Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Merseyside, Engalnd
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Course Information
  • Links Course
  • Founded in 1889
  • Designed by George Low, FW Hawtree & JH Taylor
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    Difficulty Rating
    Blue
  • Par 71
  • SSS 74
  • 7180 Yards
  • White Tees
  • Par 72
  • SSS 73
  • 6817 Yards
  • Yellow Tees
  • Par 72
  • SSS 72
  • 6382 Yards
  • Red Tees
  • Par 74
  • SSS 72
  • 5848 Yards
  • Facilitiess Rating

    Among the many great courses along the Northwest coast of England, Royal Birkdale stands out as a perfect example of links golf. It is currently the number one course in England and has been previously been voted the number one in Britain.

    The Club was formed in 1889, starting life as a nine hole course. In 1897 the decision was taken to move to Birkdale Hills where an 18 hole course was constructed.

    In 1991 a decision was taken to redesign and relay all the greens. This considerable improvement has enabled the club to retain its position as one of the finest links golf courses in the world.

    The links measure 7,180 yards from the championship tee and although the distance itself is a test even for the best golfer, the blustery winds coming in from the sea, adds to the challenge. Royal Birkdale can provide a torrid time to golfers when the wind gets up. Wind speeds can regularly reach 30-40 mph, causing large waves to crash on the beach from the Irish Sea.

    Royal Birkdale runs through a landscape of high dunes and from the tee there is generally a clear view of the task ahead. Each hole is very memorable, from The Open Championship tee the par 4 13th, measures 498 yards, one of the longest par 4's in championship golf. The fairways are generally flat, but fair, with difficult bunkering and thick rough providing the first line of defence should the winds be calm.

    Visitors to the course walk in the footsteps of many of golf's legends such as Open Winners, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller, Tom Watson and Peter Thomson, a double winner at Royal Birkdale. On the 15th hole, a plaque commemorates Arnold Palmer's great shot in appealing weather conditions, on the way to winning the British Open in 1961. Royal Birkdale will again be hosting the British Open in 2008.

    Contact Details
  • Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Waterloo Road, Birkdale, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2LX, England
  • +44 (0) 1704 567920
  • www.royalbirkdale.com
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  • Weekday Green Fees
  • £165 per Round Peak Season
  • £120 per Round Off Peak
  • Sunday Green Fees
  • £195 per Round Peak Season
  • £120 per Round Off Peak
  • Exceptions
  • Course closed to visitors Dec-Mar
  • Course Closed to visitors every Saturday
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  • Discount Vouchers Accepted
  • 2-Fore!-1 Vouchers
  • Open Fairways Golfer's Passport
  • Green Free Vouchers
  • Total Golf Green Fee Card
  • Visitor Information
  • Local Weather Reports
  • Advanced Booking Required
  • Visitors Welcome
  • Visitors to be Accompanied by a Member
  • Handicap Certificate Required
  • Handicap Maximum: Men 28/Women 36
  • Dress code: Normal golfing attire
  • Memberships
  • Societies Welcome
  • Days Open to Visitors:
         Mon   Tues   Wed   Thurs   Fri   Sat   Sun
  • Club Facilities
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Bar Snacks
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Club Bar
  • Changing Facilities
  • Locker Room
  • Hotel
  • Weddings
  • Tennis Facilities
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Conference Rooms
  • Course Facilities
  • Pro Shop
  • Online Shop
  • Trolley Hire
  • Electric Trolley Hire
  • Buggy Hire
  • Club Hire
  • Caddies
  • Tuition
  • Video Tuition
  • Driving Range
  • Floodlit Driving Range
  • Practise Putting Green
  • Short Game Area

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