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West Lancashire

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Founded in 1873, West Lancashire is the oldest golf club surviving in the county of Lancashire and is among the ten oldest golf clubs in England.The club was founded by members of the Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake, “anxious to expand ‘the Scottish national game’ by bringing it across the River Mersey,” and most…

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Southport & Ainsdale

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Located only 3 miles south of Southport, this championship 18-hole links course is a close neighbor of Royal Birkdale, and has many similarities. For example, it has the same flat fairways except for the 18th which is full of humps and bumps and, like Birkdale, many fairways wind through the dunes. All the holes are of…

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Royal Lytham & St. Annes

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Since the first 18 holes were laid out here in 1897, it has changed in character from a pure seaside links to a softer, lusher course. It is one of the premier links courses in the world, host to ten Open Championships, two Ryder Cups and numerous other major tournaments including the Women’s and Seniors Open Championships….

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Royal Liverpool

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This course, at Hoylake, was established in 1869 and quickly developed into one of England’s premier championship tests. Twelve Open Championships and countless Amateur Championships later, visitors are made quite welcome at this challenging course. The course itself occupies fairly flat ground and is very exposed to the elements. This course is an exceptionally difficult…

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Royal Birkdale

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Founded in 1889, there are few seaside links in the world that can be called great, however Royal Birkdale, with its expansive sand hills and willow scrub, is one of them. Royal Birkdale has hosted everything that matters, including the Ryder Cup and British Open. Royal Birkdale will host The Open for the tenth time…

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Hillside

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Often described as one of the best courses never to have hosted the British Open, Hillside is a must play course for any avid golfer. The course forms part of England’s finest stretch of coastal links being adjacent to Royal Birkdale and Southport & Ainsdale with Formby Golf Club a few miles down the road….

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Formby

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Founded over a century ago, Formby has long been one of England’s most popular courses. Formby’s links are set amongst coastal sand dunes and towering pines. The undulating fairways are planted with traditional rye grasses and flat lies are rare. Add strategically placed pot bunkers and frequent changes of wind strength and direction to the…

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Woodhall Spa

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Woodhall Spa’s Hotchkin Course regularly stands in the top 50 of Golf Magazine’s “100 Greatest Courses in the World”. It is an oasis in the heart of Lincolnshire, which began as moorland but is now covered by heather and surrounded by silver birches and fir trees on wonderful sandy soil. You will find a stern,…

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Moortown

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Founded in 1909, Moortown was designed by the World famous golf course architect Dr Alister MacKenzie, who also designed Augusta National, Cypress Point, Royal Melbourne and many other championship courses throughout the world. Well-known as the host of the first Ryder Cup match on British soil, in 1929, Moortown is regarded as one of the…

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Ganton

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Located just a few miles from the sea, Ganton offers many of the same features of a classic links course. Beautifully situated in a peaceful setting on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, this course can become fearsomely difficult when the winds sweep across it. The modern player will find that Ganton puts a premium…

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The Alwoodley

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One of the founders of The Alwoodley Golf Club was Dr. Alister MacKenzie, who designed the course. This established his reputation as a golf course architect, and he went on to create masterpieces including Augusta National and Cypress Point in the USA, and Royal Melbourne in Australia. The original MacKenzie layout remains, although now lengthened…

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Stoke Park

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Formerly known as Stoke Poges, this course is considered one of the finest parkland course in England and possibly one of Harry Colt’s most cleverly designed masterpieces. The course has seen many impressive rounds in its prestigious history, including the first PGA Matchplay tournament in 1910 and James Bond’s epic golfing duel in the 1964…

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St Enodoc Church

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A James Braid design that enjoys a justified reputation as one of the finest links layouts in Southwest England. Undulating fairways, firm greens, some blind shots and all with the added bonus of some of the greatest sea and estuary views on any course in the world. (Back Tees 6,557 Yards / Par 69) Photos © David Cannon…

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Burnham & Berrow Championship

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Set among the towering sand dunes on the Bristol Channel Coast, Burnham and Berrow has for over a century been the venue for many prestigious golfing events, from the British Ladies Amateur Championships, the Brabazon, the Tillman Trophy, the British Boys and English Championships. From the 1st Tee shot you know you are somewhere special!…

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Saunton East

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The Saunton courses are situated on Braunton Burrows which lie between the Taw and Torridge estuary and Saunton Sands. Golf has been played over the natural golfing country of Braunton Burrows for over a century and the Saunton club itself was formed as long ago as 1897. Saunton, situated as it is on North Devon’s…

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Walton Heath Old

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The history of Walton Heath is exceptional, opened in 1904, these two world class championship courses have hosted nearly ninety significant amateur and professional championships and events, including 5 European Opens, The Ryder Cup, the U.S. Open Qualifying and the 2011 Senior Open Championship . The world’s top players have taken on and enjoyed the…

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St. George’s Hill

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Designed by Harry Colt in 1912 and carved out of heather and pine woodland, St George’s Hill comprises three very individual 9 hole loops, all starting and finishing by the clubhouse. The three Nines that make up the St George’s Hill Courses are the Red, the Blue & the Green. Most Club Championship and major…

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Royal St. George’s

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Royal St. Georges is one of the most famous of all English clubs. Founded in 1887, it has hosted the British Open fourteen times, last in 2011. The course largely retains the structure of the original circuit, but almost all the holes have been lengthened and the greens transferred from the then fashionable dells to…

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Royal Cinque Ports

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This seaside links course was designed by Tom Dunn and Guy Campbell and the club was founded in 1892. The front 9 enjoys some short par 4’s  where the opportunity to score low exists. The back 9 is much longer with long par 4’s (one over 450 yards) and you will need to come up…

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Royal Ashdown Forest

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Royal Ashdown Forest offers not one, but two Royal courses, designed by nature and famous for having no bunkers. The shorter West Course became only the second Royal ladies’ course in Great Britain when it received the title in 1932. Now both offer a stern test to men and women alike with the flatter West…

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