There are few more glorious natural settings in Cheshire than this stretch of parkland surrounded by woodland of pine, oak and birch; the vibrant rhododendrons adding a splash of colour. The heavily wooded landscape has aesthetic and strategic benefits in the sense that it is both easy on the eye and ideal for creating well-defined hole routings.
The great architects Mark James and Steve Marnoch took full advantage of these many attributes when they created High Legh Park. Fairways turn both ways and there is a wonderful flow and variety to the course, with different length par-3s, par-4s and par-5s. It is a design that will stand the test of time.
A wide selection of teeing areas ensures that golfers can play the course at a length that suits them. Generous landing areas off the tee are a boon to the average player and help give them the freedom to hit their drivers, one of golf’s simple pleasures!
However, longer hitters will find that strategically located bunkers encroach the fairways, often obstructing the line of play for anyone who strays too far from the optimum line. And a good variety of doglegs ensures that one must always pay heed to the ideal shape of shot required.
In terms of approach play, the degree of difficulty is very much dependant on the choice of the Courses Manager. Large greens offer the opportunity of straightforward pin locations to appeal to the average player, but the clever hazard placement also makes it possible to ‘tuck’ pins into tougher, more closely-guarded areas to make the more accomplished players work hard to earn their birdie chances.