Situated on the golden dunes of the North West coast – home to no less than 12 of the UK’s finest links courses – Southport’s Royal Birkdale is possibly the finest of all in England. Royal Birkdale has held more Championship and International events since World War II than any other course in the world.
It was 1922 when Southport Corporation became owners of the Club, putting a seven-year plan into operation to prepare the course for ‘Championship’ standard. This involved the building of a low-rise clubhouse – a masterpiece of Art Deco design – and a grand remodelling of the course.
Their philosophy was to lay out holes in the valleys between the sand hills rather than over them. This enabled Birkdale’s reputation as one of the fairest of the championship courses. It rewards the straight hit but punishes the wayward shot, with its surrounding buckthorn and dwarf willow scrub. The fairways thread through the valleys, leaving the mighty sand dunes as perfect natural vantage points for spectators.