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Golf Vacation Packages Northern England

Golf vacation breaks to England

Module 1 - “Play the Open Championship Courses”

In England there are four courses that are on the current British Open Championship rota. Three of them are on the North West coast, a stretch of sand dunes covering about 40 miles. They start just south of Liverpool, where you will find Royal Liverpool Golf Club. Southport is the middle location, a good base and home to Royal Birkdale. A short distance north is the third Open venue Royal Lytham. You therefore have the unique opportunity to play these three famous courses that have staged 30 Open Championships and four Ryder Cup tournaments. This coast has many other highly ranked courses that are mainly close to Southport so an alternative is to stay in Southport and play Royal Birkdale and some of the other courses, Hillside, Southport and Ainsdale or Formby.

Typical Module 1 - £939.00 per golfer
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Day 1 Arrive, stay at Royal Clifton Hotel and Spa, Southport, (described below) for four nights. Play Hillside.


Day 2 Play Royal Birkdale.


Day 3 Play Royal Liverpool.


Day 4 Play Royal Lytham.


Price includes: Four rounds of golf, 4 nights accommodation at the 4 star Royal Clifton Hotel, including breakfast, sharing a twin room, information pack and support from the UK office. Ask about transport options, rental car, chauffeur drive, mini-coach for small groups. Prices on request for single supplement, room upgrades etc. Prices are for weekday play May to September, some reductions available off season, there will be a small supplement for weekend rounds but there is not much weekend availability.

Other Golf Options: Southport and Ainsdale, Formby, West Lancashire.

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The Royal Clifton Hotel & Spa in Southport is noted for its exceptional range of facilities and excellent standards of service. There is a choice of bedrooms including a variety of spacious family rooms and suites. Included in all rooms are a hospitality tray, trouser press, telephone, internet and multi channel TV facilities. Room service menu choice. Extras including, flowers, baskets of fruits, chocolates, champagne and others are also available when making your booking. You will enjoy the quality and selection of food served in The Pavilion Restaurant and more relaxed Conservatory Bistro and Bar. The hotel has superb health club & spa facilities and a wide range of beauty and health treatments.

Royal Birkdale, Southport was formed in 1889 and is often ranked No.1 in England. A wonderful test of links golf, although not particularly long, Birkdale requires a high degree of accuracy from tee to green to score well. The club has staged nine British Open Championships, the last in 2008 and has also hosted the Ryder Cup twice. Winners include Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller, Tom Watson, Mark O Meara and Padraig Harrigton. (6726 yards, par 72).


Royal Lytham St Anne’s (picture top of page). The club was founded in 1886 and granted is royal title by King George V in time for the first open to be staged there in 1926, Bobby Jones won when he made his now famous long iron shot out of a bunker. After the tournament Jones presented the iron to the Royal Lytham club. Since then ten more British Open Championships have been held on the links. It has a collection of superbly designed holes that test every aspect of your game. The unusual par-3 opening hole sets the scene, as it requires an accurate long iron to avoid the first nine of Lytham's fabled 200 bunkers. The club has also hosted 2 Ryder Cup matches. (6882 yards, par 71).

Royal Liverpool, Hoylake is the second oldest links in England being founded in 1869. It has hosted 11 British Open Championships. Famous winners have been J.H. Taylor, Bobby Jones in the second leg of his Grand Slam in 1930, Peter Thompson with his third successive victory in 1956 and Roberto de Vincenzo in 1967. It is a links that demands accuracy and patience. There is a lot of fairway bunkering that requires careful course management and being deep they can cost you at least a shot. The clubhouse is full of historic memorabilia. (7528 yards, par 73).

Hillside Golf Club is alongside Royal Birkdale, amongst the same stretch of sand-hills. It has been ranked #2 in England and the second nine is very spectacular since being re-shaped in 1967. It is a true links course where the holes meander through majestic sand hills following the contours of the dunes and valleys. But, Hillside is more subtle than a traditional links, with tranquil pinewoods to enhance the visual impact of several holes. The club has hosted Professional and Amateur Championships including the European PGA. (6850 yards, par 72).

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Formby is located within the sand hills and pinewoods and is known for the quality of the front nine. Accuracy is required throughout since the indigenous heather forms much of the rough and great caution is required whether this be off the tee, in approach shots, or on the green. It is unusual for a links as it has many trees making a fine contrast to the more traditional links nearby. The club is unique in Britain because membership is only available to men, however Formby Ladies Golf Club is located on the same links. (7028 yards, par 72).

Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club is a true championship links with a profusion of heather and gorse providing a challenging and immensely enjoyable experience. The club has hosted two Ryder Cup matches in 1933 and 1937 and a number of other prestigious championships including The British Ladies Open and The British Amateur. It remains a final qualifying course for The Open Championship. All the holes are of championship standard and no two are the same. However, if one had to be singled out it would, be the sixteenth. This famous hole has a great hill and bunkers, lined with railway sleepers and is a cunning trap, catching poor second shots. It is called ‘Gumbleys’, after a gentleman who spent some time in there! (6603 yards, par 72).





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