Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club

Lytham St Annes, Lancashire

Links Gate, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 3LQ, England

Nestling between two busy seaside resorts, the Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Course is one of the most unique courses in the rotation of the British Open. It is a links in every sense of the word, with sandy soil and the wind blowing in from the Irish Sea. Open to the elements, the trees on the course permanently lean sideways, with the wind often proving a formidable competitor in the homeward five holes of the course.

Unusually, the course is set amongst a Victorian housing estate, and occupies a limited piece of land, with red-brick houses in plain view. Located nearby are the St. Annes train station with the railway line running adjacent to the first nine holes of the course.

Ten Open Championships, two Ryder Cups and many other major tournaments have been held at this esteemed club. Careful thought and accuracy are required on what can be a punishing links, but this impressive course is a must for all serious golfers.

Royal Lytham hosted the British Open in 2012 and the Walker Cup in 2015.


The course is well designed, with holes to test every level of player. It opens with a Par 3, the only major championship course to do so. The first four holes and last five are said to be amongst the trickiest in Britain, but some respite is offered in between with holes which are within everyone can hope to emulate Seve Ballesteros’ five birdies and am eagle in this stretch on his way to winning the 1979 Open, this is a chance to put some lower scores on your card. Holes 16 to 18 have produced some of the most memorable moments in major championship history, 16 is the scene of Seve’s famous ’car park’ shot 1979. Standing behind the 18th green, the grand Victorian clubhouse, with its oak-panelled dining room, offers a haven from the elements. A place to soak up history of previous championships and admire the skill of the past and present golfing heroes.

  • Number of holes: 18 holes
  • Par: 72
  • Yardage: 6452


Royal Flush

2 nights at The Bold Hotel, Southport
18 holes at Royal Birkdale
18 holes at Royal Liverpool
18 holes at Royal Lytham

Lytham Break

1 night at the Lytham Dormy (includes Dinner, Bed & Breakfast) 
18 holes at Royal Lytham
18 holes at St Annes Old Links

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