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Best Golf Courses in North West England

Best of Golf from the experts in Golf Holidays

Considering the sheer number of world-class golf courses in the UK, England’s North West coastline should be seriously applauded for its magnificent contribution. From former Open Championship venues to Ryder Cup host courses, the best of the best have graced the fairways at many of the courses in Southport, Hoylake and beyond.

Many of the links layouts in the North West date back into the 19th century, with tradition and heritage at the core of their courses, making for an unrivalled golfing experience. You can play all these superb golf courses yourself, following in the footsteps of golfing legends.

Read on to discover the courses our experts have played and consider the best in the North West of England or check out some of the best golf holiday deals in the North West >>

Royal Birkdale

There is no doubting the prestige, pedigree and, in parts, perfection of Royal Birkdale. The venue is one of the world’s best links courses and has been chosen to host nine Open Championships as well as two Ryder Cups, making it extremely popular by both professionals and amateurs.

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Location: Southport, Merseyside
Length: 7,156 yards
Par: 70
Designed by: Frederick G. Hawtree / J.H. Taylor
Established: 1889

Royal Lytham & St Annes

Definitely one for the purists; the coastal layout at Royal Lytham will test even the best golfers and its magnificent condition makes it all worthwhile. This classic links venue has previously hosted The Open Championship and should be on every golfer’s list.

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Location: Lytham St Annes, Lancashire
Length: 7,118 yards
Par: 70
Designed by: George Lowe / Harry Colt
Established: 1887


Formby perfectly combines features of both parkland and links golf, with mature trees and strong breezes in effect at different phases of the course. Having hosted many prestigious amateur tournaments, Formby is no stranger to the limelight and can be enjoyed by all types of golfers.

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Location: Formby, Merseyside
Length: 7,031 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Willie Park, James Braid
Established: 1884


Considering its location near some of the most renowned courses in the country, like Royal Birkdale, Hillside more than holds its own as one of the best in the North East. With its spot on the 2019 European Tour secure for the British Masters, it's sure to impress with natural beauty and a magnificent design.

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Quick facts about Hillside

Location: Southport, Merseyside
Length: 7,029 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Fred Hawtree, Donald Steel
Established: 1911

Southport & Ainsdale

There are so many factors which make Southport and Ainsdale such a prestigious venue; from its two times hosting the Ryder Cup to the renowned James Braid design. The seaside layout is a classic links course and requires some serious accuracy throughout.

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Location: Southport, Merseyside
Length: 6,803 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: James Braid
Established: 1906

West Lancashire

Since 1873, West Lancashire Golf Club has consistently proven itself as one of the best coastal links courses in the North West. Formerly chosen to host Open Championship Qualifying, many golfing greats have played the track and waxed lyrical on its design and beauty.

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Location: Liverpool, Lancashire
Length: 6,992 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Ken Cotton, Fred Hawtree
Established: 1873

Royal Liverpool

If its Royal status isn’t enough, then Royal Liverpool's esteemed history more than secures its place near the top of the UK’s best courses. The challenging layout was rejuvenated after more than 100 years with its previous, traditional design; this was put on the world stage in 2006 when Tiger Woods won The Open Championship there.

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Quick facts about Royal Liverpool

Location: Hoylake, Wirral
Length: 7,218 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Robert Chambers, George Morris, Harry Colt
Established: 1869


Since Old Tom Morris designed the revered course at Wallasey, more golf course architects have added to its brilliance, including James Braid and Donald Steel. Often compared to its neighbour Royal Liverpool, Wallasey is definitely one of the best in the Southport area, providing an enjoyable experience to all golfers.

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Location: Wallasey, Merseyside
Length: 6,684 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Old Tom Morris
Established: 1891

The Mere

Designed by James Braid and set in the stunning rural Cheshire, The Mere Golf Resort is an amazing golf venue in the North West. Despite seriously impressive facilities off the course, the golf is still the main attraction with winding fairways and beautiful natural hazards; you’ll have to be on your A game to score well here.

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Location: Knutsford, Cheshire
Length: 6,882 yards
Par: 71
Designed by: James Braid
Established: 1934


Hesketh is one of the oldest in Southport and has long had an affiliation with Royal Birkdale, often hosting The Open Championship final qualifying event when the tournament is at Birkdale. With a contrasting front and back nine, this links style course will keep golfers of all abilities on their toes.

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Quick facts about Hesketh

Location: Southport, Merseyside
Length: 6,718 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: J O F Morris
Established: 1885