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St Michaels Jubilee Golf Club, Widnes, Cheshire. (1970s - 2004)

St Michaels Municipal Golf Course was situated close to the centre of Widnes off the Runcorn Bridge. The course was constructed in two phases in the 1970s and 80s, reclaiming over 30 hectares of land from old chemical waste tips. The course has been closed since 2004 following the discovery of arsenic. To add to the woes the clubhouse was destroyed in an arson attack. Remediation work will involve resurfacing part of the old course and creating a new channel for Stewards Brook, a watercourse which crosses the 18-hole course. It was hoped to re-open the course but with current financial restraints there seems little chance of this happening in the foreseeable future.

It was originally a 9-hole course, eventually extending to 18. Following is a card of the course when it measured 5,278 yards and had a SSS of 67 and par 69.

Hole Yards Par Hole Yards Par
1 361 4 10 323 4
2 461 5 11 107 3
3 200 3 12 280 4
4 490 5 13 272 4
5 154 3 14 275 4
6 316 4 15 352 4
7 318 4 16 331 4
8 183 3 17 117 3
9 332 4 18 406 4
Out 2815 35 In 2463 34
      Out 2815 35
      Total 5278 69

 

In the early 1990s the professional was R Bilton. The 18-holes measured 5,612 yards with a SSS of 67. Amateur course record was held by I O’Connor 67 (1989).

In 2004 the 18-hole course measured 5,667 yards and had a S.S.S. 68 and par 69 off the white tees, 5,278 yards off yellow tees and 4,822 yards off the red tees. Amenities included; practice area, professionals shop, bar and restaurant. The secretary was A J Woodall and the professional Darren Chapman.