England – Golf Courses

Royal Birkdale

Royal Birkdale Golf ClubThe fairways of this classic links course twist through valleys between high sand hills. It has been the venue for many British Opens, including Arnold Palmer’s first win in 1961 and the more recent 2008 Open won by Padraig Harrington. It is considered by many as the best course in England and among the world’s top 10.

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Royal Cinque Ports

Royal Cinque Ports Golf ClubAnother great links course near Royal St George’s in Sandwich Bay, once summed up by Bernard Darwin as ‘truly great’. Founded in 1892, the club received its royal status in 1908 when the Prince of Wales became president. It has hosted two British Opens – 1909 and 1920.

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Royal Liverpool

Royal LiverpoolLying beside the estuary of the River Dee at Hoylake, Royal Liverpool is one of the sternest tests of links golf, made even more challenging by winds which sweep in from the Welsh hills. At first glance, the flat stretch of land with banks or “cops” to define the out of bounds and sandhills in the distance seems unimpressive, yet it is true championship quality. It has hosted the Open Championship 10 times and is scheduled again in 2014.

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Royal St. George’s

Royal St. George's Golf CourseHost of many British Open championships, it is the classic links course. It’s often ranked as one of the top two courses in England and among the world’s top 25. If you saw the 2011 Open, you may recall the cavernous bunkers on hole number four on this great seaside course. Recently, it hosted the memorable 2011 Open, its 14th. Play it and experience what the top professionals did in July 2011.

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