Golfing Heritage
Follow in the footsteps of the true golfing greats . . .

Southport's reputation as England's Golfing capital is well deserved. Visited by golfers the world over, the resort is home to Royal Birkdale, which for many, is the finest of all the greatest golf courses to stage the Open Championship. Nearby, Royal Lytham St Annes and Royal Liverpool are situated, so this really is 'Royal country'.

Southport is home to a number of premier links and parkland courses - in addition to Royal Birkdale there's Formby, Hesketh, Hillside, Southport & Ainsdale, West Lancashire. All are of Championship standard, many having hosted top tournaments such as the Ryder Cup, the Curtis Cup as well as the Open. Royal Birkdale has hosted the Open eight times with Royal Liverpool having hosted it ten times. In 2006 the greatest golf event in the world will be returning again to Hoylake.

Picture of Bruce Forsyth enjoying the Southport Golfing experience

Great deeds have been performed on Southport's courses by legends such as Harry Vardon, James Braid (the first golfer to win the Open five times) and J H Taylor to the modern greats such as Tiger Woods. To play the Southport courses is to follow in the footsteps of the world's true greats. The region's courses have such enduring appeal to golfers because they have such great heritage.

Picture of Royal Birkdale in 1950
Royal Birkdale, 1950

Royal Liverpool is amongst the oldest of the English seaside courses having been founded in 1869. West Lancashire was opened in 1873, Formby was established in 1884 and Hesketh opened in 1885. Great architects such as Braid, Vardon and Taylor helped fashion the great links courses, Braid creating Southport & Ainsdale which proved to be the prime setting for first-class golf competition in the years leading up to World War II.