Southport & Ainsdale18 holes, 72 par, 6687 yards. Links.
Set amongst the sand dunes and heathland of the north west coastline, this two-time host of The Ryder Cup was designed by James Braid - one of the great figures that dominated British professional golf in the early part of the 20th century. The course is not incredibly long but the narrow fairways, bordered by sandy dunes and channels require application and accuracy off the tee.
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Hillside Golf Course
18 holes, 72 par, 6850 yards. Links.
Hillside Golf Course is a fantastic example of a great links course. Set amongst large dunes and pine trees creating a beautiful course described by Greg Norman as having the best back nine holes in Britain. Strong winds coming in from the Irish Sea make for tricky approach shots to the more sheltered greens, and also give rise to some spectacular views along the coastline. Measuring at over 8,800-yards in total, this is truly a course that will test even the most advanced golfers, and is a must play for anyone in the region.
18 holes, 72 par, 6690 yards. Links.
Founded in 1889, the Royal Birkdale Golf Club really needs no introduction. Measuring 6,690-yards, this par-72 course has been host to The Open Championship on eight occasions. Always a challenge, particularly when it’s windy, the Royal Birkdale Golf Club is a must for all aspiring golfers. A round on the Royal Birkdale will don disappoint and remain in your memory for years to come as one of your most enjoyable rounds, no matter how you play.
Hesketh Golf Course
18 holes, 72 par, 6649 yards. Links.
Established in 1885, The Hesketh is the oldest club in Southport and is regularly chosen for Final Qualifying when The Open arrives across town at Royal Birkdale. Part links and part parkland, the distinctive challenge of the course is that half of the holes meander through tall sand dunes, while the other half border the Ribble estuary. Some of the best holes lie between the sandhills and the clubhouse, particularly the 18th, an impressive, lengthy finishing hole.
West Lancashire Golf Course
18 holes, 72 par, 7030 yards. Links.
Founded in 1873 and situated in natural seaside terrain, this great links course measures 6,862 yards with 11 of the holes measuring over 400 yards. West Lancashire is a course of contrasts with greens on plateaus and greens in hollows, areas of safety and shelter all set amongst a sea of rough and sandy wilderness. In 1976, four young professionals competed in their final Open qualifier here - Sandy Lyle, Nick Faldo, Bernard Langer and Ian Woosnam - all four were eventual US Masters winners.
Mossock Hall Golf Course
18 holes, 71 par, 6375 yards. Parkland.
With a mixture of ponds, streams and strategically placed bunkers throughout the golf course, accuracy and straight hitting are essential to keep a respectable scorecard. The signature hole is the 11th, set in a wooded dell crowned by a stream; it requires the most demanding tee shot. It is also arguably one of the prettiest in the region as the elevated tee looks over a tightly bunkered green, all set amongst a thicket of trees with the accompanying stream.
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