Reddish Vale Golf Club

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Overview

Reddish Vale GC is the third oldest Alister MacKenzie design and is almost as per his original design.

17 of 18 green sites can be attributed to the good Doctor.

Reddish Vale Golf Club Review

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Golf Course Review

Reddish Vale Golf Club is an Alister MacKenzie design from 1912 in Stockport near Manchester, Cheshire, England. Laid out on 100 acres of undulating land, the River Tame weaves its way through the course.

The club claims that only the 16th hole has been altered substantially. The change is not by subtraction but by addition - with additional tees making the hole a par 4 rather than a par 3. It is the work of James Braid in the 1930s. Even with the additional yardage, the scorecard registers only 6092 yards and a par of 69. Don't be put off - what the course lacks in distance is more than made up for in character.

The first five holes make use of the high land near the clubhouse, the good Doctor managed to find two par 3's and three par 4's in just 15 acres. The 6th hole plunges 100 ft down to the river before gaining it all back on the approach on the 18th.

The routing on the valley floor is both compact and intricate. Like the course itself - Reddish Vale Golf Club has some quirk, for example, the crossing holes of the 16th and 17th. One wonders what could be with tree management and clever use of the natural yet rare feature of the river.


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