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England's Golf Coast

England’s Golf Coast

The Finest Stretch of Championship Links Golf in the World!

Background Information

England’s Golf Coast is home to 18 of the most challenging and naturally beautiful golf courses in Britain. It also boasts some of the country’s most vibrant cities, exciting tourist attractions, breathtaking coastline and picturesque countryside.

Stretching from Cumbria and the Lake District in the north down to the Wirral and Chester in the south, this golfing nirvana offers visitors a jaw-dropping 200 golf courses to choose from, all of which are easily accessible by road, rail networks and International Airports at Liverpool, Blackpool and Manchester.

In total, England’s Golf Coast boasts three of the top 20 and seven of the top 50 courses in the UK and Ireland and four of the links courses are among the WORLD’S Top 80! as well as being home to three of the finest Open Championship courses – Royal Birkdale, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham & St Annes. Together these world-famous venues have hosted the Open Championship on no fewer than 30 occasions since 1897. In addition to these illustrious clubs, England’s Golf Coast also features six regular Open Qualifying venues and a number of championship courses that have staged men’s and women’s Tour events.

Fylde coast Golf

The Fylde coast comprises of Blackpool, Fylde (Lytham St Annes) and Wyre Borough. This area has a wide variety of private and municipal golf courses, including the world famous Links course, Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club which will be hosting the Open Championship in 2012 and the Walker Cup in 2015. Home to 10 private members golf clubs and one municipal golf course, the Fylde coast has a golf course to suit all abilities and is a perfect location as a base to explore the other courses of England’s Golf Coast. Fylde is a founding member of England's Golf Coast.

Golf Course information

Fylde courses

Royal Lytham & St Annes

Royal Lytham & St Annes enjoys a deserved reputation as one of Britain’s most challenging courses and in 2012 will stage its eleventh Open Championship. It was at Lytham in 1969 that Tony Jacklin became the first British golfer to win the Open for 18 years and 40 years later that Catriona Matthew claimed the Ricoh Women’s British Open a mere eleven weeks after giving birth to her second child. Royal Lytham is ranked 17 in the UK and is ranked in the top 80 courses in the World!

Fairhaven Golf Club

A top British golf magazine recently listed Fairhaven among the top-10 Open Championship Qualifying courses in the country and it is an accolade that is richly deserved. It’s a wonderful course which regularly hosts top Championships and is renowned for its aura of peace and tranquillity. (Distance from Royal Lytham & St Annes – 2.7 miles)

St Annes Old Links Golf Club

St Annes Old Links is a must for lovers of traditional links golf and was a big favourite of legendary amateur Bobby Jones. It’s blessed with firm, fast fairways, fine greens and the sort of subtle run-off areas and treacherous pot bunkers that are a prerequisite on all the best seaside courses. (Distance from Royal Lytham & St Annes – 0.3miles)

Lytham Green Drive

Lytham Green Drive is not long by modern standards but is a fine test and regularly features as a Qualifying course when the Open Championship is staged at Royal Lytham. It’s famous for its friendly welcome and the wide assortment of challenges it presents to even the most accomplished visiting golfer. (Distance from Royal Lytham & St Annes – 3.6 miles)

Staining Lodge

Designed by Golf Course architect David Griffiths, the launch of 18 holes on August 8, 2009Staining Lodge Golf Course has doubled in size to become a 6500 yard, 18 hole par 72 course. (Distance from Royal Lytham & St Annes – 4.4 miles)

Blackpool North Shore

The course is a links type course with rolling fairways and good-sized greens. Its traditional and well-furnished club house offers magnificent views. The course was designed by H S Colt in 1920. (Distance from Royal Lytham & St Annes – 5.5 miles)

Village Herons Reach

Set in 236 acres adjacent to Stanley Park in Blackpool, this is a par 72, 6, 628 yard Championship course designed by Peter Alliss and Ryder Cup player Clive Clark. (Distance from Royal Lytham & St Annes – 3.8 miles)

Stanley Park Golf Club (Municipal)

Stanley Park Golf Course is an 18 hole pay and play course offering excellent rounds of golf at competitive prices for all. The golf course covers an area of 101 acres, and is 6048 yards long offering a challenge for both new and experienced golfers alike. (Distance from Royal Lytham & St Annes – 3.8 miles)

Knott End Golf Club

A unique blend between links and parkland, our 18 hole golf course is a challenge for golfers of all abilities. Although the yardage of the course might seem a little short when compared to some courses, the exposed nature of the course coupled with small, well protected greens ensure a true test of golf. (Distance from Royal Lytham & St Annes – 11.7 miles)

Fleetwood Golf Club

The history of Fleetwood Golf Club has been positively traced back to the year 1861 when as a garrison town, officers at the Euston Barracks were instumental in the laying out of the links course. In 1893, townsfolk with an obvious passion for the game, instituted a Golf Club which had the boundary of the course running alongside the very edge of the sea. Designed by James Steer and opened in 1932. (Distance from Royal Lytham & St Annes – 10.8 miles)

Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club

18 hole Parkland course is one of the finest in Lancashire offering generous fairways. The golf centre also includes a driving range, short course and indoor and outdoor putting greens. (Distance from Royal Lytham & St Annes – 23.1 miles)

Southport

Royal Birkdale – Cited as England’s finest course

Hillside – Often regarded as the best course never to have hosted the Open

Southport & Ainsdale – The first course to stage two Ryder Cups

Hesketh – The home of Southport’s oldest club

West Lancashire – One of the ten oldest clubs in England

Formby – Host of the Amateur Championship on four occasions

Formby Ladies – A hidden gem set in the dunes and pines of Formby

Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa – The UK’s first PGA National Residential Golf Academy

Wirral

Royal Liverpool – To host its twelfth Open Championship in 2014

Wallasey – The home of the Stableford scoring system

Caldy – Cliff-top links with stunning views to Wales

Heswall – Host of the 2006 Junior Open Championship

Cumbria and the Lakes

Silloth-on-Solway- A stunning true links with striking views

Windermere – The lake district in a golf course

Event Information

England’s Golf Coast will play host to some high profile championships in the coming years. These include;

2011 Amateur Championship – Hillside & Hesketh, 13th – 18th June

2011 Astor Trophy - Fairhaven Golf Club 15th-19th June

2012 Ricoh Women’s Open – Royal Liverpool, 13th – 16th September

2012 English Amateur Championship – Silloth-on-Solway & Seascale, 30th July – 4th August

2012 Open Championship – Royal Lytham & St Annes, 19th – 22nd July

2012 Junior Open Championship - Fairhaven Golf Club from 15th to 18th July

2013 British Boys Championship – Royal Liverpool & Wallasey, 13th – 18th August

2014 Open Championship – Royal Liverpool, 17th - 20th July

2015 Walker Cup – Royal Lytham & St Annes, 12th & 13th September

The Wirral Golf Classic, a 72a 72 hole Stableford competition for amateurs, will be held for the second time in 2011 and will be staged on the four beautiful golf courses onEngland’s Golf Coast - Caldy, Heswall, Wallasey and the magnificent Royal Liverpool Golf Club with views over the Rivers Mersey and Dee. www.wirralgolfclassic.co.uk