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England Golf Courses
In the U.S., England rarely comes up in discussions
about golf. When you think about it, this is somewhat
surprising because England has arguably the finest
and most extensive collection of golf courses outside
of the Unites Sates. Great golf courses can be found
in all corners of the country and most of them welcome
The best known are the two areas that have courses
on the current British Open rote. These are the
Lancashire Coast, north of Liverpool, on the Irish
Sea and Kent and the Channel coast southeast of
Designed by: Robert
Chambers and George Morris
Par 72, 7210 yards
The Royal Liverpool course at Hoylake started life
as the race course of the Liverpool Hunt Club, set
on the shores of the Dee and with the Welsh hills
in the distance. The golf course was built in 1869
and, with the exception of Westward ho! in Devon,
is the oldest seaside course in England. It is also
one of the great links courses having hosted the
British Open eleven times. And as all links courses,
the wind makes it's presence felt.
Designed by: Fred
Hawtree and J.H. Taylor
Par 70, 7018 yards
Royal Birkdale is host to the 2008 British Open.
Among the many great courses along the northwest
coast of England, Birkdale stands out as a perfect
example of links golf. The club was founded in
1889, starting life as a nine hole course. In
1897 the the club was moved to Birkdale Hills,
where an 18 hole course was constructed.
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Designed by: Herbert
Fowler, Harry Colt, Tom Simpson
Par 71, 6630 yards
Nestled between two seaside resorts, the Royal
Lytham St. Annes is one of the most unique courses
in the British Open rota. It is links in every
sense of the word, with sandy soil and the wind
blowing in from the Irish Sea. Open to the elements,
the trees on the course seem to lean permanently
sideways, with the wind often proving a formidable
competitor, particularly in the homeward five
holes of the course. It opens with a par 3, the
only major championship course to do so. The first
four holes and last five are said to be amongst
the trickiest in the United Kingdom.
Designed by: Willy
Park, Harry Colt
Par 72, 7024 yards
Formby Golf Club is one of the classic courses
on the English coastline. Although somewhat protected
from the elements by pine trees that line several
of the holes, the course is a tough one, particularly
when the wind breaks through. The profusion of
wildlife and plants at Formby resulted in its
declaration as a Site of Special Scientific Interest,
with the magnificent, fragile dunes a designated
conservation area. The greens at Fromby are firm
and the undulating fairways excellent. Accuracy
and concentration are prerequisites for every
hole, with the heather and rough forming a natural
boundary together with bunkers and sandhills.
Designed by: James
Baird, Donald Steel
Par 72, 6850 yards
Hillside lies almost side-by-side with Royal Birkdale,
amid a stretch of sandhills near Southport. The
quality of the individual holes is such that golfers
may find it difficult to separate the two. Typical
of the links courses on the English coastline,
Hillside is open to the winds of the Irish Sea,
and laid out in a truly stunning setting.
Designed by: James
Par 71, 6687 yards
The Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club, or the
S & A as it is affectionately known, is part
of the chain of links courses spread along England’s
western coastline. The entire course has been
designated Site of Special Scientific Interest,
with natterjack toads and squirrels resident among
the sand dunes and heath land.
Designed by: C.K.
Par 72, 6862 yards
The Wast Lancashire course is a pioneer of golf
in England’s northwest, the oldest surviving
golf club in Lancashire County and among the top
ten oldest in England. This links course is set
in natural seaside terrain with immaculate greens.
Eleven of the holes measure over 400 yards, by
any standards, it is a true championship course.
Designed by: Old
Par 72, 6503 yards
Wallasey Golf Club was founded in 1891 and, with
its undulating fairways and sand dunes, it is
a true links course. Overlooking Liverpool Bay
and the Irish Sea, it is open to the elements,
in particular, the wind. It is one of the great
links courses of the north, originally designed
by Old Tom Morris and later altered by Alec Herd,
Harold Hilton and James Braid. The course itself
is a true test of golf, due in part to the prevailing
north westerly winds and the variety of holes,
made all the more interesting by the natural terrain.
Designed by: Willy
Par 70, 6590 yards
Sunningdale ranks as one of the premier clubs
in England. Bobby Jones so loved the course that
he took his cherished memories of Sunningdale
back to the U.S. and incorporated many of them
in his design of Augusta National. Sunningdale’s
Old course, which opened in 1901, was designed
by Willie Park. Virtually every hole is played
in splendid – and beautiful – isolation,
and in harmony with nature.
Designed by: H.
Par 72, 7050 yards
Wentworth is home to three championship golf courses.
This great triumvirate is in the Surrey heathland,
surrounded by an ancient woodland of pine, oak
and birch. Each course has its own charms, its
own distinct identity and, presents its own unique
challenge. The East and the West were designed
by Harry Colt; the West was recently modernized
by Wentworth’s touring professional Ernie
Els. Wentworth is widely regarded as one of the
best inland golf clubs in the U.K. and home to
the HSBC World Matchplay Championship.
North Foreland golf club
|North Foreland Golf Club, Broadstairs - situated on the Kent coast at the point where the English Channel becomes the North Sea, is a cliff top downland course that offers seaside golf at its very best.
With a view of the sea from every tee and every green, North Foreland is a free running chalk downland course, and possibly Kent's premier all-year-round course - confirmed by the number of returning visitors and societies.
Originally a nine hole course, it was expanded when Lord Northcliffe bought additional land in 1912 and employed Fowler & Simpson to design the full 18.
Prince's golf club
Prince's, with its 27 holes of championship Links has hosted the Open Championship and is currently an Open Qualifying Course. Prince's offers all that is best in modern links golf: a centrally located clubhouse offering magnificent views over the course and Pegwell Bay and helpful, attentive staff who understand your needs.
royal st. george
The Club is proud to have hosted many major tournaments, in addition to the Open Championship, for both Amateur and Professional golfers.
These include: The Walker Cup, The Curtis Cup, The Amateur, the English Amateur, The PGA Championship, the Home Internationals and the Brabazon Trophy.
Many of golf's most famous names have won tournaments here - Arnold Palmer won the PGA in 1975, reaching the 14th with two prodigious blows with his driver on a stormy day when no other competitor got closer than 40 yards from the green in two.
royal cinque ports
Royal Cinque Ports has been the scene of many Championships since that first Open and, since 1925, has been home every year to the Halford Hewitt Public Schools Championship. It is a place where all who visit leave with a feeling of having experienced something special and a desire to return.