The Golf Coast – England’s best-kept golfing secret

When people visit the UK for a golf trip, they often head to the majestic old links courses in Scotland such as the Old Course (if you can get on it), Carnoustie, Muirfield, Troon and Gleneagles. The names trip off the tongue as easily as the greatest names in golf.

Yet there is another part of the UK that is often overlooked when it comes to golf, which is a pity as it not only offers golfers three Open Championship rota courses with Royal patronage, but a host of other top quality golf courses that are a true test of all golfing ability and to suit all budgets.

Welcome to the UK’s Golf Coast! Home to three of the top 20 and seven of the top 36 courses in the whole of the UK and Ireland!

 

 

The North West of England is a region best known perhaps for the friendliness of its people, it’s famous soccer teams and also being the home of Liverpool, birthplace of The Beatles. Yet, there is so much more to this region as golf lovers from across the globe are now beginning to appreciate.

The region is home to over 160 courses, all within an hour’s drive of Liverpool or Southport. Three of the courses, Royal Lytham & St Annes (which hosted last year’s British Open Championship), Royal Birkdale and Royal Liverpool (which hosted last year’s Women’s British Open and will host the men’s event again in 2014), are not just major championship venues, but have Royal patronage.

 

 

Yet there are so many other outstanding courses in the region. Wallasey Golf Club on the Wirral, is famous for being the home of the Stableford scoring system, devised by a former member of the club. Bobby Jones famously qualified for the 1930 Open at nearby Royal Liverpool after qualifying on the tight links at Wallasey.

There are many other great courses in the region too, North of Liverpool lies several, including Hillside and Southport and Ainsdale Golf Clubs, the latter of which has hosted two Ryder Cups and is ranked as one of the top 50 courses in Great Britain. Hillside is widely regarded as the finest course in the UK never to have hosted the Open Championship, though it regularly acts as a qualifier for the tournament and Greg Norman once stated that Hillside had the best back nine in Britain.

Other notable courses include the likes of Caldy Golf Club, Bromborough Golf Club, Hesketh Golf Club, West Lancashire Golf Club, Formby and Formby Ladies Golf Club.

Yet what is perhaps most remarkable about this part of the country is that although golfers may wish to test themselves on any of these outstanding courses, they can also enjoy a fabulous game of golf for a much, much cheaper price at a large number of public and private courses too.

 

 

So, if you are on a budget then the North West also offers plenty of cheaper alternatives. There are several outstanding municipal courses in the region offering cheap golf on a pay-as-you-play basis. Simply turn up, pay your green fees and go.

Don’t think that the “munies” as local golfers call them, offer any less a challenge than their more illustrious neighbours. The Hoylake Municipal course was used as a warm up course for the Open (held at the nearby Royal Liverpool) in 2006, when  Tiger Woods won the event. Playing Hoylake costs just a small fraction of what a typical round at Royal Liverpool does. Other great challenges include Arrowe Park, Brackenwood, Ellesmere Port, Liverpool (Kirkby), Southport, Bowring Park and The Warren.

In addition to plentiful cheap golf, you can pay a little more as a guest at any of the top private golf courses in the region, some of the best include Heswall, Formby Hall, Childwall, Bidston, West Derby, Woolton and Wirral Ladies.

 

 

So whether you are looking to spend upwards of a hundred pounds playing one of the most famous courses in the world, or you want to enjoy a cheap round of golf on a local municipal, the North West Golf Coast offers plenty of fabulous golf, at a price that suits all budgets.

And best of all, there’s just as much to do off the course, as on it too!

 

Images courtesy of Google Maps (edited), Arrowe Park Golf Course, Hillside Golf Course and Heswall Golf Course websites.

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