Royal Birkdale Golf Club

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What we say

top100It’s not every day you get to play a course that’s hosted the Open Championship and Royal Birkdale is one of the finest of the nine Links on the rota. As you would expect from a Major venue, it’s a tough examination of every part of your game: the rough is usually thick and high, making finding your ball, let alone advancing it down the fairway, tough if you’re wayward off the tee.

Also, the tight fairways require accurate ball striking and the greens are fast and true, meaning good putters can make hay while the sun shines. Standout hole is the 509-yard par-5 17th. It’s great to be able to play the same holes as the pros and you can follow in the footsteps of Padraig Harrington if you get on in two like the Irishman famously did in 2008. A booming drive from the yellow tees and a long iron make an eagle putt a real possibility… if it’s not playing into the wind.

The striking white art deco clubhouse overlooks this mighty linksland and every room is adorned with historical mementos and pictures, the friendly service making it a great place to reflect on a round to remember.

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Royal Birkdale Golf Club is widely regarded as among the best on Planet Golf. This is no surprise, bearing in mind its pedigree and the number of major events it has staged which include eight Opens, two Ryder Cups, both the Walker and Curtis Cups and the Women’s British Open. It doesn’t get any bigger or better than that.

  • Course Summary

  • Costs 5 out of 5
  • TG Rating 5 out of 5
  • Players Rating 4.5 out of 5
  • Address
    Waterloo Road, , SOUTHPORT
  • Tel 01704 552020
  • Website

Course Information

Course 72 par
Course Style -
Green Fees £205 - £235
Course Length 6,305 yards (5,765 metres)
Holes 18
Difficulty Hard 0-10
Course Membership Private

Course Features

  • Course has: Bar
  • Course does not have: Buggy Hire
  • Course has: Driving Range
  • Course does not have: Practice Green
  • Course has: Pro Shop
  • Course has: Restaurant
  • Course has: Trolley Hire
  • Course does not have: Dress Code
  • Course has: Club Hire
  • Course does not have: Handicap

Your Reviews

  • 5 out of 5 Just a pleasure to play it.

    By Jrf1255

    Played it several times and there are some fantastic golf holes here. In the summer you really need to be a good long iron player to score well. Accuracy is everything because the fairway bunkers are truly penal. The greens are actually not that difficult because they are so evenly paced but miss them and you will regret it because green side chipping here isn't easy. It's just a great course and I suspect it's a great membership too - all the staff I have met over the years are first rate too.

  • 4 out of 5 Review.

    By Anonymous

    Its good, but its too easy, I shot a 64 gross, a piece of piss

  • 3.5 out of 5 WHAT A BRILLIANT COURSE

    By Anonymous

    this is truly a magnificent test of golf, but it doesn't compare with haydock park golf club, yes Birkdale may have the history, the open, but in terms of golf course quality, haydock park beats this hands down, sorry Birkdale

  • 5 out of 5 GO THERE

    By johnnylong

    What can you say about Birkdale? Played it off the White tees with the Captain of another golf club in windy conditions. The staff were fantastic from the very 1st moment that we arrived. Playing in the wind is fantastic here especially with the wind on your back for the last 2 holes which are real birdie chances, just beware of the contours on the 17th. Well worth the visit.

  • 5 out of 5 Memorable Birthday Present

    By clumber58

    My wife organised a round for myself and two others as a surprise birthday present. I was concerned beforehand that playing Royal Birkdale would be stuffy and unwelcoming experience and that I'd get nowhere near the Open Championship course. How wrong I was!. All of the staff that we met and dealt with were excellent. Not only were they helpful and obliging, they took time out to talk and explain about the course and the preparations for next years Open. The course itself was superb. As there are only 18 holes at Royal Birkdale, we played the course (albeit from different tee positions) that Tiger and co will play next year. The weather was kind to us, the sun stayed out throughout the round and the wind never appeared. I only wish my golf game could have done full justice to the course.

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