Breightmet Golf Club is one of the finest and most challenging of golf courses in the North West.
At over 6,400 yards (off whites), over 6,000 yards (off yellows) and over 5,300 yards (off reds), Breightmet Golf Club is an excellent test of golf with a great deal of ‘risk & reward’. The course is very well balanced with two loops of 9 holes, that both return to the clubhouse for those ever needed refreshments.
In an effort to make your day as enjoyable as possible, there are 150 yard (yellow) and 200 yard (white) markers on all par 4 & 5’s with the flags on the greens also colour coded – red (front), yellow (middle) and blue (back).
The 18th hole is one of the clubs signature holes as a risk and reward par 5. The risk starts from the tee with a good shot meaning the green is in reach for two and players can reach their immortality with a putt for eagle or a guaranteed birdie. However for the mere mortals a sensible lay up will be required and although birdie is not out of reach a daunting bogey can be made. It is a hole where good rounds can be improved or a complete card wrecker.
Tables and chairs are provided outside the clubhouse on the patio area to relax and have some refreshments, whilst watching all your friends finish both the 9th and the 18th holes creating an amphitheatre atmosphere.
Although the etiquette & usual golf club standards are maintained, we pride ourselves on the extremely friendly & relaxed atmosphere within the club.
A day out at Breightmet Golf Club is one that you will thoroughly enjoy with spectacular views over the local area especially whilst playing the back 9.
Hole 1 – Blackshaw Brook (Par 4)
At approximately 400 yards, this par 4 to start plays longer than it looks with it being uphill. A very inviting first drive from a raised tee awaits. However well positioned left and right fairway bunkers will catch any drive off line. Taking an extra club for your approach may pay dividends for this uphill shot to the green which is guarded left and right by greenside bunkers.
Hole 2 – Walters Rest (Par 4)
A short par 4 which is driveable for those ‘big’ hitters although a nice easy drive or a long iron left of centre will leave a simple pitch to the green. However, a pitch short and left will be grabbed by the greenside bunker. With a right to left sloping green, a well judged shot aimed right of the flag should be rewarded with a good birdie chance.
Hole 3 – Griffin’s Haunt (Par 4)
Beware the out of bounds all up the right hand side!! A well hit drive up the middle should leave a good angle to this dog leg left. An extra club with your approach may pay dividends. With a right to left sloping green, aim your approach to the right of the flag. A par on our stroke 2 hole is an excellent score.
Hole 4 – Cherry Tree (Par 4)
A slight dog left right but don’t be lulled into a false sense of security on this relatively short par 4. Out of bounds and the reservoir awaits any wayward drive to the right. For the right hander’s, a controlled fade aimed at the left hand fairway bunker will leave you in a good position. However, a skilful approach is still required to this very long and bunker guarded green.
Hole 5 – Slater’s Hollies (Par 4)
A short par 4 which again is driveable for those ‘big’ hitters. However, beware the out of bounds and the pond which await any shots too far right. A water hazard runs across the fairway approximately 30 yards in front of this green. A nice easy and well positioned utility or mid iron down the centre will leave a short chip to the green and another good birdie chance.
Hole 6 – The Griffith’s (Par 3)
A tough and our hardest par 3. An extra club may be required to this raised green. A tee shot short and left of centre will be grabbed by the greenside bunker. Hitting the green in regulation is an excellent shot.
Hole 7 – Carr’s Carry (Par 4)
Beware the out of bounds all up the left hand side. A good drive up the middle over a large ditch will be rewarded. However, with a large two tiered green, an approach onto the correct tier is very important.
Hole 8 – Ramsdens Revenge (Par 4)
A hole which is fraught with danger!! Beware the out of bounds all up the left hand side. With a slope approximately 140 yards from the green, a well positioned tee shot is a must. A mid to long iron to the top of the slope or a well hit utility or 3 wood to the bottom of the slope will leave you in good shape. However, a good approach shot to a raised green is still required over a large ditch. It can be an easy par, but also a potential card wrecker.
Hole 9 – Georges Fiddle (Par 5)
Our first par 5. Ignore the white out of bound marker posts to the left (they are only applicable whilst playing the 11th). A good drive over the marker post will leave you in a good position. A water hazard runs across most of the fairway approximately 130 yards from the green so a well positioned second is required. For the ‘big’ hitters and the risk takers, a well hit drive aimed to the right and at the gable end of the clubhouse roof in the distance will give you the chance of hitting the green in two.
