Because of our proximity to Liverpool, Chester and Manchester Inglewood Manor is at the hub of a wide range of world-class sporting opportunities, be it watching a football match at Anfield, or enjoying a round of golf at the world-famous Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake.
Although the options are too numerous to mention, we’ve rounded up a few of the best to give you a feel for what’s available.
The first recorded race at the 'Roodee Fields' was held on February 9th 1539, in the reign of Henry the Eighth, with the consent of Chester's Lord Mayor, Henry Gee (whose surname gave rise to the 'gee-gees' nick name for racehorses), making Chester is the oldest racecourse in Britain, and possibly the world.
Chester is renowned for being a glamorous venue where style and fashion go hand in hand. Racing begins with a three day May festival, putting Chester in the racing spotlight nationally. This Festival has long been their flagship fixture, providing the very highest level of racing, the chance to see some of the best known names in the sport, and permeating throughout, an unquestionably fun atmosphere!
After May, they have further day and evening fixtures throughout the summer months, including family fun events and thrilling polo fixtures. Each fixture has its own unique identity to ensure a wide ranging appeal.
Chester Race Company Ltd. The Racecourse, Chester CH1 2LY England
In a city, where football is a religion, it quite a surprise to realize that one of the worlds most watched sporting events, broadcast from Liverpool, is actually a horse-race.
Home of the John Smith’s Grand National, Aintree is one of the world’s most famous racecourses. With over two miles of luscious green racetrack, and horse racing’s biggest stars taking to this jumps only course, racing there is always a sight to behold.
Renowned for the most challenging chase in the world and one of the biggest tests available of both racehorse and rider, the Grand National is run around two circuits of the course - with 30 fences and four and a half miles covered. There are numerous famous landmarks which are an integral part of Grand National folklore; Becher’s Brook, the Canal Turn, Valentine’s and the Chair are fences known around the globe.
Inglewood Manor is just 50 minutes from Aintree, and provides the perfect luxurious bolt-hole after a day at the races.
Ticket hotline: 0844 579 3001 / Hospitality: 0151 522 2911
Inglewood Manor is perfectly located to enjoy some of the most breathtakingly beautiful, exhilarating and challenging golf courses that England's Golf Coast has to offer. From historic Royal Liverpool, and the challenging links of Wallasey to the tranquil parkland course at Bromborough, there is a course nearby to suit all levels of golfer. We provide a comfortable, friendly base from which to explore, with some fantastic local attractions for the non-golfer to enjoy.
‘Inglewood Manor is just the perfect place to stay when playing all the golf courses on the Wirral. A warm and friendly welcome, wonderful food and a simply beautiful building to stay in.’ Geoff Pook, Head Golf Professional, Colling Tree Park, Northampton
Royal Liverpool Golf Club
Meols Drive, Hoylake, Wirral, CH47 4AL
Tel: 0151 632 3101
Bookings: 0151 632 7772
Green Fees: £150
Summer Offer: Book a four-ball for £500 (a £100 saving on individual green fees)
Built in 1869, on what was then the racecourse of the Liverpool Hunt Club, Hoylake is the second oldest of all the English seaside courses. Playing it requires skill and courage, as any loose shot will be severely punished. A club graced in tradition and host to many international events, Royal Liverpool is one of the truly great British courses.
The course was revamped for the 2006 Open, in which Tiger Woods magnificently claimed his third career Open title. Steeped in history, Royal Liverpool is a memorable course that has every ingredient for a classic experience.
Tee times usually available: Monday & Tuesday morning, all day Wednesday, and in Summer, late afternoon Saturday and Sunday.
Heswall Golf Club
Cottage Lane, Gayton, CH60 8PB Tel: 0151 342 1237
Heswall Golf Club is an attractive undulating parkland course on the Wirral Peninsula by the banks of Dee Estuary with views to the Welsh Hills. The course which has recently been extended, presents a variety of challenges for short and long handicap players. Heswall was the venue for the Junior Open in 2006 and has also hosted the North of England Under 16s Championships for the last 4 years.
Wallasey Golf Club
Bayswater Road, Wallasey CH45 8LA Tel: 0151 691 1024
Green Fees: £75 midweek, £85 weekends
Offer: 10% discount on green fees for Inglewood Manor residents.
Wallasey is a classic links, originally designed by Tom Morris Snr., but with many later alterations influenced by such illustrious names as Hilton, Hawtree and James Braid. The Stableford scoring system was devised by club member Dr Frank Stableford, and the first Stableford competition was played here on 16th May 1932.
Recent improvements were designed by Donald Steel. Most of the course is played through sand dunes, with few flat lies on tight, running fairways. The greens are firm and fast, and constant sea breezes make clubbing difficult. Wallasey provides a stern but fair challenge, and is a superb test of golf for players of any standard. Wallasey was a Final Qualifying course for the Open Championship when it returned to Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) in 2006
Mens play is from the yellow tees (Course 6323 yards), ladies play from the red LGU tees (5844 yards)
Tee times not available to visitors: Saturday before 3.30pm and Tuesday morning
Caldy Golf Club
Links Hey Road, Caldy, Wirral, CH48 1NB
Tel: 0151 625 5660
Gree Fees: £60 pounds per round, £70 per day
Offer: £10 discount on green fees for Inglewood Manor residents.
Caldy's course provides a unique blend of seaside and parkland golf. Situated on the estuary of the River Dee, the course straddles the Wirral Way - an old railway line which is now a country park. It is a picturesque setting with breathtaking views of the North Wales mountains and a rural outlook to farmland and dales to the South. The glorious combination of wonderful links and inland holes make for a memorable game of golf for players of all standards. Many of the greens and tees have been rebuilt to USGA specification and the complete course and practice facilities have been drained in order to maximize playing conditions.
Tee times not available to visitors: Saturday before 3.00pm, all day Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.
Bromborough Golf Club
Raby Hall Road, Bromborough, Wirral, Merseyside, CH63 0NW Tel: 0151 334 2155
Green Fees: £45 pounds per round
Offer: 10% Discount on green fees for Inglewood Manor residents (to claim, call the club to book tee time rather than booking online).
Located at the heart of the English Golf Riviera, Bromborough is considered by many to be the best park-land course on the Wirral Peninsula. It is a challenging 18 hole course, offering the exquisite views and peaceful surroundings of rural Wirral. Playing from any of the tees provides a challenge for any standard of golfer. The full championship course measuring a total of 6547 yards and a par of 72 (SSI 72).
Almost equidistant between Liverpool and Manchester, with great transport links to the two cities, there is a feast of football within a 50 minute radius of the hotel.
In addition to matches, all the stadia offer tours and museums, meaning you can enjoy a visit to the ground whatever the season.
In no particular order, we’ve listed below the four key football clubs in the area, with website details:
Manchester City http://www.mcfc.co.uk
Manchester United http://www.manutd.com