Royal Lytham & St. Annes

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LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 25: The 410 yards par 4, 18th hole at Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club the venue for the 2012 Open Championship on July 25, 2011 in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

The layout of Royal Lytham & St Annes has remained faithful to the original created by the Club’s first Professional, George Lowe, over a century ago. The only significant changes were made in 1919 when the club asked Harry Colt, the pre-eminent Course Designer of the time to make recommendations for improvement.

Over the next four years he repositioned some of the Greens and Tees added numerous bunkers and lengthened the course.

It is not a conventionally beautiful golf course, surrounded as it is by suburban housing and flanked by a railway line, but it has a charm all of its own. It is a Links Course that is a long way from the sea yet close enough for the sea breeze to have an effect on one’s game and was aptly described by Bernard Darwin, the leading golf writer of the thirties, as ‘a beast of a Course, but a just beast’. He went on to say that ‘no one could fail to be impressed by its difficulties, which sets a golfer just about as ruthless as an examination as any Course of my acquaintance’.

Founded in 1901, St Annes Old Links is one of the fine championship links of England’s north west coast and hosted the Local Final Qualifying for The Open in July 2012 held at nearby Royal Lytham & St Annes, the Ladies’ Golf Union Girl’s Home International Matches in August 2013 and the English Women’s Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship in August 2015,

Other forthcoming major events include  the Boys’ Home Internationals in early August 2017, the UK Seniors Golf Association North West Championship at the end of August 2017 and last but not least – we are proud to be selected by the R&A to host Final Open Qualifying July 2018 and for the following 3 years until 2021.

The Old Links has been voted in “Great Britain & Ireland’s Top 100 Links 2015 by National Club Golfer January 2015 isssue; in June 2013 issue Golf World’s “Top 100 Golf Courses in England 2013” and in National Club Golfer’s December 2013 issue “Britain’s Best 100 Courses under £100”. Our signature 9th hole was voted by Golf World in the May 2010 issue as the Top 9th Hole in Great Britain and Ireland. The great Bobby Jones is quoted as saying “it’s difficult to see how you could improve on this”. Enough  said!

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