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Ellesmere Port Golf Club/Hooton Golf Course

Address Ellesmere Port Golf Club, Chester Road, Childer Thornton, South Wirral, CH66 1QF
Telephone 0151 339 7689
Website www.brioleisure.org
Email golf@brioleisure.org
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Holes 18 - A naturally free-draining course
Yardage 6432
SSS 71
Visitors Weekdays unrestricted, weekends arrange with Pro
Societies Weekdays welcome by previous arrangement made with Pro
Green Fees
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Course
Designer
Cotton, Penninck & Lawrie - 1971
Location 9 miles N of Chester on A41. M53 J5
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Facilities
• Private celebrations such as weddings, christenings and birthdays - The Hooton suite overlooks the 18th green of the golf course and includes a fully licensed bar and dance floor
• The Hooton Ladies are based at Ellesmere Port Golf Club and have their own club room (See Kath Bottoms' review underneath)
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WE WOULD LOVE NEW MEMBERS (We play Sundays)
Hooton Ladies GC is a small and friendly club. We play our friendly rounds most Wenesdays and Fridays, and play our Competitions on Sundays (1st Tee 10am). If you would like to come along and play a few holes or a round of golf and we can introduce ourselves, please do. We would love to have new members. The one off joining fee is £50 and annual subscription is £60.
(We currently have a limited offer though on the joining fee of just £25.)
For further details or queries please contact me on 0151 356 0268.
Kath Bottoms Sec. on behalf of: Hooton Ladies Golf Club March 8, 2010

This  course has hosted the Wirral and Merseyside Championships for the past two years. The Ladies in 2008 and the Mens in 2009. All clubs commended the condition of the greens fairways etc. Both competitions were a resounding sucess. The standard of the course would have been the envy of any private club.  The green staff produce and maintain the course to a high standard throughout the season and endeavour to do as much throughout the winter, (although the 15th is a challenge) to provide ongoing improvement year on year to the course.  Improvements have been made by  Cadsart to the course paths, the car park & general clubhouse. Ellesmere Port is a really good course with a few challenging holes, the 2nd 10th and 17th particularly, when played well give you the feeling of why we play golf. Ellesmere Port is great value and well worth a visit. Groups are catered for and snacks and meals  are availble. Me and my fellow golfers play regularly and love the course.
Chatty Kathy February 23, 2010

The course is fantastic value for money at £12 per round. The course is a good challenge and scored a credible 90 with a birdie on the par 5 18th. The course is well looked afer with an extremely challenging green on the 15th and challenging tee off on 16th. EXCELLENT all round.
Boobsy (Pre 2010)

Let's start with the good.
This is a reasonably sized course with some challenging holes. The course is designed in to a fairly tight geographical area, but due to an abundance of trees on the course, somehow manages to nicely route you through some pleasant woodland. The course has a number of challenging holes, with the par threes all needing a well struck ball off the tee to have any chance of par. There are some well laid out par four and five holes, which will provide a test for even scratch golfers, yet allow higher handicappers the chance of par, providing they stay on the fairway.
Now the bad. On arriving at the course, you drive through to the car park, which is a bit of a free for all. You need to be careful where you park, as damage to your car by other drivers due to the car park 'layout' or wilful damage by the hordes of kids who roam the course, is a strong possibility. Amenities in the clubhouse are limited and we were unable to get a pre round coffee on a Sunday morning. (In fact we were asked to leave the bar area by a rather unpleasant old lady and stand outside as they were 'closed'...bizarre..!). The pro-shop is basic and the only hot rereshments that were available anywhere on the course where at the side of the 8th green in a burger van. The ugly was the state of the course itself. At times, you are surrounded by golfers playing other holes and the course can get quite congested in some areas, but the state of the greens, fairways, bunkers and rough was the true measure of how this course is run. No bunker had a rake, and few had sand. The rest had a mixture of volcanic ash and potting compost, or so it seemed. The fairway definition was dire, possibly because the cut of the fairways seemed to depend on wherever the greenkeeper had driven the mower. Some fairways were akin to the Somme and many of the greens had been poorly kept. In summary, this could be a really nice course, but it appears to suffer from a distinct lack of underfunding. Better course management, a few clubhouse improvements (including customer care courses for staff!!) and drastically improved green keeping could see this course develop into one of the finest municipals in the North West. Whether the council will bother, or just treat it as a low maintenance cash cow is anyones guess. Beware, every cow runs dry if it's not fed & watered.
The Hacker (Pre 2010)





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