The Manchester Golf Club

Wildlife at Hopwood Holes Five to Nine

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Please take care of the wildlife

The wildlife flourishes thanks to the natural landscape and space afforded by the expanse of the golf course. Please help us to protect their environment and habitat by observing from a distance and remember that there are no public rights of way on the course.

Fifth Hole

This short par 4 hole rises to an elevated green and is bordered to the left by the farmers pasture. On the right is Willow scrub followed by some mature pines just below the green. In summer Blackcaps breed in the dense Willow cover and on the pines you may encounter Tree Creepers or perhaps a family party of Great Spotted Woodpeckers with their young.

Sixth Hole

The second blind hole is one of the longest par 4s on the course. The tee is by the side of Hopwood woods which have several breeding pairs of Sparrowhawks that hunt over the golf course. Beyond the green there is an Oak wood which provides the main wildlife focus. Green Woodpeckers breed regularly and Buzzards use it as a vantage point from which to capture prey.

Seventh Hole

A short climb to an elevated green with rushes, birches and willows along the left hand side and gorse below the green. For many years Partridges nested in the rushes up the left-hand side but recently they have been in decline. The gorse before the green usually holds one of the ten pairs of Long Tailed Tits that nest on the course annually..

Eighth & Ninth Holes

The high point of the course with fabulous views in all directions. Taking advantage of the thermals Buzzards are frequently high above the par 3 eighth hole. The ninth is a par 5 with extensive view as you are descending down towards the M62. A gorse bush at the start of the hole is always home to a pair of Long Tailed Tits. In springtime Lapwings breed in the pasture over the left-hand fence.At the same time Wheatears migrating north feed on the fairway.

Photography Copyright & Courtesy of Gordon Yates


Long-time time member and wildlife enthusiast, Gordon has been studying and cataloging the wildlife at Manchester Golf Club for more than 40 years. Gordon has been a member of the RSPB for over 50 years and is an Honorary Life member of three local wildlife groups in acknowledgement of his contribution to Wildlife Conservation. Gordon has won several still photography awards with BBC television, RSPB, Scottish Wildlife and the Scottish Ornithologist Club.

The entire Wildlife Gallery on this website has been photographed by Gordon at the golf club and kindly provided with his compliments for members and visitors to enjoy. He hopes that everyone will enjoy the wildlife and will help us to protect the unique environment so that it will continue to flourish.

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