The coming of the railway through Lymm opened up the village to Manchester businessmen who could commute each day and yet be able to live in a pleasant country village. One of these was Mr Alfred Watkin who lived at Dane Bank House. Morning conversations took place between these businessmen on the train and the idea of a golf club was formulated. Mr Watkin worked for the Ship Canal Company and in fact later became its Chairman. No doubt he was influential in the “spoil heap” being made available for construction of a nine hole golf course. Mr Watkin was the first President of the club and, of course, has given his name to one of the major club competitions – The Watkin Cup.The first captain was Mr Boumphrey who lived at another large Lymm house – Baycliffe, on the shores of Lymm Dam. It is very probable that virtually the entire early membership comprised of people of this sort. Very few ordinary people could play golf in those days. The course continued as 9 holes with a clubhouse where the present greenstaff sheds are now, until the early seventies, when, as a result of a freak accident on the level crossing to a farmer, the club was able to purchase the lower land and extend the course to 18 holes.
The course is played on two levels with the original holes played on the top level alongside the canal. This area has developed almost a heathland type of vegetation - a feature recently added to with the planting of gorse bushes. The first two holes and holes eleven onwards are played on the lower level, opened in 1972 this is a more traditional parkland type setting.
Under the expert guidance of Lymm's Course Manager, Stuart Yarwood, and his team the course has been undergoing extensive improvements with the recent additions of various new greens tees and bunkers.
The course is par 71, 6341 yards off the back tees and from the ladies tees it is par 73, 5567 yards. There is a very good mix of holes of different types and difficulties and most visitors find it a good challenge.
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