Lancashire

The Red Rose county of Lancashire made its mark during the early 19th century as a commercial and industrial powerhouse in the northwest of England. Half a dozen mill towns emerged during this time, their army of workers processing cotton from all around the world. For recreation, these cotton mill employees would head to the coast and so Blackpool became a popular seaside resort for Lancastrians and many more besides.

Golf evolved as the participation sport of choice for an increasing number of people so a great number of courses sprung up by the beginning of the 1900s. Today there are over 140 in the region, administered by the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs, and this body represents tens of thousands of golfers in the area. Liverpool and Manchester were removed from the county in the mid 1970s – forming Merseyside and Greater Manchester – and clubs in those regions can be found split across both Lancashire and Cheshire on the Top 100 website.

Lancashire Ladies’ County Golf Association looks after the interests of female golfers in the county and it has been in operation for over a century, with its County Championship established in 1907. The association’s inter-club scratch Championship Shield actually predates this competition by a couple of years, when club select teams from Formby, Hesketh, Lytham St Annes, West Derby, West Lancashire and Worsley all participated in the inaugural event.

A quartet of magnificent courses are strung out on Lancashire’s “Golf Coast” and they dominate the county list which is only right and proper because Royal Birkdale, Royal Lytham & St Annes, Formby and Hillside are all world class golfing venues. Not far behind these iconic layouts in quality, links layouts like Southport & Ainsdale, West Lancashire, Fairhaven and St Annes Old Links offer golfers a top-drawer game by the sea. And so it continues inland, with plenty more gems to be discovered the further away from the coast that you venture.

Our Lancashire Best in County golf course rankings were updated in 2015. Click here to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Lancashire

Royal Birkdale

1st Lancashire - Best in Area

Royal Birkdale Golf Club is the favourite English course on the British Open rota according to the results of a Top 100 poll...

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Description: Royal Birkdale Golf Club is the favourite English course on the British Open rota according to the results of a Top 100 poll... Rating: 5.7678571428571 out of 6

Royal Lytham & St Annes

2nd Lancashire - Best in Area

Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club is the most northerly of the English championship links courses, situated only 10 miles from Royal Birkdale.

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Description: Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club is the most northerly of the English championship links courses, situated only 10 miles from Royal Birkdale. Rating: 5.25 out of 6

Formby

3rd Lancashire - Best in Area

Set in 470 acres on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Formby Golf Club is one of the few places left in England where you might catch a glimpse of the native Red Squirrel.

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Description: Set in 470 acres on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Formby Golf Club is one of the few places left in England where you might catch a glimpse of the native Red Squirrel. Rating: 5.1891891891892 out of 6

Hillside

4th Lancashire - Best in Area

Hillside Golf Club is an underrated gem, separated only by a footpath, but hiding in the shadow of its noble next-door neighbour, Royal Birkdale.

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Description: Hillside Golf Club is an underrated gem, separated only by a footpath, but hiding in the shadow of its noble next-door neighbour, Royal Birkdale. Rating: 5.35 out of 6

Southport & Ainsdale

5th Lancashire - Best in Area

Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club is a relative youngster and it is set amongst exhilarating dunes and tangly heather.

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Description: Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club is a relative youngster and it is set amongst exhilarating dunes and tangly heather. Rating: 5.1304347826087 out of 6

West Lancashire

6th Lancashire - Best in Area

Its esteemed Royal neighbours keep West Lancashire Golf Club out of the limelight but it is a truly classical links course, located on a charming stretch of prime links land.

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Description: Its esteemed Royal neighbours keep West Lancashire Golf Club out of the limelight but it is a truly classical links course, located on a charming stretch of prime links land. Rating: 4.9666666666667 out of 6

Fairhaven

7th Lancashire - Best in Area

Fairhaven Golf Club is a tough inland links course, formerly used as an Open Championship Qualifier when the Open was held at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

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Description: Fairhaven Golf Club is a tough inland links course, formerly used as an Open Championship Qualifier when the Open was held at Royal Lytham & St Annes. Rating: 4.7142857142857 out of 6

St Annes Old Links

8th Lancashire - Best in Area

Bobby Jones loved the par three 9th hole so much at St Annes Old Links Golf Club that he took detailed measurements and perhaps reproduced some aspects at Augusta.

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Description: Bobby Jones loved the par three 9th hole so much at St Annes Old Links Golf Club that he took detailed measurements and perhaps reproduced some aspects at Augusta. Rating: 4.4615384615385 out of 6

Pleasington

9th Lancashire - Best in Area

Pleasington Golf Club is without doubt one of the best tests of golf in the North-West of England. Part heathland in character with a supreme layout of holes.

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Description: Pleasington Golf Club is without doubt one of the best tests of golf in the North-West of England. Part heathland in character with a supreme layout of holes. Rating: 4.5714285714286 out of 6

Ormskirk

10th Lancashire - Best in Area

The course at Ormskirk Golf Club has changed substantially since it was first laid out in 1903 and it’s now a stiff golfing test that plays to every inch of its 6,358-yard length.

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