Sandiway Golf Club Course Review

Sandiway Golf Club, one of Cheshire's best courses, perhaps flies under the radar a little among the wider golfing public. It shouldn't...

Sandiway Golf Club - 9th hole
The approach to the 9th green at Sandiway
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Sandiway Golf Club Course Review

GF Round: £70-£80wd only
Par 70, 6,437 yards
Slope 138
GM Verdict – One of Cheshire’s best inland courses blessed with a heathland feel in places and an excellent mix of entertaining and testing holes.
Favourite Hole – The mid-length par-4 9th, where you must avoid a hidden bunker off the tee on your right to savour the inviting downhill approach to the full.

Even with all the coastal delights of The Wirral, Sandiway Golf Club, which celebrated its centenary in 2020, is one of the best golf courses in Cheshire and there’s just the right amount of golf course visible from the classic-looking clubhouse to whet the appetite. You can see the par-4 opener sweeping enticingly down then up and away to your right; the par-3 18th lies right before you; and there are teasing little glimpses of other holes.

Sandiway Golf Club - 8th hole

The green on the 8th - the shortest par 4 heading out

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Sandiway, which lies just six miles from fellow Cheshire Golf Monthly Next 100 course, Delamere Forest, provides a strong yet fair test via wonderfully varied holes that play through a mix of heathland and woodland. It boasts impressive design credentials, with 1912 Open champion Ted Ray creating the original layout before later improvements in the 1920s by Harry Colt and then in the 1950s by Fred Hawtree.

Sandiway Golf Club - 17th hole

Big hitters may fancy their chances on 17 if they can avoid that oak

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One of the visual highlights comes just before the turn via the very attractive downhill approach to the mid-length par-4 9th, where the green is backed by a copse of tall trees. This is immediately followed by one of Sandiway’s toughest tests, a brute of a par 4 where the fairway angles awkwardly away from you before a long and testing uphill approach. A 466-yarder that’s a par 5 for most in all but name!

Sandiway Golf Club - 10th hole

The demanding long par-4 10th is the start of Sandiway's very own Amen Corner

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The club hails this hole the start of its very own Amen Corner a hole earlier than Augusta National’s, and it’s easy to see why. If you survive the 10th intact, you then face a pretty 214-yard par 3, the longest of five one-shotters, then another demanding par 4 in the 442-yard 12th before a little more respite in terms of length over the run for home.

The finale may be a par 3 but beware – it’s long enough to look after itself at 180 yards, and OOB lurks menacingly close on the right. With a score going, you may be tempted to bail out a little left and take your chances with an up-and-down! Sandiway is a very good yet fair course with a strong heathland feel in places and an excellent variety of holes.

Jeremy Ellwood
Jeremy Ellwood

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and even instruction despite his own somewhat iffy swing (he knows how to do it, but just can't do it himself). He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 89 of the Next 100. He has played well over 900 courses worldwide in 35 countries, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content. On his first trip to Abu Dhabi a decade ago he foolishly asked Paul Casey what sort of a record he had around the course there. "Well, I've won it twice if that's what you mean!" came the reply...

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