Top 10 Golf Courses – Lancashire

County champion: Mark Ashworth (Clitheroe GC). Handicap: +2

Royal Birkdale

An amazing place to play, a brilliant test for any golfer and very welcoming too. The history of the place speaks for itself.
Green fees: £215 midweek, £245 weekends. Tel: 01704 552020.


Possibly the best back nine I’ve ever played. You can’t miss a fairway here without nding some trouble!
Green fees: £130 Mon-Sat, £150 Sun. Tel: 01704 567169.


Another coastal layout, this time with the best front nine I’ve ever played! This year-round course is mercifully sheltered from the wind.
Green fees: £140 midweek, £155 weekends. Tel: 01704 872164.


A beautiful parkland course and my home club for 20 years. Always immaculate, very tight and challenging yet satisfying and enjoyable.
Green fees: £50 Mon-Thur, £55 Fri, £65 weekends. Tel: 01200 422292.


Royal Lytham & St Annes

Another top links, always in fabulous condition. Definitely a contender for the hardest course in Lancashire.
Green fees: £195 Sun-Fri, £240 Sat. Tel: 01253 724206.


Links that feels like a parkland; play it and you will understand. The course has lots of bunkers yet I always feel if you’re playing well you will score well here.
Green fees: £65 Mon-Thu, £80 Fri, Sat, Sun. Tel: 01253 736741.


A gorgeous course – very similar to Clitheroe with tight fairways and well kept greens. Ormskirk holds extra sentimental value for me as it is where I won the County Championship with a nal round course record of 63.
Green fees: £50 midweek, £75 Sat, £60 Sun. Tel: 01695 572227.



Another fine, well established parkland with some of the nest holes you can experience. You’ll also enjoy the beautiful views off almost every tee.
Green fees: £45 Mon-Thur, £50 Fri- Sun. Tel: 01254 202177.

Southport & Ainsdale

Another great links with history: this place offers everything you would expect from a top- class golf venue and is always very welcoming every time I visit.
Green fees: £105 midweek, £130 weekends. Tel: 01704 578000.

St Annes Old Links

If you want year-round golf, this is the place to head for. It’s always dry, always in good nick and always windy. But it’s very fair and affordable.
Green fees: £70 midweek, £80 Sun. Tel: 01253 723597.

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