John Bealey designed the 18-hole championship course, it was then modified by Dave Thomas, an ex-Ryder Cup player who is a top international course designer. The course follows the beautiful contours of the natural environment. The modifications were carefully planned and so successful that the Club is now proud to be one of the UK’s most beautiful parkland courses.
The clubhouse is regarded as one of the best in Cheshire and offers a beautiful venue for corporate events and weddings. Floor to ceiling windows offer a stunning view of the parkland course from the clubhouse.
State-of-the art PA system
Climate control that maintains a constant temperature
It is hard to believe that Dunham Forest Golf & Country Club was just a rag tag collection of huts and a concrete parade track in 1960. The original 90 acres were used by the US Army and an Italian prisoner-of-war camp. It was necessary to reclaim the land. Leslie Glass, the first Club President, obtained permission from Lord Stamford to build a Golf Course.
A nine-hole course was initially constructed and officially opened on the 11th of June 1961. It will be difficult for new members to remember those early days, when President – Leslie Glass, Captain Harry Doniger, and their enthusiastic Committee played their first rounds.
Alex Hay, the first Professional, describes the atmosphere in those days well. “What I most remember was that each day was exciting. There was so much to do. Traditions were being established and traditions were binding. But most importantly, there was a great sense of fun. There was so much to be done, so much progress was made, traditions were being established, and membership was binding together. But most importantly, there was a lot of fun and laughter”
Originally derelict the ruined house, “Tirbracken”, was bought to refurbish it as a Clubhouse. The renovation costs proved too high so it was decided to remove the original building and build a completely new club house on the site.. John Day designed the Clubhouse that is now located on the same site. It was inaugurated in September 1963.
Six more holes were added in 1965. by which time Club Captain Archie Preston lured Ryder Cup player Dave Thomas to Dunham to become Professional. Dave, who had finished second in the Open Championship in 1958 and 1966, was made an honorary Member. After Bernard Terry’s negotiations with Lord Stamford, the course was extended to 18 holes.
Doug Smith, who was made a professional in 1972, resigned in 1983. Ian Wrigley became the head professional and remained there until 2015. Paul Dennis then became head pro.
The professional staff is always available to offer advice and lessons (video-assisted), as well as maintaining a fully-stocked shop. Dunham Forest is a well-respected Club in Greater Manchester and Cheshire due to its stunning clubhouse, state-of the-art Golf Academy and amenities and beautifully cared for greens.
Oldfield Lane, Altrincham in Cheshire, WA14 4TY United Kingdom