The Great Northern Golf Tour

The event has been scheduled for 2000, and the entertainment promises to be the very best from the region that brought you Jam Butties and the Beatles.

The weekend of Friday 31st March through Sunday 2nd April has been selected (so that we can all play Crazy Golf on the morning of April 1st - nothing new there then), and three of the best golfing centres have agreed to offer their hospitality to our Society.

The Schedule is as follows:

Friday 31st March

For those that wish to make a whole week-end of the tour, reservations have been made for 10 golfers to play at Sandiway Golf Club, Cheshire. Tee times start at 2.00pm, and the course is only a short (20 mins) drive from the complex where the main week-ends golf will be played. Green fees are 35.00.

Arrive at Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa for informal dinner on Friday evening at 8.00 pm.
Accomodation is in chalet style twin rooms which are close to all amenities (bars)

Saturday 1st April

The mornings round of golf will be played on the Cheshire Course, with tee times starting at 08.30am. A "Soup and Sandwich" style lunch will be served between rounds, with the afternoon session tee times starting at 1.3Opm. The afternoons golf will be played over the Nicklaus Course, with the winner taking home the "Cook Cup", a fine piece of silverware offered for the first time.

Saturday night will be taken up with the formal dinner and prize giving, and then a session in the bar.

Sunday 2nd April

A "Warm-Down" round of Golf has been booked at Portals Golf & Country Club. The club offers three courses, and seeing as we are all men - we will be playing the Championship Course, with tee time starting at a hang-over considerate time of 10.00 am, and then delving into a Carvery lunch, dining in our own private room, before returning home.

Total cost for the weekend (excluding the optional Friday golf at Sandiway) is 277.50

For those brave enough to embark upon this great adventure (Wimps need not apply), send your 100.00 deposit to Stan Logan as soon as possible - or take the chance of missing the fun!

Steve Cook

Course and Resort Details.

Sandiway Golf Club
Chester Road
tel: 0160643453

Delightful undulating woodland and heath golf with long hills up to holes 8, 16 and 17. Many dog-legged and tree-lined holes give opportunities for the deliberate fade or draw.

Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
Carden Park
Cheshire CH3 9DQ
tel: 01829731600

Cheshire Course
A stern but fair test of golf from the back tees and has played host to several Championships including the Cheshire and North Wales Open. There is a wonderful mix of open parkland, feature bunkers, water, coniferous forest and sandstone cliff, and the course includes an interesting combination of long and short par 3s, par 4s from 360 to 470 yards, a short par 5 on which many will hope for a birdie, and three other par 5s that are real teasers.

Nicklaus Course
The setting of the Nicklaus Course, with natural rolling fairways amid magnificent mature trees and water features is spectacular. The quality is what you would expect when Jack and Steve Nicklaus put their names on something. Jack himself describes it as "a thinking man's golf course" due to the double option holes at 7 and 15 where golfers have to chose which fairway to attack the green from because of the positioning of the hazards.

The resort style course provides both a challenge and enjoyment for golfers of all abilities, due to the choice of five different tees on each hole that stretch the course from 5211 to 7045 yards.


Portal Golf & Country Club
The Championship Course
Arderne Hall
Cobblers Cross Lane
Cheshire CW9 ODJ
tel: 01829733933

Opened in 1990 and voted "Golf Course of the Year" in 1995, Portal's Championship Course is now established as one of northern Europe's finest courses. The Donald Steel designed course together with its unique clubhouse, offers golfers a superb level of service and presentation.

Together with its sister courses, Premier and Arderne and the largest golfing academy in the UK, Portal's golfing complex has everything the discerning golfer could possibly want.