Northenden is an 18-hole, 6460 yard parkland course which celebrated 100 years in 2013.
Set in the Mersey Valley and ringed by the River Mersey, Northenden provides a tricky but enjoyable test of golf in tranquil and picturesque surroundings.
Visitors are afforded a very warm welcome and we are certain you will enjoy our course.
Many improvements have taken place over the years, most notably in 2005 when the Club invested almost £600,000 to reconstruct all 18 greens to USGA standards. The first Competition using the New Greens was in June 2006 where 140 players attempted to master the subtle slopes and borrows. They are still trying to this day,
Extensive new drainage was installed across the fairways and beneath the greens and the result is a course that, unlike many local clubs, plays all 12 months of the year. Temporary greens are a foreign concept at Northenden.
This investment, together with the hard work of an excellent greens staff under Head Green Keeper Robert Cleisham, has made the course at Northenden one of the finest in the South Manchester area.
"I joined in 2009 and so far I have not once played to a temporary green"
NGC Member September 2014
As winter closes in take a look around the other clubs in the Cheshire/Manchester area. You will find temporary tees & greens in play, entire holes closed for weeks or even months, clubs insisting on players carrying mats to play off. Some courses even have to close all 18 holes at various times in the year.
Northenden is the course that never sleeps. As the inclement weather sets in we move to mats on the par three tees but this is the only concession to Mother Nature. 18 holes, 52 weeks of the year on a course that drains and recovers very quickly.
In May 2012, Northenden hosted the Cheshire County Match Play Championship and the County were so impressed that they awarded the club a Cheshire County match against Durham in May 2013.
Mastering The Course
Keep it straight and putt well. That is generally how to master most golf courses but in Northenden’s case it is especially true.
Being a well-established park land course there are a lot of trees. It is easy to stray off track and end up in a running argument with the Northenden trees; and in this argument there is only one winner.
Keep it straight and keep it on the fairway and you will find the course plays extremely fair. There is not too much need to shape the ball either way and if you keep finding the fairway you will keep giving yourself chances.
The greens at Northenden offer a challenge to golfers of all standards. The surfaces are expertly managed to ensure consistency from hole to hole. All greens are firm, fast and true. They are receptive to well struck shots and offer the opportunity to attack the flag at every hole.
Getting onto the putting surface is only half the battle though. Our superb USGA greens are a true test of every player’s skills. With a wide variety of shapes & sizes the greens can be set up with some tricky pin positions ensuring that you must think about every approach and always aim for the optimal spot on the green.
This golf course requires straight hitting and a sound short game. It is often not enough to simply hit the green, you must think about every approach. Landing too far from the flag can ruin all your good work in getting there as the putts rack up.
A hole by hole flythrough and guide can be viewed here