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Wallasey Golf Club

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Wallasey

Welcome to Wallasey Golf Club, Home of Stableford and part of the Bobby Jones 1930  Grand Slam story

VISITOR INFORMATION (Updated 29th May 2020)

Wallasey Golf Club will re-open to visitors on Monday 1st June. As per government announcement on May 28th, play can now be in 3 & 4 balls from Monday 1st June. Tee times must be pre-booked via the professional shop, ideally with payment by card in advance. The clubhouse remains closed at this time - although there are toilet facilities available - please ask in the pro shop for the door code.

Social distancing rules must be followed at all times - players are asked to turn up no more than 20 minutes before their tee time, change shoes in the car park, proceed to the 1st tee and play their golf. On completion of the round, please exit past the pro shop.

Thank you for your co-operation during this time. Stay safe.

OPEN COMPETITIONS - JUNE - RE-ARRANGED:  

Frank Stableford Scratch Open - now on Sunday 27th September.

Seniors Open 1 - now on Thursday 1st October. All entries and tee times carried forward from the original June date. If unable to play - please contact the Office to arrange refund of entry fees.

All later opens are still scheduled to take place as planned.


Club History

Wallasey was founded in 1891 by members from nearby Hoylake, perhaps because their links was becoming crowded or maybe because Wallasey was more convenient for the many Liverpool businessmen wanting to slip away to play golf.

Tom Morris senior of St Andrews, four times Open champion, laid out the links. An 1893 newspaper comment that "...the greens were in excellent condition..." has been repeated continuously ever since.

Course improvements were made in 1901 by Alex Herd and in 1913 by Harold Hilton. The links had been affected by drifting sand in the early years, but after the October gales of 1917 sand inundated the holes closest to the sea. There was a real risk of golf being abandoned. On top of this there were problems with the local Council over the lease and their plans to develop the coastline.

Fortunately these problems were resolved, a new coastal embankment checked the encroachment of sand, and the Club was able to consider restoring the links to its former glory. In 1929, James Braid was consulted on alterations which led to Wallasey being selected as a qualifying course for the 1930 Open. It was whilst Bobby Jones was playing in the competition that the famous portrait was painted by Wallasey member J. A. A. Berrie, R.A. (See "Bobby Jones"). Only two years later the first Stableford competition was played at Wallasey. (see "Dr Frank Stableford")

Although Wallasey was again an Open qualifying course in 1936, a new lease meant that the acreage was reduced and a new layout was required. This was designed by Hawtree and J H Taylor, with additional advice from James Braid.

The Second World War interrupted this development and caused the loss of some holes for defences. It was not until 1952 that the full 18 hole links was available, and in 1956 the Open qualifiers were again held at Wallasey when the Open returned to Hoylake. As well as eventual winner Peter Thompson, the competitors included Henry Cotton, Gene Sarazen, Peter Alliss, and the 20- year-old Gary Player.

1964 saw the retirement of club professional Bill Davies after 36 years service, during which he also managed 2 Ryder Cup appearances and several top-10 Open finishes.

Improvements to the links have continued to the present day, with three new holes designed by Donald Steel being introduced for play in 2004.

In 1995 and 2000 Wallasey staged the Amateur Championship preliminary rounds. In 2006 the club hosted Final Qualifying for the Open Championship.





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