Hillside Golf Club

4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   Hillside Golf Club Est. 1911

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Hillside Golf Club: There is no doubting the pedigree and popularity of Hillside, nor the calibre of the company it keeps. It is bounded by Royal Birkdale to the north, and Southport & Ainsdale to the east (across a small railway line). Amongst this wonderful triumvirate of seaside links courses, Hillside can boast the tallest and most impressive sand dunes, especially on its fabulous back-nine.

Laid out in two out-and-back loops, the front-nine occupies flatter terrain, and is located further inland than the more memorable second-nine. It's on Hillside's back-nine that you'll encounter a wonderfully dramatic stretch of holes that weave their way through towering sand dunes. Most celebrated of all are the par-5 11th and 17th holes, which run side-by-side (in opposite directions) through a valley bounded by large sandhills.

Hillside is characterised by rugged links golf at its best. In the middle section of the back-nine you come closest to the sea, with the higher elevations offering occasional glimpses of the Irish Sea. You may be disappointed that the layout stays several hundred yards back from the shoreline, but such is the case with all the top links layouts on the Lancashire coast. When the courses were originally created, some degree of protection from the wind was considered a higher golfing priority than spending time admiring sea views.

Always maintained in top condition, Hillside provides an excellent golfing challenge in a wonderfully dramatic duneland setting, most especially on the layout's much acclaimed back-nine loop.

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Making Contact

Hillside Golf Club
Hastings Rd, Hillside,
nr Southport, Lancashire PR8 2LU
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Office   +44 (0)1704 567 169
Pro Shop   +44 (0)1704 568 360

  +44 (0)1704 563 192

Email   secretary@hillside-golfclub.co.uk
Website   www.hillside-golfclub.co.uk
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Golf Pro
Brian Seddon
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Seaside links.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Rural countryside.
Designer: Fred Hawtree designed the current layout which dates from the 1960's.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7029 6204 5639
Par 72 72 76
SSS or Slope 72 72
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How2Get There?

17 miles N of Liverpool
From the centre of Southport, head south on the A565 direction Liverpool. After 1.9 mi (100 yds after Royal Birkdale entrance) turn right into Hastings Rd at Hillside GC sign. After 400 yds golf is on your left.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (April thru' Sept): weekdays £145; weekends £170. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, day tickets, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays, and after noon on weekends. No visitors on Bank Holidays.  Must book in advance. Handicap required
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Other Information
Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available for hire (if booked in advance).

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

A stunning five-mile stretch of duneland on the Lancashire coast is book-ended by the seaside towns of Southport and Formby. At the northern end of this stretch of sand hills, and closest to Southport, you'll find three of England's top-rated links courses sitting cheek-by-jowl. The proximity of this formidable triumvirate, comprising Royal Birkdale, Hillside and Southport & Ainsdale, can be clearly seen on a satellite view map.

Royal Birkdale lies closest to Southport. A small pathway separates this revered Open Championship venue from Hillside, which adjoins it to the south. Across the railway track to the south and east of Hillside, lies Southport & Ainsdale. If this trio doesn't satisfy your links golf appetite, the also excellent courses of Formby and West Lancs lie just a few miles further south.

Hillside, like its revered neighbours, has hosted many top level tournaments. In 1982 Tony Jacklin won the Sun Alliance (now BMW) PGA Championship here, beating Bernhard Langer in a playoff to claim his last European Tour title. For more details see Top Golf Tournaments at Hillside Golf Club.

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Published Ranking
2018 Golf World rating: 63rd best course in Britain & Ireland.
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Latitude: (53.620368)
Longitude: (-3.027747)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

The Vincent Hotel 4-star
98 Lord Street, Southport PR8 1JR
+44 (0)1704 883 800

Located on Lord Street, Southport’s main boulevard and opening in 2008, The Vincent Hotel is a contemporary boutique hotel. 60 guest rooms, suites and a penthouse occupy the six floors in this award winning design. The hotel's facilities include a Cafe & Sushi Bar, Spa, gym and Galleria Suites for weddings & corporate events.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Hesketh; Royal Birkdale; Hillside
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Golf within 20 miles Southport & Ainsdale; Formby; Formby Hall; West Lancashire
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Royal Clifton Hotel & Spa 3-star
The Promenade, Southport, Merseyside PR8 1RB
+44 (0)1704 533 771

The Best Western Royal Clifton Hotel & Spa is noted for its excellent range of facilities and standards of service. Over recent years the hotel has been refurbished to offer guests the comfort expected from one of the best located hotels in Southport.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Hesketh; Royal Birkdale; Hillside
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Golf within 20 miles Southport & Ainsdale; Formby; Formby Hall; West Lancashire
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