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Southport's prestigious
golf courses

Southport is in the heart of England’s golf courses. The north west of England is lucky enough to possess some of the country’s top golf courses. Southport is in close proximity to four courses, one of which, Royal Birkdale, is a tried and tested host of the British Open Championships amongst other prestigious competitions. Right next to Royal Birkdale sits Hillside Golf Course, with Southport & Ainsdale Golf Course located a little further south towards Formby. To round off an encompassing selection of fairways to practice your swing, just a little further north of Southport Station is Hesketh Golf Club, a fixture within the area from as far back as 1885.

The Stamford is set up for Golfers, with a dedicated Golf Storage area, Buggy Charging points and Drying Room.

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Royal Birkdale

Royal Birkdale is possibly the finest of all courses in England. Royal Birkdale has held more Championship and International events since World War 2 than any other course in the world. Open Championships, Ryder Cups, Women’s British Opens, Senior Opens, Amateur Championships, Walker Cups and Curtis Cups.
Royal Birkdale Golf Club has been voted the number one golf club in England, one of the top five clubs in the UK and amongst the top 35 in the world. Visitors are assured of a warm welcome on and off the course delivering a golfing experience second to none.

Green Fees

January 2019 – March 2019
Weekday £175
Weekend £210

April 2019 – September 2019
Weekday £235
Weekend £265

October 2019 – December 2019
Weekday £175
Weekend £210

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Formby Golf Club

Formby Golf Club is one of the classic courses of the Lancashire coastline. A true championship links course unlike any other, founded in 1884. Running through mature sand dunes and pinewoods, the combination of well protected greens, undulating fairways and challenging tee shots signifies a course of magnificent contrasts. Such is the profusion of wildlife and plants at Formby that it has been declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest with the magnificent, fragile dunes a designated conservation area.

The club is unique in Britain for within the boundary of its own course is the completely independent Formby Ladies Golf Club, which was founded in 1896.

Formby has hosted many important national and regional amateur golf events, particularly four Amateur Championships. It was on this course that Jose-Maria Olazabal beat Colin Montgomerie to win the final of The Amateur Championship in 1984. The excellence of the course was underlined once again in 2004, when the Club had the honour of hosting the Curtis Cup – the world’s greatest team event in Ladies Amateur Golf, a match between Great Britain and Ireland against the USA. Formby is at the forefront of amateur championship golf in the U.K. and acted as one of the three final qualifying courses for The Open in 2006. Modelled by three of golf’s greatest architects, the course measures from the members’ tees 6,496 and championship tees a tremendous 7,024.

Green Fees

January 2019 – February 2019 (per round)
£250 per fourball Mon-Fri, £270 weekend.
£90pp Mon – Fri

March 2019 (per round)
£260 per fourball Mon-Fri, £300 weekend.
£90 pp Mon – Fri

April, August and October 2019 (daily rates)
Monday – Friday (anytime) – £115
Saturday (after 15:30) – £130
Sunday (from 11.30 to midday and after 14.30) – £130

May, June, July and September 2019 (daily rates)
Monday – Friday (anytime) – £150
Saturday (after 15:30) – £165
Sunday (from 11.30 to midday and after 14.30) – £165

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Hesketh Golf Course

Hesketh is the oldest golf club in Southport, established in 1885. The course is predominantly links in nature and Championship golf has been played at Hesketh from the early days.

Part links and part parkland, it is set among the Victorian villas of a residential area at the northern end of South West Lancashire’s sand dune system. Designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Hesketh sits beside a nationally renowned nature reserve and the seabirds and other wildlife provide an added attraction for visitors.

In addition to being regularly chosen as a Qualifying venue when The Open is played at nearby Royal Birkdale, Hesketh has hosted County Championships, National Championships and top events in women’s golf. These include the Lancashire Amateur Open, the Lancashire Ladies’ Amateur Open and the British Senior Amateur Championship.

Green Fees

Midweek £45
Weekend £50

April & October
Midweek £52.50
Weekend £65

Midweek £65
Weekend £85

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Southport & Ainsdale Golf Course

Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club is a two time Ryder Cup venue and top 100 ranked UK course. The course is set amongst the dunes on the North West coastline and is another of course designer James Braid’s great creations.

Founded in 1906, part of the great golf boom around the turn of the 20th century. Inevitably the passing of so many years has brought about changes to the course, but the traditional feel of a championship links has been retained.

The club has hosted two Ryder Cup matches in 1933 and 1937 and a number of other prestigious championships including The British Ladies Open and The British Amateur. The club has acted as a final qualifying course for The Open Championship and is a fixture in any ranking of the Top 100 courses in the Great Britain & Ireland.

All the holes are of championship standard and no two are the same. However, if one had to be singled out, it would be the sixteenth. This famous hole has a great hill and bunkers, lined with railway sleepers and is a cunning trap, catching poor second shots. It is called ‘Gumbleys’, after the gentleman who spent some time in there!

The course is a magnificent test of golf, especially with the sea breeze, profusion of heather and gorse combining to provide you with a challenging and immensely enjoyable experience.

Green Fees

January 2019 – March 2019
Weekday £65
Weekend £85

April 2019
Weekday £100
Weekend £110

May 2019 – September 2019
Weekday £135
Weekend £150

October 2019
Weekday £100
Weekend £110

November 2019 – March 2020
Weekday £75
Weekend £95

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