Golfing in Merseyside: a guide

Published 07/07/2008 16:14:32

Merseyside can boldy claim to be the unofficial golfing capital of England. There are over forty courses, seven of which are leading championship venues. Nowhere else in Britain can offer three Open Championship links courses. Merseyside has the Royal Liverpool (Hoylake), Royal Lytham, and the 2008 Open venue, Royal Birkdale, all in a small stretch of coast.

Between Southport and Wirral, there are seven championship courses; 27 more are within half an hour's drive, and a further 160 are within an hour. This strip of coast is unrivalled in the UK, perhaps anywhere in the world. Let's take a look at some of the top courses, and some less well-known venues.



Venue of the 2008 Open Championship, Birkdale is a great test of a golfer's skill and guile. A perfect example of a links course, the Club was formed in 1889 as a nine hole course. In 1897 the decision was taken to move to Birkdale Hills where an 18 hole course was constructed.

Peter Thomson (twice), Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller and Tom Watson have all won at Royal Birkdale. On the 15th, a plaque commemorates Arnold Palmer's fantastic shot in appalling weather conditions on the way to winning the British Open in 1961.

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Tamed by the Tiger in 2006, Hoylake is a difficult course that will punish any loose shots severely. A traditional links course, conditions are windy and a true test of a golfer's mettle.

The final holes are more difficult again, in particular the 17th with it's risky green. Many would-be champions have seen hopes fade to dust here.

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Huyton and Prescot Golf Club

A testing, undulating course built in 1905 and still stands the test of time now. Many shots are played blind, so it helps to have played the course before. Look out for the signature 5th hole to a en elevated green surrounded by hazards.

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More Courses


For a testing 18 holer, full of long par 4s, why not give Bootle Golf Course a try. Or for a long 9 hole course set on the world famous Aintree Racecourse, give Aintree Golf Centre a try.

Things to do in Merseyside


Merseyside is not just about football, it is cosmopolitan and all-embracing not just in its culture and heritage - but is also in its approach to sport generally. Especially golf. Merseyside has a large variety of courses, from the beginner to the pro.

This is a great year for Merseyside: Liverpool has been selected as "European Capital of Culture 2008" and whilst it can boast of an amazing historical, artistic and cultural background, it's contribution to the world's popular culture through music, and specifically The Beatles, will have contributed much to the achievement of this accolade.

Here are some things to see and do whilst in the area:

Where To Stay


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