Whether you need to find a Manchester hotel for a big event or a big match, the Tameside suburb of Denton makes an excellent base. Just five miles east of the city, booking into the Premier Inn Manchester (Denton) hotel means you can be in the middle of town, the airport or even the Trafford Centre in about 15 minutes.
You’ll also be just a short chip away from Denton Golf Club. Enjoying a round here is great way to spend the day, whether you’re a pro putter or could write all you know about the game on the back of a tiny white ball.
Built in 1909 by famous golf course architect W J Leaver, visitors and beginners are welcome to play a round through the mature, well-kept parkland. But even those who could give Tiger Woods a run for his money should watch out for the eighth hole - it’s notoriously tricky. On weekdays you can turn up and play, or book a golf package - many include food and drink at the excellent clubhouse.
Filled with long and short holes, doglegs and some fun water hazards, the well-maintained course is thought to be one of the best parkland courses in Manchester.
Besides the stunning, natural scenery, you’ll find some interesting holes - navigating the stream that runs through the middle is particularly challenging.
Take a good supply of golf balls!
Although the main attraction at Denton Golf Club is definitely the game itself, it’s not the only thing on offer...
Golf competitions, charity matches, dinner and dances… there’s always something going on at Denton Golf Club. A popular wedding fair is held here twice a year, and there are special packages to coincide with yearly events such as Valentine’s or Mother’s Day. To find out what’s happening, check the Denton Golf Club Facebook or Twitter page.
Booking a lesson with Denton’s club professional could really up your game. One of the best pros on the circuit, Mike Hollingworth was crowned Manchester Golfer of the year five times, and now helps train novice golfers in his high-tech onsite training facility. There’s swing analysis, video coaching - and he’ll put you through your paces on the indoor putting green.
No golf shoes? No problem! Denton Golf Club has everything you need to tee off in style.
You’ll find Denton Golf Club at Manchester Rd, Denton, M34 2GG and its phone number is 0161 336 3218. It’s worth phoning ahead because the course may close in bad weather or if there’s an event.
In winter (from 1 November to 1 April) you’ll pay £15 per person, reduced to £10 if you’re there with a member. In summer you’ll pay £30 per person on Monday to Friday, or £35 at weekends.
You’ll find the well-stocked shop packed with the latest balls, shoes and trolleys. In the market for a new club? Try it out in the indoor teaching bay then watch your swing for yourself on video playback!
Denton Golf Club is accessible throughout, with designated toilets and parking. It has six buggies that can be booked in advance - these cost £20 (although cheaper rates are available at less popular times).
When you’ve had enough golf, it’s time for a spot of shopping. Crownpoint Shopping Park is only a mile and a half away, and it’s got almost 30 high street retailers under one roof, from River Island to TK Maxx.
Just four miles from Denton takes you to Werneth Low Country Park. A haven for wildlife, on a clear day there are stunning views over Manchester. Perhaps best-known for its magnificent war memorial, it’s also a popular spot for kite-flying.
It wouldn’t be a round of golf without sinking a few in the 19th hole. But if the Club House doesn’t take your fancy, you can always head into Denton to see what’s on offer.
Warm and welcoming and perfect for a post-game drink (or well-earned bacon butty), the Club House has a well-stocked bar, wide-screen TVs and a snooker table, plus a separate room for playing Bridge. Lunch and dinner are served in two large dining areas, and there’s a balcony overlooking the first and last holes.
Denton’s shopping mall has a handful of places in its food court to tempt you. There’s a Costa for a hot sandwich and tasty coffee, or just grab something and go from Gregg’s or McDonald’s. In the mood for something more substantial? Head to Frankie & Benny’s for an Italian-American menu of burgers, pasta or barbecue ribs.
Family-run Benvenuto Ristorante is Denton’s most popular restaurant and it’s easy to see why. With beautiful, home cooked dishes, it’s like a little taste of Italy, where everyone is treated like an old friend and the atmosphere is buzzing. Melt-in-the- mouth veal, tasty pizza and pasta and no request is too much trouble. Bellissimo!
You’ll find Denton Golf Club less than 15 minutes from the centre of Manchester, just off the M60 and M67.
From junction 24 of the M60 the entrance to Denton Golf Club is approximately 400 yards along the A57 Manchester Road, less than 15 minutes from the centre of Manchester. Once there you’ll find a big car park with a maximum capacity of 150 cars.
Luckily, there are buses on offer! Stagecoach Manchester operates a bus from Denton to Manchester Piccadilly Station every 15 minutes. Tickets on the 204 service cost £3 and the journey takes 22 minutes.
Thinking of catching a train? You could be in for a long wait if you happen to miss it! Denton has the UK's least frequent train service - the train from Stockport to Stalybridge passes through Denton every Friday, in one direction only.
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