How Pleasington Golf Club Is Going From Good To Great

The picturesque Lancashire venue has big ambitions to be one of the region's premier clubs

Pleasington Golf Club golf hole pictured
(Image credit: Pleasington Golf Club)

Golfers in England are blessed with the quality of courses on offer up and down the country, and Pleasington Golf Club (opens in new tab) in Lancashire is another to add to your must-play list after featuring in Golf Monthly's list of 100 Hidden gems.

The picturesque heathland course is easy accessible from all major motorways and just five minutes from the M6 (Preston) and less than one hour from the major cities of Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds.

The club's championship course, which dates back to 1891, is set in picturesque and tranquil setting within the ancient woodland of the historic Hoghton Tower estate.

Pleasington is currently half way through a million pound restoration of the course and clubhouse that has been funded by its own members' investment to restore the superb vistas of the rolling Lancashire countryside and improve the drainage and bunker positions to maintain the challenge for the modern golfer.

Pleasington Golf Club clubhouse pictured

(Image credit: Pleasington Golf Club)

The club has a thriving membership, which is evident from the Good2Great programme (opens in new tab) started in 2021 that saw members buy in with a levy of £750 each to be paid over the next five years. The goal is to take the facilities on offer to the next level and cement Pleasington as one of the best golfing destinations in the north west. 

The project's aim is to 'transform' the club's future and 'restore' its glory with the goal of becoming a Top 100 England course and the standout inland course in Lancashire.

The course keeps going from strength to strength, having now completed 9 holes with the plan to do 3 more each winter over the next three years. Holes 7, 8 & 9 were redeveloped over the 2021/22 winter as part of the Good2Great programme, which saw a huge amount of work on tees, bunkers, fairways & greens. 

Pleasington Golf Club par-3 pictured from the tee

(Image credit: Pleasington Golf Club)

The club also has a newly refurbished bar and terrace area where golfers can enjoy high quality food and beers on offer all day. Pleasington is also home to excellent practice facilities, a driving range, 100 yard chipping area, large putting green and 3 nets.

The club welcomes societies with preferential rates, with all visitor bookings (opens in new tab) available via the club's website and office.

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x