I agree that you cannot call RL&StA a classic links - but it certainly is a championship golf course, worthy of its place on the Open rota. The setting is unusual for a 'seaside' links, surrounded on all sides by semi-detached houses, but ignore this and you are confronted with one extremely tough course, particularly if the wind is blowing. The course's main defence is its bunkering - most of those pesky pot bunkers are extremely deep and difficult to escape from (I should know, I was in 12 of them!). The overwhelming feeling at Lytham is its history. The clubhouse is magnificent, and there can be fewer better 18th hole settings anywhere else. A word too for the wonderful friendly welcome we received - all the staff were extremely pleasant, and although the club itself is certainly grand, we did not experience any of the stuffiness that you might have expected at a club like this.
Date: May 20, 2009