Best golf courses: England - Lancs / Cheshire

The Lancashire coast: Here on the dune-filled seashore of the “Red Rose” county, sometimes referred to as “England’s Golf Coast", you’ll find a links golf paradise. One of the world’s greatest stretches of “sand hills golf” awaits as you journey south from Royal Lytham & St Annes. You’ll need to skirt round the Ribble Estuary and then head down to Liverpool, stopping in at Royal Birkdale along the way.

If you overshoot the “Home of The Beatles” and end up crossing the Mersey to the Wirral peninsula, then no problem. You can add Royal Liverpool to your itinerary. If three Open Championship venues don’t satisfy your golfing appetite, then try any of the other excellent links golf courses that sit either side of the “Royal” triumvirate. Courses like Caldy, Fairhaven, Formby, Hesketh, Heswall, Hillside, Southport & Ainsdale, Wallasey and West Lancs will not disappoint. To make the most of your golfing trip, and to help in your planning, you can look up the location of the best courses in Lancashire on our customised maps.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Manchester
Crook & Colt

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Visitors welcome

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Manchester

Designer

Original course at Lostock Park was designed by architect R. Hermon Crook (1912), modified by Harry Colt (1920s).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Manchester
MacKenzie, Dr Alister

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Visitors welcome

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Manchester

Designer

Dr Alister MacKenzie designed the current layout in 1924.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Liverpool
Braid, James

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Liverpool

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Original layout by James Braid with later revisions by John Morris, John Salvesen and Donald Steel

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Chester
Higgins, Alan

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Chester

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Alan Higgins

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Chester
Nicklaus, Jack & Steve

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Chester

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Jack Nicklaus & son Steve Nicklaus

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Manchester
Braid, James

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Manchester

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James Braid

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Weekends restricted
Chester
Fowler, Herbert

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Chester

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Herbert Fowler

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Blackpool
Braid & Steer

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Blackpool

Designer

James Braid and James A. 'Jim' Steer laid out the original course at this location in 1922/23. Later improvements were made by Steer in 1931 and Dave Thomas in 1977.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
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Liverpool
Park Jr, Willie

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Liverpool

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Original design by Willie Park Jr. Changes made to holes 15 thru' 18 by James Braid (1922). Further modifications made by Harry Colt (1920s), and by Donald Steel (1984).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Liverpool
Higgins, Alex

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Liverpool

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Alex Higgins

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Blackpool
Alliss & Clark

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Visitors welcome

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Blackpool

Designer

Peter Alliss & Clive Clark

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Liverpool
Morris, J.F.

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Visitors welcome

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Liverpool

Designer

J.F. Morris

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Liverpool
Unknown

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Liverpool

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Unknown

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Liverpool
Hawtree, Fred

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Visitors welcome

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Liverpool

Designer

Fred Hawtree designed the current layout which dates from the 1960's.

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
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Blackpool
Steer, Jim

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Blackpool

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Original design by Dr Alister MacKenzie and laid out by Sandy Herd. Significant changes made by James A. (Jim) Steer (1940s).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Not Saturdays
Manchester
Colt, Harry

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Manchester

Designer

Harry Colt

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Manchester
Thomas, Dave

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Manchester

Designer

Dave Thomas

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Manchester
Lowe & Herd

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Manchester

Designer

George Lowe designed the original 9-holes; extended by Sandy Herd in 1909.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Chester
Steel, Donald

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Chester

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Donald Steel

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Chester
Rouse, Tim

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Chester

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Tim Rouse

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Weekdays only
Manchester
Colt, Harry

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Weekdays only

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Manchester

Designer

Harry Colt

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Manchester
MacKenzie, Dr Alister

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Visitors welcome

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Manchester

Designer

Dr Alister MacKenzie

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
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Liverpool
Hawtree & Taylor

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Liverpool

Designer

Original design by George Lowe (1889); major revisions by Fred Hawtree & J.H. Taylor (1931).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
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Liverpool
Chambers & Morris

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Liverpool

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Original design by Robert Chambers & George Morris; recent modifications by Donald Steel.

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
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Blackpool
Lowe, George

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Blackpool

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Original layout by George Lowe (1897). Modifications made by Harry Colt (1919).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Chester
Ray, Ted

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Visitors welcome

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Chester

Designer

Originally designed by Ted Ray (1920). Later improvements made by Harry Colt (1925). The existing 2nd, 3rd and 4th holes were designed by Fred Hawtree (1955) when the original 2nd and 3rd were lost to a road widening project.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Liverpool
Braid, James

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Liverpool

Designer

James Braid and James A. (Jim) Steer.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Not Saturdays
Blackpool
Lowe & Herd

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Not Saturdays

Nearest city

Blackpool

Designer

George Lowe designed the front-nine; course was completed by Sandy Herd.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Manchester
Herd, Sandy

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Manchester

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Sandy Herd

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Manchester
Dawson & Thomas

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Visitors welcome

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Manchester

Designer

Patrick Dawson & Dave Thomas

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Liverpool
Morris, Old Tom

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Visitors welcome

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Liverpool

Designer

Original layout designed by Old Tom Morris. Further improvements made by James Braid, J.H. Taylor and Frederick G. (Fred) Hawtree.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Liverpool
Unknown

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Visitors welcome

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Liverpool

Designer

Original 18-hole layout designed by Kirkwood, Medrington & Hassell (1931); several layout changes made since then.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Liverpool
Cotton, Ken

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Visitors welcome

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Liverpool

Designer

Original design by Willie Park Jr. Present day course designed by C.K. (Ken) Cotton (1960).

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Manchester
Herd, Braid et al

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Manchester

Designer

Many have contributed to the current design of the course, including Sandy Herd, James Braid, Tom Simpson & George Duncan.

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Manchester
McMurray & King

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Manchester

Designer

European Golf Design (Ross McMurray & Michael King)

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