Post Lockdown: A guide to golf courses in Preston

With the lifting of many of the restrictions that hit the country in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, golf courses have begun to open up again. While things may not have got back to what they were before, many courses have found their new normal – a way in which they can operate with the safety of both staff and golfers remaining their number one priority. So dust off your golf clubs, select your best golf clothing, don’t forget your mask and why not take this list of the best golf courses in Preston in this post-lockdown era too. 

Preston Golf Club

Both the course and the clubhouse at Preston Golf Club have reopened to visitors and guests. The clubhouse is offering a limited service at present, however, the appropriate social distancing measures are in place for everyone’s safety. The driving range is also open, as is the pro shop, where face coverings should be worn at all times.

The club offers a range of membership deals to members and has periodic open days to allow potential members to take a good look around the course and facilities. Set in 120 acres of tranquil, stunning parkland, this is a superb 18 hole, 6278, par 71 course that traces its roots back to 1892. The course itself is a popular one, with a number of interesting holes, particularly the par 3s, and is rated very highly amongst the golf courses of the North West.

Penwortham Golf Club

These stunning recently established USGA greens course offers 18 holes with a testing par of 69. The course is described as being delightfully varied and plays well throughout the entire year, making it a firm favourite with everyone. The club is open to both visitors and members with a range of membership packages available. There are sections for men, women, seniors and juniors with plenty of internal and external fixtures on offer. 

Both the course and the clubhouse are fully open. In keeping with the current coronavirus guidelines entry is limited in numbers, masks are required in any indoor locations and social distancing measures should be respected by everyone. 

Goosnargh Golf Course

This is a pay and play golf course situated near Goosnargh village in the heart of the stunning Lancashire countryside. The course, which is 2719 yards and has 9 holes, has been designed to make use of the existing natural landscape and environment. Streams and ponds feature protective corridors for wildlife. The course is, however, not without its challenge,s with four par 4 holes and 2 par 5s.

Facilities here are limited but there is ample car parking close to the first tee and a starter’s hut. 

Ashton and Lea Golf Club

With a reputation for being one of the best kept courses in the North West, the Ashton Lea Golf Club offers a selection of small and elusive greens to its members and visitors. The Par 71 course is 6359 yards and while it is fairly flat, it does provide a good test for golfers of all abilities. There are a couple of tricky par 3s; the 6th in particular. Water is an important part of the course. A total of seven holes on the back nine are affected by water. 

The club offers a range of membership deals and also has offers for visitors, which should be booked online. 

The driving range, pro shop, clubhouse and restaurant have all re-opened. However, there are restrictions in place regarding numbers. Don’t forget, masks should be worn in the indoor parts of the club in line with current government advice.

Garstang Country Hotel Golf Centre

Situated in the grounds of the Garstang Country Hotel, this is an 18-hole parkland course. It is open on a pay and play basis. The course, which is mainly flat, is forgiving and suited to groups and golfers of all abilities. The front nine finishes at the clubhouse and offers a few challenging par 4 and par 3 holes. There are some longer holes on the back nines and some rather spectacular views to accompany them. 

All of the facilities have reopened, although some of them are offering a limited service.

Whether you’re attempting to lose some lockdown pounds by taking up a new sport, or are a regular golfer longing to return to the green, these great courses are ready and waiting to welcome you back now that lockdown is over. 

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