Escape to England's famous golf coast & play Open Championship courses

Otherwise known as England’s Golf Coast, the stretch of coastline from Liverpool to Southport, and even further north up to Blackpool, is home to a selection of the best links courses in the UK.

When you think of golf in Liverpool, the star attractions are the regal trio of Royal Liverpool, Royal Birkdale and Royal Lytham & St Anne’s, which between them have hosted more than 30 Open Championships. But don’t overlook the likes of Formby Links, Hillside, Southport & Ainsdale, West Lancashire and Wallasey where you’ll be amazed at the value and quality of golf on offer.

For those who want to experience some of the very best links golf in the UK – all within easy reach of the lively Victorian seaside resort of Southport or iconic city of Liverpool - this superb area of England is hard to beat.

Why play golf in Liverpool & Southport?

  • Three current Open Championship venues
  • Visit the iconic city of Liverpool & seaside town of Southport
  • Direct flights into Manchester from North America
  • A collection of hidden gem links courses
  • Home of The Beatles & vibrant live music scene
  • Great pubs, restaurants & nightlife

What makes golf in Liverpool & Southport so special?

Royal Birkdale, Royal Liverpool, and Royal Lytham & St Anne’s are three courses etched into golfing folklore, having hosted more than 30 Open Championships between them. They are possibly three of the most famous courses in the world, and the beauty of this iconic destination is that all three are within close proximity to one another.

This coastline is also littered with lesser-known but equally impressive hidden gems with most acting as Open Championship Final Qualifying venues. The likes of West Lancashire, Formby, Hillside, Wallasey, and Southport & Ainsdale are formidable courses in their own right and highly regarded on the UK golf circuit.

Find the perfect base for your golf tour

We recommend using either Southport or Liverpool as your base, depending on which courses you’d like to play and the type of stay that’s best for your group. Liverpool is one of the UK’s most iconic cities and very well known for its live music scene and nightlife, along with plenty of cultural sites to explore.

Southport on the other hand is a popular Victorian seaside town just 17 miles north of Liverpool. Both have great accommodation options and splitting your stay across the two is another way to do it.

Our experts say...

With three Royal courses that have held The Open Championship over 30 times, and other UK and Ireland Top 100 courses such as Hillside, Formby, Southport & Ainsdale and West Lancs, this is a links golfer’s dream destination.

Chris Bowles avatar
Chris Bowles

Senior Golf Vacation Specialist - UK & Ireland

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Where would you like to stay - seaside town or iconic city?

We are here to help you build your perfect golf vacation, and part of that is making sure you choose the right accommodation to suit your budget and preferences. Whether you stay in Liverpool or Southport, we have plenty of great options.

Both the Ramada Plaza and Vincent Hotel in Southport are perfectly located and firm favorites with Golfbreaks clients, giving easy access to the pubs, restaurants and nightlife that this charming coastal town has to offer.

In the larger iconic city of Liverpool we recommend either the Jurys Inn or Beatles themed Hard Days Night Hotel, which is a truly unique experience. A Grade II listed building in the heart of Beatles Corner, filled with memorabilia, artwork and furnishings from the 'Fab Four'.

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