Northenden Golf Club

Course Status

14th June. Course open. Updated: 14th Jun 2024

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About Us

Northenden Golf Club is a traditional member owned club highly regarded by visitors for its course, catering, weloming hospitality and professionaism.

The club  is situated on the banks of the River Mersey just five miles south of Manchester city centre.  Its  picturesque parkland setting with its  variety of trees, bunkers and water hazards presents a good test for golfers of all standards.

Our superbly appointed clubhouse features modern high quality decor and is air conditioned throughout.  A spike bar offers a relaxing, casual 19th hole experience whilst a large accessible function room with balcony and extensive views over the course can host parties, events and business meetings for up to 120 guests.

The club has three professionals, Joe Mannion , Andy Morgan and Graham Neville, who can cater for all your golfing needs including first class tuition in our state of the art Swing Studio.

A Brief History

In January, 1913, Northenden Golf Club was registered as a limited company and, during that year, great progress was made to construct a course and establish a clubhouse in what used to be called the ‘Riverside Tea Gardens'.  The course opened the following year but the onset of the First World War stalled further development.  After  the war a commission to redesign the course was accepted by Harry Vardon.  Its completion was officially commemorated in 1922 and that course was then to serve the club for half a century.  The Riverside Tea Gardens existed only until 1935 when it was replaced by a purpose built clubhouse.   

The proximity of the club to the River Mersey had caused persistent problems of flooding.   It was only in the mid nineteen sixties that reconstruction of the whole of the river bank adjacent to the course was completed.  Unfortunately, this was not in time to prevent the massive flood of December 1964 when the Mersey breached an incomplete area of construction and put the clubhouse and course under several feet of water.  The course was not to reopen until May 1965 when all the silt deposits had been removed.

If the flood was a big disruption to club activities, then the loss of land by Compulsory Purchase Order in 1969 to build the M63 motorway was even greater.  The first five holes were lost but other land was secured resulting in a complete redesign of the course by Peter Alliss and Dave Thomas.   This 'new course' was officially opened in 1973. 

Despite the extensive work to protect the course from the River Mersey, the greens were still prone to retain water after heavy rain so in 2006 the club took the bold decision to rebuild all 18 greens to USPGA standard and to restructure the drainage system at a cost of almost half a million pounds. This has enabled the greens to remain playable throughout the winter months without the need to resort to temporary greens.

 In 2014 a devastating fire destroyed the 1930s clubhouse leading to the opening of the present structure in 2016.

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