STay & Play THE mERE

Jeremy Ellwood dis­cov­ers first-rate ac­com­mo­da­tion and a fine James Braid course not far from the M6

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The Golf Par 71, 6,566 yards The Mere’s James Braid park­land course is an easy-walk­ing lay­out with a few more pro­nounced un­du­la­tions and slopes over an ex­cel­lent clos­ing stretch. This starts from the 15th, a crack­ing down-and-up par 4 with a soli­tary pine at 200 yards and a stream just beyond that. The 16th is per­haps the strong­est of all the par 4s, sweep­ing some 440 yards round to the left to a test­ing and well-bunkered green. The par-5 18th then sweeps the other way back round to the lake at The Mere, and with the right drive, there’s ev­ery chance of get­ting to the green in two. The prac­tice range, which flanks the 1st, is unique as you re­ally do hit balls out into The Mere – not your own, ob­vi­ously! Also play… Harry Colt’s beau­ti­ful park­land lay­out at Prest­bury Golf Club (prest­bury­golf­club.com) lies just 14 miles east of The Mere. Ac­com­mo­da­tion The Mere has 81 com­fort­able rooms and suites equipped to a very high stan­dard over­look­ing the lake, the golf course, the tennis courts or the rolling Cheshire coun­try­side. All of­fer Sky TV, free Wi-Fi, tea/cof­fee-mak­ing fa­cil­i­ties and a cud­dly ‘Merekat’ toy to keep the kids, and maybe the adults, amused. The tennis courts are be­side the lake, and there is also an ex­tremely well-equipped health club, plus a spa of­fer­ing a be­wil­der­ing ar­ray of treat­ments from lava shell full body mas­sages to Ra­sul ther­mal mud heaven! Din­ing op­tions range from the two AA-rosette Browns restau­rant, to The Club Lounge and The Spa Lounge and Bar, with the Club Lounge look­ing out over The Mere lake. Where else… The An­der­ton Boat Lift (canal­rivertrust.org.uk) just 20 min­utes away is an in­ge­nious mas­ter­piece of wa­ter­ways en­gi­neer­ing – the Vic­to­ri­ans at their very best. The par-4 16th

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