Lancashire

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About

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 rankings were updated in October 2019. Click the link 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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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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Formby

3rd Lancashire - Best in Area

Formby is the prettiest of the eight top-notch links courses located between the seaside town of St Annes and the city of Liverpool. It is bordered on three sides by pine trees, giving the links a decidedly softer, heathland feel.

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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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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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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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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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Manchester Golf Club

8th Lancashire - Best in Area

Eight Scotsmen founded the Manchester Golf Club in 1882 but the current parkland cum moorland cum heathland course was designed by Harry Colt in 1912.

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St Annes Old Links

9th Lancashire - Best in Area

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

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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 6,533-yard length.

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Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses reviewed
1 Ed Battye Courses Reviewed 13
2 Dan Hare Courses Reviewed 9
3 Richard Smith Courses Reviewed 8
4 Jim McCann Courses Reviewed 7
5 Steve MacQuarrie Courses Reviewed 6
6 David Oliver Courses Reviewed 6
7 Andy Courses Reviewed 6
8 Vorndron Courses Reviewed 6
9 Hugh Courses Reviewed 6
10 Cédric Courses Reviewed 6