Hole 10 – Crompton’s Classic (Par 3)
A tricky little par 3 with a steep right to left sloped green, and which is well guarded by bunkers to the left. Beware the out of bounds all up the right hand side and over the back of the green. Correct club selection is a must.
Hole 11 – Ellis’s Folly (Par 4)
No respite. With out of bounds all the way up the left and trouble all the way up the right, a good straight drive aimed at the marker post is required on this slight dog leg left. An extra club aimed to the left of the flag should pay dividends. A par on our stroke 3 hole is an excellent score.
Hole 12 – Harold’s Hike (Par 5)
A simple looking par 5 at approximately 500 yards uphill but it plays tougher than it looks. A well hit drive aimed to the right edge of the fairway bunker should leave you in the middle of the fairway. With trouble up the right and the left, a straight hit utility or long iron is still required ideally to the right of centre of the fairway. With a large greenside bunker front left, this will open up the green for a delicate little pitch shot or a well measured chip and run on to this notoriously hard to hold, two tiered and raised green which slopes off on all sides.
Hole 13 – Trotters Challenge (Par 5)
Beware the water hazard all the way down the right hand side and another around the landing area on the left hand side. A well hit drive aimed at the large chimneys in the distance should leave you in the middle of the fairway and with a ‘should I, shouldn’t I’ dilemma, on whether to then go for the green in two or not. With a large ditch to hit over, a careful lay-up is the sensible option with the ideal yardage to leave 150 yards. Any nearer and you may find yourself with a tricky downhill lie. This will leave an approach over the ditch to a long green which is well guarded by a bunker to the right and a pond to the left.
Hole 14 – The Langdale (Par 4)
Beware the out of bounds to the right hand side and the water hazard around the landing area on the left hand side. The ideal line is over the right edge of the left hand side fairway bunker. Anything too far right will be grabbed by the right side fairway bunker. A well hit drive of 200 yards+, will bring the green into range but will still require a good mid to long iron or utility to the green. Hitting the green in regulation is an excellent result.
Hole 15 – Glaister’s Glade (Par 3)
A relatively simple looking par 3 of approximately 180 yards downhill, but be careful, looks can be deceiving. Take into account any wind before making your club selection. Beware the trouble on the left for anything pulled and anything too big will leave an awkward steep uphill shot back up to the green.
Hole 16 – Stags Corner (Par 4)
Our signature hole & our stroke 1 hole. Treat it with respect. If you don’t – be warned it will bite you!!
The hole is surrounded by trouble with out of bounds left and right for both your tee and approach shots. It also has two ponds thrown in for good measure!! The first decision is do you go for it and drive over the ditch or do you lay up in front of it. If you go for it, then the second decision (with it being a 90 degree dog leg right), is how much of the corner dare you try to cut off. For the big hitters, beware the pond. Any approach shot is tricky with a long two tiered green which is guarded to the left by a slope and trouble, and to the right by a greenside bunker and a pond. Good luck!!
Hole 17 – Plattys Pimhole (Par 3)
Again a relatively simple looking par 3, but again looks can be deceiving. The green is guarded by trouble and out of bounds to the left and a greenside bunker front right. A little tip – locals regularly use the same club as they used on the 15th.
Hole 18 – Knowle’s Way Home (Par 5)
A fabulous finishing hole. So many comps and matches have been lost & won on this hole.
Warning – Do not go right!! A well hit drive aimed left centre of the fairway should come down off the slope into the middle of the fairway. This should leave a second shot of around 200 yards+ over a large ditch towards the green – and the decision, should I, shouldn’t I?
All this with a likely gallery watching with interest in the clubhouse and sat on the patio.
The sensible option is to lay up to the top of the hill and leave yourself about 150 yards to the green. Any nearer may leave you with a tricky downhill lie.
An approach aimed to the right edge of the green should come down off the slope and onto the green. Anything short and left will get grabbed by the greenside ‘Captains Bunker’.
It may cost you a shot, but it will definitely cost you £1 towards the Captains Charity!!