Club History

Dr Alister MacKenzie.

The club has been established at its present site since 1925 when the golf course was opened as part of the new Stanley Park attraction. The course was designed by the famous golf course architect Dr Alister MacKenzie (right) who also designed such well known venues as Royal Melbourne, Cypress Point and Augusta National, home to the US Masters.

The course has always been run as a municipal facility by Blackpool Borough Council and the private members club attached to the course provides clubhouse facilities as well as a comprehensive golf programme throughout the year. Numbers peaked in the 1970's when the course was amongst the busiest in the country with over 77,000 rounds per year played there.

Drainage Work 2002.

More recently in the autumn of 2002, significant investment in drainage has gone to keep the course more playable in what seem to be increasingly wet winters. In more recent years work has been done to clear areas of trees and further improve the overall quality of the course which is acknowledged as one of the best layouts in the area.

Over the summer season the club organises four "major" competitions, the William Cartmell Trophy, The Presidents Prize, The Captains Prize and the Sam Shepherd Trophy. These all have 4 qualifying rounds followed by a final where the qualifiers contest for the trophy and prizes on offer but most importantly to proudly get their name on the prize board in the clubhouse lounge.

Niblick Day Prizes.

As well as the domestic competitions the club also hosts several opens, the most well known of which is the Silver Niblick. The "Niblick" is held every June with a 100 strong field of single figure handicap golfers contesting the 36 hole stroke play competition. The trophy is a solid silver antique golf club which is presented by the Mayor of Blackpool who is also the honorary President of the club. Details of this and other open competitions can be found by clicking the 'Quick Link' on the left of the page.

In June 2010 the operation of the course was outsourced by Blackpool Borough Council to Mack Golf Ltd under a long term lease. Mack Golf specialise in operating golf and leisure facilities in the UK and Ireland and are committed to improving the quality of the course and promoting Junior and Ladies golf over the coming years.