three par 5s, and there is plenty more variety on the back nine, with the 11th bordering the railway and a green perilously close to the tracks.

Pleasington - Hole 14, 15 and 16

An aerial view of the fourteenth (right) with the fifteenth and sixteenth to the left

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There is a thrilling drive from the elevated 14th tee, and a delightful short hole to an arbour green two holes later.

Pleasington - Hole 14

There is a tempting drive from the elevated tee on the par-4 fourteenth

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Pleasington is among the best golf courses in Lancashire and although its lovely design may be slightly off the beaten track and not on everyone’s golfing radar, it deserves far greater attention. In an area with plenty of Top 100 courses, the ever-improving layout is kept in fine shape and offers a round that will test and delight golfers in equal measure.

Rob Smith
Contributing Editor

Rob Smith has been playing golf for more than 40 years and been a contributing editor for Golf Monthly for over ten years, specialising in course reviews and travel. He has now played more than 1,170 different courses in almost 50 countries. Despite lockdowns and travel restrictions in 2021, he still managed to play 80 different courses during the year, 43 of them for the first time. This included 21 in 13 days on a trip to East Lothian in October. One of Rob's primary roles is helping to prepare the Top 100 and Next 100 Courses of the UK&I, of which he has played all but nine. During the 2021-22 review period, Rob has played 34 of the Golf Monthly Top 200. He is a member of Tandridge Golf Club in Surrey where his handicap hovers around 16. You can contact him at r.smith896@btinternet.com.