Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Southport, Merseyside

Waterloo Road, Birkdale, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2LX , England

The Open Championship was held at Royal Birkdale for the tenth time in 2017. The club needs no introduction as it is considered to be the finest Open Championship venue and has been voted No.1 course 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 investment and ongoing improvement has enabled the club to retain its position as one of the finest links courses.

Royal Birkdale hosted the Men's Open Championship ten times, most recently in 2017 and Women's Open Championship in 2010 & 2014. The club has also hosted Ryder Cups, the Walker and Curtis Cups.

Royal Birkdale

The links measure 6,690 yards and although the distance itself is a test even for the most accomplised golfer, the wind, whistling down the fairways when it comes from the sea, adds to the challenge. Each hole runs through a landscape of high dunes, the fairways are flat and fair and from the tee there is generally a clear view of the task ahead. Each hole is memorable, from The Open Championship tee the 13th measure 498 yards, one of the longest par 4s in championship golf. Visitors to the course can walk in the footsteps of many of golfs legends, among them Open Winners, Peter Thomson, a double winner at Royal Birkdale, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller and Tom Watson. On the 15th hole, a plaque commemorates Arnold Palmers great shot in difficult weather conditions, on the way to his Open win 1961. The clubhouse is built in a distinctive art-deco style and stands overlooking the 18th green. The enormous bay window in the lounge gives a spectacular view over the course and it is the only place to be on the last afternoon of The Open.

  • Number of holes: 18 holes
  • Par: 72
  • Yardage: 6690


Championship Special

Play four Championship Courses in the Southport area and stay three nights Bed and Breakfast at The Waterford.

Royal Flush

The ultimate package. Play the famous three Open Championship courses on Englands Golf Coast. Royal Liverpool, Royal Lytham & St Annes and Royal Birkdale.

Sunday Driver

Indulge yourself in a short break. A Sunday night stay at Bliss Hotel with Dinner. Play Ormskirk on Sunday and Royal Birkdale on Monday.

Midweek Break

3 links courses - Royal Birkdale, Southport & Ainsdale and Hesketh; stay at the Lord Street Hotel

Premier Package

All the best Southport has to offer. Golf at Hillside, Formby and Royal Birkdale - Stay at the exclusive 4 star Vincent Hotel.

What's Nearby

Hillside Golf Club 0.45 miles

1 course

Hastings Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2LU, England

Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club 1.34 miles

1 course

Bradshaws Lane, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 3LG, England

The Vincent Hotel and Spa 1.98 miles

98 Lord St , Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1JR

Ambassador Townhouse 2.22 miles

Bath Street, Southport, Merseyside , PR9 0DP

Bliss Hotel Southport 2.30 miles

The Waterfront Promenade, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0DZ

The Waterford 2.55 miles

37 Leicester Street, Southport , Merseyside, PR9 0EX

Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa 2.60 miles

Southport Old Road Formby, Southport, Merseyside, L37 0AB

Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa 3.20 miles

2 courses

Southport Old Road, Formby, Merseyside, L37 0AB, England

Hesketh Golf Club 3.47 miles

1 course

Cockle Dick`s Lane, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9QQ, England

Southport Old Links Golf Club 3.75 miles

1 course

Moss Lane, , Southport, Merseyside, PR9 7QS, England

Formby Ladies Golf Club 3.97 miles

1 course

Golf Road, Formby, Merseyside, L37 1YH, England

Mode Hotel 8.54 miles

45 South Promenade, St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 1LS