England’s Golf Coast – “The Finest stretch of Championship Golf in the world”
Home to 19 of the most challenging and naturally beautiful golf courses in Britain, England’s Golf Coast boasts some of the country’s most vibrant cities, exciting tourist attractions, breathtaking coastline and picturesque countryside.
The stunning North-West resort of Southport has some of the finest links courses in England. This is the home of , one of the best of the great golf courses to have staged The Open Championship. Formed in 1889, this rugged, challenging links course was enhanced in preparation for hosting the 2008 Open Championship. Running through high, rough dunes, the fairways are mainly flat and most tees give a clear view of the task in hand. But be careful of the wind as it whistles down the fairways from the sea.
This venerable links course in Hoylake is one of England’s oldest and most historic. The Hoylake links can be, by turns, beautiful, uplifting, awe inspiring and, on occasion, soul-destroying. The course was enhanced before staging its 11th Open in 2006, when Tiger Woods won the title by two shots from Chris DiMarco. The course is famous for its meticulously kept greens. Formed 1869 (9 holes) extended to 18 in 1871.
Royal Lytham & St Annes
Described by Bernard Darwin as “a beast of a golf course, but a just beast” Royal Lytham & St Annes was formed in 1886. This rugged and challenging links course may not be the longest of courses but it is hard to scramble a good score, as careful thought and accurate shots are required to avoid the 206 bunkers peppering the Fairways and surrounding the Greens.
Royal Lytham & St Annes hosts the next Open on 15 – 22 July 2012.
Course of contrasts sited among the pinewoods surrounded by dunes designated as a conservation area. Par-3s among the most challenging anywhere. Within the boundaries lies the completely independent Formby Ladies Golf Club
Opened in 1996 and one of the newst courses. Water can be found on 16 holes making it a very different to the majority of links courses nearby7 Home of the U&K’s first PGA Golf Academy
A beautiful course, short but difficult with a premium on accuracy, spectacular views towards the Irish sea. Gentlemen are welcome to play.
Southport’s oldest club dating from 1885. boating exceptionally outstanding clubhouse. Course of contrasts with half its holes meandering through sand dunes and the rest overlooking the spectacular Ribble Estuary.
Widely regarded as the finest course not to have staged an Open. This beautiful course with stunning views of the surrounding area from its elevated tees has a back nine second to none. The course is situated alongside Royal Birkdale.
Well placed traps and the finely sculptured contours of the greens, present an inspiring challenge. Not best course to practice a hook or a slice. Enjoyable course blanded into the surrounding landscape.
Southport & Ainsdale
Locally known as S & A, this classic links course has narrow fairways bordered by sand-dunes, heather and gorse, making it quite difficult to play well. The original 9 hole course built in 1906 is now gone, replaced in 1923 by the 18 holes still in use today. S & A has been designated a Site of Special Scientific interest due to natterjack toads and other rare wildlife found within its boundaries.
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Founded in 1873 One of the 10 oldest clubs in England. Natural under-rated course with views over the Mersey. Home to the longest hole-in-one ever recorded – Peter Richard Parkinson in June 1972 aced the 393-yard par-4 7th hole
As if that wasn’t enogh there are many more courses within reach, including:
- Carden Park
- Lytham Green Drive
- St. Annes Old Links
For more details, see England’s Golf Coast.