When it comes to links golf in the UK, there is arguably nowhere better to play than 9 time Open Championship and 2 time Ryder Cup host, Royal Birkdale. Located in the beautiful town of Southport on the Northwest Coast of England, many view this stunning region of the country as the golfing capital.
Since gaining Royal status by King George VI the course has been the setting for more Championship and International Tournaments than anywhere else in the world. In typical links fashion the course provides a stringent test of every aspect of a golfer’s game and rewards good play but punishes careless shots. Royal Birkdale offers some spectacular views during the round and if you aren’t playing as well as you’d like, then there are always these to enjoy.
Despite all its golfing accolades, the course is by no means the hardest links out there meaning that whether you are a low or high handicapper there is both fun and a challenge to be found on the course. Birkdale is as good as links golf in England comes, and is the jewel in Southport's considerable golfing crown.
|Designed by||Frederick G. Hawtree and J.H. Taylor.|
|Opened for play||1889|
|Previously hosted||Open Championships, Ryder Cups, Women’s British Open and The Walker and Curtis Cups|
|White||7,156 yards||Par 70|
|Yellow||6,381 yards||Par 72|
|Red||5,793 yards||Par 75|
Signature hole: par 3, 12th hole
The par 3, 12th is seen as the signature hole at Royal Birkdale. Despite being relatively short the green is well guarded by deep bunkers and thick rough making an accurate shot imperative if you want to any chance of parring the hole. The 12th is considered one of the finest on the course as when the wind blows hitting the green is no easy feat and once you get there it doesn’t exactly get any easier. The subtle contouring of the small putting surface make it difficult to read.
Royal Birkdale is seen by many as the 3rd best course in the UK and the 32nd best worldwide it is no wonder that this year (2017) it plays host to its 10th Open Championship. Henrik Stenson was last year’s winner and the last to win The Open at Royal Birkdale was Padraig Harrington when he became the first European to win it back to back since James Braid in 1906.
However, it is not only the golf course that makes Royal Birkdale so spectacular, the clubhouse contains the perfect balance between representing the esteemed history of the club whilst still containing all the contemporary facilities needed to make sure you can relax and enjoy some wonderful food and drink after a day of golf. Before the round stock up in the pro-shop which only sells you the latest and best equipment. Also if arranged in advance there are also some of the best pros in the country at Royal Birkdale all of whom are willing to help you hone your skills before tackling the glorious golf course. There are buggies available to rent but only to those who have a genuine incapacity to play golf unless they have a buggy to get them round the course.
As far as links golf breaks go, Royal Birkdale is the perfect destination for golfers of all abilities. Even with the North West of England being littered with so many fantastic courses, Royal Birkdale is just that cut above the rest as it offers a unique golfing experience that cannot be found elsewhere due to the sheer number of tournaments it has held. It is also very easy to get to from wherever it is you wish to come from. Royal Birkdale is only 45 minutes away from Liverpool and 1 hour away from Manchester. The nearest airport is Liverpool John Lennon Airport again only a 45 minutes drive. If you are travelling via train, there are services running every 15 minutes from Liverpool to Southport, so the golf club is very easily accessible.
Previous Winner's of The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale
Royal Birkdale is ranked as one of the best courses in England
The best course and facilities in the area, caddies excellent and informative
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