5 Things to Know About England’s Golf Coast
If you don’t immediately recognize the area known as England’s Golf Coast, you’re not alone. This great golf region is often overlooked as Scotland and Ireland tend to grab most of the golf travel headlines. That said, England’s Golf Coast recently took center stage at the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, which was won in dramatic fashion by Jordan Spieth.
For golf vacationers seeking new frontiers with a plethora of excellent courses and lots of things to do away from the fairways, this region in northwest England is a superb selection.
Here are 5 things you should know about England’s Golf Coast:
1. Fabulous Golf Course Menu
It’s home to 18 golf courses, including 7 courses ranked in the “Top 100 Courses in the U.K. and Ireland” and 10 listed in the “Top 100 Courses in the U.K.”. The courses are set alongside breathtakingly beautiful coastline and amid lush, picturesque countryside. The headliners are Royal Birkdale, Royal Lytham & St Annes and Royal Liverpool. Other notable layouts are Formby Links, Hillside, Southport & Ainsdale, West Lancashire, Fairhaven and Wallasey.
2. Three Open Championship Royal Courses
The three Open Championship venues of Royal Birkdale, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham & St. Annes on England’s Golf Coast have hosted The Open an amazing 32 times between them since 1897. The Open was most recently held at Royal Birkdale in 2017 on England’s Golf and at Royal Liverpool in 2014 (won by Rory McIlroy).
3. Home to the Beatles and More
Liverpool is pure nirvana for golfers who also love The Beatles. For fans of John, Paul, George and Ringo the attractions include The Cavern Club, the legendary nightclub where the Fab Four got their start; The Beatles Story at Albert Dock, the world’s largest permanent exhibition dedicated to the lives and times of The Beatles; and The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour, a two-hour bus ride that takes you to The Beatles childhood homes as well as Penny Lane, Strawberry Field and other notable Beatles landmarks. Other attractions to enjoy in Liverpool are Merseyside Maritime Museum, Sefton Park and Liverpool Cathedral. Southport has beaches, botanical gardens and the Southport Pier to name a few things to do.
4. Great Access and Accommodations
Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport is only 9 miles from the Liverpool’s city center and Manchester Airport is about 50 miles away from Liverpool. The England’s Golf Coast area is also about a two hour train ride from London. The varied accommodations offerings encompass resort lodges with spas, quaint boutique hotels and B & B’s in Liverpool, Southport, Lytham St Annes and Wirral.
5. Site of Premier Golf’s 2018 International Pro-Am
Now in its 9th year, Premier Golf’s popular international pro-am will take place on England’s Golf Coast on Sunday, June 3rd to Saturday, June 9th, 2018. In addition to playing golf at world renowned courses like Royal Birkdale, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham & St. Annes participants will also tee up at Formby and Hillside (practice round). The 2018 Royals International Pro-Am package includes accommodations for six nights at the Hard Days Night Hotel, five rounds of golf and a visit to the historic Cavern Club (includes admission & Beatles Tribute Band concert). Other inclusions are an English breakfast daily, welcome reception and dinner, transportation by luxury coach, gift and more.