In our humble opinion, the United Kingdom offers the most complete range of challenging, beautiful courses in the world, from the famous Home of Golf, St Andrews  to the lesser known tale of two nines at Mottram Hall. Here, the put open team from the 19th Hole reveal their insights after scouring the North West of England to find five courses that offer something different and provide a welcome challenge. From courses that are over 100 years old to less than 20, all golfers should add these on their wishlist.


Royal Birkdale Golf Club

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The Royal Birkdale in Southport has a reputation to match the world’s best courses. Home to the Ryder Cup on two occasions and the Open Championship nine times, the world-famous course has accommodated some of the greatest ever golfers since the first major tournament there in 1954. It may be one of the toughest links courses in the country, with fast greens and unpredictable wind, but the experience of playing on the championship course and rich history in the clubhouse make the Royal Birkdale a must-visit.

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Richard Forrester

Richard Forrester

Richard Forrester is an experienced sports writer, having worked at SportsVibe and written for numerous sporting titles including Golfing World, Birmingham Mail and Stoke City's website.

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