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In search of the perfect golf course,
Tedd Walmsley visits Mytton Fold along with Ex European Tour Pro Paul Eales
I love golf and everything about it. I love the technology. I had my new driver with me today – I’m not sure what was wrong with the old one but it’s in the garage with five of its predecessors. I love the fashion but for those who know me, only in XXL. Why do JL Lindeberg and Stromberg trousers only go up to a 34” waist?!
Most of all I love the challenge of new courses I’ve lived and played golf in the Ribble Valley for most of the past 14 years and until now have not played Mytton Fold. Today, all that changed. As I arrived at the course I was met with friendly waves from both members and staff which is always a good sign and not always the case as many of you will know.
My playing partners were Mike Bardi, and Paul Eales my close friend, ex-European Tour pro and BBC golf commentator. Both are more qualified than me to take up the challenge. Nigel Green, Sales and Marketing Manager for Mytton Fold, was our non-playing fourth member and he brought his camera, his binoculars and navigation skills to help get us a round the course. Mike asked if we needed balls and water which worried me slightly but off to the first tee we drove. We chose to take buggies which proved to be a wise choice, I was surprised to find 25 were available for hire unique to all the golf courses in the area. These buggies would be perfect for the corporate event or other function to keep things moving and also for businessmen, like myself, who want to interrogate a client at close proximity for four hours! Looking at the course it is parkland set into the hillside and at first glance is in great condition. Credit is due small work force of greenkeepers. Infact, Nigel went on to tell us that many members doubled up as helpers to maintain the standards set going back 14 years when the course was opened by king Kenny Dalglish. It has matured incredibly well since those heady days.
The front 9 proved to be a great challenge with both long and short holes which made all of the available land. This was made all the more interesting as each hole was set up in a different direction. In parts the views were spectacular. None more so than from the 6th green and 7th tee. Having played one of the signature holes, the long Par 5 uphill we took several minutes to look out over the valley. I’m not sure I’ve ever been able to see Blackpool Tower, the Pen-Y-Ghent and the Ingleborough Peaks at the same time. A combination of Nigel’s binoculars and Paul’s rangefinder helped identify these landmarks. As the challenging front 9 soon came to an end, I asked Paul for his thoughts.
“The first 9 holes are very demanding from the tee. I thought the condition of the course was immaculate and the elevated tee shots on the downhill holes are great fun as the ball hangs in the air for what appears to be a lifetime.”
The back 9 didn’t disappoint with a great mix of holes maintained to the same standard as the front. All giving a fair yet tough test of your game, the greens were in great condition and the ball ran well. It was confirmed that there were a small number of full memberships still available and I urge anyone who wants the challenge of an 18 hole course combined with a friendly atmosphere, to consider it. You can, of course, book tee off times on a pay and play basis Paul thought that at £22 it represented real value for money. Having organised many golf days in the past, I quizzed Nigel about their current packages which seemed excellent value for money and very flexible, which are both key when considering a golf course location.
Our overall impression of the whole Mytton Fold set up was a good one. The friendliness and informality was met with a challenging and well kept course that would always keep you interested and fit! It represents value for money at all levels from individual membership at £500, as well as the pay and play option, also, societies and corporate events.We retired to the 19th hole to sample the food and drink which the Hargreaves family is famed for. Again we are not disappointed. Satisfied in terms of both golf and refreshments we said our goodbyes and headed off. Just four hours from when we started, we’ll be back though I hope we’ll see you there too.