Royal Birkdale Golf Club


5+ (5 gold): one of our top-rated 5-star courses, worhty of 5½ stars.
   Royal Birkdale Golf Club Est. 1889

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Royal Birkdale Golf Club: Located just north of Liverpool, the seaside towns of Southport and Formby are separated by a five-mile stretch of stunning coastal duneland. Lying within these naturally created sand-hills are four of England's top rated links golf courses. Good as Formby, Hillside and Southport & Ainsdale are, the most revered of the quartet is Royal Birkdale, one of the finest links golf courses in the world.

A visit to Royal Birkdale offers the opportunity to dip into golfing history and muse on the many top level championships and matches that have been hosted here. However, it is more likely that your main objective will be to sample the real-time pleasures of playing these revered links.

With few blind shots required from either tee-box or fairway, the hazards are clear enough to see, notably in the form of towering dunes and superb pot bunkering. Admiring Birkdale's wonderful array of revetted bunkers is all well and good, but staying out of them is another matter. Adept course management and good shot-making is required to stay out of the deep fescues, small bushes and other assorted rough that awaits anything hit too far offline. If you’ve scored well up to the par-3 14th, it's time to take a deep breath and prepare for the closing par 5-4-5-5 stretch. There's an average of ten bunkers per hole on this final "fab four", and out-of-bounds on the rightside of the last two holes.

At Royal Birkdale you can occasionally glimpse the Irish Sea in the distance, but you won't be playing directly alongside it. No matter. Few can resist the undoubted charms of this wonderfully natural collection of sand dunes .... and the thoroughly absorbing golf links laid out within them.

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Making Contact

Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Waterloo Rd, Birkdale,
Southport, Merseyside PR8 2LX
England
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Office   +44 (0)1704 552 020
Pro Shop   +44 (0)1704 552 030
Fax

  +44 (0)1704 552 021

Email   secretary@royalbirkdale.com
Website   www.royalbirkdale.com
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Seaside links.
Gently undulating terrain - no effort to walk.
 
Surroundings: Coastal duneland.
 
Designer: Major redesign by Fred Hawtree & J.H. Taylor (1922), largely producing the current layout.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7156 6381 5793
Par 70 72 75
SSS or Slope 75 72 75
 
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How2Get There?

17 miles N of Liverpool
From the centre of Southport, head south on the A565 direction Liverpool. After 1.8 miles Royal Birkdale entrance is on your right.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (April thru' Sept): weekdays £235; weekends £265. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays; outside visitor play is very restricted on weekends.  Must book in advance. Proof of handicap required.
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Other Information
This is a walking-only course. If genuinely unable to walk the course, players can apply for permission to hire a golf cart.

Practice facilities
Good
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Did you know?

Royal Birkdale has played host to many major championships and top-level tournaments. Included amongst these are Open Championships and the Women's British Open, as well as some of the biggest team competitions in golf, not least Ryder, Walker and Curtis Cups (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Royal Birkdale).

George VI conferred the Royal prefix on Birkdale GC in 1951. By royal prerogative, 19 English golf clubs use the "Royal" title, namely: Ascot, Ashdown Forest, Birkdale, Blackheath, Cinque Ports, Cromer, Eastbourne, Epping Forest, Household (Windsor Castle), Liverpool (Hoylake), Lytham & St Annes, Mid-Surrey, North Devon (Westward Ho!), Norwich, St George's, West Norfolk (Brancaster), Wimbledon, Winchester, Worlington & Newmarket.

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Published Ranking
2018 Golf World rating: 11th best course in Britain & Ireland.
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Location

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Latitude: (53.622316)
Longitude: (-3.032227)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

Royal Clifton Hotel & Spa 3-star
The Promenade, Southport, Merseyside PR8 1RB
+44 (0)1704 533 771
www.royalclifton.co.uk

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; West Lancashire
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The Vincent Hotel 4-star
98 Lord Street, Southport PR8 1JR
+44 (0)1704 883 800
www.thevincenthotel.com

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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