Scotland and Ireland aren’t the only countries with incredible golf experiences. You must consider England when planing your next golf trip.
“The Home of Golf” and the “Emerald Isle” are usually on everyone’s golf bucket list but it’s time to add England to your “must play”. The reason is simple, it’s the only place you can play multiple Open Championship venues in one easy trip. History, cheeky English jokes, golf and pints all in one trip.
All of the English golf courses on this list are spectacular.
Formby Golf Club is an absolute masterpiece. It’s nestled in a beautiful part of Northwest England fit with rolling sand dunes and green pinewoods. This amazing golf club is apart of an action packed itinerary including Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Royal Birkdale and Royal Liverpool, all of which are Open Championship venues.
Another magnificent venue on the Northwest itinerary is Hillside Golf Club. Located next to a railway line, it’s your quintessential English golf club and is known for its diverse layout. No hole is the same at Hillside so you not only have to bring your A game, you have to play smart.
Royal Lytham & St. Annes
Royal Lytham & St. Annes is known for its iconic clubhouse and rich golf heritage. This golf club has seen legendary Open Champions such as Bobby Jones, Seve Balllesteros, Ernie Els, Tom Lehman and Anika Sorenstam. The golf course is without a doubt one of the best links courses in the world. You will be enthralled by its creative design of drivable par 4s with a charming surrounding of the suburbs and railway.
Another Open Championship venue, Royal Birkdale allows visitors the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of history. This course feels the most like a traditional links, situated on rolling sand dunes with nasty high rough that will gobble up your golf balls. It’s tough to pick the best Open Championship venue but Royal Birdale belongs at the top of the list and is a tremendous challenge of golf.
The city of Liverpool is most known around the world for its two legendary football clubs. Royal Liverpool is a world class golf links but also known around the world as one of the finest Open Championship venues. Known as “Hoylake”, Royal Liverpool is steeped in history and an absolutely incredible golf experience.
Southport & Ainsdale
Last but not least, Southport & Ainsdale may be one of the most important golf courses in tournament history. It’s held Ryder Cups, R&A Amateur Championships, Open Championship qualifiers, and ancient exhibitions between Ted Ray and James Braid. It’s a true hidden gem even though it’s not all that hidden. It’s a true Championship Links.