With 2013 Centenary planning well on its way, the beautiful and well-appointed Alister MacKenzie parkland course at Hazel Grove Golf Club in Cheshire, is characterised by several natural water hazards. Add to these the planting of a further 6,500 trees to supplement the existing ones and you can understand why thoughtful course management is required by golfers of all levels.
The course has a number of feature holes each presenting its own individual MacKenzie challenge.
The par 5 third is as testing as any and ranks amongst the best in Cheshire, while the best of the par 3's is arguably the eleventh, both for its degree of difficulty and picturesque layout.
Equally, the eighteenth finishing hole with its MacKenzie tiered green and backdrop of the chalet-style clubhouse ranks with the best on the course.
With so many outstanding holes, it's hard to highlight any one as a 'signature' hole. However, the fifteenth, dominated by a large sweeping lake, which runs along the left hand edge of the fairway, and across the front and down the left of the green, must take the honour. At 285 yards, this par 4 represents the ultimate risk or reward hole.
From the elevated tee the green always seems within reach with a well struck drive, but your mind is then further concentrated by the out of bounds which runs along the right edge of the fairway. The decision is yours - lay up, or take on the green?
Golfers who enjoy and appreciate the challenge of MacKenzie Courses will love the welcome they get at Hazel Grove and we trust they will leave saying "Golf in Cheshire just doesn't get any better than this!"
If you haven't played Hazel grove Golf Course there is not a better time to try it, there are no temporary greens as we have USGA greens that can be played on 365 days a year which is one of the more significant reason most golfers join our club. Add to that a great course, clubhouse and friendly membership and with no Joining fees at the moment there has never been a better time to join the best golf club in the area.
You can even try before you buy - there are lots of vouchers on the club website ranging from "4 fore £60" - "golf and a lunch £20.50"
To download the special offer vouchers go to http://www.hazelgrovegolfclub.com/special_offers.php
The Club Captain, Malcolm Shannon, and members of Hazel Grove Golf Club look forward to seeing you on the course soon.
The 15th is the signature hole which is dominated by a large sweeping pond. From a slightly elevated tee you have a full view of the hazard which runs adjacent to the fairway and across the front and down the left hand side of the green. Your mind is further concentrated by the out-of-bounds which runs along the right hand edge of the fairway. You now have to make a decision - lay up, or take on the green - a great risk-reward hole.
The course measures 6,263 yards, par 71 for gentlemen and 5,370 yards, par 71 for ladies. All 18 holes have USGA specification greens and superb drainage makes play possible for 52 weeks of the year without a temporary green in sight.
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