77 West Lancashire

Architect: Cotton
Stats: 6,772 yds, par 72, SSS 74
GF: £45-£90
Visitor information: Visitors welcome Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays (after 15.30) and Sunday
W: westlancashiregolf.co.uk
2008 Ranking: 82 (Up 5)
Improvements since 2008 Rankings:
Course: New tees for the championship course
Clubhouse: Over £1.5 million spent on refurbishment in 2008

When the rough and wind are up on this mature, demanding links, it will test every facet of your game. The par 3s rely more on guile than length, and there’s an intriguing pair of backnine par 4s in the 13th, whose elevated tee gazes out to the Irish Sea, and the unforgiving doglegged 14th, where only long, straight drives earn an unfettered view of the green.

Panellists’ comments: “A real golfer’s club with a long heritage”; “Clubhouse redevelopment is a massive improvement”

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