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Charnock Richard Golf Club. 

The club was established in 1994. The 18-hole flat parkland course was designed by Chris Court who used the natural contours of the land in his layout. He included the many mature trees and hedges, where possible, as well as adding a further 2,000 trees, water hazards were also a prominent feature. The course was a good test of golf and could be enjoyed by both experienced golfers and new starters. The signature hole was the twelfth, a 512 yard par 5 with three water hazards and an island green.

The club was started by business partners John Ross and Martin Turner. Prior to the golf course the land had been used for farming. The laying out of the course began in 1991, the area once occupied by the farm buildings was developed and the clubhouse was completed in the mid 1990s. 

Charnock Richard played their first Preston & District league match against Longridge Golf Club on the 23rd May 2001. The match ended all square. Charnock team; L Taylor, captain (3), J Madden (14), I Jones (13), W Sum (9), M Ackers (10), M Worthington (11), N Bateman (10), N Cornwell (16), P Briscoe (14) and K Wheable (11).

In 2002 the secretary was Lee Taylor and the professional Gareth Roper. Club membership was 550. 

In 2013 Wigan Athletic Football Club bought the ground and planned to develop into a training facility and football academy.

The members and staff at the golf club were bitterly disappointed at the announcement. It was hoped that the members would be able to at least complete their golfing season but this was not to be. It was announced that the course would be closed with immediate effect in August 2013. 

Director of Golf at Charnock Richard was Alan Lunt who had been at the club for twelve years. The President was John Sinclair. 

Below, card of the course.

Hole White Yellow Red Par SI Hole White Yellow Red Par SI
1 401 351 316 4 7 10 322 322 283 4 10
2 280 250 234 4 17 11 149 144 134 3 18
3 419 394 319 4 1 12 434 434 380 5 16
4 189 177 134 3 15 13 410 392 379 4 2
5 218 192 183 3 11 14 329 311 289 4 14
6 488 474 415 5 3 15 339 337 274 4 4
7 454 442 418 5 13 16 222 190 169 3 8
8 400 383 367 4 5 17 144 144 125 3 12
9 314 294 279 4 9 18 392 361 346 4 6
Out 3163 2957 2665 36   In 2741 2635 2379 34  
            Out 3163 2957 2665 36  
            Total 5904 5592 5044 70  

 

Charnock Richard Golf Club. The clubhouse.

The clubhouse.

 

Charnock Richard Golf Club. Water hazard on the former course.

 

Charnock Richard Golf Club. View of the course.

 

Charnock Richard Golf Club. Nature takes over.

Nature takes its course.

 

Charnock Richard Golf Club. A view of the overgrown course.

The above picture (October 2015) shows the overgrown eleventh fairway, and, I think, the second tee to the left - Thanks to M C O'Brien for the information and images.