Ashton-in-Makerfield Golf Club is predominently a parkland course set in the mature former estate of Lord Gerard. The Club was founded in 1902 in nearby Bryn and moved to its current location in 1965 when land for a nine hole course was purchased. Work to extend it to 18 holes commenced in 1974.
"Current members now enjoy the benefits laid down by Lord Gerard in the 19th century, when he planted species of trees from every country in the British Empire. His legacy is a golf course often described as a miniature Wentworth where precision driving is essential". (The Society of Liverpool Golf Captains).
The par 70 parkland course stands at 6223 yards from the white tees, 5918 yards from the yellow and 5306 from the ladies tees. It offers a number of narrow tree-lined fairways and small greens which will test golfers at all levels.
In 2010 United Utilities installed a large diameter pipeline through the course, causing the 16th and 17th holes to be out of action for over 2 years. The club negotiated the purchase of land and the creation of 2 new holes as compensation for the disruption. These holes, now referred to as holes 12a and 13a, mean that we have 20 holes in total, allowing us to provide several combinations of 18 holes when work is carried out on the course. A review of future arrangements is currently under consideration.
Ashton offers no easy introduction to the course and many golfers may find the hazards on the first five holes a challenge. However, it is clear from the testimonials received that this constantly improving golf course provides a pleasing experience of risk and reward which visitors are happy to return to time and time again.